Top 10 Winter Snow Removal Tips

 

Top 10 Winter Snow Removal Tips

Whether you hire a company for snow removal services or do it yourself, consider these tips:

Winter weather and snowfall totals can be unpredictable.

Be prepared with food, gas, shovels, de-icing materials and a generator so you can relax no matter what comes your way.
Mark your driveway with reflective posts so your driveway gets plowed and not your lawn and landscape. Figure out where the snow will go and where it will cause problems.
Relax and stay at home until the winter storm is over. Your four wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle is not as safe as you think. Take a break and stay home until the roads are cleaned. Have an enjoyable snow day off like you did as a kid.
Dress warm and stay alert if you are going out in the storm.
Keep up with the storm. Remove a few inches of snow at a time instead of a large amount. Typically snow removal should be done every 4 to 6” so it’s manageable and so you can get out or people can get in if there is an emergency.
Snow shoveling is like working out, so don’t overexert yourself and stay in the right mindset. Consider using a snowblower, then there will be little to no snow shoveling. Better yet hire a local snow plowing service.
Prevent salt damage by switching from salt to safer ice melting products. Salt destroys everything from grass and plants to walkways and driveways. Spending a few extra bucks for better ice melting products will help prevent more costly repairs from happening in the future.
Apply de-icing material carefully! Stay away from lawn and landscape areas and the edges of driveways and walkways.
Dogs and cats hate the salt as well, it hurts their paws! There are many pet safe products that can be used to make pet safe areas for your furry friends.
Avoid making walking paths on your lawn since over time walking on snow and ice will damage or kill the dormant lawn.
I hope these snow removal tips serve you well. Have a good winter and see you in the spring!

Written By: Jayson Dahl
612-207-0274 Crestview Property Maintenance Services Inc. ®

no_volcanoesProper Mulching Techniques for Trees, Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a homeowner can do for the health of a tree. Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance. Mulch must be applied properly; if it is too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm to trees and other landscape plants.

Benefits of Proper Mulching

Helps maintain soil moisture. Evaporation is reduced, and the need for watering can be minimized.
Helps control weeds. A 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch will reduce the germination and growth of weeds.
Mulch serves as nature’s insulating blanket. Mulch keeps soils warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Many types of mulch can improve soil aeration, structure and drainage over time.
Some mulches can improve soil fertility.
A layer of mulch can inhibit certain plant diseases.
Mulching around trees helps facilitate maintenance and can reduce the likelihood of damage from weed whackers and lawn mowers.
Mulch can give planting beds a uniform, well-cared-for look.
Trees growing in a natural forest environment have their roots anchored in a rich, well-aerated soil full of essential nutrients. The soil is blanketed by leaves and organic materials that replenish nutrients and provide an optimal environment for root growth and mineral uptake. Urban landscapes, however, are typically a much harsher environment with poor soils, little organic matter, and large fluctuations in temperature and moisture. Applying a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch can mimic a more natural environment and improve plant health.

Not Too Much!

As beneficial as mulch is, too much can be harmful. The generally recommended mulching depth is 2 to 4 inches. Unfortunately, many landscapes are falling victim to a plague of over-mulching or stacking mulch too high around the trunk of trees. Some clients ask us to create “mulch volcanoes” when we mulch their trees, as they want their tree mulch to look like their neighbor’s.

Problems Associated with Improper Mulching

Deep mulch can lead to excess moisture in the root zone, which can stress the plant and cause root rot.
Piling mulch against the trunk or stems of plants can stress stem tissues and may lead to insect and disease problems.

Proper Mulching

It is clear that the choice of mulch and the method of application can be important to the health of landscape plants. At Crestview Property Maintenance we use only hardwood mulches. If the mulch is dyed, the dues are organic material that is non-toxic to people, animals and plants. We instruct our technicians on the proper techniques for mulch installation and top dressing. If you have any questions about the type of mulch we use, or our methods of application, please contact us for more details.

Don’t Let Graffiti Make Your Business Look Bad
Posted on APRIL 8TH 2018

by jayson

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Vandals have been tagging buildings with graffiti for years. It doesn’t matter if it is a bridge, a commercial building or a residence, graffiti seems to pop up everywhere you look.

When your business’s building gets tagged with graffiti, it’s a big deal. You don’t want this vandalism to stay on your building, detracting from the appearance of your business. That’s why we help property owners with professional graffiti removal services.

Why Get Graffiti Removed?
One big reason to have graffiti removed is for potential clients who are coming in to do business with your company. When a client comes in, a graffiti tag on the wall of your building is an unwelcoming sight. The vandalism might give current and potential clients the wrong impression which could lead to you losing future business.

