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How to handle this storm?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Spinman710, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Spinman710

    Spinman710 Member
    Messages: 47

    Okay Guys...Advice has always been great and I'm looking for some more.

    We're having a Nor' Easter on Sunday morning / afternoon. Going from light snow, to heavy snow, to sleet to rain.

    Before I've had nothing but friends and family...Now I've picked up a few accounts and want to do them right. One driveway gets about an hours worth of sun per day (trees on both sides) and was a real pain on this last storm due to the ice buildup from the previous storm before that.

    When should I plow? Before it sleets? Before it rains? As it rains?

    Please advise.
  2. Mick

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

    Since you're starting with snow; plow after a set amount has fallen. Let the sleet build on top of the snow. That way, your plow is getting underneath it and won't be as hard to plow up. But don't let it build up too much or it'll just be too heavy to move. Then, if it's just sleet after you plow, plan to come back with salt if it's pavement. If it's hardpack or gravel, plan on sand or sand/salt mix. Of course, it'll also depend on your temperature after you plow, as it may not freeze and simply run off.
  3. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    I agree with mick,

    He sounds like he's plowed a drive or two :)
  4. WingPlow

    WingPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    only thing i'd add is, if its a pavement IMO i'd salt it as soon as i was done plowing it, this way the sleet and or freezing rain wont adhere to it making it much more easy to scrape off later

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    My 02...

    Not everyone SALTS...I don't...so I would try and make a pass when the snow meets your trigger, and hopefully, before the sleet begins...But Mother Nature almost never cooperates with us lowly humans trying to clean up her handywork...lol

    Bottom line...do the best ya can!!
  6. WingPlow

    WingPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    sorry , coming from the municiple side and not the commercial side i automatically think everyone puts down salt and stuff to help them out
    if thats the case i'd leave the snow on as long as possible to help not turning the driveway into a skating rink
  7. Spinman710

    Spinman710 Member
    Messages: 47

    Don't have salt...if I did, I'd have my Scott's seed spreader to lay it down. Only 1 driveway concerns me, the others are a piece of cake.

    Thanks for the advice guys...I really appreciate it.
  8. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    You could pick up one bag of salt and put it on that driveway when its all said and done. $8 and 5 minutes, they will be happy. It will fall under "Really Great Service" and you can tell them this is something you can do from now on, when its needed... for a price. Make that $x driveway into a $1.5x driveway!
  9. Spinman710

    Spinman710 Member
    Messages: 47

    I thought about that...he's already bought the Chems...

    One of the things that I do is go back after the town comes through and clean up the end. I can always keep my spreader in the back and just do some walking...doens't hurt to walk a little...