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Experience the Next Level of Environmental Responsibility with PavePro!

Experience the Next Level of Environmental Responsibility with PavePro!

Chemtek solutions are the cleanest and greenest in the business.  While PavePro boasts the strongest cleaning power and can outperform competitors, its unique differentiator is its ecologically sound, clean ingredients.

Using PavePro in your paving operations adds value to your business beyond its extraordinary cleaning power by allowing your business to:

  • Strengthen brand positioning by promoting your commitment to using environmentally friendly products
  • Provide a safe work environment for your crew
  • Raise the standard for sustainable practices in construction by incorporating eco-friendly solutions into your operations

High Flashpoint for Superior Safety & RCRA Compliance

PavePro’s flashpoint is significantly higher than other competitors. PavePro’s closed-cup flashpointis greater than 200° F which provides your paving crew a higher level of safety. Citrus products’ flashpoint is typically around 115° F, while diesel’s is 130° F. Learn more about flashpoint in asphalt cleaners. PavePro’s high flashpoint also means it is NOT considered a RCRA hazardous waste unlike its competitors. The Resource and Conservation Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) is a federal law requiring that hazardous waste be tracked from generation to disposal. RCRA considers both diesel and citrus cleaners hazardous wastes and therefore noncompliant.  

EPA Standards & Environmental Safety

PavePro Green adheres to EPA standards for environmental safety. The use of diesel fuel for asphalt removal or as a release agent is no longer Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliant. DOTs forbid contractors from using diesel fuel on state and federal jobs. PavePro was invented to replace diesel fuel and comply with EPA standards.

100% Biodegradability

Being 100% biodegradable means breaking down completely into natural materials (water, carbon dioxide, biomass – materials that will not harm the environment) in a reasonable amount of time. PavePro’s 5-day biodegradability is 54%, while citrus’ is 3% and diesel’s is 0%. Biodegradability is extremely important in protecting our water sources and the environment as a whole.

Don’t settle for anything less than the best, experience the next level of environmental responsibility and add value to your company with PavePro!

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Why PavePro is the Safest Asphalt Remover for your Crew

Why PavePro is the Safest Asphalt Remover for your Crew

When evaluating asphalt cleaners and removers, flash point is an important consideration for safety. The flash point of a material is the lowest temperature at which vapors of the material will ignite when given an ignition source. In the paving industry, diesel fuel and citrus solvents are commonly used to clean asphalt; however, these are among the most dangerous in terms of flammability. Flash point is directly related to flammability and therefore worker safety.

Explosions at asphalt plants are well-documented hazards, with one taking place in Leesburg, Florida this past April. From the production of asphalt to the lay-down site, the material itself is extremely hot. Introducing a release agent with the tendency to ignite is a dangerous combination. The flash point of diesel fuel is around 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The flash point of most citrus-based solvents hovers between 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) required all substances with a flash point lower than 140 degrees Fahrenheit to be handled with extra caution and often require extra transportation fees for such materials. Allowing cleaners with flash points lower than 140 degrees on your construction site poses unnecessary hazards to both workers and surrounding civilians.

Flash point is also used as one of four criteria for determining whether a substance is labeled by the EPA as a RCRA Hazardous Waste. A material only has to meet one criterion to receive “RCRA Hazardous Waste” distinction. Any asphalt cleaner with a flash point below 140 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a RCRA Hazardous Waste. This means the EPA classifies the material as dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. All RCRA hazardous wastes have specific disposal instructions. Since many asphalt release agents are used freely at shops, laydown sites, and asphalt plants, using a RCRA hazardous waste is both unsafe and expensive.

PavePro was developed specifically to replace the use of diesel fuel and citrus products for cleaning asphalt off of tools and equipment. PavePro has a flash point well over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is it much safer to use in asphalt operations, it is also more effective as it lasts longer and works harder than diesel fuel or citrus cleaners. PavePro is not a RCRA or DOT hazardous material and is significantly safer to use in the field, as well as cheaper since it does not need to be disposed of after use. Additionally, PavePro leaves behind a slick-oily film that will not easily evaporate, making it a highly effective asphalt cleaner with long-lasting release qualities.