Graffiti could also make you look bad to the community. Local residents might see the graffiti, get the impression that if you don’t take pride in your building, and then not recommend any of the business you conduct either.

That’s why you should hire Crestview Property Maintenance Removal Specialists to remove the vandalism and restore your property’s good looks. It doesn’t matter if it is on metal, asphalt, plastic or concrete, we will make sure all the graffiti is gone and leave no trace of it behind for anyone else to see.

Crestview Property Maintenance offers affordable solutions for removing any form of tagging and vandalism from your business. Using environmentally friendly chemicals, we will remove all of the markings from your building to make it look like new again. For more information on our services, please feel free to contact us today!

 cleanliness is a key factor, not only in supporting your business but also in determining the overall success and growth of your business. The cleanliness of your parking lot is just as important as that of the interior of your building.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why it is so important to retain a professional sweeping contractor on a regular basis:

1 – If your business’ exterior is neglected, potential customers will expect the internal cleanliness and other affairs of your business to be poorly run as well.

2 – A cluttered parking lot projects an image of not being successful. To be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.

3 – It’s impossible to develop or retain a competitive edge if your parking lot is unkempt.

4 – Even the most beautiful landscaping is made ineffective by a parking lot cluttered with debris.

5 – People will be hesitant to venture into a parking lot full of trash, due to potential tire damage.

6 – Sand, dirt, and debris are abrasive and will shorten the life of the pavement, its seal coating, and striping.

7 – When a parking area is clean, visitors are less likely to throw trash out of their cars when they visit.

8 – A parking lot that remains unswept for an extended time, will attract rodents and other potentially disease-carrying animals.

9 – Keeping litter picked up reduces the chances of slip-and-fall injuries and reduce potential liability in resulting lawsuits.

10 – Dirt and debris deteriorate paving material. Especially if enough collects to start plant growth and roots cause cracking in the asphalt.

In today’s highly competitive market, business property managers just can’t afford a tarnished image caused by cutting back on parking area maintenance.

Winter is never going to get over with. it is april 2nd and its snowing once again!  Snow removal

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“The Superstorm of 1993 (also called the Storm of the Century) was one of the most intense mid-latitude cyclones ever observed over the Eastern United States. The storm will be remembered for its tremendous snowfall totals from Alabama through Maine, high winds all along the East coast, extreme coastal flooding along the Florida west coast, incredibly low barometric pressures across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and for the unseasonably cold air that followed behind the storm. In terms of human impact, the Superstorm of 1993 was more significant than most landfalling hurricanes or tornado outbreaks and ranks among the deadliest and most costly weather events of the 20th century.

Meteorological History

Low pressure developed during the day of March 12th along a nearly stationary front lying along the Texas Gulf coast. Upper-level conditions were very favorable for intensification of the low as a powerful jet streak developed across the eastern United States on the downwind side of a deep upper-level trough. Strong horizontal temperature contrasts near the front across the Gulf Coast states, plus the development of deep thunderstorms over the Gulf also added fuel to the strengthening system. The low rapidly deepened as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico during the afternoon and evening of March 12th and made “landfall” along the Florida Panhandle just after midnight on March 13th. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued over 100 people from ships in distress during the storm.

snow removal blaine mnA squall line of severe thunderstorms extending south of the low impacted Florida during the early morning hours of March 13th. Damaging straight-line winds and 11 confirmed tornadoes were reported across Florida, with substantial thunderstorm wind damage occurring south into Cuba. A study from the Cuban weather service found evidence of wind speeds up to 120 mph from severe thunderstorms spawned there. Strong onshore winds along Florida’s west coast created a storm surge up to 12 feet high in Taylor County with significant damage to property and up to seven fatalities reported.

As the low moved inland across southern Georgia the system encountered cold air across the interior Southeast states; widespread heavy snow and blizzard conditions developed from Alabama and Georgia into the western Carolinas and Virginia. All-time records for snowfall were set in locations from Birmingham and Chattanooga to Asheville, then spreading north through the central Appalachians. By early afternoon on March 13th the central pressure of the low was lower than had been observed with any historic winter storm or hurricane across the interior Southeastern United States. All-time low pressure records were established in Columbia, Charlotte, and Greensboro, even beating out the pressures observed just a few years earlier during Hurricane Hugo’s visit in September 1989.

Across the Eastern Carolinas, strong wind was the largest impact from the Superstorm. These winds were the result of a powerful pressure gradient out ahead of the rapidly deepening low. Warm, humid air was brought north from Florida on winds gusting to near hurricane force. Widespread damage was the result to homes, trees, and electrical infrastructure in coastal North Carolina. At the same time, a blizzard was raging across the western Carolinas with thunder accompanying the whiteout conditions.

