A Guide to Successful Commercial Snow Removal


During winter, many things must be done to maintain and protect your commercial property against cold weather hazards. One of those things is snow removal. Whenever snow falls at your commercial property, you need to move it to ensure your building and parking lot are safe and accessible for your clients and visitors. Clearing the snow away can also protect the structural integrity of your commercial building.

Early in the season, when snowfall is light, snow removal is relatively straightforward. However, snow can accumulate as winter progresses, and ice can make the ground slippery and unsafe. Suddenly, what was once a simple service becomes much more complex. Here are some tips for safe and successful commercial snow removal:

Know your local snow removal laws.

Every state has different snow removal laws, including height limits for snow mounds when plowing on commercial properties. Even if your snow mounds are within height limits, ensure you can safely drive and park around them. Verify that a driver can see pedestrians, standing obstacles, and moving vehicles without obstructing his view.

Know your surroundings.

White-out conditions can obscure obstacles that would otherwise stand out. Ensure parked cars and dumpsters are not in the path where you are depositing your snow mounds.

Designate a snow mound area.

Clear and mark a specific area where plows will move snow. It is crucial to keep the mound of snow away from any structures or equipment on the site so that the snow is not pushed into the building or causes water leaks when it melts.

Prepare for upcoming storms.

You never know when the next big snowfall is going to hit. So be sure to stock up on ice control products in advance, have backup shovels on hand, and have gas available for snowblowers.

Have a backup area for excess snow.

It is not unusual to see double-digit and sometimes triple-digit snowfall accumulations in Northern Utah. Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are to move the snow, you may still run out of space. So instead, look for offsite options to move the excess snow. Using a snow melter may also reduce pile-ups.

Use snow and ice melt.

Ice can cause people to slip and fall and cars to lose control and crash. To avoid this altogether, use de-icing materials preemptively and often.

Save Yourself The Trouble With Commercial Snow Removal Services

With all the other work you have to do to manage your commercial property, dealing with snow removal can feel like a whole new laundry list of logistics. Fortunately, our snow removal experts at Rubicon Contractors apply all the above techniques, so you don’t have to! As the largest snow removal team in the state, we are well equipped to keep your commercial lot safe and snow/ice-free!