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    A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Facility Maintenance

     

    Snow Removal or Snow Melting: Which Option Is Right for Your Facility?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 28, 2018 11:42:00 AM

    Winter weather presents many challenges as you work to minimize interrupted service and risks to facility users. The best snow control plan (removal or melting) for your facility will depend on facility use, its unique attributes, and various situational factors.

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    Topics: Snow and Ice Management, Snow Melting, Snow Removal

    Connecticut School District Increases Safety, Lowers Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 10, 2017 9:14:00 AM

    Doraville, GA, May 2017 With winter temperatures in East Hartford, CN, dipping into the teens and typical snowfall accumulation registering 45 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at East Hartford Public Schools, where the average school grade ranges between 500 and 550 students.  To meet the safety challenge, the school district recently had a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System installed on a walkway to one of its school buildings to keep it clear of snow and ice during harsh winter weather.

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    Topics: Heated Floor Mats, Snow Melting, Snow Melting Mats, Safety, Press Release

    Breaking Down SIMA's Snow and Ice Glossary

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 26, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    There’s one resource that you’ll notice continually popping up in our blog posts and articles--SIMA, the Snow and Ice Management Association.

    We’ve shared their Key Performance Indicator checklist for snow removal with you, we’ve recommended them as a resource for training your team for snow removal, and we consistently turn to them to stay up to date on new trends and great information in the snow and ice world.

    Recently, they’ve released another such great resources--a Standard Glossary of Terms for snow and ice professionals.

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    Topics: Insider, Snow Removal, Facility Management, Snow Melting, Winter, Facilities Maintenance

    Prepare Your Facility For Snow and Ice Melt Flooding & Water Damage

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 10, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Three-quarters of the water supply in the western parts of the United States are derived from the annual snow and ice melt at winter's end. While this is a natural process that is vital to the ecosystem, the flooding it causes can wreak havoc at commercial or industrial facilities. Any facility situated at elevations of less than 7,000 feet (2,134 meters), and especially in areas near lakes and streams, is in real danger of flooding and water damage from snow melt-off.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Snow Melting, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Ice

    Commercial Snow Removal Precautions You Might Not Have Considered

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 27, 2015 4:30:00 AM

     

    For facilities that operate in Midwest and northern regions, planning a commercial snow removal plan that can cope with the effects of snowfall is an essential part of doing business. Office buildings, hospitals, universities, and other facilities with heavy foot traffic can be hazardous places during inclement weather. Keeping visitors to your organization safe from weather-related mishaps requires careful planning and attention to detail. Here are a few precautions and best practices to follow during the winter season.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Snow Melting, Winter, Facilities Maintenance

    Protecting Your Facility from Ice Dams

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 13, 2015 7:45:00 AM

    Protecting Your Facility from Ice Dams 

    Every year, ice dams cause significant damage to commercial and residential properties that frequently costs thousands of dollars in repairs. One recent "nightmare scenario," for example befell a Wisconsin-based business. The ice dams were so extensive and the leak-damage so severe that it took $90,000 to get the facility back in good working order.

    Protecting your facility from ice dam damage and from the safety hazards that ice dams create is of the utmost importance. First, we will address the causes of ice dams and the process by which they form, and then, we will note some solutions for preventing or removing ice dams.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Snow Melting, Winter, Facilities Maintenance