After the fall leaves have fallen, the winter snows soon follow. Some locales are especially vulnerable to heavy and repeated snowfalls that make it difficult to drive and even walk to your car or get it out of the driveway. Fortunately, snow removal services are available to clear snow from where it does not belong. Here are four common snow removal services that benefit residents and businesses alike.
1. Plowing Driveways and Parking Lots
Getting out of a snowy driveway is difficult, especially with compacted snow at the end of your driveway. According to CityWorks, a leading public asset solutions organization, the first known use of a snowplow was in 1862, when a plow attached to a horse-drawn cart plowed snow in Milwaukee. Modern snowplows usually are attached to pickups or large snowplows that clear the roads and do a great job of clearing driveways and parking lots of deep snow.
2. Shoveling Sidewalks, Walkways, and Steps
Most snow removal services use a combination of snow shovels and snowblowers to remove snow from sidewalks, walkways, and steps. They also can remove snow from exposed porches and other outdoor areas as needed. Once the snow is gone, it’s a lot easier for you and any visitors to safely walk to and from your home or place of business without losing their footing or suffering an injury.
3. Removing Patches of Ice
Once the snow is gone, it’s time to get rid of any ice that would make walking difficult and dangerous. Sometimes, thick patches of ice form on walkways, driveways, and parking lots. Snow removal crews can chip away at the ice with steel shovels and tools that are designed to break up ice. After breaking the ice into smaller pieces, the work crew can remove it with shovels.
4. Applying De-icer to Maintained Areas
Once the snow and ice are gone, work crews can spread sand to improve traction and de-icer to stop ice from forming. Such basic preventive measures make it easier to stop snow and ice from taking over again. They also make it easier to remove any snow and ice that might reform and fill in the freshly plowed and shoveled areas.
Need snow and ice removed from your property? If so, you can call Marbella Landscaping to learn more about our services. We look forward to working with you!