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How to Choose Snow Removal Service

Sometimes it seems as though picking the right commercial snow removal service is easier said than done. You want a company that’s reliable, as well as affordable, but it’s hard to determine those two factors from a Google search alone. And speaking of Google searches – doing one more than likely turns up several dozen commercial snow removal companies in your area alone. How do you know which company to choose? Here’s how to get started, as well as some things to look for:

Ask Around for Referrals

Start your search for a commercial snow removal service by asking around for referrals. Check out who the businesses nearby use. You can also ask your friends and family to see if they’ve heard of a good, reliable company. If nothing else, this will help you develop an initial list of businesses to contact.

Find a Company that Is Willing to Answer Your Questions

You no doubt have a lot of questions about what the snow removal service covers, how soon they come out after it snows, and the levels of service that they offer. The best companies will be willing to go over all of this with you. They’ll answer your questions thoroughly and explain every detail of their service. If the company representative doesn’t seem to have the time available to do this, or they refuse to answer your questions, then move on to the next business on your list.

Check Their References

Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a handful of companies, your next task is to check their references. You’re looking for two things here – satisfied customers and the amount of experience that the business has. They should be willing to give you the contact information of a few customer references who can vouch for their service. This will show the extent of their trustworthiness. In addition to this, you can either ask those references how long the company has been in business, or do a little searching on your own. The best companies are the ones who’ve been around for years and have tackled many different types of snowstorms.

Now that you know how choose a commercial snow removal service, remember that we’re there for you! We can answer any questions that you may have. Please call us at 440-236-9000 or via the contact form on our website for more information.

Everything You Need To Know About Rock Salt and Ice Melt

Winter is coming to Northeastern Ohio. It will be here sooner than you expect, and you need to start stocking up on ice removal products now, unless you have a snow removal service to do the job for you. Even then, you should have some on hand, just in case. The next time you head to the store to buy either rock salt or ice melt, there are some basic things that you need to know, including the differences between these two products.

What is Rock Salt?

To put it simply, rock salt is sodium chloride, which is the chemical name for salt. It’s also known as halite. This material is a bit different from the salt that you find on your dining room table, as it’s less refined. It works by digging into the surface of the ice, where it forms with the melted water to form a brine. Brine has a lower freezing point than standard ice, so it not only melts the ice that has formed on the ground, but it prevents new ice from forming. It also helps increase your traction on slippery surfaces, because of the chunkiness of the rock salt. The pros to rock salt are its effectiveness, as well as the fact that it’s inexpensive. However, it’s dangerous to pets, as it can wreak havoc on their digestive systems, and it can even harm plant life if it’s allowed to accumulate in garden areas.

What About Ice Melt?

This product is slightly similar to rock salt, as they both contain sodium chloride and are known for their effectiveness when fighting ice. However, ice melt is chemically different, as it also contains calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and potassium chloride. It works in a manner that’s similar to rock salt, where it mixes with water to form a brine, although it also produces a chemical heat. This makes it more effective than rock salt, as that chemical heat definitely takes care of any ice that has accumulated on the ground. Ice melt is also more pet friendly, especially if it’s coated in calcium magnesium acetate. On the downside, it does cost a bit more.

Hopefully this has cleared up the mysteries surrounding these two winter necessities. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 440-236-9000 or fill out the contact form on our website.

 

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