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Day Porter Services Can Prepare Your Parking Lot For Fall And Winter

Day Porter Services Can Prepare Your Parking Lot For Fall And Winter

Are you worried about keeping your parking lot clean and safe during winter? Not only do you have cars driving around your parking lot, but pedestrians too. Because of this, it’s important to keep your parking lot free of potholes, oil spills, and slippery leaves. Read on to find out how day porter services can be of use to you and your business this fall!

Prepare Your Parking Lot For Fall And Winter

The cold fall and winter months put a great deal of wear and tear on pavement. That’s why it’s important that you take steps to prepare your parking lot for winter in order to prevent expensive repair costs down the road. At Universal Site Services, we can help keep your parking lot clean and safe all year round so you have one less thing to worry about for your business. When you make use of our regular day porter services, you can rest assured knowing that your parking lot will always be safe, free of debris, and looking clean for your clients.

Keep Your Parking Lots Clear And Free Of Flooding With Parking Lot Sweeping

Crestview Property Maintenance offers parking lot sweeping to keep your lot from flooding during the rainy season. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can quickly build up in your parking lot if it is not swept regularly.  That same debris then clogs the sewer drain and the gutters around the parking lot perimeter, so when more rain comes it has nowhere to drain to. Luckily, our parking lot sweeping technicians clear your parking lot of garbage, dirt, fallen leaves, and car oils and also keep your drains clear of debris so you never have to worry about a parking lot that doesn’t properly drain.

Seal Cracks, Patch Asphalt, And More With Our Day Porter Services

At Crestview Property Maintenance, we can do the following to help you prepare your parking lot for winter:

  • Crack sealing
  • Asphalt cleaning
  • Asphalt patching
  • Ice melting
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Litter removal
  • Seal coating
  • Sidewalk maintenance

Protect your parking lot, protect your employees, and protect your clients when you enlist our parking lot sweeping and day porter services today!

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BE PROACTIVE VS. REACTIVE ABOUT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

There’s a popular saying that encourages us to expect the best, but prepare for the worst.

A homeowner or business owner will also tell you, more than likely, they wished they had prepared for whatever unexpected issue showed up uninvited. Much like ordering extra food for a party in case extra guests make an appearance, it’s better to be prepared than caught off guard. The good news is, companies like Crestview Property Maintenance we make the pesky task of preparation easier and stress free. We take on the responsibility of checking off items on the old to-do list while property owners focus on the day-to-day operations of their investment.

 

It is commonly attributed to life events like job interviews or vacation plans, however, the same advice can be applied to property maintenance. Ask any homeowner or business owner what they’ve learned in the process of becoming the owner of a particular property. Somewhere in their answer will be the epiphany to accept the unexpected will eventually find you. Whether it’s damage from a storms, or age catching up to the structures, ultimately something happens that requires action.

How to Be Proactive Instead of Reactive

 

Leaning on professionals with experience in prepping and maintaining walkways, parking lots, and garages is the best way to ensure issues are recognized before they have the opportunity to progress. The quickest way to solve a problem is to address it before it’s given the chance to develop. Prevention is, and always will be, less expensive than intervention. Taking advantage of the services we offer could be the difference in reacting to a potential issue down the road, or being proactive in making sure it doesn’t occur at all.

 

Many will assume property owners could handle proactive tasks all on their own, but the reality is property maintenance is essentially a full-time job on its own. It’s nearly impossible for a property owner to focus on preventative measures while handling urgent issues and day-to-day responsibilities–which is why it’s best to trust us instead. At Crestview Property Maintenance, we’ll take the weight of assessing and preventing issues off your shoulders so you can focus on the true tasks required of being a property owner.

