Monthly Archives: July 2013

Street Sweeping Business Promises Clean Sweep of Profits

Street sweeping is literally a dirty business. However, it is one clean and sure way of making money if run scrupulously and properly. With the right connection to corporate organizations, city governments and other establishments that need professional services, street cleaning promises to rake in hefty profit.

How does one buy into this action? First, a prospective street sweeping company owner will have to sign up for certification with the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA), and permission from the Department of Transportation. NAPSA knows the business inside out and would be helpful with strategies that a new investor could implement to get ahead early in the operation. The local transport department, on the other hand, will be there to check the capability of equipment drivers, and has comprehensive safety guidelines for street sweepers.

Securing insurance and a license to operate (at the local county clerk) is next. In some states, sweeping services need to post a bond. For government contracts, there is a bidding process an owner should be familiar with if he is so inclined to doing street cleaning for the city.

The right tools and equipment will be important as well. Some street cleaning implements include mechanical broom sweepers, dump trucks, signages and other effects the cleaning team will need to deliver great service.

Sewer Cleaning: Not Without Technology

Unprotected, undeterred, and unheard; these three words best describe Rewa Ram, a sewer cleaner in India whose life as one raised questions about the country’s spending. He enters the sewers under Delhi wearing no more than a pair of gloves and underpants. He told BBC that he’s fine with “smelling death” at every corner. He’s one of the dozens of unsung heroes making sure Delhi citizens live with a clean bill of health.

As much as many appreciate his efforts, entering the sewers without protective gear, let alone the right equipment, is downright dangerous. There has been a call for increased attention to sewer cleaning, especially given the fact that the country is in for big changes in the coming years. Today’s methods for improving the quality of life must incorporate technology. In this case, unprotected cleaners should have been replaced by mobile cleaning equipment and cleaners in complete cleaning gear.

There’s still a need for people to go down the depths of the sewers but not without proper protection. There’s still a need to keep the sewers of bustling metros and municipalities clean but not without the right equipment. Sewer trucks and cleaning gear form an interesting combination without eliminating the human factor entirely. Cleaning the sewers is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, which is why the risks for those who do it must be reduced.

Blast the Past: Cleaning Old Sewer Filth

Contrary to how popular media depicts sewers as vast underground complexes with rivers of murky water, real sewers are a lot filthier, smellier, and are mostly composed of small pipes. They’re also incredibly hard to clean, although that’s to be expected from a system that regularly takes in filth. Sewage is also not just composed of some dark liquid; it’s a sinister combination of various solid, liquid, and semi-solid wastes in varying degrees of decay and ruin.

Since sewage is composed of various bits and pieces, it’s no surprise that the sludge can build up within portions of the piping. The disgusting mishmash can effectively choke piping, and could either cause sewage to back up and overflow, or make the piping swell and crack. Neither result is any pleasant, hence, it’s important to clean and maintain drainage and sewer systems.

Perhaps the most effective way to clear out sewer blockage is to utilize a sewer jetter. The device is composed of a pressure washer that’s hooked to a very long hose with a specialized nozzle. The nozzle on the end is designed to shoot a stream of high-pressure water that can flay waste apart and blast holes through clogs. Not only are these devices effective, they also prevent maintenance crew from having to manually dig out the foul matter, which can be an extremely nauseating job.