Summer Property Fixes for the Best MI Snow Removal Surfaces

Cracked Asphalt needs repair for winter snow removal services

The summer is in full swing which makes it the ideal time to begin updates to surfaces for the best winter snow removal surfaces. Sneller Snow Systems in Grand Rapids works year-round to ensure Michigan businesses are ready to handle the upcoming winter snow. It is important to conduct these inspections during the summer when the ground is clear of snow and a proper assessment can determine what repairs are necessary. So here are vital summer property fixes for the best MI snow removal services this year.

Asphalt/Concrete

The winter weather can have harsh effects on asphalt and concrete as a result of the surface freezing and thawing cycles. It is important to repair erosion and cracks in the surface before snowfall to not only prevent cracks from expanding, but to also allow for effective snow plowing when needed.

Mudjacking is often used to lift sunken surfaces and make them level. During this repair process, cement, water, and dirt are combined to fill voids under sinking concrete. Such repairs are imperative for uneven and cracked surfaces before water from snow and melted ice can get into them causing further damage.

Drainage Issues

Drain maintenance is probably one of the last things thought about during the summer. However, the summer is the ideal time to have repairs and maintenance work completed. The work can be completed quickly and without the risk of disruption from the winter weather. Drainage inspections that should take place during the summer include:

  • Damage from winter freezing
  • Blockages in the pipes
  • Debris accumulation
  • Assurance that drain pipework is well maintained

Without these repairs, you leave your business at risk of longer term problems that can cause interruptions and/or damage to your Michigan business.

To save yourself the headache and stress of dealing with surface issues in the winter, let us help you prepare early. If you have questions about preparing for better snow removal surfaces in the Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI area, please contact us online or call 616-868-4900 today! We would even be happy to inspect your property and give you a free quote on Michigan snow removal services!

What is Deicing & How Do Deicers Work in Grand Rapids MI

Deicing & Deicer Product on Asphalt

Deicing is an important component of any Lansing and Grand Rapids snow removal and ice management plan. Snow can be removed, but the result can still be a slick walkway or parking lot due to post-plowing conditions, freezing rain or re-freezing of moisture left on cleared surfaces. It’s vital to have an experienced approach to deicing to make sure your property is safe for all who visit your property. So let’s look at what deicing is and how deicers work.

What is Deicing?

Deicing refers to the use of either liquid or solid ice melt products. Liquid deicers are often used to prevent or greatly slow the formation of a bond between snow or ice and the pavement. Depending on the type of precipitation, these products are most effective when applied before the actual weather event, with periodic applications during storms to boost its effectiveness. It’s also important to note that not just one formula is perfect for every ice condition. A professional snow removal company knows that custom mixtures are best to accurately address the temperature and moisture of a given storm.

How Do Deicers Work?

Solid deicers work by lowering the freezing point of water, creating a brine with the chloride that bores through snow and ice and breaks the bond between ice and the pavement. The exact choice of ice melt product to use is dependent upon the temperature, current conditions and moisture or precipitation.

Refreezing occurs when the melted ice or snow dilutes the deicing chemical to the point where it allows the water to freeze again. Rock salt will melt ice to around 15 degrees, but when the temperature goes down again it refreezes. The increased freeze/thaw cycle is harder on surfaces like concrete. Even though a deicer with a lower re-freezing point may be a more expensive product, it will probably require less product to melt and control ice and fewer applications, resulting in fewer man hours and lower costs.

Refreezing is also dependent on factors such as surface temperature, chemical concentration and air temperature, and these variables should be closely monitored to determine the necessity and timing of reapplying deicing products.

Professional Snow Removal in Grand Rapids & Lansing

Sneller Snow Systems provides professional snow removal services to the Grand Rapids and Lansing MI areas. We watch weather systems closely including surface temperatures, and freeze/thaw cycles in the Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan areas. This ensures that we treat properties with the best ice management mixture at the exact times of the day when they are most effective. If you own a business located in the Grand Rapids or Lansing areas, contact us to discuss your deicing and snow removal needs.

Michigan Snow Removal Law of Averages & Risk Management

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You’ll often hear meteorologists and others associated with studying the weather talk about average snowfalls. This is good information to have, but in order to really understand the nature of averages and risk assessment, you have to dig a little deeper into the data. Let’s explore Michigan Snow Removal law of averages and risk management to help you be better prepared for winter snow!

Grand Rapids Snow

As an example, average yearly snowfall in Grand Rapids is 74.9 inches. This is data collected from 1981 to 2010 at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

25% of the snowfall in December totals over 27.8 inches of snow, meaning 1 in 4 years will have December totals of over 27.8”. Yet 25% of Decembers also total only 11.2 inches or less for the month. That’s a wide variance. But let’s drill down a bit further.

Nearly half of the days with snowfall in the area create less than an inch of snow, leaving around 23 days with snowfall over an inch. Snowstorms over five inches occur three or four times a year, while snowfall of ten inches or more is a rare event, not occurring every year.

