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anyone plow gas stations?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by SnowPro 24/7, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. SnowPro 24/7

    SnowPro 24/7 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    have a quick ? ive plowed gas stations before and i no u can't plow directly around area near pumps. but am not sure if u can salt that area . last gas station i plowed they didnt have me put down any salt so i am not sure .
  2. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Depends on what the customer wants. If it's plowing with no shoveling/sidewalk work, I'd plow as close to the pumps as is safe and leave it at that. If they want salt, it depends on how often they want it. Most stations nowadays don't usually get a ton of snow around the pumps due to the canopies above them.

    This is something I would address when bidding on them....see what their expectations are and bid accordingly. Guesswork will only cost you time, money, and possibly the account in the end.
  3. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    Why can't you plow near the pumps? I've plowed and salted around pumps before
  4. streetscrapin16

    streetscrapin16 Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    I plow and salt near the pumps. I mean I don't put a lot of salt by the pumps but i still throw some around it.
  5. rofoth6

    rofoth6 Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 67

    I work at a gas station. I have to plow it also, I can get with in 6 inches of the pumps with no problems. We have a customer with a sander/salter that comes in to sand/salt,No problems with pumps.
  6. Subseven

    Subseven Member
    Messages: 44

    You can plow and salt near it all. We don't plow over the raised tank fill spots though. We Just get real close and then finish off real quick with a light Toro snow blower or even shovel.
  7. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Done it for years (plow/salt) not a problem. Don't have to put much salt down either being that the traffic carries a lot off the street into the lot. Pretty nice when you know how to charge per application. ;)
  8. Subseven

    Subseven Member
    Messages: 44

    Especially when they hand us a cashiers check the next day at each station! I love salting much more than plowing. Thumbs Up
  9. Cmbrsum

    Cmbrsum Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    I plow pumps only when there is a big build up around them. (Not often with canapes) I usually just let the salt do it's job. the raised Seals where they fill the underground tanks are the real problem. I try to stay clear of them during my plow and just back drag them at the end.
  10. SnowPro 24/7

    SnowPro 24/7 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    its a little diffrent around here 4 some reason state of mass doesnt want u to plow near pumps because of the run off grooves in the pavement around that specific area . incase there is a gas spill .
  11. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I plowed a BP station for the last 3 years, i plow and salt as close to the pumps as i can, part of our deal is that they put cones on the fill caps for the winter, i plow as close i can to them and thats it. It's always a pain to plow it though because it's a 24 hour store so there is always a ton of traffic coming in and out.
  12. chris.outdoor

    chris.outdoor Member
    from NH
    Messages: 45

    I plow a Station here in NH and he ALWAYS wants next to the pumps done and even over the fillers! and yet the irvings down the road want you to stay WAY away from the fillers and about 1ft away from the pumps. All depends on the company policy and the managers i guess

    PS.. My station wants exrta salt by the fillers and inbetween the pumps and the irving ONLY wants sand salt mix and None on the concrete of the pumps or fillers.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010