‘Tis the season to be snowy! Although snow can be beautiful, it can sure get in the way if it has piled up on your walkway and driveway. If you have chosen to hire a snow management company to blow your snow and save your back the strain of shoveling, remember these key points to ensuring your snow blowing company can effectively do their jobs.
Before the Snow
If you have the luxury of designing your front yard, try to avoid placing light posts or mail boxes right at the end of or adjacent to your driveway. These items can be difficult to navigate around and can be damaged with blowing snow from a blower. It’s also important to remember to trim low hanging branches in the fall so they do not impede the machine in your laneway. Remember to also put away all basketball nets and sporting equipment that could be hazardous to a snow blower. You can also put ice melter down if you have a sloped driveway to assist with snow service.
Once the Snow Hits!
When the snow starts, avoid parking your car on any driveway that is to be cleared. Whether you store it in the garage or on the street, having it out of the driveway ensures the snow management team can do their job. Remove anything on the laneway that could be hazardous to drive over or blow, such as electrical cords, downspouts, sports equipment and planters.
Constant Maintenance and Courtesy Throughout the Winter
Always ensure that your exterior outdoor lights are working and turned on overnight. Your snow removal company may arrive when it’s still dark out and need as much extra light as possible. Also, ensure that the number on your house is clearly visible so that the snow removal team isn’t left guessing if they have the right house or not, especially if it’s still snowing and visibility is down.
Try to stay updated on upcoming weather forecasts and advise your snow removal company of any important appointments you may have that will land on heavy snow days. It’s best to advise about 48 hours in advance in order to become top priority on a certain day, not hours before your appointment. Also, please remember to avoid shoveling snow from your roof onto the laneway to be cleared. If there are piles of snow on your laneway, the snow blowers cannot operate properly and this could damage the machinery.
Snow removal is a handy and convenient service to have over the winter months, but just remember that the homeowner has an ongoing job to do to help support the success of the snow management company! Good teamwork and communication will ensure a smoother snow removal process all winter long. If you are looking for reliable residential snow blowing in Ottawa, contact Hansen Lawn & Garden today!