Compare PavePro to the asphalt cleaner you’re using today and experience the PavePro difference! 

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Cut the Cost of Fatigue with Smarter Solutions

Cut the Cost of Fatigue with Smarter Solutions

Did you know that a single fatigued employee costs a construction company at least $3,500 a year in decreased productivity? 94% of construction workers report that they feel the impact of fatigue while on the job. Furthermore, 100% of construction workers report having at least one risk factor for fatigue. Risk factors include:

  • Physically demanding labor
  • Extended shifts (10 or more hours long)
  • Irregular shift times
  • Working 50 or more hours a week
  • Being in constant communication with other crew members
  • Having less than 12 hours in between shifts

A study was conducted by the National Safety Council in 2018 examining how big a factor working fatigued truly is. These alarming statistics listed above illustrate the fact that construction workers are at great risk of compromising their safety due to fatigue wearing on the body throughout the workday. The National Safety Council recommends various remedies to combat fatigue, such as proper shift scheduling practices and sleep education, but there are other ways to help eliminate this plague in the construction industry besides these.

Ultimately, having workers use products that save time, money, and effort cut down on worker fatigue and safety-related incidents.

Solutions

Paving

In the paving industry, the amount of time spent halting operations to remove built up asphalt throughout the day is staggering. It is unrealistic to expect end of day cleanup to be performed perfectly each day by already fatigued workers who just want to get home. Naturally, corners will be cut, causing equipment and machinery to break down and fail.  

PavePro Green is an asphalt remover that eliminates hardened asphalt five times better than competitors such as diesel fuel and citrus products. It possesses release qualities that leave behind a slick, oily substance preventing asphalt from building up overtime. With a flashpoint above 200° F, PavePro stays on equipment and tools longer, preventing the asphalt from building right back up. PavePro’s unparalleled level of cleaning power and unique release qualities save pavers time throughout the day and especially at the end of the day. Simply spraying PavePro on the equipment and letting it sit overnight will completely remove all dried asphalt. Using PavePro cuts down on worker fatigue and preserves the integrity of your paving machinery. PavePro is by far the most efficient solution, saving money in worker productivity and equipment maintenance/replacement overtime.

Silica Dust Suppression

After OSHA released the Table 1 silica dust rule in October of 2017, companies started implementing engineering controls such as water delivery and vacuum systems, in attempts to bring the respirable silica dust below the permissible exposure limit. However, these methods require a larger amount of effort be put forth, causing fatigued workers and decreased productivity.

Vacuums need the dust to be emptied regularly, causing operations to be stopped in order to properly dispose of the harmful particles. It is important to note however that emptying the vacuum bags puts the worker at high risk of silica exposure, as there is no measure for controlling dust during the process. OSHA has agreed that water-based suppression is a more effective than vacuums. However, the amount of water alone needed to truly keep the amount of silica dust in the acceptable range is double the amount typically sprayed, creating slurry. We all know this decreases efficiency and increases workload, wasting time and energy that could be allocated elsewhere.

NeSilex, a silica dust suppressant that is added to water tanks, reduces the amount of water needed to properly suppress silica dust by chemically changing the composition of the water droplets, making them attract the dust as opposed to repelling it. This chemical change allows the amount of water sprayed to be drastically reduced. Reduction in water increases efficiency of operations, cutting down the amount of times workers need to stop and refill the water tanks. NeSilex is extremely easy to use and requires no mixing or cleaning. Save money and effort by cutting down on the amount of water used and time wasted each day with NeSilex.

Conclusion

Fatigue on the job doesn’t have to be a given for construction workers. Fatigued workers ultimately take away from your bottom line and put companies at risk of work-related safety incidents. Choosing more effective options, such as PavePro and NeSilex, for your operations is the smarter solution in the short AND long term. Cut down on fatigue, save money, and make your company a safer and more satisfying place for road construction and maintenance workers.

