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how clean do you get your lots?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by trqjnky, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Now I was wondering, does anyone get away with leaving small windrows? Ir do you push untill everything is gone, no small windrows, and perfectly clean?

    I was wondering if property owners would care or even notice small trails.

    I try to get all the trails cleaned up so there's nothing for them to ***** at me about.
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I remove all windrows. Small ones, or big ones. When i leave the lot it looks as good as it can look till the sun comes out and finishes off the snow in the cracks of the asphalt.
  3. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Dont leave windrows!!!!! They're a PITA! Later..........
    only reason i say that is once you let snow stay on the surface any what so ever will freeze to ice...
    Ice means someone could slip and fall....

    For us its a liability issue.... Because most places pay us to salt also! Which is good for us.. more money less times to go back and clean up what we missed

    Make it as nice as possible, plow in uniform
    - When we plow we plow all snow one way (IF POSSIBLE)
    -then windrow one way before we leave.. this way there are no stray windrows
    Its nice because all of our Lots we plow we also get paid to salt so once everything is as nice as we can get it with a plow we drop rock or liquid down to get the rest....
    I found this pic online......
    This would be a nice time to salt....
    otherwise.... it might be dangerous
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010
  4. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    No trails allowed whatsoever :nono:
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    Same here, try to get them as clean as possible.
  6. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    I leave them wet.
  7. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    When I see that, it always makes me think somebody is only doing half of their job.
  8. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Leaving windrows means an unfinished job. A clean lot makes me feel good knowing this is why we charge what we charge. And that is also why they call us back the folliwng year.
  9. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    A Low Baller comes to mind
  10. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    clear it off durring the storm. if you leave some no big deal. after the storm we better think it just rained. better look clean and wet. next day the lot should be white from all the salt.
  11. snorider075

    snorider075 Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    make it spring time! no snow and wet pavement.
  12. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    The lot should always be clean, once in awhile a snow ball may be out there somewhere but no windrows what so ever. A frozen snowball you will clean up next time but a frozen windrow will be hell for the rest of the winter.
  13. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    all lots should look MINT!

    -like one of the snow plow manufacture commercial says " when you need your lot to look like it does in June"
  14. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    Then you're leaving a job un-finished! Doesn't wet mean you're just getting started? :D
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  15. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    If you have a windrow (not sure just how big a windrow is or what is considered a windrow when it comes to size) in a parking lot that you either missed for whatever reason or has frozen to the asphalt, why will it be heii to deal with for the rest of the winter? Why can't it be scraped then salt be applied to melt it and scrape it clean the rest of the way? I mean, that's IF the property owner/manager wants it gone.
  16. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    I guess it's all hypothetical since it should be cleared down to asphalt. The company (local to me) that cleared Walmarts lot kept it cleared and salted throughout the entire storms from last year. I got wind (wife works at Walmart) of the price. It was over 40K with salt!!!!!! That was for the 2 bad storms a week apart. He did have to remove some of the huge piles. The guy made bank. Watch Walmart get USM to come in a handle the contract this year. I'd be surprised to see the same guy doing it.
  17. SteveR

    SteveR Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    If one needs to ask this question maybe, he should not be in the snow removal industry....
  18. bigc1301

    bigc1301 Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    Why do the Job half A**ed
  19. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Pretty sure you guys have never seen how snow gets plowed in North Iowa....there are NO wet lots.....everything has some snow on it....we scrape it as clean as possible
    even the hosp and big businesses have snow on them....thats the way it has been done here
    not that I think it looks good or is safe but that is the way it is here
  20. turboplow3

    turboplow3 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I would agree. Here in south Iowa every lot is just plowed. Most plow drivers only salt during a freeze or put down sand in high traffic areas. I throw sand on high traffic walking areas or salt two accounts with killer steep drives so the residue snow doesnt freeze to ice after a sunny day.