Published: 07/25/2022

- by Alana Ashby

Here are some reasons why street sweeping in HOAs should be a requirement.

● Pollution prevention. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists sweeping as one of the best management practices to prevent water pollution.

Street sweeping is one of the most economical ways to cut down the amount of sediments, trash, bacteria, and vegetation that build up on streets and parking lots, and eventually run off into water systems. Keeping storm drains and catch basins clean reduces the chances of street flooding during heavy rainstorms.

According to the EPA, the main cause of air pollution is airborne dust from roads, construction sites, or activity in parking lots.

● Protect your investments. The asphalt and concrete surfaces in parking lots or garages are a significant investment, so it makes sense to maintain them by sweeping regularly. Sweeping removes dirt, sand, and other debris that diminishes the service life of your parking area’s pavement, striping, and seal coating. The cost of repaving a parking lot or repairing a parking deck often far exceeds the cost of a regular sweeping schedule.

Regularly scheduled sweeping also safeguards against any water that might pool in cracks or holes in the pavement, causing asphalt to deteriorate, or causing someone to trip and fall. Sweeping parking lots also reduces the need for extensive interior floor maintenance by minimizing the amounts of dirt that is trapped inside.

Alana Ashby, CMCA and owner of AMI, helped to establish and served as a Board Member for Community Associations Institute (CAI) Idaho Chapter. Alana has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management, real estate development and management, as well as negotiation.

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