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What do you do??????????? Commercial Only

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by roblandscape, Dec 6, 2007.


What would you do

  1. Salt once when it ended

    8 vote(s)
  2. Salt fully twice

    4 vote(s)
  3. Salt once fully, come back and spot salt

    5 vote(s)
  4. Not even bothered

    2 vote(s)
  5. Called the property manager

    1 vote(s)
  1. roblandscape

    roblandscape Senior Member
    from Phila
    Messages: 185

    Ok, The senario is........ Its 12 pm and 25 degrees out. Snow is coming down and the are forcasting 1-3 inches. They say the snow should end around 8pm.

    As of 6pm there is an inch on the ground.

    Heres what I did... I went out a 6pm salted my 3 commercials. Went back out at 5am and spot salted my properties, I'm glad I did, it was pretty icey in spots. I would like to se how you guys would have played this one. I know when we get an average 4 inch storm, I am salting at least twice if not three times after the snow stops. And I have had customers say I salt too much,................ I tell them I don't like getting sued.
  2. sk187

    sk187 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    Probably plowed it when the snow stopped and salted after the plowing if there was ice.

    We do large commercial so a full salting cost me over $1000 per time so I tend to use as little salt as possible.

    We also use a x-county truck with a metal belly blade to get down to the pavement and remove ice.
  3. 6feetdeep

    6feetdeep Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    How late is the property open?
    I always know the hours of operation at each of my commercial accounts.
    I always open them up for the day, then if still snowing hard, clean them out at lunch time so employees can get out for lunch. Then, if needed, maybe hit them again before they go home.
    In your scenario, if the account closed by 8 pm and only an inch on the ground, wait till morning and hit it. If the account stays open later, or an apartment complex, I'd push it later and salt afterward. Depending on what type of snow it is, sometimes salt is going to make it mushy and more slippery as more snow falls. Or, if cold enough, sometimes it will cover up ice and actually give a little grip, then you can push it off and salt after the storm subsides.
    Hard call, too many variables. probably not much help, but thats what I'd do. :waving:
  4. roblandscape

    roblandscape Senior Member
    from Phila
    Messages: 185

    All apartment complexs open 24 hours.
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    I would have plowed when it was all done and salted if the customer requested it.

    I have all my customers sign off that they're responsible to call when it's icy.
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I would have already presalted and then came back around 4 or 5 to recheck and then recheck again around 2am depending on the weather.
  7. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Be careful not to chince yourself out of a push by salting to early. :)

    I'm pretty sure. No. I am sure I did that the other night. So did my friend on her commercials.

    Unless you are getting fees equal to a push charge when you salt. But my push prices are much more attractive than just salting.
  8. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    we salt anything under 2 inches over 2 , we plow then salt or presalt on heavily traffic areas.
  9. roblandscape

    roblandscape Senior Member
    from Phila
    Messages: 185

    This event ended up only being 1 inch of snow, Im glad I came back to spot salt because it was icey again 10 hours later. Thanks for the replies and vote keep em coming.......