We are smack dab in the middle of wintertime in New England. During this time you and your business will encounter numerous snow storms, ad preparing for these upcoming snow storms can be very important for your business. While you might think that it’d be easier (and cheaper) to have your employees handle the snow and ice clearing on the property, this can actually come back to bite you in the long run. Every year there are numerous reports of people suffering serious injuries while trying to clear snow and ice. Why put yourself at risk of liability for injuries, possible workers compensation claims, or litigation?
Because winter property solutions are so important, they are best left to a professional snow removal contractor.
Professional winter property services at Hayes Services are a vital part of property management plans for 3 key reasons:
- Prioritize safety for customers, employees, and tenants
- Minimize loss of business by keeping your property accessible
- Keeping your property clear of snow and ice is the law!
Here’s why professional snow and ice removal services are so important:
Snow Plowing and Sidewalk Management
The two most basic snow removal services are snow plowing and sidewalk management. Effective snow plowing and sidewalk management makes sure that your parking lots, walkways, and other surfaces clear and accessible. It is important to keep walkways, building entrances, and outer stairways or ramps free of snow and ice-free in order to prevent slips, trips, and other personal injury hazards. Having an unplowed parking lot c an be very dangerous. This can cause cars to get stuck, slide into another car, or even hit unseen obstacles hiding underneath the snow. It’s important to have the right equipment for snow plowing to prevent damaging curbs, fire hydrants, or other property features.
Snow Removal (aka Snow Hauling):
Once the snow has been plowed, the next question is: “Where do we put it”. Sometimes a property will have a suitable location to push all the snow and let the sun do its thing, and this can be a simple solution. However, runoff from snow piles can thaw and refreeze day after day (sometimes for months!) which increases the risk of car accidents or injuries. If your property doesn’t have a safe area all of the plowed snow, then off-site snow hauling is the best option.
When it comes to preventing injuries ice prevention and mitigation can be even more important than snow plowing. Applying de-icing materials before ice can form (known as anti-icing) is the best way to keep your property safe. However, with just how bad New England winter storms can get, sometimes anti-icing isn’t enough. In that case, de-icing (fighting ice after it forms) should be your number one priority. With several types of de-icing materials available, your property can stay protected without damaging plants or harming pets.
Planning and Winter Risk Management
The best way to manage winter risk is to identify it, evaluate it, and figure out the best way to mitigate it. This is why it’s important to hire Hayes Services as your professional snow removal contractor to develop a winter risk plan for your property. Just keeping a couple of shovels and a bag of ice melt handy simply won’t cut it. An experienced contractor will be able to map out the property, identify any problem areas or special requirements, and create an effective service plan.
If you are considering hiring a snow removal company, then Hayes Services can schedule your project and help you manage its complexities. If you are considering working on a project not discussed here, then be sure to contact Hayes Services. From landscaping efforts to foundation preparation, there are a large variety of projects that require the assistance of excavation companies like Hayes Services. Be sure to work with a fully licensed contractor in order to achieve the safest and highest quality outcome.