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Drawbacks of Using Citrus to Remove Asphalt

Drawbacks of Using Citrus to Remove Asphalt

Introduction

PavePro is the industry leading solution for removing asphalt from paving tools and equipment, but PavePro isn’t the only asphalt cleaner on the market. Many asphalt removers are citrus-based. PavePro contains no citrus so let’s look at how it stacks up against citrus alternatives.

Safety, Flashpoint & Flammability

When considering flashpoint and flammability, the difference in safety between citrus-based cleaners and PavePro is profound. While citrus cleaners have not been banned for use by the EPA (like diesel fuel), they are considered a RCRA (Resource Conservation & Recovery Act) hazardous waste. RCRA classifies a hazardous waste as any material that has a flashpoint below 140°. Citrus products’ flashpoint is typically 115°F, putting it well below the threshold.

A flashpoint of 115° F or lower also means the material is combustible. Working with asphalt especially in high heat, is dangerous. The danger is compounded by handling hazardous citrus substances that could ignite when 115° F is reached. Ignitions ranging from smaller, equipment-based incidents to large-scale asphalt plant explosions are real possibilities when handling citrus products. With a flashpoint over 200° F, PavePro is neither combustible nor flammable. PavePro eliminates the risks of flashpoint-related accidents and is the safest solution removing asphalt from paving equipment in the field and at the shop.

Another area of concern for many citrus-based cleaners is the additional additives needed to boost cleaning power. Many citrus cleaners include environmental disrupters and carcinogens to add additional cleaning power, but are the advantages worth the cost? Let’s take a look! 2-butoxyethanol (butyl) is found in many powerful citrus solvents; unfortunately, butyl is a known carcinogen that causes harm when inhaled and exposed to the skin. Exposure to butyl can lead to cancer, leukemia, and other serious diseases. Some citrus cleaners also contain nonylphenols which is type of alkylphenol ethoxylate (APE). APEs are an environmental hazard and known as “endocrine disrupters.” When APEs enter a water source they can poison fish, altering their reproductive system. Both butyl and APEs present serious dangers and it’s important to ensure workers are not exposed to these hazards. PavePro Green is an environmentally safe product that contains absolutely no hazardous ingredients. While it boasts impressive cleaning power, it doesn’t contain the hazardous additives found in many competitive products.

Cleaning Power

Cleaning power is what makes an asphalt remover valuable to a paving crew – an efficient asphalt cleaner reduces labor costs, material costs, and equipment repairs. Citrus cleaners are less than half as effective at removing asphalt from equipment and machinery than PavePro. While citrus-based cleaners do have powerful cleaning capabilities and tend to clean quickly, the low flashpoint leads to a high evaporation rate. This means more product is required and constant re-application is needed. PavePro’s high flashpoint and slow evaporation rate allow it work harder and longer to remove tough asphalt build-up. Less product is needed, and labor hours aren’t wasted on re-application efforts.

Release Qualities

Citrus-based cleaners also do not possess release qualities. Applying them to tools or equipment to generate release is futile due to the high evaporation rate. As soon as hot asphalt hits the cleaner, it evaporates. No film is left behind to protect the equipment or machinery from asphalt buildup. Essentially, asphalt will continue accumulating and multiple reapplications will be necessary. In contrast, PavePro Green, has unique release qualities that allow more than 50 shovels of asphalt before noticeable asphalt build-up occurs. These release qualities enhance PavePro’s effectiveness and superiority, saving your crew time and your company money.

Cost-Effectiveness

            The price of citrus-based cleaners fluctuates based on the market-price of orange oil which is relatively unstable. Generally, citrus-based cleaners require larger margins to cover these raw material fluctuations meaning the price is high for the quality of product being supplied. PavePro’s price is not dependent on raw material cost fluctuations which allows for a competitive and stable pricing structure.

