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When you own a parking facility, it’s amazing to see how dirty it gets in just a few months. While you can sweep debris or blow it away, oil and other chemicals from vehicles get left behind. A commercial property cleaning company that provides pressure washing services may be the answer you seek. Before you hire just any professional power washing company, however, make sure they specialize in handling wastewater so your business doesn’t end up being a non-point source of pollution.

Water Pollution Terms

• Urban runoff: Polluted water that enters storm drains after washing a car, watering a lawn or another similar activity.

• Storm water runoff: Water runoff that results from rainfall, which can drain off urban landscapes and carry pollutants along the way.

• Non-point source pollution: Water pollution that does not come from a discernible source; the pollution is generally the result of water runoff that carries natural and human-made pollutants to bodies of water.

Non-Point Source Pollution Overview and Consequences

Urban runoff and storm water both enter storm drains in the streets. The most common pollutants in these waters include cleaning agents that may have toxic degreasers and muriatic acid, as well as used motor oil, which may contain copper, chromium, lead and cadmium. When such pollutants enter storm drains, the local ecosystem, wildlife and water quality become compromised. It takes only one quart of used motor oil to pollute 250,000 gallons of water.

A major oil spill in a large body of water is devastating to the local ecosystem and economy. What many don’t realize, however, is that up to 80 percent of the pollution in aquatic environments comes from chemicals and debris that wash off outdoor surfaces when it rains. While you may never purposefully dump pollutants down a storm drain, they may just as easily enter one if you don’t hire a green professional power washing company to clean your parking facility.

When you think about pressure washing services, parking facilities and wastewater, it’s simple to come up with a list of pollutants that can enter a storm drain – oil, antifreeze, grime, salts, dirt, gasoline, paint, chewing gum, food, beverages, paper and more. Generic pressure washing services can generate between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons of polluted water for every 100,000 to 500,000 square feet. While it only takes a couple of minutes to wash the debris in a parking facility down the nearest drain, it can take years to clean the polluted wastewater out of the nearby creeks, rivers and (ultimately) the ocean.

Green Commercial Property Cleaning Solutions

Power washing is the quickest commercial property cleaning solution for parking facilities. A green professional power washing company will be familiar with the Clean Water Act (or comparable local legislation); carry the appropriate sewer discharge permits; and follow best management practices for wastewater cleaning and disposal. The latest pressure washing technologies incorporate an industrial vacuum onto a robotic mobile pressure washer that also contains wastewater-processing equipment. The equipment separates the contaminants from the wastewater, discharges the cleaned water into an on-site sewer and retains the hazardous waste so the pros can dispose of it properly. The experts also use storm drain covers, large holding tanks with a 500- to 1,000-gallon capacity and are happy to provide you with proof of legal disposal if they plan to get rid of the dirty water at a government-approved facility.

Following green practices to manage the cleaning of your parking facility is about more than just social responsibility and environmental ethics. It’s also about protecting your reputation as a business owner, being part of a proactive solution and not getting slapped with a hefty pollution-related fine. Contact a green professional power washing company for more information about environmentally compliant solutions for parking facilities.


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