Determining if You Need Snow Hauling for Your Property

Posted: Apr 30, 2021

Do I Need Snow Hauling for My Commercial Property?

Commercial snow removal services are vital in order to keep businesses running smoothly through the winter. Plowed parking lots, cleared walkways, and de-icing are all staples of snow removal services, but after all the snow has been cleared, an important question pops up:

“What are we supposed to do with all this snow?”

If you don’t have a lot of snow after a snow event, sometimes you can just push the snow off to a corner of the parking lot that no one uses and let the sun do it’s thing. However, many properties may not have that luxury, especially properties with small parking lots. And what if a large snowstorm hits, or we have a particularly harsh winter? This is where snow hauling services come into play.

Snow hauling removes all unwanted snow from the premises to a predetermined location (usually a landfill or similar place). Even though this sounds simple, this is a very labor-intensive task that requires experience, the right equipment, and a lot of manpower for everything to go smoothly.

When you’re trying to determine if you need snow hauling services, the most important question to ask is:

“Is There a Suitable Place on the Property to Safely Store All This Snow?”

After heavy snowstorms or harsh winters, it’s easy to create large snow piles from plowing parking lots and sidewalks. All of this cleared snow needs to be stored in a suitable place. When trying to come up with the answer to this question, there are a few others you ask beforehand:

  • “Will Keeping the Snow Here Create Unsafe Conditions?”

    Snow piles can easily block a driver’s view of pedestrians, other vehicles, and traffic signs. It’s important that you don’t leave snow piles near entrances/exits, street corners, or other places where they could lead to accidents or injuries. Try to store snow piles as far away from roads as possible.

  • “Will the Runoff Create Any Ice Hazards?”

    Any water melting off snow piles will travel downslope and refreeze overnight. This can create a sheet of ice on sidewalks, parking lots, and walkways and is a huge winter liability risk. It’s best to place snow piles where the runoff will work its way directly towards curb channels and storm drains instead of pooling up and creating slip and fall hazards or cause a car to lose control.

  • “Will Keeping Snow Piles on the Property Hurt Business?”

    Not having an appropriate area to store snow can also affect business. If customers are not able to safely come and go on the premises, or if a snow pile is taking up valuable parking spaces in a small lot, then you’re missing out on potential revenue.

Answering these questions should give you a good idea whether you can keep all the plowed snow on the property. If you’ve realized that you can’t safely store snow on the premises, or if you’re still not sure whether you can or not, it’s best to contact a licensed snow removal contractor. They will help determine if you do have a suitable area for storing snow. If not, then it’s recommended to obtain snow hauling services to mitigate winter liability risks.

Denver Commercial Snow Hauling Services

If you are looking for professional, dependable snow removal services for your Denver area commercial property, look no further than Snow Management Services. For over 25 years, we have helped property owners keep snow, ice, and liability risk at bay.

In addition to snow hauling, we offer the full range of snow removal and de-icing services, including sidewalk management and winter planning & risk management. To see how we can keep your Denver commercial property clear no matter how bad winter gets, give us a call at (303) 750-8867 or contact us online today to get started!