 

Prevention Task List

 

Inspecting the property is crucial to get a clear understanding of the grounds, including the building, windows, parking lot, walkways, garages, and more. Doing so will allow us to see and assess the current state of each location to determine differences and shifts going forward. When inspecting the grounds, it’s important to look at the landscaping, including all fences and lighting. Making a note of the type of each and when to restructure or replace the materials associated with them. The same is true when inspecting the parking lot. We’ll consider the current state of line striping, parking breaks, and surrounding sidewalks; repainting and pressure washing as needed. Being proactive in these areas ensures safety for the property owner, employees, and customers, as well as presents a pleasing aesthetic. It’s a win/win for everyone.

 

This prevention task list of sorts should also cover the building exterior and interior. For the outside of the property, it’s important to notice the condition of walkways, entries, roofing, and foundation. Regular inspections ensure shifts or cracks are noticed almost immediately and can be addressed before they worsen or spread into surrounding areas. While inspecting, we take the time to clean skylights, windows, gutters, and drains to prevent blockages and unsightly views. For the inside of the property, inspections include plumbing and electrical panels. Fire alarms and smoke detectors are tested and cleaned, if necessary, to make sure they’re ready and functioning properly in the unfortunate event they’re assistance is required.

 

A simple prevention task list encompassing all the needs of property maintenance is the best way to catch small issues before they become big problems. Customizing a plan for your particular property is easy and effective and will help achieve all of your goals in taking care of preventing the unexpected. There’s no denying a clean space is a productive space, so why not allow Crestview Property Maintenance to handle the cleaning and inspections for you. Doing so allows you time to focus on the rest.

 

Trust Crestview Property Maintenance with Your Property Maintenance Needs

 

Establishing a routine that involves regular inspections for every potential scenario surrounding the maintenance of a property relieves the stress of ownership. Sure, issues will still arise, but it’s much better to be prepared for them. Choosing to be proactive instead of reactive can save you stress and money; both items any property owner wishes there were more of. Crestview Property Maintenance can help. Reach out to us today for all of your property maintenance concerns. You can expect the best while we prepare for, and ultimately prevent, the worst.

 

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THE DANGERS OF POWER WASHING YOUR OWN HOME OR BUILDING

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Power washing a home or office building is a great way to remove stuck-on dirt and debris from the home or building exterior to make it more sanitary and increase its curb appeal. However, it is important to leave power washing to the professionals. If you are thinking of renting your own power washer and embarking on a DIY power-washing experiment, realize that the use of power washers by unskilled professionals can be very dangerous.
In fact, in the year 2017 alone, over 6,000 people were admitted into emergency rooms due to injuries they suffered while using power washers. While many only needed emergency medical treatment, almost 15 percent of the injuries suffered were so severe that hospitalization was required.
Read on to learn the dangers of power washing and how to avoid them.

Skin Injuries 

Of course, you likely know that a power washer projects water with extreme force. After all, this force is what allows the water to break up the dirt and debris on the exterior of a home or building and rinse them away so quickly and easily.
However, you may not realize that this stream of water is projected with so much force that it can injure skin on contact. A force of just 100 psi, or pounds per square inch, is required to break human skin. Water from a power washer meant for home use can project at a force of 1,500 to 4,000 psi.
This means that if the stream of a power washer accidentally hits your skin or the skin someone standing nearby, it can cause immediate skin damage in the form of a laceration that requires immediate medical treatment.

Compartment Syndrome

While some injuries that occur due to contact with the stream of a power washer are isolated to the skin alone, if the water from the power washer projects more deeply into the tissue under the skin, it can lead to a serious medical emergency called compartment syndrome.
Compartment syndrome occurs when water, air, and/or debris get lodged into tissues after they are projected under the skin by the extreme force of a power washer. This can lead to severe infection of muscles and other tissues. If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to the need for amputation of an affected limb or even death.

Electrocution

Many people have died of electrocution when using electric power washers. It may sound surprising, but mixing water and electricity is always hazardous. While many electric power washers are equipped with GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters, to prevent electrocution, many people plug power washers into extension cords which limits the effectiveness of the GFCIs. Cords can also become damaged during use of a power washer, which further increases the electrocution hazard.
This electrocution can occur when damaged power cords come into contact with the same wet grass you are standing in while power washing.

