The feelings evoked by a heavy snowfall depend on the individual and his or her situation. For example, the sight might be more welcome from the comfort of a vacation cabin than from behind the wheel of a vehicle that is slipping and sliding through snowdrifts, ice and slush to navigate the grocery store’s parking lot. Whether you are a homeowner or operate a business, accumulations of snow and the ice that lies beneath can be hazardous to people and property and leave you open to potential lawsuits. However, when snow needs to be cleared, it is best to hire a snow removal professional for the job.
Snow Removal – Why Professional Snow Removal Is Best
The first question you should ask yourself is whether you have the proper equipment to remove snow without damaging your pavement or risking the health of the designated employee or family member. If you are planning to shovel the snow, consider that each cubic foot of snow can weigh over 20 pounds — even more if the snow is extremely dense or wet. Even on a standard residential driveway, the total weight of 6 inches of snow can easily exceed 10 tons. Not every American has the ability to withstand the physical exertion, which is my there are over 11,000 emergency room visits every year that are related to shoveling snow.
The proper equipment is also essential as is the skill of the person wielding the equipment. Garden shovels should never be used for removing snow and ice; they can cause extensive damage to the underlying pavement. Snowplows should only be entrusted to experienced operators who know how to set the blades at the correct height to avoid scalping the pavement. Deicing agents should be used sparingly and selected carefully; rock salt, for example, can cause permanent damage to concrete pavement.
Professionals will have the right equipment and trained personnel to remove the snow and ice safely. Instead of risking your health or the health of your employees, consider contacting a professional service that can remove the snow faster and more completely.
Why Snow Removal Is Important
Keeping sidewalks, driveways, streets, parking lots and walkways free from ice and snow is important for safety. Neither vehicles nor pedestrians can have secure traction on pavement that is slick from snow, ice or slush. Slip and fall accidents as well as automobile accidents can result in lawsuits that may be costly to settle. In addition to the potential financial cost of lawsuits, business owners may find that their revenue is affected by the unsafe conditions. For example, if your customers who require a motorized scooter or wheelchair for mobility cannot reach your door because of drifted snow, they will take their business elsewhere. Customers who fall in your parking lot — even if they are not injured — may be angry enough to switch their loyalty to your competition.
Beyond the risk of potential liability and the danger of alienating customers, there is one other hazard posed by failing to remove snow and ice — the possibility of extensive damage to the pavement. Leaving snow and ice undisturbed means that you are increasing the chance of water penetration. Whether you have concrete or asphalt pavement, if water enters cracks in the pavement and refreezes, the cracks will be enlarged and potholes are more likely to form. Furthermore, water that leaks beneath the pavement can destabilize the ground or the subbase, causing even more damage.
For More Information, Contact Driveway Sealing Call Frank
Driveway Sealing Call Frank was founded in 1998 to provide quality asphalt pavement-related services to homeowners and commercial property owners. We offer an extensive catalog of services, including snow removal, snow control, asphalt paving, concrete installation, asphalt sealcoating, parking lot striping, pavement repairs and preventive maintenance. We have established a reputation for superior work, extraordinary customer service and reasonable rates. We offer free, no-obligation quotes; submit the online form or call us at 1-800-DRIVEWAY or (203) 378-0080.