These winds created very large waves offshore and a damaging storm surge for south-facing beaches. For the Brunswick County snow removal blaine mnbeaches on Oak Island at least 18 homes were destroyed by storm surge and beach erosion. Hundreds of homes were similarly damaged or destroyed on the Outer Banks. The Cape Fear River at downtown Wilmington was backed up by the strong south winds which resulted in considerable tidal flooding on both sides of the river. Along the coast from the Carolinas into Florida, large amounts of salt spray were carried inland by the winds and deposited on all exposed surfaces. A light rainfall event several days after the Superstorm saturated this salt layer making it electrically conductive. The result was a second round of power outages as power lines shorted across insulators and tripped breakers. 

During the mid to late afternoon hours on March 13th, cold air wrapped in from the west as the low moved north through Raleigh and into northeastern North Carolina. Temperatures in Wilmington plunged through the 40s and into the 30s by sunset and rain changed over to light snow that fell for several hours. East of Interstate 95 snow only amounted to a trace, but much, much heavier amounts of snow fell across the western Carolinas.”

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The 21st anniversary of the Blizzard of 1996 is coming up so we decided to give you guys an article about it. This article comes from accuweather.com

“The Blizzard of 1996 was one of the most devastating winter storms to affect the Northeast United States, causing more than 150 deaths.

The first weeks of January 1996 were brutal in the Northeast, not only because of the blizzard but also from a subsequent warmup along with heavy rain that triggered major flooding.

The blizzard and flooding caused an estimated $3 billion in damages ($4.5 billion in 2014 dollars) and claimed 184 lives, including 154 from the blizzard.

Pennsylvania was hardest-hit of the affected states with $1 billion in damages ($1.5 billion in 2014 dollars) from the combined events.

“It was a nor’easter that, like so many, came out of the Gulf of Mexico and it was a classic nor’easter track for a blizzard,” AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Steve Wistar said.

Philadelphia was the hardest-hit city from the Blizzard of ’96 with the City of Brotherly Love receiving its biggest snowfall ever from one storm: 31 inches. Amounts up to 48 inches were reported in western Virginia and the mountains of West Virginia.

The Blizzard of ’96 was one of a trio of snowstorms that left a deep snowpack across portions of the Northeast during the first half of the month.

Snow depths of 2 to 3 feet were common from central Pennsylvania into New York, the National Weather Service said.

It set the stage for major Northeast flooding.

“It was pretty well forecast with such a high surge of warm air on the heels of a large snowpack,” Wistar said.

More than 3 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The rainfall contributed to some of the worst flooding to affect Pennsylvania since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

All but 10 of the Keystone State’s 67 counties reported flooding.

Burlington, Vermont, reached 65 F on Jan. 19, 1996, when 1.62 inches of rain fell. State College, Pennsylvania, topped out at 57 F on Jan. 18, 1996, with 1.78 inches of rain falling.

In addition to the damage in Pennsylvania, West Virginia sustained $24 million in damages to its public buildings and infrastructure. Neighboring Ohio sustained $11 million in similar damages.”

Does anyone remember this storm? Was anyone on the East Coast during it? Comment below!

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After the weekend of crazy weather we just had, we thought it would be fun to research other crazy winter weather stories. This one, titled “The Weather: The 24-Million-Ton Snow Job”, comes from TIME Magazine and was published on Friday, February 3, 1967.

The Weather: The 24-Million-Ton Snow Job

“Chicagoans knew that the balmy 65° weather could hardly last—it was, after all, the warmest Jan. 24 on record— but they littlesnow removal blaine mn dreamed how startling the change would be. Within two days, the temperature plummeted to the 20s, snow came cascading down, and icy winds gusted through the streets. Though no stranger to wintry storms, Chicago found itself in the brief space of 24 hours paralyzed by the worst blizzard in its history—a raging storm that tore through large sections of the Midwest and caused at least 75 deaths.

The howling blast began Thursday morning. By midafternoon, Chicago’s streets were clogged by wind-whipped snowdrifts and stalled autos. With traffic at a standstill and visibility at zero, tens of thousands of marooned workers had to spend the night in firehouses, hospitals, and hotels. On the Calumet Expressway, 1,000 stranded motorists joined hands so that they would not get lost, snaked their way to nearby homes. A 50-year-old woman suffered a fatal heart attack on a stalled bus at 5 a.m. Friday. Not until six hours later could snowbound police remove her body.

