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Permeable Pavement and Porous Sweeping

Storm water runoff poses many risky implications on city infrastructure. Property owners and developers are under pressure to seek innovative ways to effectively manage runoff to mitigate the tightening of environmental and local regulations. A cost-effective solution introduces the integration of permeable pavement as an infiltration system. It is essential to understand that upkeep of these new systems is a little different from that of traditional pavement materials used in surfaces for parking lots, driveways, alleys, footpaths, and etc.

Stormwater runoff contributes a large amount of water to our sewer systems. It gets worse. In many older cities, sewage and runoff share the same underground pipe systems. This means – sewage overflow can easily flow into local rivers and streams.

Permeable Surfaces

Permeable Pavement is an excellent solution to stormwater management and even provides for increased safety in extreme conditions such as flash flooding and freezing temperatures.

Three types of permeable surfaces are becoming increasingly popular amongst property owners and developers as a solution to the runoff crisis. They are: 

  • Porous asphalt
  • Porous concrete
  • Interlocking paver blocks

Permeable pavement is highly porous – thus, susceptible to complications from a host of different factors. If proper maintenance and cleaning techniques are not implemented, the sustainability of these materials will waiver over the duration of time.

Adequate measures must be taken to maintain such porous materials, or they run the risk of losing efficacy. Loss of efficacy will render its original purpose meaningless.

Cleaning porous asphalt or concrete can be challenging when traditional methods of cleaning non-porous surfaces are enlisted. Unlike traditional pavement, these surfaces are comprised of multiple layers. As water drains from the surface, the drainage process will continue from a sub-layer. These layers filter pollutants from the water, causing the accumulation of debris in pervious spaces.

Why Clean Sweep, Inc.?

Clean Sweep, Inc. is well-equipped with the highest performing power sweeping vehicles that are ideal for cleaning surfaces made of porous pavement. Professional power washing services are provided through pressure washing and street sweeping. Enlisting the services of Clean Sweep, Inc. will ensure these infiltration systems are performing at their very best.

Experienced personnel provide fast, reliable service – eliminating much of the fine debris and sediments that can plug pervious surfaces. Routine cleaning of porous pavement will prevent buildup of debris such as silt, cement derivative, decomposed plant matter – allowing proper drainage to occur.

Porous pavement systems are ideal when seeking the best water flow management practice. These systems are easily sustained, and a cost-effective solution to reducing runoff. The success of these drainage systems are highly contingent on the adoption of routine cleaning practices that have been designed specifically for such systems – such as the services offered by Clean Sweep, Inc..

If you have questions about Porous pavements systems and the best management practices of ownership, even if you are just considering installing a permeable pavement system or you have had one for years, call us for a consultation on what it takes to get the best out of these solutions.  Call Clean Sweep, Inc. at 1-800-SWEEPER.


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    Cindy Phillips, CSM, Atlanta Regional Property Manager
    "I have managed commercial properties for over 20 years and I am always pleased to recommend contractors that perform with excellence and continually go above and beyond their contracted scope of work. Cleans Sweep is one of those rare contractors."

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