A&G’s Road Maintenance & Street Cleaning Blog
With the onslaught of winter coming up, now is the time to think about preparing your construction site for the inevitable difficulties caused by ice and snow.
Instead of coping with the elements, consider contacting a local commercial snow plowing service to keep your site clear of snow and keep the roads salted to prevent accidents or damage to your machines.
The Benefits of Commercial Snow Plow Services
While you might be leery of commercial snow plowing rates, they pay for themselves in no time by reducing the amount of days you miss on the job site due to inclement weather, as well as preventing accidents caused by snow and ice.
Of course, the biggest benefit to contracting a local snow plow service in an area with intense winters is that it allows you to continue working on a job site deeper into the season, instead of having to hibernate when the snow comes.
Why You Should Choose A&G's Snow Plow Services
At A&G, our commercial snow plowing services are trusted by municipalities and construction companies across the GTA, including Newmarket Alliston, Mississauga and Brampton.
Our fleet of heavy-duty snow plows are kitted out to remove snow and ice from industrial areas and construction sites with hydraulic powered plows and dump style spreaders for easy delivery of salt in bulk or to apply to the road.
We also offer 24/7 emergencys now removal, so you don't have to worry about giving your guys a snow day after a bad blizzard. We can also prep your site in advance of a bad snow storm with a combination of salt, sand, and pre-wetting techniques that prevent ice from building up.
To learn more about our snow plow services and competitive commercial snow plowing rates, contact us today. A&G is one of the oldest and most successful local snow plowing services in the GTA.
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Once upon a time, every excavator company lived in fear of their backhoe hitting a utility line and having to pay to replace it (as well as shutting down a whole community's power.)
However, with the introduction of air excavation and hydro excavation, tasks like sewer cleaning, catch basin cleaning and high pressure washing have become safer and easier than ever.
However, which method is better for your property? Let us break down whether you should invest in air or hydro excavation services.
Air and Hydrovac: Pros and Cons
With both air and hydro excavation, focused air or water is used to break down soil, which is then sucked up into vacuum trucks without damaging underground power lines or cables. The primary difference between air and hydro excavation is speed; hydrovac tends to be much faster than airvac for tasks like sewer cleaning and catch basin cleaning.
However, the advantages that airvac holds over hydrovac is that whereas the material a hydro excavator sucks up can't be reused and trucks have to bring in new soil to fill in, an air excavator can just fill up the hole with the same debris. Additionally, costs and time can be taken up significantly when vacuum trucks have to travel a long distance to dump their loads of hydro excavator muck.
How Climate Affects Air and Hydro Excavation
One large factor that should affect your choice between air and hydro excavation is where your property is located. While both perform well in warmer climes, hydrovac excels in colder temperatures where the water can thaw and soften hardened, chilled ground.
By the same token, air excavation is better in very wet areas where frequent rain results in mud that hydrovac can't adequately process. That being said, we recommend hydro excavation in the Greater Toronto Area for its year-round applications and more efficient usage.
When you need a hydro excavator and vacuum trucks for tasks like sewer cleaning, catch basin cleaning, and high pressure washing, come to A&G: The Road Cleaners for the best hydrovac services in Toronto! Contact us today.
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You wouldn't let the summer go by without power washing your windows, so why would you skimp out on pressure washing your commercial business? There are many benefits of commercial power washing, not the least of which is increasing your commercial building's aesthetic appeal.
More than just beautifying the exterior, our power washing services can add longevity, reduce air pollution, and get rid of salt residue and grime accumulation. Here's how our commercial pressure washing business can make your property healthier and prettier.
Cleaning without Harmful Chemicals
Instead of messing around with hazardous chemicals whose runoff could damage the environment, most grime and debris can be blasted away with commercial pressure washing services. At A & G, we take the environment seriously and ensure our commercial pressure washing business has lowest environmental footprint possible through rigorous testing.
Clear Snow and Ice from Working Areas
Commercial pressure washing isn't just for spring cleaning. If your working areas get snowed in during the harsh Canadian winter, our pressure washing services can get your people back to work quickly and easily simply, through the power of power washing.
