JUNE NEWSLETTER

 

WHATS NEW IN JUNE?

  • Application of post emergent Weed Control.
  • Sign up or refer someone that signs up for weekly lawn care and fertilizing package and get One Free Fertilizing Treatment.
  • For every referral that signs up for service, you will be entered into a drawing for $200 worth of Lawn Care.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH!

  • “Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the Morning.” –

WHATS HAPPENING IN JUNE.

  • June 14Th is Flag Day.
  • June 17th is Fathers Day.
  • June 21st is First Day of Summer.
  • June 28th Full Moon.

Renters Left Their Junk!

 

Landlords always wonder what to do when their tenant leaves behind junk. There are a few things you need to do before getting rid of the stuff they left behind.

First, make sure the tenant actually abandoned the property before assuming so. If the renter left the keys behind then it is pretty clear that they will not return. The next step to take would be sending a certified letter in the mail to the address that was rented out in the tenants name. Include in the letter that they have 24 hours to pick up their belongings or else it will be trashed. This is proof that you tried to reach out to them incase they try to take you to court.

After the 24 hours has passed, change all the locks in the house. Even though they might have left the keys there, you never know if they made copies of them. Next you should take pictures of all the items that were left behind so you can document everything.

All the junk that was left there belongs to you now. It is your choice if you want to keep items or throw them away. Most of the time tenants will call companies like ours to come remove everything so they can get the property back on the market. We do our best to come out as soon as we can to get the job done.

When we get to the house we will determine what can be donated and what will not. We load the truck up by putting all the items that can be donated towards the front of the truck so it is easy to get them out when bringing them to the donation center. We always provide our customers with an electronic receipt so they can have proof of the haul away.

So next time you find yourself in a pickle because your tenant left you a mess to deal with, remember we will always be there to help. It also may be smart to talk to an attorney before trashing any of their belongings just to make sure you are going by your city’s law.

Call Crestview Property Maintenance we offer same day service and scheduled services to fit your needs.

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Commercial Power Washing: Keep Exterior Areas of Your Building Safe & Clean

Posted on June 2nd 2018 07:15 AM

powerwashWhen most people hear “power washing,” they think about restoring residential decks or siding to their original appearance.

But those are just a couple of uses for power washing (sometimes called pressure washing). There are several commercial uses for power washing, making it one of the most effective ways to clean and protect areas around your facility.

Power washing takes water and puts it under from 2,000 to 4,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI) – essentially turning a normal flow of water into a mega-powerful tool capable of erasing even the most stubborn dirt and stains.

So, beyond decks and siding, what can be cleaned or removed using power washing? We’ve listed some of the “tough ‘n’ ugly” substances that can be removed from areas around your building to improve appearance and ensure safety:

Grease. Grease left by cars in your parking lot can be a safety issue if someone slips on it, and also tends to dirty your interior because people walk on the grease and carry it into the building on their shoes. Another area that’s prone to grease buildup is the perimeter around your trash receptacles. Spilled food and liquids collect and can trigger a costly slip-and-fall accident; that same collection of dirt is undoubtedly being brought into your building on the soles of shoes, too.

Weather stains and airborne pollution. Take a look at your building walls, outdoor seating areas, permanent trash containers and signage. All of these can become stained by the chemicals in rain and the dirt in the air. Buildings with rough exterior surfaces are especially prone to collection of dirt that darkens the surface over time.

Gum. Did you ever take a good hard look at the sidewalk on any major street? If you have, you’ve seen thousands of round black spots. That’s gum. When people drop gum, it quickly picks up dirt and grime and becomes a nasty black spot that only a power washer can remove. Besides being unsanitary, gum makes your entryway or sidewalk outside your building look shabby and unprofessional.

Mineral deposits. Chalky white mineral deposits sometimes leach out of brick and masonry. If your building is brick, check to see if this natural process is resulting in ugly stains – power washing takes it off in seconds. Mineral deposits aren’t necessarily harmful to the surface, but they don’t make a very positive impression!

Mold and Mildew. In many cases, power washing can also obliterate mold and mildew stains on buildings (though they sometimes need additional chemical treatment), typically found in spots that stay damp, like near shrubbery, air conditioning units, and where shade is prominent. Mold can erode certain surfaces, so the sooner you have it removed, the better.

Graffiti. Nothing gives a negative impression of your establishment than graffiti on sidewalks and walls. Depending on the surface on which it was put and the type of paint used, graffiti can be removed simply by power washing.

