Three Ways Snow and Ice Can Hurt Your Business If Not Managed Professionally

If your company has never experienced a rough winter before, you’d be forgiven for assuming that a little snow and ice can be easily managed. Any business owner who has dealt with snowstorms and harsh winters, however, knows this isn’t the case.

The truth is that snow and ice pose a huge threat to your business, as well as your customers. Ignoring that threat or not taking sufficient measures to deal with it causes you further problems in the long run, too.

Let’s take a look at some of the dangers the cold weather poses to your business, and what you can do about it.

The Dangers Of Ignoring Ice

Ignoring ice, or not properly dealing with ice and snow on your property, presents a range of problems that hurt you in the short term…and the long term.

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Non-Compliance of Federal and State Laws

Various federal and state laws are in place to ensure that every business makes it easy for customers to safely access their premises. This includes the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that all entryways are cleared and that people with disabilities are not presented with obstacles when accessing your building.

Not complying with state and federal laws can get you and your business in a lot of trouble.

Risking Customers and Colleagues

Not only could you be falling foul of the law, but you would be risking the safety of your customers and colleagues! No business wants people to hurt themselves while shopping or doing business, not just because they probably won’t come back again but because of the possibility of a lawsuit.

Failing to properly remove snow and ice from entryways, driveways, and parking lots puts your customers at risk of falling and hurting themselves, and could potentially even cause car accidents.

It Hurts Business!

Would any customer come back to your business if they have a bad experience in the ice or snow? Not only will mounds of snow put people off from visiting your property during the winter, but local people will remember that you didn’t make the right accommodations for them during the bad weather…and they might not come back again!

Should You Use Salt?

Sure! Salt is a great way of melting ice and minimizing the chance of slipping on concrete and other flat outdoor surfaces.

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During the winter weather there is typically a rush on salt, so if you want to make sure you have some available, be sure to purchase it in advance and keep it stored in a dry space. Don’t allow any moisture to get to the salt when it is being stored as it may cause it to clump and become ineffective on ice.

Why You Should Trust Professional Contractors

While it’s always smart to keep salt at hand, it’s also really important to trust professional local snow contractors. When you attempt to deice your pavements and parking lots on your own, you still risk liability if you don’t do the job properly. Any risk that your customers or colleagues may hurt themselves on your property is not worth it, which is why a local contractor is always best.

At Earth Development, we have a large fleet of vehicles that means we’re available as soon as you need us. We offer regular preventative services to reduce the chances of ice forming, and provide snow removal services the moment you need them. That means the job gets done properly and quickly every time.

That means you can focus on running your business!

Call for a Free Consultation and Quote Today

For a free consultation, a no-obligation quote, and a discussion about how our snow removal services can benefit your business, give Earth Development a call today!

We have a large, enthusiastic, and qualified team of professionals to help you during the most difficult months and keep on top of all your deicing and snow removal needs.