Snow & Ice 101

Commercial Snow Removal Explained!!

Snow Stacking: A Matter of Planning

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Snow Stacking is the standard way of storing snow during the winter. An alternative way is to haul the snow away, but that's an expensive alternative we'll talk about in another post. So, if it's the standard way, it's a straightforward process, right? Wrong! Snow stacking can become quite large on commercial properties so significant planning must be done before the season even begins to determine the best place to store it. In last month's post, BE AWARE OF BLACK ICE!, we explained that black ice is formed when the snow melts and re-freezes, increasing the risk of slip-and-fall accidents — and you don't want that in your property!!!


Additional problems with large piles of snow are that it can get hard and damage equipment, it can take unnecessary parking space or block handicap ramps, walkways or fire hydrants. So careful pre-season planning is necessary.

So, what do we look at when we're prescreening our client's commercial properties in order to determine where we'll stack snow that season?

    1.  We walk the site with our clients to understand where the client would like to have the snow stacked. 
    2. We review where drains, fire hydrants, mailboxes, electric boxes, dumpsters, and handicap ramps are located to make sure we're not obstructing it.
    3. The stack of snow can get pretty large, so we look for a place where it won't obstruct driver's view of the traffic.
    4.  We look for a place near drains so the water has a place to go when it starts melting.

The bottom line is that snow stacking is a matter of common sense, it will never be placed near the entrance of a building for example. However, if not planned correctly, it can become an issue during the high season.

 
Have you planned where your snow will be stacked this winter season? If you're unsure, give us a call: 914.371.5245 

 
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Be aware of black ice!

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Slips, trips, and falls cost American businesses over $11 billion per year according to Bic Magazine. OSHA reported in its 2015 report on Walking/Working Surfaces that "slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities." Ref: Safety and Health Topics | Walking/Working Surfaces. (2015). 

These metrics are important to us in the snow removal business. During the snow season, slip-and-fall accidents can happen outside due to black ice, which is a thin coating of transparent ice nearly invisible to the eye, on sidewalks and parking lots and even inside when snow and slush are brought in from outside.

At ADR Snow Management we are proactive at taking care of our customers' properties during the snow seasons to avoid slip and fall accidents. However, we believe a broader approach to slip-and-fall accidents, that involves business owners, the snow management company, employees and even clients, should be considered. They are:

  1. Education, education, education: Educate your employees on how to prevent slip and fall, for example: Walk slowly and consciously when snow or ice is present, wear appropriate shoes, etc
  2. Planning: Work with your snow management company to create a snow management plan of action.
    • Review slip and fall accidents in the past few years to determine where most accidents happened and focus on those areas
    • Plan where snow will be stored so you won't be producing black ice as the snow melts and re-freezes, which is a liability 
    • Inspect your property regularly, anticipate slippery surfaces and report to your snow management company of an issue
  3. Signage: Place warning cones in your parking lots and sidewalks where black ice is likely to form, such as in shady place, under trees, etc. And also place wet floor signs at the entrance of your building to remind employees and clients of imminent danger of slip and fall

If you have any questions, always feel free to give us a call at 914.371.5245.

We care about your safety! 

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Safety Guidelines for Snow Blower Operation

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A study at the University of Arkansas analyzed over 30,000 snow blower accidents from 2002 to 2008. Can you suggest the main reason the accident happened? Yes, clogged machine.

In wet snow conditions, snow blowers often get clogged and unclog them with a stick is not often very efficient. The easier way is to stick one's hands into the machine, but that's the leading cause of the accident. The study also found that inside all that clogged snow, rotational force is built up just enough to do damage even when the engine is cut completely off, which is the perfect recipe of a snowblower accident.

Unfortunately, we had our share of accidents for this exact reason. Since then, we have created strict safety guidelines for our associates to follow and we reinforce them during our seasonal training and before every snow snowstorm.

Our guideline was inspired by the safety guideline offered in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and by our own observation of the correct and incorrect use of snowblower machines:
  1. NEVER put your hand or fingers near the moving parts, intake or output areas of snowblowers.
  2. NEVER remove stuck objects with your hands. The blades are sharp and can cause serious injury even while it's turned off.
  3. Turn off and disconnect spark plug for small on-site maintenance.
  4. Turn off and disconnect spark plug while moving or picking up the snowblower
  5. DO NOT lift a machine from the bottom, again, the blades are sharp enough to cause serious injury.
  6. Wear non-slip, closed-toe shoes to prevent slipping under the machine.
  7. Operate the machine safely and with care​
Have a GREAT and SAFE Snow Season!
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Deicing & Salting? What are they and when to use each?

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Do you know the difference between deicing, salting, liquid deicer or granular deicer?

 

There are so many terminologies and they are used interchangeably, not to say incorrectly, season-in and season-out. So we'll bring order to chaos.

Let's start by defining deicing. Deicing is the term using to describe the process of removing snow, ice or frost from surfaces, be it roads, driveways, walkways, cars, airplanes or anything else.

Deicing is a process and can be accomplished through:

  • mechanic methods such as scraping, blowing or pushing
  • use of heat
  • application of liquid or solid chemicals that lower the freezing point of water, or
  • combination of the methods above.

So you see, scrapping the windows of your car is deicing as much it is to apply salt to a parking lot.

As per the definition, deicing can be accomplished by using a combination of deicing methods. Pre-treating the surface before the snow starts which will make now plowing easier.