Deserted Loop. By the time the storm subsided, thousands of abandoned cars and 500 city buses stood all but buried by a record 23 inches of fresh snow—whose weight was officially estimated at 24 million tons. All schools were closed, and most working people stayed home from their jobs. There were no mail or milk deliveries, and few newspapers found their way to readers. Virtually all travel in and out of the city was hampered; O’Hare International Airport was still closed early this week, the longest shutdown in its history. One newsman surveyed the deserted Loop, dubbed it “Leningrad West.

View from the Turret. The blizzard’s main force battered a 100-mi.-wide strip extending from northeast Missouri to southern Michigan, inconveniencing millions. After widespread freezing rain, ice-laden power lines snapped, leaving dozens of entire communities—and 4,000 families in Kansas City—without electricity. In Michigan, Governor George Romney donned a Cossack hat, commandeered a lumbering National Guard half-track and, grandly manning the turret, cried out encouragement to the citizenry as he rode to the stasnow removal blaine mnte capitol. In Gary, winds off Lake Michigan piled up 15-ft. snowdrifts, and Indi- ana’s Governor Roger Branigin mobilized a National Guard unit to clear the roads—only to find that many of the Guardsmen were themselves snowed in.

It was a week of freakish weather in other parts of the U.S. as well. Widely scattered tornadoes, uncommon in winter, ripped through Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Delaware, damaging dozens of buildings and killing at least six persons. As in Chicago, temperatures soared to unprecedented highs—in Baltimore 74°, New York 68°, and Boston 61 °—before dropping back to normal.

In the blizzard-battered Midwest, however, the return to life-as-usual seemed a long way off. At week’s end, Chicago’s temperature dropped to an icy 15°—which made the city’s efforts to dig out all the more unpleasant.”

To read the full article, CLICK HERE. Does anyone remember this storm? Comment below!

 
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We know the last couple blogs that we have posted revolve around snow removal and what not; but this time we decided to look into the science behind what causes us to need to provide snow removal services. The two big contenders are Blizzards and Winter Storms, but what’s the difference between them?

snow removal blaine mnBlizzard

Definition: According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard is “a storm which contains large amounts of snow or blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours)”. Temperatures during a blizzard often times go into the negative digits as well.

Origin: The term “blizzard” originally referred to “a cannon shot or a volley of musket fire”, but in the 1870’s several newspapers began to use the term to describe a snowstorm.

Dangers: Often times blizzards cause what we call “whiteout conditions” which can make it extremely difficult or impossible to drive in. The wind chill that comes along with a blizzard can sometimes cause the most problems. Combining the cold temperatures and the strong winds that come with any blizzard; extremely low wind chills are a common occurrence, but still very dangerous.

Winter Storm

Definition: A winter storm may consist of freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall, cold temperatures, and windy conditions that can last up to severalsnow removal blaine mn days. Sleet is raindrops that freeze before hitting the ground. Freezing rain occurs when rain falls onto a service when the temperatures are below freezing, therefore freezing the surfaces.

Origin: For centuries the term has been used when describing violent weather that occurs in Winter months.

Dangers: Freezing rain and sleet can lead to slippery conditions that aren’t safe for drivers or even those just walking to their car. The aftermath of a winter storm can leave an impact for weeks or even months after its’ occurrence.

 

Either way, both a Blizzard and a Winter Storm can be dangerous for everyone in its’ path. Here at Quick Clean Out in Blaine, MN, we are dedicated to providing superb quality to our clients in order for them to be safe for whatever weather conditions occur this Winter. Give us a call to set up your snow removal Blaine, MN services TODAY!

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Many business owners may overlook hiring professionals for their snow removal needs. BUT, did yosnow removal blaine mnu know that by hiring professionals, like Crestview Property Maintenance  you can reduce your liability with customers and employees. Confused? Let’s break it down for you:

  • By hiring a professional snow removal company, it is guaranteed that the job will get done safely, quickly, and efficiently. These companies have the proper staff and equipment to get the job done right.
  • When you hire professional snow removers, it lowers the risk of liability related to snow and ice accidents. The professionals know what products and equipment to use to ensure the job is done right.
  • You will also have the peace-of-mind that your lot will be plowed properly without damage to your property. Since they have the proper equipment, the chance that they will damage your property drastically decreases.
  • No matter the conditions of the night before, your business will be fully operational. Most snowfall occurs in the evening, so usually you would wake up to a snow-covered ground which could delay your business opening. Any professional snow remover will take immediate action to be sure that your business stays fully operational.

Your business can’t afford to shut down because of snow or ice. So we are always looking ahead. We map and flag possible hazards before the season starts and create a removal plan tailored to your site. During the winter, we monitor storms, and our crews and equipment are on call 24/7 to manage whatever comes your way before the first flake hits the ground.