Of all the things that winter brings to your business, snow is a tricky one to work around. Snow removal action needs to be taken quickly to make sure that your parking lot doesn’t get damaged beyond repair. Even minor fixes now will save you money on larger repairs in the long run, so take a look at these tips to make sure that your parking lot survives the winter.
Make sure your lot is shoveled
This might seem to go without saying, but it really is important to make sure that snow is removed from your lot. While it’s not possible to shovel every inch of snow, it’s important to make sure that it’s done every time snow falls. Don’t wait for it to pack. Removing it quickly and often reduces the chances of the freezing and thawing cycle causing damage to your asphalt.
Protect your lot from plows
While snowplows are great at clearing snow, they can also cause harm. Plow blades are not only sharp enough to gouge or scratch your pavement if an inexperienced driver is behind the wheel, but they can also push loose objects and debris along that could cause cracks, as well. Making sure that your lot is cleared can help prevent this problem, as can clearly marking the boundaries of the pavement.
Use deicers wisely
Deicing agents like rock salt are great for you and your customers but can be bad for the environment and pavement. Salt can help melt snow, but too much of it can damage asphalt and cement. Look into alternate products, or consider using a mix of salt and sand, which offers traction and melts snow but decreases the saltwater runoff.
Make repairs now
Before any major snow storms roll in, take a look at your parking lot. Are there cracks on the surface? If so, these are places where snow, water, and ice can get in and cause bigger problems, possibly even becoming potholes. This is a job for a professional—a pro can find cracks you can’t even see and fill them in before they cause bigger problems for you.
Call a commercial snow removal service
Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you have the right team taking care of it for you. If you need commercial snow removal services, reach out to Command7 by giving us a call at 855-214-2168 or filling out our contact form.