Think you might have some of these issues around your building? Crestviews teams have quite a bit of valuable experience using power washing to return your building to almost-new condition – give us a call! We’d be happy to come out and take a look and provide an estimate for making your building and its surroundings spotless.

 

 

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Don’t Make These Common Lawn Watering Mistakes!

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Yard irrigation is essential to your lawn’s health. Good watering habits help grass roots grow stronger, making the lawn more resistant to weeds, diseases and drought. Despite its importance, there are many common lawn watering mistakes that can do more harm than good.It’s important to note that watering requirements vary by soil and weather conditions. You should check with a local lawn care specialist to figure out the best irrigation practices for your yard, in order to get the best results. That said, here are some lawn watering mistakes that can hurt your lawn’s development:

Over-watering

Watering too much will not help your lawn. Excessive yard irrigation encourages shallow root systems, which makes grass vulnerable to heat stress. This means your lawn will be more susceptible to drought and will have a much harder time recovering.

The lawn can also become waterlogged, inviting fungus and other lawn diseases. Needless to say, a squishy lawn doesn’t look good. Imagine how much worse it would be if fungus starting growing there too!

Under-watering

Just as watering too much can damage your lawn, watering too little can have similar negative effects. While it’s best to irrigate deeply and infrequently (typically providing 1/3 an inch of water three times a week), under-watering can weaken a lawn’s resistance to drought. You can’t rely on rainfall alone to keep your grass healthy—especially for newly planted lawns. Make sure your lawn gets consistent irrigation during the growing season.

Watering Grass and Shrubs with Equal Application Rates

Unlike grass, shrubs and other garden plants have large root systems. As a result, they do not need as much water to stay hydrated. Most shrubs and garden plants need half as much water as lawns do. It’s best to water your grass and plants separately, so that you can keep track of how much irrigation they’re all getting.

Misusing Irrigation Heads

Don’t turn on your sprinkler system during rainfall. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s critically important. This can lead to over-watering, as can watering just hours after it rains. A generous amount of precipitation should keep your lawn hydrated for a few days.

Likewise, you’ll want to keep tabs on your sprinklers. Yard irrigation often goes awry when some grassy areas get more water than others. Make sure your sprinklers are covering the lawn equally, while also factoring in the differences between sunny and shaded areas. Also make sure you’re not wasting water; it’s not uncommon for an unadjusted sprinkler head to spray water into the street. Of all the lawn watering mistakes, this is the easiest to fix.

Using Different Types of Irrigation Heads at the Same Time

Each type of sprinkler outputs a certain amount of water over a given timeframe. For example, rotor heads provide about 0.1 to 0.25 inches of irrigation per hour, while spray heads provide 1.35 to 2.15 inches per hour.[i] Spray heads and rotors should not be on the same irrigation zone.

Watering at the Wrong Time

The early morning is the best time to water (before 9am), when there is less sunlight and less wind. If you water in the heat of the afternoon, much of it will evaporate before reaching the grass roots. Watering in the evening is worse, because it creates conditions that attract lawn fungus. Try to water your lawn between 6 and 9am.

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Day Porter Services Can Prepare Your Parking Lot For Fall And Winter

Day Porter Services Can Prepare Your Parking Lot For Fall And Winter

Are you worried about keeping your parking lot clean and safe during winter? Not only do you have cars driving around your parking lot, but pedestrians too. Because of this, it’s important to keep your parking lot free of potholes, oil spills, and slippery leaves. Read on to find out how day porter services can be of use to you and your business this fall!

Prepare Your Parking Lot For Fall And Winter

The cold fall and winter months put a great deal of wear and tear on pavement. That’s why it’s important that you take steps to prepare your parking lot for winter in order to prevent expensive repair costs down the road. At Universal Site Services, we can help keep your parking lot clean and safe all year round so you have one less thing to worry about for your business. When you make use of our regular day porter services, you can rest assured knowing that your parking lot will always be safe, free of debris, and looking clean for your clients.

Keep Your Parking Lots Clear And Free Of Flooding With Parking Lot Sweeping

Crestview Property Maintenance offers parking lot sweeping to keep your lot from flooding during the rainy season. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can quickly build up in your parking lot if it is not swept regularly.  That same debris then clogs the sewer drain and the gutters around the parking lot perimeter, so when more rain comes it has nowhere to drain to. Luckily, our parking lot sweeping technicians clear your parking lot of garbage, dirt, fallen leaves, and car oils and also keep your drains clear of debris so you never have to worry about a parking lot that doesn’t properly drain.

