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Construction Clean Up in the Winter

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Construction clean up services Tucson is an important process that must adapt to changing seasonal weather. The approach to cleaning will differ between the hot summer days and the colder, wetter winter months. The following explains the process for winter cleaning and what it means for a business owner.

Focus Area

The main difference between summer and winter cleanup is a shift in the focus area. Warmer weather means keeping the outside of the construction site clean and in working order. As temperatures cool and crews begin working on indoor tasks, the main objective is the interior space and keeping it accessible and useful to workers. Having people and equipment operating in a smaller space creates clutter and hazards, making cleaning and safety top priorities.

Equipment and Tools

construction equipmentAnother difference between seasons is the equipment and tools that are used. When cold weather arrives, so does frost and ice. This creates a layer of moisture on machinery, tools, sidewalks and buildings. A professional clean-up crew will de-ice needed equipment before the work day begins by utilizing heaters, shovels and rock salt. This procedure should be an integral part of any wintertime construction site.

Effort and Time

It requires more effort and time to clean up a construction site in winter than it does when the weather is warm. Workers become cold and must stop periodically to warm up their feet and hands. It is also important for them to eat and drink enough water to stay hydrated. Cold weather also requires extra layers of clothing. This means the clean-up crew will have to work much harder to complete their duties while trying to keep warm.

Other Precautions

Winter outdoorsWinter means mud, ice and snow, all of which can be tracked indoors, making the areas around doors extra hazardous. This means sweeping and mopping these locations several times per day to remove mud, rock salt, water and other debris to prevent slips and falls. In addition to being proactive about safety, cleaners should ensure that workers are wearing non-slip footwear and there are extra layers of clothes available for a winter weather emergency. They should also be able to arrange transportation in case there are vehicle problems in the cold weather.

Southwestern Building Maintenance has the personnel and experience to handle cold-weather construction clean up needs. Call 520-790-6200 or visit the website for more information.