The Consequences of Snow and Ice Buildup
Two businesses are right across the street from each other. One business owner has a commercial snow removal contract and their parking lot and sidewalks are always in pristine condition. The other business, however, takes a very relaxed approach to snow clearing, they get around to it when they have the time. Which business do you think is making the better choice? There are some consequences for your business if you allow snow and ice to accumulate on your property.
The Freeze/Thaw Cycle Snow Damages Concrete and Asphalt
When you allow snow and ice to continually pile up and thaw on your sidewalks and in your parking lots; it causes significant damage to the concrete or asphalt. Concrete and asphalt are porous materials, and they have many air bubbles where water can settle. When snow freezes and thaws-it expands and contracts-causing cracks in your paving material. You may end up with potholes in your parking lot, costing you a lot of money to repair.
Your Business Could be in Violation of Snow Removal Bylaws
If your business isn’t proactive about removing snow from sidewalks and parking lots, you could be found in violation of the snow removal bylaws. This will result in a fine that will cost your business financially, and you are now on the radar of bylaw officers in your community. This is preventable by prioritizing getting rid of snow in the specified time frame. Check out these links for information on the snow removal bylaws in St. Albert and Edmonton.
It Could Result in Injuries to Customers or Employees
Snow and ice buildup on sidewalks and parking lots creates a safety hazard for your customers and your employees. Slips and falls could result in a customer taking legal action against your business, and you could be found liable if they get hurt while on your property. An employee may miss time at work because of an injury sustained due to a fall. Some customers may even shy away from being patrons of your company if they feel unsafe because of ice around your building. All of these possibilities are less of a concern when you keep your sidewalks and parking lot clear of snow.
Your Business Doesn’t Look Professional
When snow is left to accumulate on sidewalks and in your parking lot, it gives a poor impression of your business to current and potential customers. It may send a signal to them that your business isn’t professional and on top of their responsibilities; this isn’t beneficial for any company that is looking to build customer loyalty.
Don't be the business owner that neglects snow removal on your property. Rockland can help you keep your sidewalks and parking lots clear and safe. Give us a call at 780-239-7625, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org