Seal Cracks, Patch Asphalt, And More With Our Day Porter Services

At Crestview Property Maintenance, we can do the following to help you prepare your parking lot for winter:

  • Crack sealing
  • Asphalt cleaning
  • Asphalt patching
  • Ice melting
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Litter removal
  • Seal coating
  • Sidewalk maintenance

Protect your parking lot, protect your employees, and protect your clients when you enlist our parking lot sweeping and day porter services today!

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BE PROACTIVE VS. REACTIVE ABOUT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

There’s a popular saying that encourages us to expect the best, but prepare for the worst.

A homeowner or business owner will also tell you, more than likely, they wished they had prepared for whatever unexpected issue showed up uninvited. Much like ordering extra food for a party in case extra guests make an appearance, it’s better to be prepared than caught off guard. The good news is, companies like Crestview Property Maintenance we make the pesky task of preparation easier and stress free. We take on the responsibility of checking off items on the old to-do list while property owners focus on the day-to-day operations of their investment.

 

It is commonly attributed to life events like job interviews or vacation plans, however, the same advice can be applied to property maintenance. Ask any homeowner or business owner what they’ve learned in the process of becoming the owner of a particular property. Somewhere in their answer will be the epiphany to accept the unexpected will eventually find you. Whether it’s damage from a storms, or age catching up to the structures, ultimately something happens that requires action.

How to Be Proactive Instead of Reactive

 

Leaning on professionals with experience in prepping and maintaining walkways, parking lots, and garages is the best way to ensure issues are recognized before they have the opportunity to progress. The quickest way to solve a problem is to address it before it’s given the chance to develop. Prevention is, and always will be, less expensive than intervention. Taking advantage of the services we offer could be the difference in reacting to a potential issue down the road, or being proactive in making sure it doesn’t occur at all.

 

Many will assume property owners could handle proactive tasks all on their own, but the reality is property maintenance is essentially a full-time job on its own. It’s nearly impossible for a property owner to focus on preventative measures while handling urgent issues and day-to-day responsibilities–which is why it’s best to trust us instead. At Crestview Property Maintenance, we’ll take the weight of assessing and preventing issues off your shoulders so you can focus on the true tasks required of being a property owner.

 

Prevention Task List

 

Inspecting the property is crucial to get a clear understanding of the grounds, including the building, windows, parking lot, walkways, garages, and more. Doing so will allow us to see and assess the current state of each location to determine differences and shifts going forward. When inspecting the grounds, it’s important to look at the landscaping, including all fences and lighting. Making a note of the type of each and when to restructure or replace the materials associated with them. The same is true when inspecting the parking lot. We’ll consider the current state of line striping, parking breaks, and surrounding sidewalks; repainting and pressure washing as needed. Being proactive in these areas ensures safety for the property owner, employees, and customers, as well as presents a pleasing aesthetic. It’s a win/win for everyone.

 

This prevention task list of sorts should also cover the building exterior and interior. For the outside of the property, it’s important to notice the condition of walkways, entries, roofing, and foundation. Regular inspections ensure shifts or cracks are noticed almost immediately and can be addressed before they worsen or spread into surrounding areas. While inspecting, we take the time to clean skylights, windows, gutters, and drains to prevent blockages and unsightly views. For the inside of the property, inspections include plumbing and electrical panels. Fire alarms and smoke detectors are tested and cleaned, if necessary, to make sure they’re ready and functioning properly in the unfortunate event they’re assistance is required.

 

A simple prevention task list encompassing all the needs of property maintenance is the best way to catch small issues before they become big problems. Customizing a plan for your particular property is easy and effective and will help achieve all of your goals in taking care of preventing the unexpected. There’s no denying a clean space is a productive space, so why not allow Crestview Property Maintenance to handle the cleaning and inspections for you. Doing so allows you time to focus on the rest.

 

Trust Crestview Property Maintenance with Your Property Maintenance Needs

 

Establishing a routine that involves regular inspections for every potential scenario surrounding the maintenance of a property relieves the stress of ownership. Sure, issues will still arise, but it’s much better to be prepared for them. Choosing to be proactive instead of reactive can save you stress and money; both items any property owner wishes there were more of. Crestview Property Maintenance can help. Reach out to us today for all of your property maintenance concerns. You can expect the best while we prepare for, and ultimately prevent, the worst.

