Snow hauling and snow plowing are not two names for the same service. They are actually two very different processes used by businesses in parts of America that experience serious snowfall during the winter months.
At Earth Development, we offer businesses across the Midwest comprehensive snow removal and hauling services – and we also believe in providing our customers and interested readers with valuable information about how those processes work. So, let’s take a look at the difference between these processes and how you know when you need snow hauling for your commercial property.
When Snow Plowing Just Isn’t Enough
Snow plowing is the process of pushing and clearing snow on your property. It typically involves leaving piles of snow in an area of your property that has less foot traffic, and that isn’t used by vehicles. For most businesses, snow plowing is an effective way of moving snow and creating access, allowing business operations to continue.
Earth Development provides this essential service for businesses across the Midwest with teams of reliable, experienced local experts. But sometimes, snow plowing isn’t enough – and snow hauling becomes necessary.
Knowing When It’s Time to Haul Your Snow
The first sign that you need snow hauling is simply having nowhere to put all the snow. This may occur if your commercial property is somewhat small or snowfall arrives in extreme quantities.
As piles of snow get bigger, you risk causing damage to your property and may compromise the safety of those who use your property. The snow may start encroaching on parking spaces, it may begin to fall onto walkways, and it can generally become unmanageable.
At this point, we absolutely advise snow hauling. The snow will be removed from your property entirely, keeping you and those who use your property safe.
3 Things to Consider Before Storing Snow On Your Property
Not sure whether you need snow plowing or snow hauling services? Take these three things into consideration.
Keeping the Snow Piles May Be Unsafe
Keeping snow on your property is often perfectly safe, but it depends entirely on the amount of snow and the size of your property. A large pile of snow can block a driver’s view of pedestrians on the property and vice versa. When placed on corners, they can easily cause accidents.
We advise keeping your snow piles away from spaces with high foot traffic or in often-used parts of your car park. As soon as this becomes impossible, however, you will probably want to consider hauling.
Water Runoff Can Cause Ice Hazards
It is easy to forget that all that snow is eventually going to melt, and the water has to go somewhere! Sure, the runoff will eventually find its way to the drains, but in freezing temperatures, that water running across your property can pose a serious risk.
As the water melts from your snow pile and travels across your parking lots and pavements, it may refreeze in the cold winter weather and pose a risk to pedestrians and drivers.
Snow Piles May Hurt Your Business
Finally, don’t forget that customers make purchasing decisions based on more than just price. The overall experience your brand offers to customers, along with your attention to detail and safety, will help customers decide where to take their business.
If snow piles make customers feel unsafe in your parking lot or when walking to your store or offices, they make simply take their business elsewhere. This is an important consideration when deciding whether or not to use it.
Choose Trusted Local Snow Hauling Experts
Earth Development caters to businesses that need both snow plowing and snow hauling services.
With our teams of local contractors available in your area, our commitment to detailed consultations before starting work, and our great prices, we are an ideal option for any business looking to keep its customers and employees safe.
To learn more about our snow hauling services and how we can keep your business operating this winter, call the Earth Development team today!