Emergency Clean-Up: Best Street Sweeping Practices to Prevent Storm Damage

Some municipalities maintain a fleet of street sweepers. Others outsource street sweeping to subcontractors. Whatever the circumstances, your street-sweeping team should be trained and prepared for efficient, thorough clean-up after a storm – and that begins with ongoing, quality cleanings to prevent potential negative side effects of a storm.

Prep to Minimize Storm Damage

Particles, debris, and litter can quickly gather in poorly maintained or rarely swept areas, creating a sanitary issue – and an environmental problem. Stormwater runoff is quickly becoming a significant earth emergency in poorly maintained areas, but sweeping roads and parking lots on a regular basis helps minimize the pollutants that collect in a stormwater stream.

Respect the Season

Though there aren’t falling leaves in the warmer months of the year, there can be powerful, large storms that create a collection of environmental debris. And while snow is the culprit in the colder months, it eventually melts and could contaminate storm sewer systems with sand, salt, dirt, and more in the absence of quality street sweeping. Major seasonal sweeping along with regular sweeping addresses winter salt, autumn leaves, and everything in between.

Prevent Stormwater Pollution

Street sweeping may seem like an annoyance for those who are unaware of the environmental impact of dirt and debris on stormwater. Diverting and properly disposing of any sweepings from streets and storm sewers helps improve overall water quality. This cost is minimal compared to the cost of removed sand and dirt from inside of sewers. Cleaning the streets clears out residue that delivers a safe and clean environment for residents.

Stay in Compliance

Diverting millions of pounds of dust and dirt means those particles don’t end up in the water or in the air we breathe. Street sweeping is a commitment to the environment and keeps communities in compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations.

Choose the Right Street Maintenance Sweeper

There are several types of street maintenance sweepers that deliver an impressive performance and quality results, before and after storms:

  • Mechanical sweepers: Also known as broom sweepers, mechanical sweepers have a main broom picks up debris then sends it to a conveyor before it lands in the hopper.
  • Regenerative air sweepers: Models of regenerative air sweepers use both pressurized and vacuum air for efficiency and productivity.
  • Vacuum sweepers: The design of a pure vacuum sweeper mimics a home vacuum, with a nozzle that sucks material from the ground.
  • Waterless sweepers: A dusty control system that delivers on water conservation, waterless sweepers are great for bulky material as well as fine particles.

What Street Sweeper Is Right for Your Community?

At Bell Equipment Company, we maintain an inventory of the reliable brand of Elgin Street Maintenance Sweepers. Whether your municipality or private business needs a vacuum sweeper or mechanical sweeper, we have options to show you at budget-friendly prices.

Don’t be caught in the aftermath of a storm without proper cleanup tools, and don’t allow storm damage to overtake your community because you don’t have the right sweeper on your fleet for regular street and lot maintenance.

Contact Bell Equipment today to discuss your equipment needs.