 

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THE DANGERS OF POWER WASHING YOUR OWN HOME OR BUILDING

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Power washing a home or office building is a great way to remove stuck-on dirt and debris from the home or building exterior to make it more sanitary and increase its curb appeal. However, it is important to leave power washing to the professionals. If you are thinking of renting your own power washer and embarking on a DIY power-washing experiment, realize that the use of power washers by unskilled professionals can be very dangerous.
In fact, in the year 2017 alone, over 6,000 people were admitted into emergency rooms due to injuries they suffered while using power washers. While many only needed emergency medical treatment, almost 15 percent of the injuries suffered were so severe that hospitalization was required.
Read on to learn the dangers of power washing and how to avoid them.

Skin Injuries 

Of course, you likely know that a power washer projects water with extreme force. After all, this force is what allows the water to break up the dirt and debris on the exterior of a home or building and rinse them away so quickly and easily.
However, you may not realize that this stream of water is projected with so much force that it can injure skin on contact. A force of just 100 psi, or pounds per square inch, is required to break human skin. Water from a power washer meant for home use can project at a force of 1,500 to 4,000 psi.
This means that if the stream of a power washer accidentally hits your skin or the skin someone standing nearby, it can cause immediate skin damage in the form of a laceration that requires immediate medical treatment.

Compartment Syndrome

While some injuries that occur due to contact with the stream of a power washer are isolated to the skin alone, if the water from the power washer projects more deeply into the tissue under the skin, it can lead to a serious medical emergency called compartment syndrome.
Compartment syndrome occurs when water, air, and/or debris get lodged into tissues after they are projected under the skin by the extreme force of a power washer. This can lead to severe infection of muscles and other tissues. If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to the need for amputation of an affected limb or even death.

Electrocution

Many people have died of electrocution when using electric power washers. It may sound surprising, but mixing water and electricity is always hazardous. While many electric power washers are equipped with GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters, to prevent electrocution, many people plug power washers into extension cords which limits the effectiveness of the GFCIs. Cords can also become damaged during use of a power washer, which further increases the electrocution hazard.
This electrocution can occur when damaged power cords come into contact with the same wet grass you are standing in while power washing.

Injury from Accidentally Projected Objects

Even if you take great care to ensure the stream of water a power washer projects does not come into contact with any people, you may accidentally project the stream at a relatively lightweight object in the yard. This can cause the object to soar across the yard and hit a person or animal with extreme force that can cause severe injury.
Also, if you try to clean items in your yard with the power washer, such as patio furniture, you may end up projecting the items across the yard instead of cleaning them, depending on the psi of your power washer and the weight of the object you are attempting to clean.
While power washing can remove tough, stuck-on dirt and debris from the exterior of your home or office, it is best to leave the job to professionals who are well-trained in power washer safety. Contact Crestview Property Maintenance  for all of your power washing needs.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RETAIL STOREFRONT CLEANLINESS

 

May23rd 2018 By Jayson Dahl

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If you own or manage a retail store, then you may take great strides to keep the interior of your store clean and organized to keep customers satisfied. However, if you don’t put much effort into keeping your exterior storefront clean, then you likely do not understand that a clean storefront is just as important as a clean store interior.

Read on to learn just how important storefront cleanliness is and learn three storefront cleaning tips.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN STOREFRONT

There are two main reasons you should keep your storefront clean: customer satisfaction and premise liability law.

Customer Satisfaction

No matter how many regular customers you currently have, you are likely always looking forward to gaining new customers to increase store revenue. You may not realize that the key to attracting those new customers could be as simple as cleaning your storefront up.

Ninety-five percent of shoppers take a storefront’s appearance into consideration when deciding whether to even enter the store or not. In addition, over half of all retail shoppers surveyed stated that they have chosen not to enter a store simply because the storefront was not clean.

Premise Liability Law

In addition, all business owners are required to keep their properties free from hazards that could lead to the public injuring themselves on the property. Slip-and-fall accidents are extremely common, and about one million Americans experience slip-and-fall injuries each year. Many of these falls occur in store parking lots.

While you may take care to fix parking lot potholes and cracks that could lead to slip-and-falls your business could be held liable for, you may not realize that your business could also be held liable for slipand-fall accidents that occur due to a customer slipping on a liquid such as oil in your parking lot or tripping over debris on your lot.

STOREFRONT CLEANING TIPS

Keeping your storefront clean doesn’t have to be difficult. Try implementing the following tips

1. Sweep and Inspect the Parking Lot at Least Every Morning

Be sure to clear your parking lot of debris every morning before your store opens to remove items your customers could trip on during the course of your business day. While clearing debris, also inspect the lot for spilled liquids, such as oil that may have leaked from cars, and clean up these spills promptly to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.