Injury from Accidentally Projected Objects

Even if you take great care to ensure the stream of water a power washer projects does not come into contact with any people, you may accidentally project the stream at a relatively lightweight object in the yard. This can cause the object to soar across the yard and hit a person or animal with extreme force that can cause severe injury.
Also, if you try to clean items in your yard with the power washer, such as patio furniture, you may end up projecting the items across the yard instead of cleaning them, depending on the psi of your power washer and the weight of the object you are attempting to clean.
While power washing can remove tough, stuck-on dirt and debris from the exterior of your home or office, it is best to leave the job to professionals who are well-trained in power washer safety. Contact Crestview Property Maintenance  for all of your power washing needs.

 What Are Day Porter Service Providers And Why Do You Need Them?

Every commercial property needs to be properly maintained and cleaned and that’s what a day porter service provider can do for your company. Without proper cleaning and repair, the building will soon be a gathering place for dirt, grime, trash, peeling paint, cobwebs, streaked windows, and filthy restrooms.  Doesn’t sound good, does it?

A lack of cleanliness and basic minor repair can lead to much bigger problems and a reduction in property value. In order to ensure cleanliness and maintenance of a building, find yourself a good day porter service.  This service provides people to clean malls, stores, hotels, offices, and other public buildings.

Day porters are used to working in busy, high traffic areas, and are familiar with all kinds of cleaning and trash removal, as well as minor repairs and painting.

Where To Find A Day Porter Service Provider

Crestview worker providing day porter service at a commercial locationThere are lots of companies that provide these kinds of services and they are not hard to find. In fact, you can do it with just a few clicks because there are a lot of websites offering day porter services.

  • Check day porter websites and see if the services available fit your needs.
  • Ask for referrals and recommendations from friends and businesses associates.
  • Ask your parking lot sweeping provider if the company also offers day porter services.

You should check out the specific services that day porters provide. This way, you can be aware of what to look for and what questions to ask.

The Scope Of Services

There are various agencies and companies that offer day porter services and the scope is quite wide: The services usually include:

  • cleaning, picking up of trash by hand when needed, disinfecting when necessary
  • removal of litter from the daily traffic of workers, visitors, and clients who use the facility
  • cleaning and maintenance of restrooms
  • dusting, cleaning up of spills
  • window washing
  • emptying, wiping down, and relining trash bins
  • cleaning and tidying newspaper, magazine, and information stands, and telephone booths
  • painting walls and trim

Almost everything related to cleaning and maintenance of public facilities is provided by a day porter service, but check and make sure everything you want done will be included.  For instance, you may want to check on what won’t be done – e.g., toxic waste items or needles might not be removed.

Things To Remember When Hiring This Service

crestview day porter cleaning a box office ticket windowIn order to get all the services you need, you should keep several factors in mind when choosing a day porter. Knowing the qualities that a day porter should possess can help in your evaluation of the services offered.  Day porters should:

  • be skilled and knowledgeable about cleaning techniques for a variety of surfaces
  • understand the importance of sanitization and know when it is needed
  • have a clear understanding of not only the importance of cleanliness in public areas but also how to do their jobs efficiently with a minimum of disruption to the people around them
  • have good cleaning equipment and know how to use it properly
  • have access to, and know how to use, non-chemical cleaners if requested
  • be able to determine if locks, buzzers, outlets, and other such items need to be replaced or repaired
  • be bonded, insured, and licensed
  • should guarantee satisfaction

Communication skills are important too, because day porters should be able to collaborate with the maintenance supervisor and be experienced in dealing with both clients and tenants.

These are just some of the factors you need to consider before hiring a day porter provider. Find the best provider out there so that you receive good value for your money.

