There are many properties that require more than one form of snow removal to achieve the best results. As many of us know, snow can be mechanically plowed, pushed, lifted, blown, hauled away or even instantly melted as conditions dictate. It is very important to understand that each of these snow removal methods requires a degree of site specific knowledge and operational expertise to be effective at just the right time.
Here are just a few factors that help us determine the best method to clear snow at your residential, commercial or industrial property.
- What is your tolerance for snow accumulation before clearing must begin? Will snow need to be cleared instantly as it falls or only after a predetermined amount of snow accumulation has occurred (1”+)? Is speed of snow clearing paramount to all other service factors?
- Is there enough physical space on your property to retain cleared snow until natural melting has occurred? If not, plans will have to be in place to relocate or elevate cleared snow higher to further maximize any space that remains.
- Do you have a special paved surface that will be damaged if a standard steel edged snow removal machine is used? It is very common that brick paved, stamped concrete, epoxy coated concrete or even regular asphalt paved surfaces will become scratched due to repeated passes from steel edged snow removal equipment. One should strongly consider using a specialized piece of snow removal equipment(plow, blower, bucket, pusher, etc.) that has a rubber or polyurethane cutting edge to avoid this problem.
- Is your site open for business 24 hours a day/7 days a week or only during select times during the week? This site specific detail along with your tolerance for fallen snow accumulation will further determine the necessary equipment and snow clearing approach needed to meet or exceed your expectations.
- Will snow piles have to be placed or relocated near existing storm sewers or drainage retention areas to safely carry away excess water as snow melting begins? Often times specialized machines will be needed (loaders, skid steers, blowers, etc.) to relocate existing piles of snow to alternate on-site or off-site areas best suited for the excess drainage water that melting snow creates.
- Will it be a problem if snow piles become just too large in size on your property? Some of the reasons that existing piles of snow may need to be reduced in size are that they block the safe view of an adjacent road way, block the sight path of a critical sign, ongoing melting of snow may cause a reoccurring refreeze/ice situation atop adjacent pavement, take up needed parking spaces, etc. Again, specialized snow relocation equipment may be needed to handle this task.
Please be sure to keep Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. in mind when evaluating your present and future snow and ice management needs.