Trackout Control: What it is and Why You Need It

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Trackout Control: What it is and Why You Need It

Ever tracked mud or dirt into your house?  It’s annoying, right? When vehicles working construction track dirt and mud out of construction sites, the damage is much more than an annoyance. This situation is what is referred to as trackout. Trackout control can help manage this.

Track Out ends up in all sorts of places that it shouldn’t be in and pollutes the environment –especially waterways. Because environmental pollution has far reaching and mostly irreversible consequences, governments have become stricter with ensuring people and businesses keep up with regulations that prevent pollution.

Trackout control devices are one of the ways of dealing with trackout. We’ll discuss what trackout control is and why you need to have it.

 

What is Trackout Control?

Trackout control includes the methods and techniques used to prevent trackout from leaving construction sites and entering paved public roads and down into waterways.

An SCE – stabilized construction entrance- is the most common trackout control methods used at the exits on construction sites. SCEs are commonly referred to as trackpads.

These trackpads are also the EPA standard for trackout control. They usually consist of rocks placed on a fabric that compresses mud and which measures 15ft by 15-20 ft. The rocks are usually angular-shaped and measure about 1.5 inches to 3 inches each.

The problem with this traditional method is that its efficiency depends on how deep the rockbed is. Additionally, maintenance is a little hard – it entails turning the rocks over and over from time to time to prevent compaction and the buildup of dirt on the trackpads top surface.

Modern trackout control devices work better and include the following:

 

1. Trackout Pads

This is a specially constructed entrance meant to get rid of debris from the tires of a vehicle as they exit a construction site.

They are typically designed with alternating rows of pyramids that enter the lugs of a tire, loosening the debris and making it fall onto the base of the mat to prevent it from sticking onto other vehicles that are driven on it.

 

2. Trackout plates

These are reusable devices that have rails, pipes, or grates designed to dislodge debris from a vehicle’s tires, wheels and undercarriage before it’s driven off a construction site.

 

3. Paving

This is where the exit of a construction site is paved for a distance of up to 100 feet back from where a paved public road intersects with the road leading to and off a construction site. The paved section should also be 20 feet wide or wider.

 

4. Wheel Washing System (Washpit)

If you’re working on a project with high trackout, the wheel washing system may work better than other trackout control mechanisms.

Ideally, wheel washing systems consist of an elevated platform where vehicles are cleaned up before leaving the site. This platform usually also has walls and or rails. There are high-velocity side and bottom water sprayers too to help remove mud in hard to reach areas. The walls serve to prevent the water spray from drifting.

The sprayers are controlled by programmable controls and sensors, which trigger appropriate water output for each truck that goes through the system.

 

Why You Should Control Trackout

According to the law meant to minimize sediment trackout, you must limit the use of vehicles to designated exit points and use trackout removal techniques at every exit that leads onto a paved public road so that any debris is eliminated before the vehicle gets onto the paved road.

If you only see trackout cleanup equipment just to comply with government regulations, you are missing out on the benefits of ‘obeying’ the government -such as saving on operational costs and building a positive image around the community.

Having trackout control devices is more cost-effective than having to clean the streets -up to 10 times less expensive. Plus, a washing system saves you more time. It takes about ten seconds to clean a truck with a washing system. Manual washing could take about ten minutes or more.

When it comes to dust control, traditional water trucks are not as free as many construction overseers would like to think. You’ll use much more water than you need to and will need a driver to drive the water truck.

Dust palliative pads are the better alternative. Dust palliatives are built to stabilize the soil and prevent the formation of dust. Additionally, unlike using water to curb the spread of dust, dust palliatives like polymers and modified resins will work even on a windy day. Some of them can keep the site dust-free for up to a year.

However, some dust palliatives are not suitable for sites that experience daily disturbance. Check out with a professional to see which dust palliatives work for your site.

If you’re using a haul truck, cover it with tarps to prevent the wind from blowing off dust while in transit.

In some cases, trackout is a result of improperly loaded trucks. To avoid fines from local governments, clean up the debris immediately, particularly if the trail runs for 50 feet or more into a public paved road. 

 If it’s less than that, get it cleaned up by the end of the day by collecting it, using a street sweeper, or other clean-up methods. In most states, washing off the trackout using a hose or water is prohibited because the process aids the spillage of the debris into adjacent waterways. Use grizzlies to remove excess dirt from your truck before hauling it away.

