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What % of residentials want deicer?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Exact Services, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Exact Services

    Exact Services Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    This is question for the residential veterans. Generally speaking what has been your experience with who wants their driveways and walks, steps de-iced? Do most of your clients know that it's not the greatest thing for the concrete, plants and grass?

    Some sort of rough percentage would be helpful. :waving:
  2. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 613


    I do my parents as they don't need to be falling. Otherwise, they usually get a bag for their steps and such themselves. We do live in flat country with no mountains too. Might be different in the mountains.
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    10-20% of mine
  4. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    In the beginning of the season none. Around Jan/Feb I have my seniors are set up for As-Needed and most others are set up as Per-Call. Of the per-call I would say 40% start asking for it.

    Then their are the folks who call per-storm ( not automatic ) we tell them upfront if the driveway is packed then you must have salt. Never had anyone say no and this is probably 75% of the clients.

    I will not salt ( or plow ) stamped concrete or brick or this cruddy looking stamped asphalt.
  5. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    Last season out of 45 residentials we put down ice melt on 3.
  6. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    0% residentials
    all my salt clients are commercial
    I live on the "cheap" side off the country!
  7. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    0%. I bought a Vbox in '01 thinking I'd make a lot from it. Sold it for less than half last year and hadn't used it for two winters.