How To Increase The Reliability And Performance Of Your Street Sweeper Fleet

If you have recently started running your own street sweeping business, then you are likely concerned about the way your sweepers function to clean the roads in your city area. Reliability and performance are extremely important, but these aspects of your business may not be worked out yet due to your inexperience. If you think that your fleet of sweepers are not doing as good of a job as they could be, then think about implementing some of the following tips as soon as possible.

Use Water on Roads with Gutters

As you probably know, street sweepers provide a number of different cleaning services. Not only do your machines whisk away the dirt and debris, but they help to remove oils and other potentially harmful materials from the road. These harmful substances end up being washed away by rainwater, and this often creates something called urban runoff. Urban runoff is the combination of pollutants that end up in gutters and other rainwater collection areas. Sometimes these pollutants can clog up gutters and cause flooding, and other times the materials are transferred to nearby rivers and lakes with the rest of the rainwater.

Your fleet can help to collect a great deal of pollutant materials before they end up in the local waterways. However, you should know that this is only possible if water is used to pull up the oily debris. If you are trying to save money by using your air blast sweepers to lift garbage into the hopper, then this is fine on streets that do not have gutters or storm drains. This is typical of more residential roadways. You absolutely should use your water jet sweepers on roads with gutters though to reduce urban runoff.

Replace Brushes Often

Depending on the sweeper machines you use and the types of roads being cleaned, your sweepers will either be fitted with polypropylene or steel brushes. Steel brushes generally last longer due to their strength. However, flexible polypropylene bristles are ideal for roads that have been freshly paved or for streets that have been damaged by potholes. Polypropylene bristles are likely to break off from the brushes, so make sure to inspect sweepers weekly to check for wear and tear. Replace brushes when you notice that more than half of the bristles have broken off either partially or completely.

If you do not want to replace brushes as often, or if you notice that only certain sections of the brushes break away, then invest in products with replaceable strips or wafers.

Retain Slow Speeds

Street sweepers are supposed to drive slowly so that as much debris and oily matter is picked up from the road as possible. The vast majority of the sweepers in your fleet can probably go relatively fast, but sweepers should remain at a speed between 3 and 7 miles per hour to complete a satisfactory cleaning job. If some of your sweeping drivers are returning to your business location well before they should, then they may be a bit too speedy when cleaning.

To make sure that streets are swept well, inform your drivers that they need to drive 5 miles an hour as long as brushes are activated. To make sure that drivers are adhering to your rules, consider adding a tracking device to each sweeper. Most of these devices will provide you with accurate information about where the sweeper went during the day and how fast it was going. If you want to get one of the more advanced devices, you can set geographical boundaries. If the sweeper moves out of the programmed location, then you will be alerted either by phone or email. 

For more information about street sweeping, contact a company like USA Services of Florida.