 

Controlling Human Trackout

Construction site workers also contribute to trackout. You can reduce it by constructing stabilized gravel walkways and routes that are free of mud. A boot brush at the exit can help to scrape off the mud from employee work boots. You can also provide a storm drain grate.

Workers can also use particular entrances and exits to minimize the buildup of trackout on their boots. Use perimeter fencing to naturally direct them toward these routes.  Stabilize routes that lead to the parking area, porta pots, washout facility and the parking.

 For more information about trackout control, feel free to contact us today, and we’ll be more than willing to assist.

Why Trackout Control Mats Are The Best Option For You

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You may be wondering how RubberForm Trackout Control Mats can really benefit your business. After all, they are just a simple trackout control solution, aren’t they? As it turns out, they are quite a bit more! Keep reading to learn more about how RubberForm Trackout Control Mats are the best option for your business. And, if you are ready to order some for your construction site, reach out to us today.

Save Money

Underneath it all, the goal for any successful business is to provide a valuable service to their client base so that they can make the money to continue to provide that valuable service. If there is a way to save money in the process and still provide the same high-quality service, what business owner wouldn’t want that? With RubberForm Trackout Control Mats, that’s exactly what you’ll get — money-saving performance. Our trackout control solutions are amongst the most affordable and the most effective on the market. When you choose us over more expensive, less effective trackout solutions, you’ll get high-performance trackout control at a fraction of the cost.

Adhere to Trackout Control Laws

Depending on the areas you operate in, the laws surrounding trackout control may differ. But no matter what the trackout laws in your area, RubberForm Trackout Control Mats can help you stay compliant and obey the full extent of these laws. There are numerous trackout regulations in place to keep local water supplies clean and particulate matter out of the air. Trackout Control Mats is far-and-above one of the most effective ways to prevent these types of pollutions due to trackout.

Become a Green Company

Because all our products at RubberForm are made from 100% recycled materials, you can feel good about supporting an environmentally conscious company. Not only that but when you use our recycled products, they contribute to your Green Building score for USGBC LEED certification, sustainable sites — site development criteria to help you create an eco-friendly business environment of your own.

Simple and Reusable

One of the biggest reasons we are the best option for your business is the fact that our products are incredibly simple and reusable. Many of the most common trackout control solutions are one-site use solutions. Once you are done with RubberForm Trackout Control Mats at one worksite, you can load them up and use them again and again. And the installation couldn’t be easier. It’s as easy as placing the mat wherever you need a stabilized construction entrance/exit, and that’s it. All the vehicles exiting through that access point will have the trackout removed from their construction vehicles before they hit the public roads thanks to the vibration and gentle rocking from driving over the mats.

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If you are interested in trying a custom Trackout Control Mat solution for yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to work with you to find a solution that best fits your needs. Give us a call today!

Trackout Control: Why Installing Our Mats is Easier

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When you are looking for the easiest, most comprehensive trackout control solution, there is no better option than RubberForm Trackout Control Mats. Our trackout control solutions are delightfully simple to install and use, making your life and the life of everyone on the construction site a little easier. In today’s blog at RubberForm, we discuss other common trackout control methods and their installations in comparison to our trackout mats. Keep reading to learn more or contact us today to start your customized trackout solutions.

 

Gravel Pits

Gravel pits are a collection of crushed rock and gravel that must be set to a specific height, width, and depth. A typical layout is 20 feet wide by a minimum of 50 feet long — most are 100 feet long with a 30-foot width with number 2 coarse aggregate and are at least 6 inches deep. The layout is what makes gravel pits so difficult to install and maintain as a trackout control solution. It takes a great deal of time and effort to get the specifications just right. And even after you’ve managed to get all the measurements correct, maintaining the proper specifications and keeping up with upkeep can be a huge (and expensive) pain.

 

Wash Pits

Wash pits use a highly effective pressurized water system to clean off any trackout from construction vehicles before they exit the site. However, as you can imagine, this is a very complicated, time-consuming, and costly process. Wash pits require their own drainage ditch and water treatment system along with the already complex set-up. Not to mention the fact that they also require someone to perform daily inspections to ensure the ongoing proper function and adherence to protocol.

