builders looking for street sweeping services say they are looking
for a company that is reliable, cost effective and performance oriented;
nevertheless, when it comes time to choose a street sweeping service,
they often base their decision entirely on price and forget how
costly an unreliable, underperforming, sweeping service can be,
especially in today's EPA - conscious environment.
Soil inspectors and your prospective home buyers don’t
want to see dirt tracks…and neither do we!
The bane of existence of any street sweeper is the complaints surrounding
stirring up dust, leaving dirt tracks (sometimes called “snail’s
trails”) and not picking up all of the debris.
The ultimate sweeping performance of any street sweeper is the
direct result of how well they maintain their equipment and how
well they train their street sweeping operators.
Maintaining the Equipment
The sweeping industry’s standards were not strong enough
for us, so we developed our own. For instance, our new factory purchased
trucks undergo a 3-week customization process that eliminates the
complaints mentioned above. We install a second water pump and additional
spray bars so that more water is sprayed onto the road surface,
which helps minimize dust and aids in pickup.
We have also implemented a 32-step daily maintenance program that
ensures our brooms are operating properly, so that maximum sweeping
performance is achieved. It is designed to ensure that our street
sweepers are operating at optimal performance. For example, on a
daily basis, our operators measure the length of the sweeper’s
brooms. This is important because shorter brooms can affect sweeping
performance. We adhere to the following daily regimented standards
and adjustments for optimal performance:
Right gutter broom - no less
than 7.5 inches
Left gutter broom - no less than 6 inches
Rear broom – no less than 6.5 inches
||Elevator chains need a 3 inch gap
T-plates are straight (directly resonsible
for dirt tracks)
Rear broom pattern is set and checked
Rear broom chains are adjusted properly
|| Bearings are greased twice per day
If the brooms or adjustments on any Thesing Power Sweeping truck
measure less than these standards, we change them or adjust them
BEFORE they are dispatched on their daily
routes. Other street sweeping companies try to squeeze every last
ounce of broom life out of their street sweepers. The result
– higher operating profits for them and poorly swept streets
Proper Training of Operators
Street sweepers are large commercial vehicles that require specialized
and technical training in order to operate and the nature of street
sweeping places significant demands on the street sweeper. They
are extremely high maintenance and simple mistakes can render the
sweeper useless. As outlined above, our sweepers undergo extensive
modifications and maintenance, but the best maintained sweepers
will not perform effectively if the operator is not properly trained.
Our operators are qualified to perform maintenance on the street
sweepers. As a matter of fact, our operators perform maintenance
procedures on the street sweeper DURING the day while they are in
the field. These procedures are designed to provide optimal sweeping
performance and they include such things as greasing both the bearings
and rear broom 2 times per day.
A significant component to sweeping housing developments is having
an operator who is alert, communicates well and is properly trained.
The sweeper operator MUST communicate with the superintendent to
understand where to dump the debris that is picked up by the sweeper.
We understand that haphazard dumping of debris on silt fences, finished
grade lots and next to model homes is unacceptable. We work with
your superintendents to determine a prearranged dump site.
Our new employees are on a probation period of 90 days, during
which time they are trained on every aspect of sweeping and sweeper
maintenance. The highlights of the training process include:
First week of employment is
spent in the shop with our mechanic to gain an understanding
of the operational aspects and functionality of the sweeper.
Ride in the passenger's seat with an experienced
street sweeping operator for an indefinite period of time.
This training further enhances week one training, but it
also provides a hands-on element.
Operate a street sweeper with an experienced
operator in the passenger seat.
Operate a street sweeper alone; however,
the trainee rides behind an experienced street sweeping
operator for an indefinite period of time. This training
provides the new employee with actual operating experience,
but not at the expense of our customers. The learning curve
is on us! It also reinforces training by providing the trainee
with the ability to see how the back of the sweeper operates.
||Routine maintenance procedures and training
on specialized street sweeper tools. The purpose of this training
is to allow the operator to diagnose and fix certain malfunctions
if they occur in the field and to continually ensure the sweeper
is operating optimally. We believe we stand alone in the
industry regarding operator mechanical proficiency!
"I was recently speaking to the soil inspector
who praised the appearance of our site. We both agreed it was due
in large part to the weekly street sweeping performed by Thesing
Power Sweeping. Thanks to Thesing, I continue to pass those soil
inspections without worry"! - Bob R. - Superintendent
"...having used Thesing in the past, I know that
your service is excellent and that your street sweepers use high
quality brooms. The bottom line with Thesing is that I NEVER need
to call you, which is high praise in this business." - Eric
S. - Superintendent
We have a fleet of sixteen large mechanical broom sweepers
and we service the largest builders in the tri-state area, including:
Beazer, Centex, D.R Horton, J.S. Hovnanian & Sons, K. Hovnanian,
Lennar, Orleans Home Builders, Pulte Homes, Ryan Homes, Signature
Homes, and TH Properties!
Our Company has grown consistently for the past 16 consecutive
years since formation and we understand the importance of our service
to you, especially when the local soil inspector is due for an inspection.
The business owner is also the dispatcher and scheduler and is an
ex-Coopers & Lybrand executive who understands the meaning of
words: reliability, dependability and deadlines.
"I want to acknowledge the tremendous service
that Thesing has provided K. Hovnanian over the years. It is rare
in today’s market to find a contractor able to provide consistently
high quality service and to afford us the last minute response to
unforeseen challenges. I have worked with Thesing the whole of my
development career. They have kept my sites clean and my inspectors
satisfied and have not let me down once. We have never needed to
call them for no shows. I would like to give my most sincere gratitude
and respect to a company I consider a benchmark in the industry
and a great help to us all. Thanks and keep it up!" - Shaun
H. - Land Development Supervisor
We always know the whereabouts of our sweepers through
a network of two-way radios that are in constant contact with the
dispatcher. What does this mean for you? In the event of an emergency
or last minute call, a Thesing sweeper is always just a phone call
away. And a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system is on the
"I have never heard a complaint
from any superintendents concerning the weekly sweeping performed
by Thesing. I have only had to call Thesing for emergencies and
you have always answered my requests with a "yes." I am
not quite sure how you are able to perform for my last minute phone
calls; however I wanted to let you know it is greatly appreciated."
- Jeff G. - Land Development Manager
"I wanted to express my appreciation for your
service provided to my site on Memorial Day weekend. I reluctantly
called your office at 2:00 p.m. to request a sweep by the next day.
It was a pleasant surprise to see the clubhouse area clean and ready
for our residents come early Saturday morning." - Dan R
. - Superintendent
We believe it is 100% reasonable for you to be of the opinion
that "breakdowns are not my problem - I need my development
swept today!" In order to address this concern, we strive to
maintain a newer fleet of sweepers; we have purchased 5 new trucks
recently. In order to ensure maximum operating performance, Thesing
adheres to a comprehensive and regimented 32-step daily maintenance
program that recently received praise from the New Jersey State
Police during a Department of Transportation audit, which we passed
with flying colors.
We also realize it is unrealistic to expect sweeping trucks never
to breakdown. Therefore, we employ 2 full-time mechanics with a
service truck to repair our sweepers as quickly as possible. In
the event that we cannot, we maintain 2 extra sweeping trucks that
are available to substitute.
Each truck in our sweeper fleet is painted every 2 to 3
years in order to maintain a clean and professional image. Our drivers
are professional and uniformed and they are required to power wash
their trucks at the end of the workday. We understand that the image
of your subcontractors reflects on your overall image with your