BLOG NUMBER 20.24
As fall and winter months are quickly approaching, what better time than now to start thinking about how to prepare your property for optimal snow and ice removal? Winter snow and ice removal services are vital to the safety of your business, so we have put together a few steps that will ensure you are prepared and may even save you some money down the road!
Tip #1: Keep an eye out for cracks
Hairline cracks in pavement are common, but they may continue to spread deeper and wider as the seasons run their course. These are something to be mindful of as we are approaching the cold season. The sooner they are addressed, the better.
Tip #2: Seal The Cracks
Most of the time, existing cracks will just get worse. Exposing them to melting snow and ice over a winter season can cause them to expand and widen over a prolonged period of time. This may leave you with hazardous damage to your pavement in the spring season. Consider sealing off any cracks during the fall to avoid this cycle altogether.
Tip #3: Address Drainage Issues
Do you have any standing water on your property? This is something you will want to address before cold weather arrives. If it’s not clearing under fine weather conditions, this is a good sign that it won’t clear in the winter either, when it has the potential of freezing and presenting a slip and fall risk on your property.
Tip #4: Spread Salt Before Snow Hits
Although it may still feel far away, it’s good to keep in mind the importance of early application of rock salt or ice melt. These materials minimize ice formation on your pavement and make it much more difficult for snow and ice to bond to the ground. It will also make the removal process much easier and therefore less costly.
Tip #5: Year-Round Pavement Maintenance is Important
In general, a best practice is to keep your driveways, pavement, and asphalt in good condition all year round. Keeping these areas clean and clear as much and often as possible will make it so when snow does begin to fall, you won’t be playing catch up to ensure safe conditions on your property. Maintaining a regular power-washing schedule will prove to be an important component of snow and ice removal as well. Neglected plant and rock debris can cause your pavement to deteriorate at a faster rate than normal.
Tip #6: Handy Snow Removal Tools
Once the first layers of snow fall, a snowblower is a great piece of equipment to have handy. Early intervention with a snowblower can prevent snow and ice from bonding with the ground and make the removal process easier as winter continues. A good, old fashioned shovel can do a lot of good in a pinch. Keeping one on hand to clear essential walkways is a good business practice.
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