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How To Spot A Bad Tenant

Day Porter services by Crestview Property Maintenance A bad tenant can spell disaster for you and your business – and a string of bad tenants can ruin your business entirely. If you’re in charge of renting a building or apartment unit out to multiple tenants, then it’s important that you know how to spot a bad tenant from a mile away.
As property maintenance providers, Crestview Property Maintenance  often cleans up the damages leftover by bad, disrespectful tenants. Since we know a lot about the issue, we decided to share a few tell-tale signs of a bad tenant and how to avoid them.

  1. They’re Hesitant To Complete An Application

A good tenant will arrive to the leasing office with all of the proper materials needed to fill out a leasing application. If the potential tenant doesn’t come prepared, or is otherwise hesitant to complete an application, this is your first warning sign. If the tenant tries to skip over the application process, notify them that all potential tenants are required to fill one out. If they are not willing to do so, then you don’t want them as your tenant anyway.

    1. They’ve Had Multiple Jobs In A Short Period Of Time

Multiple job changes in the previous 6 months to a year can indicate that the individual is having trouble holding down a job – and will also have trouble paying rent on time. If the individual’s estimated income doesn’t seem like enough to cover rent, and he or she isn’t willing or able to tell you any other income sources, it’s time to say goodbye.

    1. They Have No Previous Rental History

While it’s not a problem to accept first-time renters as your tenants (they just need to have a responsible co-signer), you should be wary of an individual who has rented before but has no proof of it. If he or she says they were paying their friend, significant other, or family member the rent, be careful – ask for proof that rent was paid on time. It’s possible that the tenant was violating previous lease agreements by staying in the apartment without notifying the landlord. If they were willing to break rules in the past, they’ll break them again.

    1. They’ve Had Multiple Address Changes In The Past Year

Again, this is an obvious warning sign. Why did the tenant have to change addresses so often? It’s possible that they were evicted from their previous rental spaces, either for late payments or for violating the renter’s agreement.

  1. They Pressure You To Finalize The Lease ASAP

Never give in to an overly pushy rental applicant. Complete your lease agreement under your own rules and according to your normal schedule. Follow your normal routine and don’t make any exceptions for a pushy tenant. A tenant who is rude and in too much of a hurry to find a place to stay will likely cause problems once the lease is signed.

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Benefits of a Professional Day Porter Service

For those who manage or own private office buildings which do not include a cleaning service, you may want to consider a professional day porter to improve the cleanliness and appearance of your property while offloading the responsibility from your tenants. When a day porter service is doing its job effectively, you generally won’t notice because common areas will consistently be clean. If you have ever walked into a really nice office setting and notice no trash outside by the entrance, well-kept floors and area rugs, and clean bathrooms, those are the result of an effective cleaning service making sure the facility is well maintained.Day porter’s are not only for office settings. Public areas in the malls, office buildings, hotels, and more, become the responsibility of a day porter to keep clean. Malls are often an especially large task because of their massive size, but a day porter is best for this kind of work as long as assigned personnel are sufficient to address the facility’s needs. A day porter can be very beneficial to small companies, as well as big ones. If you want to keep your property clean, and don’t want to hire someone specifically for those purposes, it’s best to contract with a company which provides professional day porter service, like Crestview Property Maintenance .Once on-site, the day porter’s can clean up trash on the property, pick up items that may be inside the property in public areas, clean bathrooms, replenish necessary items such as toilet paper and more. Depending on what your specific needs are, you can hire a day porter service to complete them without input or involvement of your staff. The appearance of your business’s property is of high value for both employees and customers, a day porter helps you meet the cleaning needs of your facility without sacrificing your time or efficiency.Any buildings that have constant traffic in and out are going to have a mess in one place or another – entrance ways, bathrooms, lobbies, and waiting rooms are typical hot spots. Easily and effectively keep these areas cleaned by hiring a day porter service.