 

Paving

The paving method of trackout control is where a temporary road is paved from the worksite to the public roadway. The idea is that all the loose trackout on the construction vehicles will fall off on the temporary paved road before the vehicle makes it to the public road. This method isn’t super common these days — and for good reason. Among being wasteful and ineffective, you must pave an entire road that won’t be a part of the final structure. This installation process isn’t overly complicated, but it is very unnecessary. Additionally, to maintain the paved road, it must be thoroughly cleaned and swept daily by the workers on-site, taking away valuable time and resources from other areas.

 

RubberForm’s Trackout Control Mats

By now, you’re probably thinking, “Man, I wish there was an easy-to-install solution that’s affordable and easy to maintain.” You’re in luck! That’s exactly what RubberForm Trackout Control Mats offer. They can almost be thought of like a reverse doormat for your construction site. Simply place them where your construction vehicles will be exiting, and as they drive over the mat, the trackout will be shaken and rocked loose from the vehicle. Easy as that. RubberForm Trackout Control Mats can be placed in a manner of minutes. No drainage ditch, daily sweeping, or maintaining elusive specifications. Just simple, effective trackout control.

Trackout Control Mats: Why Choose Us?

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If you work in the construction industry, then you understand that you have a few options when it comes to trackout control. Traditionally, companies will use wash pits, gravel pits, or other costly and ineffective methods for trackout control because that’s what they’ve always done. But wouldn’t you rather use the trackout control solution that makes the most sense rather than use a method because “that’s what we’ve always done”? In today’s blog by RubberForm, we talk about why it makes sense to choose Trackout Control Mats over other industry trackout methods. Keep reading to learn more or feel free to contact us today.

 

They Actually Work

The most important and compelling reason to choose RubberForm Trackout Control Mats for your trackout control method is that they just work. You lay the mat down where you need a stabilized construction entrance or exit, your construction vehicles of various sizes drive over them, and very little to no trackout leaves the site. Other methods cost significantly more and don’t remove nearly as much debris from your construction vehicles.

 

Environmentally Friendly

Another great reason to choose RubberForm Trackout Control Mats is that all our mats are created using 100% American recycled composite materials. We choose recycled rubber and other materials because they are not only incredibly durable, but we can get further use out of them and prevent more waste sitting in a landfill. When you choose us as your preferred trackout control method, you are choosing to make the more environmentally responsible decision.

 

Cost-Effective

The beauty of our product is that it is simple, yet effective. A bonus to the simplicity of our product is that it comes at a much more affordable price point than other trackout control methods on the market. Even further beyond the upfront cost being lower than other track control solutions is the fact that RubberForm Trackout Control Mats are reusable. That means your trackout mats can move with you as you move job sites, and you don’t have to invest in a new solution each time you complete a project.

 

Durable

Our mats are built right and built to last. We are so confident in the durability of our product that if one of your interchangeable blocks does manage to break or get damaged, we’ll send a replacement block at no cost to you. Our mats are built to handle nearly every construction vehicle just short of track dozers. When you choose RubberForm Trackout Control Mats, you are choosing the unbreakable, long-lasting solution.

 

Customizable

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to trackout control. That’s why we offer multiple stock sizes for our mats and work with you to meet the needs of your specific worksite with the ability to create custom sizes. Whether you are a large operation that requires significant trackout control, or a small construction business working on a local project, we have the trackout control solutions you need to be successful.

 

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If you are interested in learning more and working with our team to find the perfect solution for you, then give our team a call today.

Stabilized Construction Entrance: 4 Methods

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Different Types of Stabilized Construction Entrances

As a construction site, you have a few different options available to you when it comes to creating stabilized construction entrances and exits. You may have been using the same stabilized construction entrance for years, but in today’s blog, we are going to go over a few different common methods for trackout control. Who knows, you may end up switching to a trackout control method that better suits your construction site’s needs!

 

Spoilers: RubberForm Trackout Control Mats are almost always the best solution for your construction site. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Gravel Pads

Gravel pads are amongst the most common stabilized construction entrance methods. They are essentially a large pit of crushed rock and gravel that lives right in front of the exits for your construction site. The idea is that the gravel and crushed rock lodges itself between your tire grooves to pry out any trackout. Gravel pads work great — at first. However, over time, they tend to lose their effectiveness. Additionally, they can be expensive to maintain and are one-site solutions. This means that you can’t take your gravel pad with you to the next job once the current one’s done.

 

Wash Pits

Wash pits are arguably one of the single-most effective trackout solutions available to construction sites. Wash pits use pressurized water to blast off any trackout from your construction vehicle — and it works very well. The drawback to this type of stabilized construction entrance though is how costly they are. Wash pits are a significant investment both upfront and overtime. Not to mention that they are also one-site stabilized construction entrance solutions.

