Why Professional Winter Property Services Are So Important
When trying to solve your commercial property’s needs come wintertime, there’s only one real solution. It may seem easier (and cheaper) to have employees handle clearing snow and ice on the property, but this can actually come back to bite you in the long run. Every year there are numerous reports of people suffering serious injuries while trying to clear snow and ice. Why put yourself at risk of liability for injuries, possible workers compensation claims, or litigation?
Because winter property solutions are so important, they are best left to a professional snow removal contractor.
Professional winter property services are a vital part of property management plans for 3 key reasons:
- They prioritize safety for customers, employees, and tenants
- They minimize loss of business by keeping your property accessible
- Keeping your property clear of snow and ice is the law!
Here’s why professional snow and ice removal services are so important:
Snow Plowing and Sidewalk Management
Snow plowing and sidewalk management are two of the most basic snow removal services. Effective snow plowing and sidewalk management keep parking lots, walkways, and other surfaces clear and accessible. Walkways, building entrances, and outer stairways or ramps are incredibly important to keep snow and ice-free to prevent slips, trips, and other personal injury hazards. Unplowed parking lots are also dangerous because they may cause cars to get stuck, slide into another car, or even hit unseen obstacles hiding underneath the snow. It’s important to have the right equipment for snow plowing to prevent damaging curbs, fire hydrants, or other property features.
Snow Removal (aka Snow Hauling)
Once the snow has been plowed, the next question is: “Where can we put all of it?” Sometimes properties have a suitable location to push all the snow and let the sun do its thing, and this can be a simple solution. However, runoff from snow piles can thaw and refreeze day after day (sometimes for months!) which increases the risk of car accidents or injuries. If there’s nowhere to safely store all of the plowed snow, then off-site snow hauling is the best option.
Ice prevention and mitigation are arguably even more important than snow plowing when it comes to preventing injuries. Applying de-icing materials before ice can form (known as anti-icing) is one of the best ways to keep your property safe. However, with just how bad Denver winter storms can be, sometimes anti-icing isn’t enough. In that case, de-icing (fighting ice after it forms) should be your number one priority. With several types of de-icing materials available, your property can stay protected without damaging plants or harming pets.
Planning and Winter Risk Management
The best way to manage winter risk is to identify it, evaluate it, and figure out the best way to mitigate it. This is why it’s important to have a professional snow removal contractor develop a winter risk plan for your property. Just keeping a couple of shovels and a bag of ice melt handy simply won’t cut it. An experienced contractor will be able to map out the property, identify any problem areas or special requirements, and create an effective service plan.
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.
We offer the full range of commercial snow and ice removal services, including sidewalk management and snow hauling. To see what we can do for your property, give us a call at (303) 750-8867 or contact us online today.