Crestview Property Maintenance today for more information about our Day Porter services and how we can help you keep a spotless facility year-round!

 The Importance Of Regular Power Washing: A Little Goes A Long Way

Dirt, grime, and mildew sneak up with you. What starts as a little bit of a buildup can turn into an ugly and damaging mess very fast.  This not only ruins the appearance of your building, it can also lead to costly damages down the road. By scheduling regular commercial power washing, you make a small investment that will help your building’s bottom line in a number of ways.

A Better First Impression With Commercial Pressure Washing

Your building only gets one chance to make a first impression. If the walls, sidewalks, and windows are covered in dirt, how do you think that will influence potential tenants? Chances are, you’re going to lose business as people will be so unimpressed with the messy exterior, nothing inside the building will change their minds.  A commercial power wash from time to time will change that.

A dirty exterior also creates problems with your current tenants. No one likes coming home to a messy building and your lack of cleaning will leave many wondering why they signed a lease in the first place. Tenants will also start questioning how you’re using their HOA fees. By regularly cleaning your building, you’ll create an atmosphere that is pleasing to new and old tenants alike.

Commercial Power Washing Services Are A Money Saver

If you don’t regularly clean the exterior of your building, the dirt buildup can cost you in more than a few ways. Some of the problems you could run into include:

  • Cracks developing on your walls and sidewalks from mildew and mold.
  • The need to replace windows that are too dirty to see out of and clean.
  • Damaged gutters that are clogged with too much dirt.
  • Lawsuits from people that slip and fall on algae buildups on the floors.

All these problems are much more expensive than the costs of a commercial power washing service. Regular building upkeep definitely pays off in the end.

Commercial Regular Pressure Washing Is Easy Pressure Washing

The longer you let dirt buildup, the harder it is to remove. If you keep putting off your pressure washing, the job is going to be a lot more difficult and expensive.

Sidewalk commercial power washing by universal site servicesYour cleaners are going to need to spend more time to clean up your building and will need to use more costly equipment and supplies. In addition, there is a greater chance that some parts may be too dirty to clean and will need to be replaced. When you schedule regular cleanings, each job will be quick and simple.

Don’t get discouraged though if you haven’t scheduled a cleaning in a while. With commercial pressure washing, it’s better late than never. The right cleaning service will be able to make your dirty exterior looking good as new. From there, you can get back on track to a regular cleaning schedule. It’s better to pay for one slightly more expensive cleaning today instead of procrastinating to costly damages and replacements tomorrow.

Keeping the exterior of your building clean is as easy or complicated as you make it. Kicking the cleaning can down the road will lead to bigger bills and bigger headaches. With commercial pressure washing, truly a little goes a long way.

 

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 How To Maintain Dumpster Enclosures (And Why You Should!)

Maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of all different kinds of dumpster enclosures is a must not only for your own peace of mind, but it will encourage tenants to help with the upkeep instead of cause more of a mess. Dumpster enclosures include but are not limited to grease, food and waste, and recycling receptacles, all of which may be on the grounds of your rentals.

Ensuring your property service maintenance crews are aware of any and all enclosures at each of your properties is just as important as informing tenants of their location and proper upkeep etiquette. While the first step is making sure the receptacles and their surrounding areas are as clean as possible, it is just as imperative to encourage your tenants to help with this effort.

Fact is, if a property’s trash or recycling enclosure is a mess along with the area it resides in, tenants are less likely to make an effort to get the waste into the proper area! While it may seem like common sense, it would also be beneficial to include a list of what items can go into each particular receptacle; just another way to help encourage the overall cleanliness and ease of maintenance of all enclosures.

Why It Is Important To Keep Dumpster Enclosures Clean

As property managers and property management companies, you are contributing members of your community and have duties beyond the normal citizen. In managing apartment complexes, houses, businesses, or even storage spaces, you are responsible for the appearance and upkeep of the physical property and surrounding area. While you are renting these spaces to others, it is still part of your job to ensure they are properly maintained. This includes all types of dumpster enclosures that may be on your property’s premises.

