March 16, 2021

The Best Facilities Management Guide to Commercial Snow Removal

Commercial snow removal is a necessity across many parts of our region. Everyone from local municipalities to large retail lots to facilities managers like yourself need this service. With that in mind, we put together our thoughts in today’s blog, the best facilities management guide to commercial snow removal.

Commercial Snow Removal Basics

commercial snow removal - Branded GroupIt’s important to keep everyone safe during the winter. While some have continued to work from home during the pandemic, many others have been back in the office for quite a while now. The truth is, it will save you both time and money to work with a commercial snow removal company. They have the right tools and equipment to properly clear your parking lots and sidewalks.

Snow removal is also important to properly maintain your building’s foundation. As snow melts, water can gradually leak into your foundation if not removed. 

As for your tenants or co-workers, proactive snow removal does three primary things. First and foremost, it keeps them safe. No one wants to slip and fall on their way into work.

Second, it keeps your facilities cleaner. Businesses that don’t have proper snow removal will quickly watch their front office space turn into a wet mess if heavy snow is tracked in.

Third, it lets your tenants or co-workers know you care for them. It presents an air of professionalism and that you’re willing to do what is necessary for their comfort and well being.

Different Types of Snow Plow Vehicles

Winter service vehicles are commonplace on our highways during the winter months. County and state governments use a commercial snow removal vehicle similar to that of a dump truck. The primary difference is that the bed is full of salt — and of course the blade on the front.

Outside of that, many other organizations and independent business owners will use a variety of heavy duty trucks such as a Dodge Ram, Chevy Silverado, or Ford. These are often the heavier engine model, such as the Ford F250 or 350.

In addition, smaller vehicles can be used for commercial snow removal such as ATVs. While probably not ideal for larger parking lots or facilities, they do have the advantage of being able to get closer to your building than their larger brethren.

Salt vs Ice Melt — Which Option Is Best For Commercial Properties

salt vs ice melt - commercial snow removal - Branded GroupMost consumers assume that salt is salt. In fact, there is a distinct difference between commercial salt and commercial ice melt used during the winter.

Salt is technically called Halite and is sodium chloride in mineral form. Salt is often mixed with rocks and other small bits of gravel to help with traction.

Ice Melt, while available in many varieties, is typically made up of calcium chloride. Traditionally, it works even in incredibly low temperatures and is relatively fast acting. 

So which is better: salt or ice melt? While it will generally depend on your specific needs, ice melt is traditionally a better option for a commercial property because of its lower melting point and less abrasive nature.

How To Hire A Commercial Snow Removal Company

Of course, the most important decision you need to make now is how to hire a commercial snow removal company. When considering who to contract, you’ll want to ensure that the company is both reputable and reliable. You’ll also want to take into consideration their emergency clearance policy, meaning will they wait until the sun is up to start working or will they work overnight?

Ask for references. If they don’t have any or won’t provide you with them, move on. Also, don’t be afraid to ask about pricing. Find out what they charge and how they bill before you sign on the dotted line.

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