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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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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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Is Your Inventory Stocked With All Commercial Snow Removal Tools?

With winter upon us, facility managers should take the a cue to get busy stocking up on tools and equipment that will be needed for wintertime snow and ice removal. Along with a well trained staff and a well thought out operational plan, acquiring the best equipment is one of...

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The Importance of Inspecting Your Commercial Snow Removal Equipment

Large scale snow and ice removal efforts are nearly impossible without a full warehouse of mechanical equipment constantly at your disposal. Selecting superior pieces of machinery and then keeping them in top condition is essential for efficient and cost-effective snow removal and optimal maintenance.  By inspecting your valuable equipment before...

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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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Developing an Eco-Friendly Solution to Snow and Ice Management

Keeping walkways and parking lots safe for pedestrians during inclement weather is a challenge for every facility. Many organizations tackle snow and ice management by hiring professional snow removal companies. These contractors usually combine the use of plows with chemicals designed to assist in melting snow and ice, or to...

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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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