Snow Removal for Commercial Facilities
Winter may be great for ice skating and creating snowmen! But it can easily turn into a nightmare for commercial establishments. Snow can block entryways and create safety hazards if not taken care of.
In Indiana it’s the legal duty of business establishments to protect their clients from the dangers of snow and ice. On walkways they can cause slips, falls, and injuries: in parking lots, snow can result in accidents, damage to vehicles, and danger to pedestrians. Thus, complete and prompt removal of snow and ice is necessary, lest you face penalties!
Removing snow from your establishment also helps to keep your clients. No matter what type of business you have, you have a far better chance to retain your clients and continue earning profit when you attend to snow removal.
Why Choose IMS for Snow Removal Service?
Innovative Maintenance Solutions is a Certified Snow Professional (CSP). We’re one of only 3 Certified Snow Professionals in the state of Indiana. To be a CSP, a company must be reliable, resourceful, and accountable.
A CSP has passed rigorous tests on human resources and science mechanics, to provide a comprehensive ice and snow management plan. Not only do we monitor weather data, but we also comply with the highest standards for excellence and professionalism in the industry.
There are additional factors that set us apart from other snow removal companies.
We use the right kind and amount of salt for snow removal. As much as possible, we use methods that won’t harm the environment. For instance, using Sodium Chloride (NaCl) may be less expensive, but it can be toxic to the environment. It can also damage surfaces. And, it’s less effective below 15 degrees F.
Calcium Chloride, in contrast, is a safer and more effective alternative, because it melts snow and ice faster than rock salt, but doesn’t corrode surfaces. However, snow removal using Calcium Chloride is more expensive than using rock salt.
We also see to it that sidewalks, curbs, and other concrete surfaces aren’t damaged during snow removal. Spalling of concrete happens when concrete absorbs moisture and fragments. Although spalling is inevitable when salt is used to melt snow and ice, we can do this without causing further damage to your property.
We first conduct a needs assessment prior to snow removal. We sit down with clients and discuss the scope of work, i.e. the area to be included in snow removal, and how snow removal is to be handled. On top of the salting method, we also do snow shoveling, plowing and hauling. We also study how the snow melts to better plan its removal.
Our company also offers zero tolerance ice and snow control service. The moment precipitation causes ice and snow to form on your sidewalk and curbs, we’ll immediately take care of it.
The cost of our services depends on the type of service you need. We have a fixed price per application or “per push” (i.e. a service charge every time we remove snow). We also offer a seasonal price, i.e. only one fee for the entire season.
Our on-site visits likewise include the discussion of materials and snow removal schedules. You may call for us to remove snow based on “triggers.” Hence, we begin plowing snow depending on its depth. In some states, clients consider 1 to 2 inches of depth a “trigger” for snow removal.
During such visits, we mark curbs with 3 – 4 foot fiberglass stakes. This lets our men know where the curb lines and “islands” are, so they can avoid ramming them with the snowplow.
We capture photos and videos of existing damage to asphalt, curb, concrete, landscaping, and turf. This way, we can plan well and keep your property safe. As this is part of the pre-inspection process, we can also use the data gathered to discuss how these damages can be rectified, or how further damage can be prevented.
Just where to pile all that snow is always worthy of discussion. This keeps important areas of your property open and minimizes costs. We can pull the snow backward until we have found the perfect place to pile it. We also recommend that snow be piled in a low-lying area, so that melting snow doesn’t refreeze on already plowed areas, necessitating additional removal.
During snow storms, the best possible recourse is to pile the snow in sequence to keep sidewalks and driveways passable. During such times, the snow may be plowed back to the curb to allow access to entryways. Once the storm stops, we’ll pile the snow in a more appropriate location.
Shift Change Policy
We can take into account when shift changes occur, when planning snow removal. It’s our routine to ask when shift changes occur, so we can have walkways cleared at the most opportune times.
Got snow stuck on your roof? We can take care of that issue pronto! Our snow removal plan will in fact eliminate chances of the snow getting blown off your roof and onto walkways.
Uninterrupted Peace of Mind
We are known for advance preparations and snow management. We consult a 24/7 private meteorology service to determine beforehand where snow storms will occur. We can then reach out to clients a day ahead of the storm, and do the necessary storm assessment and prepare for snow clearing operations.
One of our team’s best practices is on-site and hands-on snow removal operations. Our men ensure that snow and ice have been cleared, piled out of the way, or melted properly and efficiently. You can leave us to do the work, or if you wish, stay with us and give additional instructions or concerns.
The good news is that our job doesn’t end after we’ve removed the snow at your commercial establishment. We also do follow-up and post-event inspections.
Contact Us Now
You can call Innovative Maintenance Solutions for a free winter service evaluation. Rest assured we will address all of your concerns, and deliver a high quality service using the best snow removal practices!
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