Snow Plowing Services FAQ

Posted Friday, February 24th, 2023 | 555 views

snow-plow-leaving-stationAs a business owner, ensuring the safety and accessibility of your property is a top priority, especially during the winter months. One way to do this is by hiring a company that provides snow plowing services to clear snow and ice from your parking lot and other areas.

To help you make informed decisions about your snow removal needs, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. This information will help you choose the best company, explain the process, and keep your property safe and accessible during inclement weather.

Snow Plowing FAQ for Business Owners

How do I know if I need commercial snow plowing services?

If you own a business with a parking lot or other areas that need to be cleared of snow for safety and accessibility purposes, you need commercial snow plowing services. However, factors to consider include the amount of snowfall your area typically receives each year, the size and layout of your property. The number of customers and employees who rely on your property for access should be considered, and if there’s even a chance for a significant snowfall, you should have a local snow plowing company on stand-by.

How do I choose the right commercial snow plowing company?

There are several factors to consider when choosing a commercial snow plowing company including its reputation, experience, efficiency, availability, reply times, and insurance coverage. You should also try to find and and ensure their snow plowing and deicing equipment is up to par and can tackle your particular job.

How much does commercial snow plowing cost?

The cost of commercial snow plowing varies and depends on a number of factors. These include the size of your property, the amount of snowfall you receive, and the type of services you need. Some companies offer package deals or discounted rates for long-term contracts which we encourage business owners to consider so your lot can get priority treatment during situations like white-outs and unexpected snowfalls.

How do I prepare my property for commercial snow plowing?

snow-plowing-lot-entranceThere are a few steps you can take to prepare your lot for commercial snow plowing, these include:

  • Mark any underground utilities or other hazards with flags or markers to ensure they are not damaged by the plowing equipment, or notify the supervisor of the plowing service.
  • Move any vehicles or other obstacles out of the way to allow the plow to access as much of the lot as possible.
  • Shovel any snow that has accumulated around entrances or exits onto the lot if required, so the plow can clear it away with the rest of the snow.

How often should my property be plowed during a snowstorm?

The frequency of commercial snow plowing during a snowstorm will depend on the amount of snowfall that has accumulated, the conditions of your lot and the amount of traffic it receives. Some businesses may need to be plowed every few hours to keep up with the accumulation, while others may only need to be plowed once or twice during a storm.

Can commercial snow plowing damage my property?

In most cases commercial snow plows do not damage property but its a general rule that the more experience a business has at plowing the more skilled they are at plowing a lot.

It is always a good idea to mark any underground utilities or other hazards and to move any vehicles or other obstacles out of the way before the plow arrives to minimize the risk of damage.

What should I do if I am not satisfied with the snow plowing service I received?

In the rare event that you’re not satisfied with the snow plowing service you received, first try to address the issue with the company and if you are unable to resolve the issue to your satisfaction, you can call their head office or seek alternative options for future snow removal needs. Usually situations like this happen if you haven’t done your due diligence in finding a reputable company. 

Can commercial snow plowing be done during business hours?

tractor-plowing-snowYes. Commercial lot snow plowing can be done during business hours depending on the layout of your property and the impact on customers or employees. It can be more efficient and less disruptive to have the plowing done after hours or during times when the property is not in use but depending on the amount of snow, and traffic to your property, this can all be agreed on before the work begins. 

How do I prevent slips and falls on my property after commercial snow plowing?

There are several steps you can take to prevent slips and falls on your lot after commercial snow plowing:

  • Add more salt or another ice-melting product on the sidewalks and other high-traffic areas.
  • Shovel any snow that accumulates on sidewalks and other pedestrian walking areas to create clear paths.
  • Encourage employees and customers to wear appropriate footwear and to take caution when walking on slippery surfaces.

Will snow plowing services also involve removing ice from my property?

Yes. Most commercial lot snow plowing companies provide offer ice removal services in addition to snow plowing. These services usually include the use of salt or other ice-melt products to melt the ice in high traffic areas and to prevent falls on slippery surfaces.

Whatever concerns you have, simply discuss with the company you choose and ask if they can accommodate you or if ice removal is a part of their services. 

What’s Next? Find a Professional Snow Plowing Company!

We hope this FAQ page has been helpful in answering your questions about commercial lot snow plowing. Remember, choosing the right service and preparing your property as much as possible can help make each heavy snowfall less impactful on your daily operations.

If you live in or near Brantford and own a commercial business that need snow plowing services, contact us for a quote. We’d be more than happy to help you and answer your questions: 

https://turfmedicontario.ca/snow-removal/

 

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