 

Paving

Perhaps the least effective trackout method of them all is paving. Paving stabilized construction entrances are where a paved road leads from the construction site to the public roads. The idea is that all the loose trackout will fall off in this distance. But more often than not, that isn’t the case. Worse yet, paving is an expensive solution that is only good for that one site and requires a fair amount of labor resources to not only install, but also to keep clean.

 

Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm

Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm is the premier stabilized construction entrance solution on the market. They are composed of a study grid of 100% recycled materials (mostly rubber) that gently rocks and vibrates the trackout off your construction vehicle. You simply lay them down in front of your entrances/exits and as the vehicles drive over them, nearly all the trackout is removed. Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm are durable, effective, and affordable solutions that can be used over and over again. Additionally, for larger long-term operations, many construction sites are choosing to pair Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm with stabilized construction entrance methods like wash pits for the ultimate trackout control performance. Our mats are a reusable, cost-effective solution that really works. Reach out to us at RubberForm today to learn more and to order your customized stabilized construction entrance/exit solution.

Trackout Control: Why Job Sites Need It

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If you’ve never heard of or experienced construction trackout before, you may be wondering what exactly trackout is and why construction sites need to worry about it. In today’s blog at RubberForm, we go over what trackout is and why it’s important for construction sites to properly control it. Keep reading to learn more or contact us today for your affordable and effective trackout control solutions.


What’s Trackout?

Simply put, trackout is mud, dirt, debris, and other materials that you may find on a construction site. These materials (trackout) get lodged in the tires of construction vehicles and can sometimes stick loosely to the sides of these vehicles. The problem is that without any intervention measures, this trackout can make its way off construction sites onto public roadways, into the air, and into local water systems.


It’s the Law in Most Cases

Perhaps the most important reason job sites need trackout control is because, in almost every state, there are regulations and laws specifically mandating that job sites must control their trackout. While the specifics of the laws and regulations may vary from state to state, the general idea is that the job site is responsible for preventing trackout from making its way onto public roadways, water systems, and the air we breathe.


It’s the Right Thing to Do

Another compelling reason for the use of trackout control methods like RubberForm Trackout Control Mats is the moral fact of the matter. If job sites don’t control their trackout, dirt, rocks, chemicals, nails, and other materials found on the construction site make their way onto roadways. Innocent people using these roadways can run this trackout over and unintentionally fling this debris into other cars or pedestrians. Even if the laws in your area didn’t require you to provide trackout control solutions for your job site, it is still the right thing to do.


It Reduces Your Environmental Impact

Even if no projectiles are created from your job sites trackout, the dirt alone is introduced to the air creating what is referred to as Particulate Matter (PM). Particulate matter is a type of air pollution that is monitored and regulated by local governments. But air pollution isn’t the only type of pollution that can be created through trackout on public roadways. If the trackout isn’t controlled properly, it can also make its way into local water systems. Trackout gets swept away with the rest of the draining water when it rains, ultimately working its way into the local water supply. Proper trackout control methods like RubberForm Trackout Control Mats help to minimize your environmental impact and operate in a more environmentally responsible manner.


Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm

We hope that today’s blog has helped to show you the importance that trackout control solutions play in modern job sites. If you are interested in an effective, long-lasting trackout solution, reach out to us at RubberForm today.

Trackout Control: Trackout Systems Explained

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Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm is one of the highest-quality, most revolutionary products on the market. But how do they work? In today’s blog, we explain how our trackout control systems work and provide useful information to help you make a well-informed purchasing decision. If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team today.

 

What Are Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm?

So, what exactly are Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm? Our mats consist of 100% recycled composite material that is mainly composed of American recycled rubber. We use very specific manufacturing methods to make this recycled compound ultra-durable and ultra-effective as a trackout control solution. Each trackout control mat is composed of by a grid of these ultra-durable blocks in one of seven stock dimensions to best fit your needs. They are used to prevent trackout (mud, dirt, rock, debris, etc.) from leaving the construction site and entering public roadways, air, and water supplies.

 

Are They Complicated to Install?

Not in the slightest. RubberForm Trackout Control Mats simply need to be removed from the vehicle they were transported on and placed at your entrances and exits. That’s it! No graded surface, anchors, brackets, or any pre-installation work is needed. Our mats can be installed in a manner of minutes, whereas other trackout solutions on the market can take hours or even days to properly install.