Salt is the traditional deicer, but the type of salt used depends on ground temperature and contract requirements.

There are several types of chemical salts, these are the three most used by the snow removal industry: 
Rock salt is the most inexpensive type of salt and widely used. However, rock salt needs to be used in the right concentration because it can be toxic to plants, animals, and waterways, and cause corrosion of steel. Another downside of rock salt is that it freezes below 0 oF, so it doesn't do much good when the temperature is lower than 0 oF
Calcium Chloride can prevent freezing at a temperature as low as −62 °F and is relatively harmless to plants and soil.
Magnesium Chloride is highly soluble in water and can be extracted from brine or sea water. Magnesium chloride resists to low temperatures, like calcium chloride, but it doesn't damage concrete as much as calcium chloride does. It can be mixed together with salt to spread on paved roads and sidewalks.
How about liquid deicers? 

Liquid Deicers has been in the market for a while now, but it's not requested very often for commercial properties. The advantage of liquid deicer is that it's cheaper per application, it can cause less damage and lower labor cost. However it does take longer than traditional salt melt ice, so it's best as a pre-treatment.

There you have it!! Salting & deicing demystified!

As always, the ADR Snow Management team is here to help. Call us at 914.371.5245 to talk about your commercial property snow management needs.

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Snow Plowing Best Practices for Commercial Properties

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When we think of snow plowing services the first thing that comes to mind is a big truck with a blade scrapping roads, driveways, and parking lots. But did you know there is much more to that?

To start each snowfall is unique and requires the snow removal company to know how to work most efficiently in each case. To complicate things further, more often than not, the type of snowfall changes during the snowstorm, requiring snow plow operators to adjust the way, frequency, and direction of plowing.

Then, there is snow accumulation. In Westchester, NY, we get an average of 37 inches of snow per year! That's a lot of snow that gets accumulated. In colder winters that accumulation turns to hard solid ice. Accumulated snow can occupy many parking spaces on your parking lot or even block entrance/exit if not done properly. 


So the question is, how to properly manage snow accumulated by snow plowing?

 

At ADR Snow Management, we don't just plow snow, we manage snow and ice on commercial properties. Snow plowing is one of the services on our portfolio but, to keep the properties clean and people safe, we create a custom snow and ice management plan for each of our clients.

Before the snow season starts, we meet with our client and do a full site inspection. During this inspection, we determine where snow will be accumulated, or if it will be hauled away from the property, building entrance is mapped out as well as curbs, drainage, steps, and ramps. So we leave nothing to guesswork.

After the property is plowed, we apply de-icers to prevent ice and costly slip and fall accidents. We'll talk about types of de-icers next blog post, so stay tuned.

If you have now started planning for this upcoming winter season, feel free to give us a call at 914.347.4685 to schedule a free consultation. 

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Summer Slumps? No way. We were at SIMA 21st Snow and Ice Symposium!

Summer never prevents us from fulfilling our mission of continuous improvement. This past June we took our entire management team to the 21st Snow and Ice Symposium that happened in Cleveland, Ohio.  

At the symposium, we had the opportunity to learn from industry's top snow and ice professionals from recruiting, to managing risks and liability, to billing and new technologies that will help us serve our clients with excellence the upcoming winter.

The SIMA Symposium was great, and now it's time to implement what we have learned.

 
Reis, CEO of ADR Snow Management

That's how our CEO summed it up. And that's great because our team returned home both inspired and motivated. We were inspired by the success stories shared by Jason Case, Chris Bright, Neal Glatt and Rick Huffman and motivated to improve our processes by training our staff year-round and by adding new technology to our snow management operation.

Below are some of the pictures we took at the event.

We are looking forward to a great winterope you like them and stay tuned for our next post.

Cheers,

ADR Snow Management Team



Our Management Team

Reis, CEO


Seconds before the tradeshow floor opened

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What is Snow Removal?

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Snow removal is the job of removing snow accumulated after a snowfall to make roads safe to travel, parking lots cleared, sidewalks safe for pedestrians. Business owners are legally responsible for snow-related accidents in their properties, thus the importance of a hiring a great and fully insured snow management company to take care of your property during the winter months.

There are many types of snow removal services and the services provided depend on several factors, such as the type of commercial property, weather conditions, snow type, contract and client requirement. In general, however, these are the industry standard snow removal services:

  • Snow Plowing 
  • Snow Removal
  • Snow Pushes
  • Salting/De-icing
  • Snow Shoveling
  • Snow Blowing
  • Snow Hauling

In the next posts, we'll detail each one of them for you.

Stay tuned,

ADR Snow Management Team

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Welcome to Snow & Ice 101!!!

Thank you for stopping by our blog!

At ADR Snow Management we praise for best practices and quality assurance. We believe that information should be shared and that by sharing reliable content we can help the world become a better place to live.

In practice, we make the world a better place to live every winter by managing snow and ice in our clients' commercial properties with care, reliability, and great customer service.

But hey, we want to make the world a better place all year round! So we've started this blog and we call it Snow & Ice 101. It will be a place where property managers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will be able to learn the ins-and-outs of commercial snow management.

We will talk about snow planning, quality assurance, billing, reports, customer services, insurance and more. You'll also be able to keep track of our good works and community services.

We hope you stay tuned. Subscribe to our news feed to make sure get the latest news on snow and ice removal.

Best wishes,

ADR Snow Management Team 

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