Conclusion

            Citrus-based asphalt cleaners pale in comparison to PavePro when examining effectiveness, safety, and overall quality. Choose the option that works harder and longer, while protecting your crew and the environment.

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End of Paving Season Cleaning Q&A

End of Paving Season Cleaning Q&A

Temperatures are cooling in much of the US which means paving season is ending in many states. Before shifting focus to snow removal and winter operations, it’s important to ensure paving tools and equipment are properly cleaned, maintained, and stored so they’re ready for next Spring! Failing to properly clean and maintain paving equipment can cause costly machinery repairs and replacements due to asphalt and other residue damage.  

Here are a few commonly asked questions related to end-of-season best practices and clean-up:

How often should I clean my paver?

Pavers should be cleaned at the end of each workday. Leaving asphalt on equipment causes it to jump or break when heated the next day, which could halt operations for hours resulting in costly delays. Hardened asphalt is five times as difficult to clean off the machine, which is another reason cleaning daily is a necessity. Additionally, clean machines also make it much easier to identify issues with the machine and fix them before more costly repairs are required. Using a cleaner with release capabilities can help prevent asphalt build up at the job site and make end-of-day clean-up an easier and less time-consuming process. In additional to end-of-day clean-up, more extensive, detailed cleaning should be conducted prior to storing any tool or equipment.

When does paving season end?

It depends! For the southern parts of the US, temperatures are warm enough to pave year-round; however, in more northern areas, low temperatures prevent full-scale paving operations during the winter. For asphalt to set properly and avoid cracking, it should be laid in temperatures above 45° F.  If temperatures fall below this threshold for an extended period, it makes sense for asphalt plants and paving operations to shut down completely until warmer weather returns. Running an asphalt plant in low temperatures is an expensive endeavor as more electricity and heat are needed to keep the asphalt hot. While hot and warm mix asphalt cannot be used in low temperatures, cold patch is still an option for small patching jobs. It’s important to note that cold patch and asphalt used in cooler temperatures is generally harder to clean.

When is the best time for maintenance on my paving equipment and machinery?

Off-season is the perfect time for asphalt plants and paving companies to conduct maintenance, replace damaged equipment, and deep clean all asphalt paving equipment. While paving companies should clean equipment daily, cleaning in the off-season allows areas that are not reached often to be cared for and maintained. Machinery covers and guards should be removed to reach difficult asphalt or built-up grime. Paving equipment and machinery are valuable assets – taking the time each off-season to clean them as thoroughly as possible will preserve their condition and lengthen their useful life. 

What is the best daily or end-of-season cleaner for my paving equipment?

PavePro Green should be your go-to cleaning solution for all paving tools and equipment. It is the most effective asphalt remover and will make end-of-season cleanup and maintenance efficient and easy. PavePro Green has a low evaporation rate so it will continue breaking down asphalt over an extended period of time. To get the most out of your cleaning, apply PavePro Green, give it time to work (as little as 10 minutes or, for best results, let sit overnight) before rinsing down with a pressure washer or removing asphalt with a scraper. PavePro Green will degrade rubber and break down paint – if PavePro comes in contact with a part of the equipment that could be damaged by a solvent, simply rinse with water – this will “de-activate” PavePro’s solvency and prevent damage.

PavePro Green is a powerful asphalt remover with unique release qualities. It is safe to use and meets all EPA and RCRA regulations. PavePro is 100% biodegradable and non-hazardous.

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What are the differences between asphalt and concrete?

What are the differences between asphalt and concrete?

Asphalt and concrete are the two most commonly used materials for paving. However, while they may seem similar, the two substances are actually very different. Their applications differ depending on factors such as the job type, regional location, and purpose. For example, concrete is more commonly used large-scale in the southwest because of the warmer temperatures that won’t crack the concrete. Additionally, 94% of US highways are paved with asphalt because they are quick to construct and easy to maintain (NAPA). Advantages and disadvantages of using both asphalt and concrete are listed below:

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