Also, have employees check the lot often throughout the day for new debris and fall hazards, and have them clean it up promptly.

2. Have Graffiti Removed Promptly

Graffiti is a large problem in California today. In fact, in one recent year alone, over 32 million square feet of graffiti had to be cleaned up in the city of Los Angeles alone. If you frequently or occasionally arrive at your store to see that your storefront has been vandalized with graffiti, then it is very important to have it cleaned up by professionals promptly.

Graffiti removal professionals have an array of graffiti removal products and techniques they can use to restore the exterior surface of your building back to its original condition without damaging it.

The longer the graffiti remains on your storefront, the more shoppers the graffiti will likely deter.

3. Have Your Parking Lot Professionally Cleaned Annually

No matter how often you sweep your parking lot and clean up spills, it can be tough to remove embedded dirt, tire marks, and stains that accumulate on its surface. This makes it important to have your parking lot cleaned by a cleaning company at least once a year. After professional parking lot cleaning, you may be surprised when many of the parking lot stains you thought were permanent are able to be removed easily with the right professional cleaning products.

If you are a retail business owner or manager, then realize that the cleanliness of your storefront is just as important as the cleanliness of the interior of your store. Contact Crestview Property Maintenance  for all of your retail store exterior cleaning needs.

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 What Are Day Porter Service Providers And Why Do You Need Them?

Every commercial property needs to be properly maintained and cleaned and that’s what a day porter service provider can do for your company. Without proper cleaning and repair, the building will soon be a gathering place for dirt, grime, trash, peeling paint, cobwebs, streaked windows, and filthy restrooms.  Doesn’t sound good, does it?

A lack of cleanliness and basic minor repair can lead to much bigger problems and a reduction in property value. In order to ensure cleanliness and maintenance of a building, find yourself a good day porter service.  This service provides people to clean malls, stores, hotels, offices, and other public buildings.

Day porters are used to working in busy, high traffic areas, and are familiar with all kinds of cleaning and trash removal, as well as minor repairs and painting.

Where To Find A Day Porter Service Provider

Crestview worker providing day porter service at a commercial locationThere are lots of companies that provide these kinds of services and they are not hard to find. In fact, you can do it with just a few clicks because there are a lot of websites offering day porter services.

  • Check day porter websites and see if the services available fit your needs.
  • Ask for referrals and recommendations from friends and businesses associates.
  • Ask your parking lot sweeping provider if the company also offers day porter services.

You should check out the specific services that day porters provide. This way, you can be aware of what to look for and what questions to ask.

The Scope Of Services

There are various agencies and companies that offer day porter services and the scope is quite wide: The services usually include:

  • cleaning, picking up of trash by hand when needed, disinfecting when necessary
  • removal of litter from the daily traffic of workers, visitors, and clients who use the facility
  • cleaning and maintenance of restrooms
  • dusting, cleaning up of spills
  • window washing
  • emptying, wiping down, and relining trash bins
  • cleaning and tidying newspaper, magazine, and information stands, and telephone booths
  • painting walls and trim

Almost everything related to cleaning and maintenance of public facilities is provided by a day porter service, but check and make sure everything you want done will be included.  For instance, you may want to check on what won’t be done – e.g., toxic waste items or needles might not be removed.

Things To Remember When Hiring This Service

crestview day porter cleaning a box office ticket windowIn order to get all the services you need, you should keep several factors in mind when choosing a day porter. Knowing the qualities that a day porter should possess can help in your evaluation of the services offered.  Day porters should:

  • be skilled and knowledgeable about cleaning techniques for a variety of surfaces
  • understand the importance of sanitization and know when it is needed
  • have a clear understanding of not only the importance of cleanliness in public areas but also how to do their jobs efficiently with a minimum of disruption to the people around them
  • have good cleaning equipment and know how to use it properly
  • have access to, and know how to use, non-chemical cleaners if requested
  • be able to determine if locks, buzzers, outlets, and other such items need to be replaced or repaired
  • be bonded, insured, and licensed
  • should guarantee satisfaction

Communication skills are important too, because day porters should be able to collaborate with the maintenance supervisor and be experienced in dealing with both clients and tenants.

These are just some of the factors you need to consider before hiring a day porter provider. Find the best provider out there so that you receive good value for your money.

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