The store shelves are always packed with different types of salt and ice melt during the winter months. But which ones work best? Each ice melt product has pros and cons associated with them. Review the list below and select the one that is best for you.

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Rock Salt (Sodium Chloride)

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Calcium Chloride

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Potassium Chloride

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Magnesium Chloride

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Calcium Magnesium Acetate

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Urea

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Why Worry About Ice Melt at All?  Hire Aeroscape for Your Snow and Ice Management Needs.

The best way to manage the snow and ice from a winter storm is to hire experts to handle it for you. At Aeroscape, we have snow and ice management specialists who are ready to serve you when that big storm hits. For more information, give us a call at 801.569.2383 or fill out a simple online form at the bottom of our snow and ice removal services page, and an Aeroscape account manager will get in touch with you.

Commercial businesses have a lot of responsibility for dealing with the ice and snow generated by winter storms. Not only do they have a legal obligation to keep their employees and customers safe, but they also have to prevent winter storm damage to their property. Fortunately, there are many actions you can take to help make snow and ice management much easier. Here are a few suggestions.

1 – Make Sure Drains and Gutters Are Clear

Before any large storm, you should inspect the drains and gutters on your roof to ensure that they are undamaged and clog-free. You also should inspect the drains in your parking lots, sidewalk areas, and along the curbs to make sure that leaves, trash, or other debris do not obstruct them, so water from melting snow has somewhere to go.

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2 – Place Stakes on the Edges of Driveways and Walkways

If you are expecting a significant snow event, consider putting tall stakes or reflectors on the edges of driveways, walkways, and any other important areas so you can find them even if they get buried under deep snow.

3 – Trim Trees Near Buildings, Parking Lots, and Walkways

Before any storm, check to see if any unhealthy-looking branches are overhanging any of these areas, and trim them so they won’t fall during the storm.

4 – Take Action to Avoid Getting Snowed In

You should ensure that common areas are as clear as possible as the snow falls during the storm. Spread de-icer in parking lots and along walkways frequently to try to minimize the risk of slips and falls as much as possible. You might even have some snow removal equipment such as a snowblower or a couple of employees assigned to keep heavily trafficked areas clear.

5 – Keep Snow Away from Building Foundation

You should never pile snow near the side of any building. This may cause nearby pipes to freeze and might crack the building foundation.

6 – Don’t Let too Much Snow Accumulate on the Roof

Heavy snow accumulations on rooftops can cause leaks, damage, and in rare instances, cause the roof to collapse. Use a roof rake to remove snow from sloped roofs, and shovel flat roofs if you can do it safely.

7 – Hire a Commercial Snow Removal Company to Take Care of It for You

Why worry about any of these problems at all? Hire a commercial snow removal company and let them take the responsibility to keep your parking lots, walkways, and common area snow and ice-free.

Aeroscape is Your Year-Round Landscaping and Commercial Snow Removal Specialist

At Aeroscape, our experienced landscape maintenance workforce is well-trained to provide commercial ice and snow removal services for all of our clients. Our year-round clients get extra attention and the high-quality service that they have come to expect from Aeroscape. For more information, give us a call at 801.569.2383 or fill out a simple online form at the bottom of our snow and ice removal services page, and an Aeroscape account manager will get in touch with you.

Winter is no longer coming. Winter is here. And it would help if you were ready for it. Utah winters guarantee that we will experience several severe winter storms, and you should prepare for them. Here are a few ways to make sure that you are ready for what winter storms will throw at you.

1 – Prepare Your Home or Business During Milder Weather

If you didn’t get the chance to prepare your home or business earlier in the year, do it when you have the next good weather stretch. This preparation may involve a final clean out of your gutters, caulking and insulating gaps that cause drafts, or having the proper snow removal supplies on hand such as salt or ice melt, snow shovels, or snow blowers available and ready to go.

A vehicle snow and ice management kit in Salt Lake City

2 – Assemble Vehicle Emergency Kits

All residents of Utah should have an emergency kit available for every vehicle they own. These kits should include (at a minimum):

3 – Assemble Emergency Kits for Homes and Businesses

Every home should have a severe winter weather emergency kit available with the following items:

4 – Plan for Power Outages

Heavy snow and ice will knock down trees and take down power lines. So it would be best if you had a plan in place for when this happens. This plan may involve having a generator on-hand to maintain power to critical systems such as refrigerators, wells, and heat sources. You may also want to invest in an alternative heat source that doesn’t involve electricity, such as a wood-burning stove, kerosene heater, or propane heater.

It is also a good idea to have some water stored if you have a well that uses an electrical pump: non-perishable foods, or even a camping stove for cooking.

5 – Have a Snow Removal Plan in Place

Once the storm is over, how are you going to handle the snow removal? Shovel your way out? Using a snowblower to clear the area? Hiring some neighborhood kids to shovel the driveway and sidewalks for you? Or having a professional snow and ice management company take care of your property for you? It is best to have these plans in place before a storm arrives. You also need to ensure that you have adequate snow removal supplies, a tuned up and fueled snowblower or other snow removal equipment, and a location where you will move the excess snow.

Don’t Worry About Snow Removal. Hire Aeroscape to Take Care of It for You.

The best way to manage the snow and ice from a winter storm is to hire experts to handle it for you. At Aeroscape, we have snow and ice management specialists who are ready to serve you when that big storm hits. For more information, give us a call at 801.569.2383 or fill out a simple online form at the bottom of our snow and ice removal services page, and an Aeroscape account manager will get in touch with you.

