Snow Stacking: A Matter of Planning

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