The property management company that manages several Fox Chapel area homes and businesses, including a commercial printing company and a painting business, have found what they consider an effective method for reducing the problem of “spill water” in the swimming pool. They have placed signs in several locations around the property to remind homeowners and businesses of the new “no-spill” policy. In addition to the signs, Fox Chapel is also using high-pressure washing equipment in some of the areas where no-spill washing is being done. (Spill washing is the practice of cleaning up a dirty, wet spot in a pool before it becomes saturated and begin to attract bugs.)
The pressure washing equipment is located in the driveway of the Printing Company, on the north side of the parking lot. The equipment has been in use for quite some time, and is being used to wash down all of the driveways in the business area. The pressure washers are new, and were not available at the beginning of the Cleaning Company’s operations. The drivers of the trucks are instructed to keep the equipment as low-profile as possible. Because of the location of the equipment, drivers cannot just keep spraying, and are prohibited from pumping any kind of foam in the water.
Cleaning the driveways and property lines near the printers has become a routine for the P.A. Pressure Washing near Fox Chapel P.A. do a great job. When I told the owner of the company that I saw the new signage, he looked at me and said that he didn’t know if he should be worried about the new sign or not. I explained to him that while having a signed contract with the company, he was still responsible for adhering to those policies.
If a homeowner does not follow the company’s policy to the letter, there are a number of penalties that can be incurred. There is the potential for the cost of a lawsuit to get paid back to the property owner. There is also the potential for the cost of the damage to the property to get covered by the contractor. If an errant truck driver hits your house, you may be required to repair or replace all or a portion of the property.
As a property owner, I felt that it was important to have the signage. My main concern was not the perception of “scam artists” out to make a quick buck. I wanted to ensure that my neighborhood was safe from dirty trucks and flying debris. I also wanted to make sure that anyone who saw a vehiclewash in progress could do nothing to intervene and prevent what was about to happen.
While driving around the neighborhood, I noticed that there were many signs that advised drivers to keep on the right, and to keep left when driving around the property. I also noticed that there were very few street signs, most of which were placed on the curb. The drivers that did not abide by these rules were immediately irritated, and cursed at me. For my part, I was glad that there were so few driving violations near Fox Chapel P.A.
While driving around the property, I noticed several large black plastic trash bins placed in between rows of vehicles. I assumed that they were placed there to catch the larger pieces of trash that would be flying through the air. However, when I parked my car, there were no trash cans in place.
When I parked my car, there were two guys in front of me, walking in an attempt to complete their black plastic trash bags. I approached them and asked if they were going to do some pressure washing. They said they were. I told them that I was interested, and that I would let them know my contact information.