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How We Helped A Property Manager... Save His Job!

Posted by Steven Brahney on January 15, 2018

Not to say working in the pavement industry is tedious but the mundane of doing the same tasks day after day can create tunnel vision at times.

What I love about working in the pavement industry (Both Office & Field) are the challenges it presents at times and the ability to solve problems- it's mainly rewarding when the problems you can solve are that of a customer! And when those solved problems result in them not losing their job then I really love to help.

Picture this scenario... I am working on the landscaping in my yard on a Saturday morning, and when I come back in the house I find I have three missed calls from a client... on a Saturday... I know there is a problem. This particular client managed 370 properties in NJ, PA, DE & NY. I am assuming it's a typical "Hey; I just received a call that we had a catch basin collapse, can you send someone to barricade it?" It wasn't- it was far more urgent!

Apparently, outside the Corporate Headquarters (Right next to where the CEO lands his helicopter) the in-house maintenance crew was trying to help the facilities department and created a situation. The CEO requested "Reserved" parking stalls striped outside his office for himself and visiting VIP's. The in-house maintenance crew did the best job they could by using paper stencils purchased from Home Depot. Well... on a windy day with stencils that are intended for a one time use you can probably imagine what the finished product looked like when it was complete.

My Client told me he needed to have them fixed before Monday because he and his Boss feared they would lose their jobs.  When he exclaimed this to me I am embarrased to admit I kind of chuckeld with a "come on man, is the stenciling really that bad?" in which he replied, "I am dead serious- I will most likely LOSE my job Monday if anyone sees this!"  

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Drainage Tile Solves Underground Water Issues From Coming To The Surface:

Posted by Steven Brahney on January 9, 2018

If your asphalt parking lot is showing signs of standing water long after the last rain or snow event you most likely have an underground water issue.

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Topics: drainage tile, parking lot drainage tile, parking lot under drain, french drain

6 Things You Did Not Know About Commercial Asphalt Paving

Posted by Steven Brahney on November 28, 2017

When you think about beautifying your property, the parking lot probably does not come to mind first. However, asphalt is important, and it is rather interesting.

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Topics: Asphalt Paving, Asphalt Paving, Paving South Jersey

Plan Ahead for Professional Snow Removal

Posted by Steven Brahney on October 10, 2017

The first lovely snowflakes that fall from the sky may bring smiles to many lips, and often make children squeal with delight. However, that is not the full picture because the resulting buildup the next day can be a messy struggle for business owners and commercial buildings. Depending on the amount of snow that typically builds up around your structures or in your parking lot, the mess can become quite significant. That is when you may require the services of a professional snow removal service.

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Topics: Snow Plowing, Snow Removal

Tips For Property / Facility Managers To Evaluate A Completed Sealcoating Project

Posted by Steven Brahney on October 9, 2017

Parking Lot Sealcoating:

  • Have you recently had a seal coating project completed and are not sure if it was completed to meet the industry standards?   
  • Did a contractor "over sell" what asphalt seal coating will do?
  • Would you like to uncover potential defective workmanship before paying your contractors invoice?
  • Did the asphalt sealer quickly wear off the high traffic areas?
  • Are cracks still unsealed?

Please watch our video below to review a recently completed seal coating project that was not completed to industry standards.  Our video will help you as the property manager to uncover defective workmanship that will lead to a poor performing service life of the applied coating.  

 

 

 

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GemSeal's Top 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Sealcoat Contractor

 

What Asphalt Sealcoating Will & Will Not Do:

 

Asphalt seal coatingis recognized as one of the most beneficial preventative maintenance treatment for your asphalt parking lot when TIMED PROPERLY. The key to a successful preventative maintenance program is applying the proper type of pavement sealer at the correct time and interval. 

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Topics: Sealcoating

How Much Does Commercial Snow Removal Cost In New Jersey?

Posted by Steven Brahney on October 8, 2017

Typically speaking commercial snow removal cost depends on the type of snow removal contract you choose. Costs can range from $175.00 per hr for a pickup truck with a snow plow to $225,000.00 for a seasonal contract for full service snow removal and ice control for a mid-sized shopping center.

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Topics: Snow Removal

The Road to Ruin: What’s Wearing Down Your Asphalt?

Posted by Steven Brahney on September 21, 2017

 

Having clean, maintained and smooth asphalt pavement is important, especially if you run a business. You want your visitors to have an excellent experience from the second they arrive. Knowing what can cause your asphalt to wear down allows you to take the right steps to protect it.

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Topics: Preventative Maintenance

Top 5 Services To Perform On Your Asphalt Parking Lot & Sidewalks Before 11/30/17

Posted by Steven Brahney on September 19, 2017

As Labor Day has ended, it is the not so subtle reminder that Summer is over and Fall is almost here.  

If you are a Facility / Property Manager in NJ, PA, DE or MD and arrive back to work today; there are less than 60 days left to seal coat your asphalt parking lots and less than 90 days to pave your asphalt parking lots in "acceptable weather" conditions.

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Topics: Parking Lot Sealcoating, Parking Lot Paving

Top 3 Reasons To Sealcoat Your Asphalt Parking Lot Before Winter

Posted by Steven Brahney on August 8, 2017

If you are located in New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia or Northern Maryland the seal coating season is going to end in less than 90 days!  It is important to protect your asphalt from the damaging effects of Mother Nature and also not to wait till the last minute.

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Topics: Asphalt Sealcoating, Parking Lot Sealcoating, seal coating

Deciding on Asphalt or Concrete for your Next Project

Posted by Steven Brahney on June 30, 2017

 

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Topics: Asphalt Paving, Concrete Paving

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