Save Money with Competitive Commercial Pressure Washing Prices
If your main objection to partaking in the benefits of pressure washing is the price point, the good news is you can get expert power washing services for less from A & G: The Road Cleaners. While other companies might overcharge for this essential service, our commercial pressure washing prices are customer-friendly.
When you need to keep your commercial building in tip-top shape, our power washing services are available at prime commercial pressure washing prices. A & G: The Road Cleaners are the GTA's leading provider of pressure washing services and will keep your property beautiful and healthy with minimal environmental impact. Call today!
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Think street sweeping services are just about making roads look better?
Think again! A road sweeper does so much more than improving aesthetics and reducing road wear. From protecting the environment to enhancing public safety, here are some of the unexpected benefits of street sweeping in Toronto.
Reduce Pollution with Street Sweeping in Toronto
Passing vehicles leave behind a plethora of pollutants in their wake. Gasoline, oil dripping, metal particles and waste end up coating roads over time. This nasty layer of toxicity proves a danger not only to local wildlife, but also to humans if vehicles kick up dust filled with contaminants. Or worse, if it gets picked up by storm water and carried into lakes and rivers.
The American Environmental Protection Agency named street sweeping services as one of the key elements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which is aimed at protecting waterways from contamination - and it's easy to see why!
Water erodes even the hardest rock over time, and that process happens even quicker when debris blocks off storm drains and gutters. This leads to flooding that puts road wear on overdrive, meaning more frequent road work, and more headaches for road users. Regular street sweeping can add years to the life of pavement by limiting the effects of erosion.
Protecting Cyclists and Pedestrians
Road debris is one of the major dangers on the street for both motorists as well as pedestrians and cyclists. A rusty nail blowing out a tire or a large rock knocking a bicycle over are the sort of unexpected instances that lead to major accidents and even death for the road's most vulnerable users.
One of the most important benefits of street sweeping is removing these pieces of debris before they cause such accidents, thus keeping the roads safe for everyone who uses them.
More than just safety, street sweeping away debris also protects cars from dings and scratches caused by detritus.
Still curious about the surprising benefits of street sweeping?
Contact A&G The Road Cleaners today to learn more about what our fleet of PM10-compliant road sweepers can do for you. We've been street sweeping Toronto for 25 years for clients ranging from municipalities to private organizations.
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Dump trucks are one of the most commonly seen construction vehicles on the road. Who didn't have a toy dump truck growing up? However, dump trucks might be going the way of the dodo bird thanks to the popularity of live bottom trailers in recent years.
Rather than "dumping" out a load of gravel or asphalt like traditional dump trucks, live bottom trailers pushes material out the back instead using a conveyor belt bed, which has several advantages over a tandem dump truck.
Live Bottom Trailers and Safety
By simple virtue of not having to lift its whole body into the air in order to unload, live bottom trailers have a much lower risk of rolling over than a tandem dump truck. That factor also means they can be unloaded anywhere, even on uneven terrain. Plus, the risk of an inexperienced driver knocking over power lines when they raise the bed is completely erased.
Live Bottom Trailers and Convenience
Because live bottom trailers don't unload their entire haul at once, but rather discharges it at a steady pace, you can empty out partial loads at different locations. This slower method also ensures an evener spread of materials, making precision tasks like laying down asphalt much easier.
The conveyor belt also means less detritus and residue stick to the bottom of live bottom trailers than a tandem dump truck, meaning that cleaning it out after a job is much faster. It's also easier on whoever drew the short straw at the end of the day.
Advantages of a Tandem Dump Truck
While live bottom trailers are superior to dump trucks in many ways, there are still many jobs you need a good ol' tandem dump truck for.
Tandem dump truck capacity is better suited for transporting dense materials like heavy rocks or tires, making them ideal for carrying demolition waste.
Despite tandem dump truck capacity, one major advantage live bottom trailers have over traditional dump trucks is lower insurance costs because of their enhanced safety capabilities.
A&G The Road Cleaners offers a wide variety of dump trucks and live bottom trailers for rent in the Greater Toronto Area. From a traditional tandem dump truck to live bottom trailers in three different sizes, we have the perfect material transportation vehicles for whatever tasks your job site requires.
Contact us today to learn whether a tandem dump truck or one of our live bottom trailers is best suited to your needs.
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