Why This Matters:

  • Having trash littered around the area where dumpster enclosures are located is detrimental not only to the reputation of your company, but to the environment and community in general
  • It is important to research the waste and recycling enclosure needs of each specific property
  • In properly equipping residents and businesses with the enclosures that they need, chances are greater they will actually use the receptacles
  •  Many cities and towns have taken on ‘keep our community beautiful’ initiatives, this includes ensuring trash and other waste is properly disposed of

The Ins And Outs Of Different Types Of Enclosures And Wastewater Disposal

Beyond dumpsters, there are several additional types of receptacles that you may deal with at your rentals. It is important to you (and your tenants) know what each is for, and are aware of what items can go in the specific enclosure, according to your city’s regulations.

  • Food waste enclosures
  • Recycling receptacles
  • Grease enclosures

Lastly, becoming knowledgeable about the proper procedures for the disposal of wastewater used for cleaning these enclosures is also a must. If done incorrectly or sloppily, this can lead to public health hazards and be harmful to the environment and overall water quality. There are several methods for disposing of wastewater, depending on what it was used for. Keep these wastewater tips in mind:

  • All wastewater must be disposed of
  • Surface Disposal: this method spreads wastewater over the ground surface, typically near irrigation ditches
  • Subsurface Disposal: dispose of the wastewater into the ground either through pits or tile fields
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Get A Head Start On Landscaping Maintenance In Spring

Landscaping maintenance, like other kinds of work that is dictated by changing seasons and various environments, is best started early in the year. As March unfolds, you should be well into it.

Remember These Pointers For Yearly Landscape Maintenance

• April and May are too late in the year for the kind of preparation necessary for the well-groomed landscape you want, especially in areas in the Northern part of the country, such as Minnesota, Wisconsin. By mid-April, new plants are already beginning to grow in at lower altitudes. Before too long, opportunities to clear out deadwood, trash, and underbrush from last season will be hampered.

• Remember, if there is rubbish, boards, pieces of plywood or other refuse laying around, removing them early in the season allows the grass or other plants covered by them to grow in naturally. Waiting too long can stunt the new growth of those plants and leave them as an unpleasant, shadowy reminder of the mess that was there, which will be a blemish on the property.

• You may have a pet project in mind that will take some construction and will disturb the area. Getting it done early will allow time for new growth and newly planted shrubbery to mature and have a nice, well-established appearance before the heat of summer hits and growth is inhibited by restricted access to water.

• If you are in an area where water is rationed, new plants and new growth is dependent on moisture from spring rains and wet conditions, which isn’t available later in the year.

• Some blooming shrubs should be pruned early in the spring as new blooms sprout on the new wood.

• Likewise, many evergreens do better if they are pruned before dormancy has ended. This allows the clipped ends to harden and new growth to sprout. Also in the spring, after new growth has formed, you have an opportunity to trim evergreen hedges. It is at this time that growth can be guided and shaped by judicious trimming.

• Early spring is the best time to start cool-season grasses if they were not planted the previous fall or – in moderate areas – during the winter.

• Wait no longer than late spring to plant warm-season grasses. For either cool or warm varieties, you must avoid the hot, dry part of summer.

• Allowing enough time to have trimmed the lawn several times before a draught helps train the grass to grow at a preferred height while also providing a natural mulch cover to hold in moisture for those really dry, hot summer days.

• For flowers, perennials should be planted in late spring. Some flowering plants will resist a late freeze, and you must ask your landscaping professional for advice about which will do best early and which late. Overall, spring is flower-planting season for most popular varieties.

If you have a regular landscaping maintenance service, much of this planning can be left up to the professionals; however, you may want some input into the plan and this should take place before the spring season is underway.As well, any new construction or major changes can be done under optimum conditions if spring maintenance chores are begun early.