During the spring, summer, and fall, Aeroscape is an award-winning landscape design services company. In the winter, we become your snow and ice management provider, ready to take on even the biggest winter storms. So why should you hire a landscape design company to handle your snow and ice management needs? Here are a few reasons to consider.

1 – Have the Proper Equipment and Know-How for Snow Removal

A well-trained landscape maintenance workforce can use the same equipment to move dirt and stone for snow removal services. This workforce uses trucks and skid-steers to plow the snow, “stack” the snow with front-end-loaders, and remove extra snow from the limited space available in parking lots and walkways with dumper trailers and dump trucks. Using this equipment during the rest of the year, a landscape maintenance workforce’s skills and experience make them the safest choice for managing winter snow and ice.

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2 – Snow Removal is Part of Comprehensive Year-Round Landscape Services

Budgeting for snow removal services is easy if you consider it part of your property’s annual landscaping expenses. You may even get a better price allowing your landscape maintenance company to handle your commercial snow removal over hiring a separate snow removal service on an as-needed basis.

3 – Receive Consistent High-Quality Snow Removal Service

Because you are a client for the other three seasons of the year, a landscape maintenance company will naturally provide high-quality and fast snow and ice management services for your business. Your loyalty to one company will result in better service.

4 – Quick and Thorough Snow Removal Protects Your Customers

Keeping customers and employees safe from accidents in parking lots and slips and falls everywhere else is very important for retail, commercial, and industrial customers. Quick and thorough snow removal also makes customers more likely to visit your business during or shortly after a winter storm. As a year-round customer, you get an advantage over companies who hire other snow removal businesses that may not have the same priority response to your winter storm management needs.

5 – Protects Your Landscaping Investment

Because your landscape maintenance company is familiar with your landscaping, they will make fewer errors that result in damages to your landscape infrastructure and keep salt and ice melt out of flower beds, which may contaminate the soil. Because they work with your property year-round, they will know what to look for and how to avoid problems that companies that are less familiar with your property might make.

Aeroscape is Your Year-Round Landscaping and Commercial Snow Removal Specialist

At Aeroscape, our experienced landscape maintenance workforce is well-trained to provide commercial ice and snow removal services for all of our clients. Our year-round clients get extra attention and the high-quality service that they have come to expect from Aeroscape. For more information, give us a call at 801.569.2383 or fill out a simple online form at the bottom of our snow and ice removal services page, and an Aeroscape account manager will get in touch with you.

The rest of the year, Aeroscape is an award-winning property maintenance and landscape design company, but during the winter we become your commercial snow removal specialists ready to take on even the biggest winter storms.

Aeroscape Invests in Snow and Ice Management Equipment

Aeroscape has made a significant investment in its snow and ice management equipment over the last several years, purchasing dozens of trucks with poly-blades for parking structures, as well as winter storm-specific upgrades, including new box plows for our front-end loaders and skid-steers.

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“It was time to upgrade our investment in snow and ice management equipment,” says Ryan Brown, President/CEO of Aeroscape. “Our retail and large commercial properties asked for faster response times and quicker snow and ice removal, so we took the plunge and upgraded our fleet.”

Aeroscape not only invested in new snow removal equipment for parking lots, access roads, and parking garages but added snow blowers specifically designed to handle sidewalks and entries. We also outfitted our landscaping fleet to manage Utah’s storms, including preparing front-end loaders for snow stacking, and when that is too much, transferring snow to Aeroscape’s fleet of dump trucks or side-dump trailers to haul the snow off-site. They also stock up on road salt and ice melt to help keep the cleared parking lots and garages, sidewalks, and front entries snow and ice-free for all. Aeroscape goes through 100,000 tons of road salt and 100 tons of ice melt on average each year.

“Nothing goes to waste here at Aeroscape. During the winter, our crew remains on the alert for winter storms. Once the storm arrives, we transform into a fast and efficient snow removal fleet,” says Chad Spenser, Chief Operating Officer at Aeroscape.

Aeroscape’s Winter Storm Operations Center

Aeroscape is on-call 24/7 when a winter storm threatens and activates a winter storm call center to coordinate snow removal efforts for their clients. Because Aeroscape uses GPS tracking on all of their heavy equipment, the call center can dispatch snow removal fleets at a moment’s notice to where they are needed most. For more information, give us a call at 801.569.2383 or fill out a simple online form at the bottom of our snow and ice removal services page, and an Aeroscape account manager will get in touch with you.

Last week, we discussed several types of snow removal contracts in Part I. This week, we’ll cover the two more types of contracts commonly offered by snow removal contractors.

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Tis the season for snow and ice. And that means it’s time to consider a contract for snow and ice removal services for your commercial property. However, trying to predict the forecast to decide on a type of contract and how to budget can be tricky. Nonetheless, it pays to choose a snow and ice removal service before the snow hits. Here are just a few types of contracts and the advantages they offer. Check back next week for the other types of snow removal contracts.

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One of the biggest hassles of owning or maintaining a commercial property in the winter is dealing with snow and ice management. While some may choose to plow snow on their own, opting to use a snow removal service offers many hidden advantages for your property. Consider the following:

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In addition to the main reason you hire a snow removal services company–plowing snow–there are several other services that a snow/ice management company should provide for your home or business that you might not think about. (more…)

There are a lot of snow and ice removal services companies out there, all providing similar services, but how do you select one that will achieve your goal—keeping your lots, driveways and sidewalks clean and snow-free before, during and after a winter storm? (more…)

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