As a business owner and resident, you probably already know that snow and ice are coming to your area this winter — you just don’t know when or how much. The last thing that you probably want to deal with as a business owner is dealing with a lot of snow and ice on your sidewalks, in your parking lot or elsewhere on your property. Doing so can be a major annoyance and can be dangerous; plus, it can make your property look less than its best.
Luckily, following a few snow and ice management throughout the cold winter months can help you keep snow and ice under control. This can keep your property looking well-kept all winter long, can be safer for you and the people who work at or patronize your business and can help prevent lawsuits. These are a few tips that you should follow if you want to enjoy these benefits.
Keep an eye on the weather during the winter months. As you know, weather conditions can change very quickly, and a day that starts warm and beautiful can turn cold in an instant.
By keeping an eye on the weather all winter long, you’ll know what to expect. Then, you can be proactive when ice and snow are supposed to hit. Keep a deicing solution on hand within your business; then, you can spray or scatter it on your sidewalks, walkways, and parking lot before the snow and ice hit. This can help prevent the snow and ice from sticking and will provide a little bit of extra traction for everyone who uses your walkways and parking lot. Plus, it can make it easier for you to shovel the snow and ice away.
Don’t wait until the snow and ice pile up before you go out and do something about it. When it first falls, snow can actually be swept away with a broom. This is a lot easier physically than breaking out a snow shovel, and it can be effective if you start early enough. Plus, by getting rid of the snow right away, you can help prevent sticking throughout the day. This is because the sun will be able to shine on your paved surfaces, which can keep them warmer and can prevent sticking.
If you wait too long to do this, you should still consider breaking out a shovel and shoveling away the snow and the ice before it builds up too much. Although it’s hard work, it’ll be a lot easier than if you wait. Investing in and using a high-quality snow shovel can make the work a lot easier and more effective, so you may want to shop for this equipment before the season starts so that you’ll have it on hand when you need it.
Get Set Up on a Contract
The best thing that you can do to keep snow and ice under control at your place of business this winter is to get set up on a contract with an ice and snow management company.
A good ice and snow management company will come out and treat your paved surfaces and will come out and plow your parking lot, clean up your driveways and walkways and otherwise ensure that your property is as clean and safe as possible when your area is experiencing winter weather.
If you want to plan ahead for potential bad weather in the coming weeks and months, contact us at Chapel Valley Landscape Company. We will help you prepare for the winter months so that you can put your focus on other aspects of running your business.