Snow Plow and Snow Removal Services
Snow and Ice removal of professional snow contractors in Ohio and West Virginia are on call 24/7 throughout the winter season. From snow shoveling sidewalks to clearing out entire parking lots, our services can benefit any OH and WV business affected by a winter storm.
- Snow Plowing and Snow Removal
- Sidewalk Cleaning
- Ice Control
- Snow Stacking
- Snow Hauling
- Snow Melting
- Road salt and deicer application (salt, calcium and brine)
We serve businesses of all sizes and industries, including airports, military bases, malls, stadiums, universities, medical buildings, office buildings, commercial parking lots and more.
A History of Snow Plows & Snow Plowing
Snow removal is one of the many services you must provide to your tenants in exchange for rent. Snow removal is also a necessary preventive measure to reduce risk and liability from slips and falls by not just your tenant, but their family, friends, and other visitors to the property. Prevention begins at the front door, and ends anywhere anyone could possibly walk, slip, or fall.
How and When to Protect Your Property
You should have your snow removed every day before you or your tenants go to work. Ice should be removed on an hourly basis if needed, especially if there is a rainstorm. If you use a contractor, frequent talks with them to determine the best times to visit your property are recommended.
Mark the date and time you did snow removal at your property. Also have your contractor do the same. If you are sued for a slip and fall, you can use the dates and times the property was serviced as a defense with your homeowner's policy.
Some homeowners think that shoveling a path through the sidewalk is sufficient. Not only is it not sufficient, but also one snowstorm after snowstorm will make shoveling harder to complete. The snow not shoveled will be packed down, and heavy. Also, you will find it hard to find someplace to put the snow. A good path clearing should be at least 42 inches wide. Designate yard or driveway space in anticipation of a big winter of snow.
When there is a blizzard, it could snow day and night. You will want your snow removed so your tenants can go to work in the morning to avoid slip and fall suits. Also, research your city ordinances about required snow removal. In Boston, Massachusetts, landlords must remove the snow and slush from their sidewalks within 3 hours of a storm, or they will be fined every day of non-compliance.
3. Plant Life - Do not plant flowers or shrubs where you plan to dump your snow for the winter. The sand and salt from the street mixed with the snow will kill your plants. I have found that bulb plants can survive. Yet, if you have an extended snow season that goes through April, your tulips may start to come up while snow and ice is still on the ground. Better to strategically plant your flowers and bulbs where you do not intend to dump snow and ice during the winter.
4. Rock Salt vs. Ice Melt - Rock salt, which contains water, will only melt snow and ice up to the freezing temperature. Rock salt also has a corrosive nature, and will wear out the cement on brick stairs. Ice melt is a bit more expensive, but is better long term as a preventive protection. Ice melt is better for indoor carpeting.
Use sand to give people some traction on icy areas. Sawdust is really messy when tracked inside your apartment.
5. Maintenance - Keep your snow blower tuned up after every snowstorm. It will increase its longevity. Do not store gasoline in your house.
6. Before shoveling or plowing, spray some WD-40 oil on the shovel or snow plow blades. It will help make the snow slip off the blades quickly, and prevent ice from forming on the blade and shovel.
Maintain your snow removal efforts in a preventive manner to reduce risks and liability. You will also find that consistent and considerate snow removal management will give your property a good reputation.