Watching the first snowfall of the winter is a beautiful sight. The graceful way the snow cascades from the white canopy in the sky, and lands in a chilled pool at your feet is quite a show. But dealing with the aftermath of snow can be detrimental to your business.
As the snow builds up, so could your potential problems. So put your shovel down and read over the advantages of choosing snow removal services for your business this winter.
Challenges Snow Brings to your Business
Dangerous for Employees/Customers
Too often, employers rely on their employees to clear off the freshly fallen snow on property. Employees are already there, after all, and they often complete routine maintenance tasks.
But that can lead to several issues including your employees getting injured, not having access to the proper tools, and pushing aside their main responsibilities.
Having a poor snow removal strategy can lead to people getting hurt and even possible lawsuits.
Snow is Heavy
It may look light and magical when its falling from the sky, but snow is heavier than you think. The sheer weight of snow can bow trees down — imagine what it can do to your roof and gutters.
As snow builds up, it can do damage to the structure of your property such as your roof and gutters.
Ice Can Be Dangerous
As we unfortunately know, when snow turns to ice, it becomes a serious threat to road conditions. When snow turns to ice, it compacts, and gets heavier and more difficult to remove.
Without a plan for ice management, things can become dangerous quickly. If the temperature gets above freezing for just a few hours and then drops there is a chance for ice.
Outside, conditions can become slippery and dangerous for customers and employees. Securing high-traffic areas and maintaining them can become a full-time job.
You would think when snow melts, so do the problems and headaches. Unfortunately, that’s wrong in this case. A lot of the damage done by winter snow isn’t done by the snow itself, but the water which pools after it melts. This can cause leaks throughout your property leading to expensive and redundant repairs.
While most people like to look at snow, very few people like to get around in it. If your property is hidden amongst a snow-covered path, you’re far less likely to attract customers.
When snow isn’t removed or dealt with properly, it creates a dangerous environment. Customers instinctively know this and will begin avoiding your business. Ultimately it means less people purchasing your products and services.
Benefits of Commercial Snow Removal
Luckily, while winter snow can be a chore to deal with, you don’t have to deal with it by yourself.
Your Employees Will Be Safe
Without having the responsibility of snow removal, your employees can rest easy and get back to their main duties. Hiring a snow removal company saves your employees from back pain and you from liability all in one shot.
Better Equipment and Resources
Commercial snow removal service providers have high-quality equipment. They have fully functioning trucks, snowplows, salt spreaders, and other effective equipment. They also know how to troubleshoot issues that arise with the machines they use.
Snow removal services are good for businesses of any size. Whether you have customers that frequent your establishment or employees that come into the office, safety is key.
Purchasing enough snow removal equipment for a large property can be costly. So, can getting quality equipment that provides safety for a small property.
Monitoring the Weather
Snow removal companies regularly and diligently monitor the weather. This helps them have the necessary crews and equipment prepared for emergency situations.
You can rest easy knowing your snow removal company has their own strategy, even with the unpredictable changes snow brings.
Proper Insurance Coverage
Along with required safety training, snow removal companies have comprehensive insurance coverage. This is beneficial in case there’s an accident or other emergency issue.
Good insurance coverage is necessary for property owners to have peace of mind about accidents or other liabilities.
Professional snow removers are trained to work under low temperatures and at night with little visibility. They are familiar managing commercial properties such as shopping plazas, hotels, office buildings, schools, government facilities, restaurants, multi-family units, or malls.
What may take you or your employees hours of work, a professional can most likely handle in less than half the time.
Whether you want a full snow removal package or need help during a particular storm, establishing a relationship with a commercial snow provider is important for your business.
Discuss the plan that is right for you and get the services you need most. You can get separate or all-inclusive contracts for snowplowing, snow hauling, or de-icing.
So, don’t worry if your snow removal needs change throughout the year, you can personally work with snow removal professionals to choose a strategy that is perfect for your business.
Any time of year is the right time to think about your snow removal strategy. Leave the stress behind and hire professionals to get the job done. This year, instead of reaching for the shovel, reach for the phone and call Landscape Solutions to get a quote!