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Accumulation over a few days??

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by MichelleinMich, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. MichelleinMich

    MichelleinMich Member
    Messages: 32

    Keeping it short and simple: My contracts state that we'll plow at 2". So if there was already an inch on the ground (for 2 days now) and it snows another inch (expected tonight), do you guys typically go out? Thanks!!

    - Michelle
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I typically use as a rule of thumb, if there is 2 inches on the lot, or drive, then you go out if you have a 2 inch trigger. Chances are though if there is an inch on the ground for a couple days, the the lots or drives are going to be either melted off, or hard packed, which would not trigger the 2 inch depth. Of course this is just my opinion I am sure your get more.
  3. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Yes we plow. You want to also because if you leave it and your customers drive over it you will end up with ice ruts. Which in turn will make plowing your next visit a *****.
  4. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Go out with your ruler to make sure its two inches :D
  5. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    tymusicYes we do. If the contract stipulates a 2 inch accumulation start , we dont play games with the forecast even if it says temps are going up. Keeps us out of trouble and keeps clients happy.
  6. MichelleinMich

    MichelleinMich Member
    Messages: 32

    I'm so relieved to read all 4 of these responses. Thanks guys.
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    I'd contact my customers about salt. that kind of snowfall will leave ice behind if its not been plowed. Could be another $$ maker. 1/2 an inch of ice is worse then 2" of snow.:nod:
  8. nhpatriot

    nhpatriot Senior Member
    Messages: 190

    Best advice yet. Educating your customers is key. Some will always be cheap, and will not opt for it. Others will recognize the benefit to them. A judicious application of salt when there is ice build up is a small cost. Without it, the driveway many times just gets worse and worse through the winter, as it becomes progressively difficult to plow each storm with the poor surface.
  9. MichelleinMich

    MichelleinMich Member
    Messages: 32

    Great point about the salt. Just last night I was kicking my own a*s trying to figure out why we didn't try and upsell this one but instead assumed only the commercial lots would be interested (we only have 2 comm.) Next year I'll push the salt more. Thanks guys.
  10. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I tell my customers if it starts to accumulate like this then call me to come out. (i only tell my per push customers this) My seasonal customers i use my own discretion and tell them that if it gets to a point where they thing there is two inches to give me a call to check if it is or not. If there isn't, then i ask them if they want a salt service to melt it away and charge them for it.
  11. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Plow them....salt next year too
  12. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    On resi's I'm not plowing unless there is 2". It could build up in an hour, or a week. Once it's 2", I plow it. On the commercials, I plow more often, but also use salt to melt an inch or so.
  13. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I gotta a question...

    What if there is an inch of snow left over from last season...and then another inch falls, and my trigger says 6"....does that mean I don't get to hook up my plow and have some fun?


    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    It could build up in an hour, or a week. Once it's 2", I plow it.

    That's just ludicrous...you mean to say no clients are driving over this "buildup" over a week's time??? My trigger is 2 inches per event...I don't have time or gas to waste to be driving my route and inspecting all my clients driveways with a micrometer...think about what you said there...silliness! :laughing::laughing:
  15. Indy

    Indy Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    yep, to the customer snow is snow.......

    I don't want them to think I don't care, so when in doubt, we clean it up.

    It usually comes out in the wash as a good deal for them, and me keeping them happy so I don't get the call on the next one........." it snowed twice and you never showed up"