Sneller knows Grand Rapids Snow Removal! Call us today to get a free quote! 616-868-4900

Lansing Snow

Data for Lansing is similar, but with an average of only 51 inches per year. 25% of December snowfall totals receive over 16 inches, while the lowest 25% see less than 8.2 inches during the month. Snowstorms over five inches occur on average once a year, while storms of over ten inches are rare events.

This data points toward a need for risk management. As a business owner, you need to keep your customers and employees safe from falls on ice or snow. Every year more than one million Americans seek ER treatment for accidental falls, many of those on slick winter surfaces. You must also protect your business from lawsuits resulting from falls on your business property and ancillary areas such as parking lots.

Michigan Snow Removal Services

This is the reason you need professional snow and ice removal by a reputable & certified Grand Rapids and Lansing Snow Removal company that takes snow and ice management seriously. You can’t plan for a high level of snowfall with any degree of certainty. You are essentially playing the law of averages, and while averages are accurate over the long haul, your business’ snow removal crisis has to be dealt with today.

Let Sneller Snow Systems manage the risk of large snowfall and/or ice created by cold temperatures for you. We provide comprehensive services, including snow plowing, snow removal and hauling, deicing and ice management, and sidewalk snow removal. We also provide outstanding communication regarding the weather, conditions at your site, and what services were provided. We are SN 9001 certified, and we can provide you with the necessary documentation regarding services provided and conditions to defend your business in slip and fall lawsuits. Contact us for a snow removal plan that fits your business needs.

Understanding a Commercial Snow Removal Contract

contract being signed - snow removal contract

You’ve decided to hire a commercial snow removal and plowing company to keep your business operating and managed safely during the winter months without having to devote your own resources to dealing with the snow and ice. That’s a good decision. And just like other business relationships, your plan calls for a formal commercial snow removal contract. 

According to the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA):

“A written contract, signed by both parties, is the best way to ensure that each party is aware of its obligations. This in turn protects both the contractor and the property manager and helps to define the relationship in clear and concise terms.”

Note the important points here. The contract protects both parties (property managers and snow removal companies) from lawsuits. It does this by defining the obligations of each party and by outlining the relationship between vendor and customer clearly. Neither party wants to be involved in a lawsuit, and signing a mutually agreed-upon contract prevents that.

When you discuss your snow removal needs as a potential client, you need to consider many elements of the relationship. Your vendor should be willing to answer your questions and discuss these topics with you:

  • What is the timing of service and what service level are you agreeing to?
  • What is the price for this level of service? Should you pay for a higher level of service even though no one is certain how much snow will fall in any given winter?

Be clear on the services you are receiving. If your agreement calls for snow plowing, the snow will be plowed, but it will remain on your property. If you need it removed, you are talking about snow relocation and hauling. Do you require ice management and de-icing? You do if you are concerned about slippery conditions even after plowing or if there is freezing rain.

Sneller Snow Systems can provide all of these services and more. If you’re located in Lansing or Grand Rapids, we’ll be happy to look at your property and discuss recommended levels of service and pricing with you. We are in the risk management business with ISO certified systems in place. We prepare for the worst so that you are covered no matter what weather conditions we see in Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI. Contact us to talk about your winter 2017 snow removal plan!

How Deicing & Ice Melt Products Work

Snow Ice Melt

Deicing and ice management are important components of your snow removal and winter management plan, especially if you have a business located in Lansing or Grand Rapids MI where we’re located. Snow can be removed, but the result can still be a slick walkway or parking lot due to post-plowing conditions, freezing rain or re-freezing of moisture left on cleared surfaces.

Deicing refers to the use of either liquid or solid products, but in reality liquid deicers actually prevent or greatly slow the formation of a bond between snow or ice and the pavement. These products are most effective when applied before the actual weather event, with periodic applications during storms to boost its effectiveness.

Solid deicers work by lowering the freezing point of water, creating a brine with the product that bores through snow and ice and breaks the bond between ice and the pavement. Have questions about this? Contact us!

Refreezing occurs when the melted ice or snow dilutes the deicing product to the point where it allows the water to freeze again. Rock salt will melt ice to around 15 degrees, but when the temperature goes down again the remaining moisture can refreeze. The increased freeze/thaw cycle is harder on surfaces like concrete. Even though a deicer with a lower refreezing point may be a more expensive product, it will probably require less product to melt and control ice and fewer applications, resulting in fewer man hours and lower costs.

Refreezing is also dependent on factors such as surface temperature, product concentration and air temperature, and these variables should be closely monitored to determine the necessity and timing of reapplying deicing products. Sneller Snow Systems provides that monitoring, closely watching weather system, surface temperatures, and freeze/thaw cycles in the Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan areas. Contact us to discuss your ice management and snow removal needs if you have a commercial property in our region.