Tips for Lansing & Grand Rapids Snow Storage Preparation

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One thing that comes up every year, especially with some of our newer Lansing & Grand Rapids snow removal customers, is whether they have an adequate place for snow storage. All that newly plowed snow has to go somewhere! Summer is the ideal time for business owners to start thinking about the next snow season and where to have the commercial snow removal service put the snow upon clearing. So here are some tips for Lansing and Grand Rapids snow storage preparation.

Expect More Snow In 2016-2017

If recent weather predictions are accurate, this coming winter you will really need to be prepared! Following last year’s El Niño, expert’s predict this year’s La Niña to bring heavier than normal snowfall to the areas of Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Here, at Sneller Snow Systems, we can help. We think about snow 12 months a year. Just contact us to get a free quote!

Snow Storage Tips

Some things to remember when considering where to store newly plowed snow include:

  • Snow is heavy – is there adequate ground coverage to hold the weight, and if the area has any walls, will they hold up?
  • Snow will melt – where will the water runoff go and is it safe from pollutants as to not contaminate water traveling into a stream, or river, and/or being soaked up into ground water? And will the water drain without settling and forming dangerous icy spots?
  • More to come – if snow has not melted and another storm hits, is there adequate storage, or a secondary location for more?
  • Location – is the placement area of your snow storage away from traffic within your parking lot? And will it cause any parking lot access issue or block the vision of drivers or pedestrians?

Lansing Michigan Snow Removal

The City of Lansing starts plowing snow when it exceeds two inches on major streets. Business owners and residents are responsible for the walkways in front of their location, and they must be cleared within 24-hours of the snowfall, according to the city code. The city’s website clearly states, “Snow and ice cannot be piled in the public Right of Way – it cannot impair vehicular or pedestrian traffic or obstruct the view of a driver.”

This is true on private property as well, especially when a business is involved. Sneller Snow Systems is aware of these codes and has the experience to remove snow properly in all of the communities surrounding Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Hire a Pro

Planning for this coming winter’s snow events is important to take care of before they come. Let Sneller Snow Systems help show you how this summer. Our team of professionals can help you prepare and provide prompt, expert removal from when the first storm hits throughout the season. July can be a busy month for new customer sign ups. Contact us to setup your free snow removal evaluation and quote today!

Why Snow Relocation Should Be Part of Your Grand Rapids Snow Plowing Plan

Snow Relocation

If you live in Grand Rapids or Lansing, you don’t need me to tell you that Michigan winters are unpredictable. And if you are a commercial property owner, it’s important to plan ahead for whatever may be in store for winter in 2015-16. If you look around come January or February, you’ll usually notice large amounts of snow can accumulate, causing a number of dangerous situations. These can be mitigated by investing in a snow relocation or snow hauling services. Snow relocation is ideal for properties without a lot of space or where snow accumulation creates hazardous conditions or blocks visibility.

As snow piles continue to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to clear paths, sidewalks, and parking lots. This condition can cause potential liability issues if someone slips and hurts themselves while on your property or an accident occurs due to a lack of visibilty. Removing the snow to another location keeps these hazards under control. It also allows you to maximize your space. Instead of reserving sections of your lot for snow storage, it can be used for its rightful purpose instead – for customers, employees and vendors coming to your business.

Another advantage of snow relocation is the lessening of effects from a harsh winter on your property. Large snow piles can wreak havoc on grass and landscaping when the spring thaw arrives, resulting in expensive landscaping repairs and revitalization. Planning for snow relocation during storms or heavy snowfall periods will help prevent these unnecessary burdens and costs.

Whether you choose on site snow relocation or off site snow removal, it’s important to have a snow clearing professional prepared to assist you in maintaining your property with ample equipment suited for your specific needs. Contact us and Sneller Snow Systems to learn how we can help. We will make sure you are prepared for the Grand Rapids snow season!