It’s not the first thought that comes to an environmentalist’s mind when considering the mining and construction industries, but regular heavy equipment cleaning holds very definite positives for the environment – especially when it comes to the problem of spreading invasive species.We all know the type of work large equipment and heavy vehicles are required to do, and any pressure washing company understands the state in which they can end up by the end of the working day. Dirt roads, muddy plant and dusty construction sites all ensure a huge amount of dirt and grime is picked up by the vehicles. Solid items, like gravel and small pieces debris, can get stuck in the threads the tyres too. But there is more to it than just what can be seen. Carried in the dirt and grime, and on the tiny rocks in the tyre treads can also be tiny insects, their eggs and plant seeds. As the vehicles and equipment are moved around, the eggs and seeds are moved too, effectively spreading invasive species.
What Are Invasive Species?
The term ‘invasive species’ may sound a little aggressive, but the concept is accurate. Basically, these are species of flora and fauna that invade a local ecology and can take over.A large scale example spreading invasive species is animal overpopulation in a given region, like the cane toad, introduced to Australia in 1935 to deal with local pests. From a population of 101, it’s now millions strong and is considered a pest itself. More often than not, however, the invasion is covert rather than a purposeful introduction. All that is needed is a method by which to travel. Just as the wind can carry some plant seed over many miles, and insects have used animals, vehicles are now proving a perfect way of spreading invasive species. Unfortunately, the environment and local ecology can be damaged, with native species eventually dying out as new species of flora or fauna dominate. However, it can also mean the spread of disease, which can prove to be devastating.
How to Stop the Spread
The most effective way to counter the spread of these wanted species is to ensure heavy equipment cleaning takes place regularly. Rather than leaving the task until the dirt is too much to bear, wash vehicles and equipment after each job is completed, before the vehicle is moved on.It is important to make sure that a pressure washing company with a proven record in washing heavy equipment is given the task. That way, you can be confident a thorough job will be done. It is also a good idea to hire a professional service that understands the needs of your industry, so the most effective solvents and methods can be used. Some species can be transported via water, so it is also important that the wastewater is disposed of properly. Heavy equipment cleaning involves a lot of hosing down, but if the runoff can be captured, then it can prevent the spread through the water systems.