 

How Do They Work?

How our trackout solutions work are simple yet elegant. As your construction vehicle drives over the ultra-durable grid, your vehicle will vibrate and be gently-yet-firmly rocked back and forth. This motion and vibration breaks free any loose trackout from your vehicle, preventing it from leaving the worksite. Don’t be fooled, though. Just because our solution is simple does not make our method any less effective. In fact, our Trackout Control Mats at RubberForm are one of the most effective and affordable trackout control solutions on the market.

 

What Happens if A Block Breaks?

Our trackout control solutions are unbelievably durable. They are built to withstand nearly every construction vehicle short of a track dozer! We even go so far as to say that they are unbreakable. If, though, one of your interchangeable blocks on the mat breaks, they can be easily replaced with a new block. This gives our clients the peace of mind that their RubberForm Trackout Mats will last the test of time and can handle practically anything they throw at it.

 

How Can I Get Trackout Control Mats by RubberForm?

That’s an excellent question! All you have to do is reach out to our team at RubberForm. You can do so by visiting our Contact Us page and filling out our contact form, calling (716) 478-0404, or sending an email to sales@RubberForm.com. From there, one of our professional representatives will work with you to determine your specific construction site’s needs and the products we can provide you to help achieve your goals.

5 Ways To Take Your Construction Company To Green

5 Ways To Take Your Construction Company Green

What defines green construction?

Any green construction takes into account the overall impact construction will have on an environment; the energy it uses and produces, and the sustainability of the materials being used. This also includes the life cycle of building materials; how they’re produced, transported, installed, demolished, and recycled.

If you haven’t begun moving your business to a greener version of itself, now is the perfect time to get started. It doesn’t matter how small or large your business is, investors are starting to pay attention to green construction and sustainable materials.

That means consumers are paying attention. It’s not just a fad anymore.

In fact, Americans now recycle 28% of their waste!

Scroll down and discover 5 ways to make your construction company green.

1. Start Slow

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Chances are that your move to green construction won’t be either.

Specialization, especially in the beginning of your transition, can be a good thing.

Would you rather be known as a mediocre business that does decent work or would you rather be known as the best green window installers/producers on the East Coast?

As a specialist, you can focus on being the absolute best in that chosen area. Being the best will increase the trust you receive from your customer base and allow that trust to carry over as you expand your green construction expertise into other areas.

2. Green Practices

Your employees need to be ready for the change-over. What better way to educate them by starting with their own supplies?

Encourage your employees to reuse office supplies. Set up recycling bins within the office. Switch to non-toxic cleaners.

Make it everyone’s responsibility to turn off lights, fans, etc.

Organize carpools so employees can use less gas.

Once the whole team is on board, they’ll be committed to your vision.

3. Education

If you want your company to be the best, you need to stay on top of the game.

Conferences are held every year showcasing the latest innovations in green construction. There are also organizations that can help with getting you and your team LEED certified.

Make sure that all of your certifications are posted where customers can see them. This is the kind of thing you should be boasting about.

Make them want to give you their money!

4. Advertise The Switch

I’m not talking about going out of your way to get ads in local papers and publications. I’m talking about your office.

Pack binders with information on how much money customers save in the long run by utilizing green construction. Not only are they doing the right thing, they’re saving money while they’re at it!

Sometimes green construction can pretty much sell itself. Just leave the facts where you customers can easily find them.

Share this information on your website. Not only are you looking to help the planet and your customers, but you’re sharing real information about it and not charging them for it.

So what have you done so far to optimize your business for green construction? Let us know in the comments!

5. Sustainable Green Construction

Going green and being honest about it is about more than planting a few trees outside of the office (though they are a nice touch), it’s an essential part in the quality of your business.

Using sustainable and recycled products for construction was the idea RubberForm was built around. Our products are made primarily from U.S. scrap tire rubber and recycled plastics. Our green goods provide cost-effective, durable and attractive alternatives to those made from concrete, metal, wood or plastic. RubberForm’s proprietary manufacturing process ensures our products will not rust, chip, crack or crumble while providing years of superior performance.

With various products in a wide range of industries, you can buy products made from recycled rubber. Everything ranging from parking lot wheel stops to spill containment rubber berms to trackout control mats.

If you want to sell green, you need to be green.