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The HeatTrak Industrial Blog

Facilities Maintenance, Safety and Surviving the Snow

How To Choose the Best Snow Plow for Your Facility

Snow plowing is not exactly a task many people look forward to. But for commercial snow removal, it is a necessary undertaking for access, as well as to prevent water and snow ingress into buildings. When considering the most efficient use of snow plow for your facility’s snow removal needs,...

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From Falling Leaves to Football: Facility Maintenance in Autumn

Proper care for your facility's turf and fields during the fall is both important in itself and is a major key to having your grounds successfully survive the winter. To ensure your grounds will be healthy and attractive the following spring, you will need to minimize the harm that wintertime...

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The Importance of Facility Rooftop Snow Removal

In February 2015, record snowfalls in Boston caused 44 roofs to collapse across a two-day period. Throughout New England, in fact, ice dams, snow drifts, and snow weight threatened roofs as more than seven feet (2.13 m) of snow arrived in one month’s time. While the winter of 2014-2015 was unusually severe,...

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Five of the Most Highly Compensated Slip and Fall Lawsuits

In today’s litigious society, facilities with deep pockets are at risk for expensive lawsuits, particularly for personal injury claims from visitors and licensees. In northern locations where long stretches of inclement weather are common, slip and fall lawsuits are a significant concern for facility managers. The severe injuries that can result...

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

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...

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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...

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Winter Paperwork: Snow Removal Contracts, Recordkeeping, & Insurance

Hiring a snow removal contractor is an expensive undertaking and there are several variables you must consider to ensure that your surfaces are plowed properly and safely. Prior to choosing a snow removal contractor, familiarize yourself with the basic elements of these agreements. The National Association of Landscape Professionals provides contract templates and...

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How To Train and Educate Your Team For Quick & Efficient Snow Removal

Although most facility managers know well how to handle snow and ice removal tasks themselves, the responsibility of passing that knowledge on to others might not always come naturally. And yet, without a robust training and education program, it will be impossible to teach new recruits best practices. The alternative,...

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Liability and Snow Removal Contractors: 3 Pitfalls to Avoid

Facility managers know the importance of keeping walkways and parking lots safe for pedestrians during inclement weather. Many organizations choose to contract with professional snow removers. There are hidden costs, however, that can make this an expensive undertaking, some of which won’t come to light until a pedestrian falls on...

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Building a Sustainable Plan for Handling Snow Removal

The average person thinks of snow removal as an occasional problem dealt with using a shovel or maybe a snow plow. However, every facility manager and business owner who has to deal with this issue understands that the problem is much more complex. If you add sustainability objectives to the...

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