By now, winter has properly set in, and you have found yourselves faced with one of the most strenuous chores – snow shoveling. While you might think that shoveling snow is a simple task, the reality is that most people don’t know how to do it right and end up hurting themselves. Recent studies have found that snow removal is responsible for more than 15,000 emergencies every year.READ MORE
Choosing the right snow shovel can take a lot of the work out of the winter chore of removing snow from your driveway and sidewalk. There are quite a few sizes and styles of snow shovels available, and they can be suitable for different snow removal tasks, like shoveling driveway snow. We get a lot of winter snow in Boulder, so for homeowners in the area, shoveling snow is an unavoidable part of winter landscaping.READ MORE
Here in Boulder, Colorado, winter storms are one of the most common types of natural disasters that we encounter. Some winters are relatively mild, while others can bring snowstorms that can damage property and disrupt everyday life. Both snowstorms and ice storms can be quite dangerous. Just as people in the coastal South stay prepared for occasional hurricanes, Colorado residents need to remain prepared for the possibility of a winter snow storm that brings blinding, wind-driven snow and dangerously low temperatures.READ MORE
Here on the Colorado Front Range, the topography is anything but flat. As one of the most mountainous regions in the United States, Boulder has many homes and businesses built on hilly slopes. In many cases, this can result in an unusually steep driveway. On steep slopes, snow and ice could cause your car to slide off, presenting potential hazards if you’re trying to drive on it. On foot, it can also put you at risk of slip and fall accidents. Here are your options for managing driveway snow after a winter snow storm when your home is built on a steep slope.READ MORE
Winter snow removal is a hassle, and the last thing you want to do on a frigid Saturday morning is shovel your sidewalk and driveway. In most municipalities, you have a responsibility to shovel the sidewalk in front of your home. It’s no fun, but it’s important. It’s certainly tempting to ignore the sidewalk, but foregoing snow removal could have serious consequences.READ MORE
If you’re a landlord or a property manager in Boulder County, you’re responsible for snow removal on the property you own. This applies to residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Failure to remove snow from the sidewalk could result in a $100 fine for a first offense, or up to $1000 or 90 days in jail for repeated offenses. You’ll also need to remove snow from driveways, rooftops, parking lots, and other places where it accumulates during the winter.READ MORE
Winter is right around the corner, and the Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a rough season for Colorado. While you can’t change the weather, you can prepare for frigid temperatures, snow, and ice. For anything you can’t do yourself, be sure to contact General Services Corporation and we can take care of it for you! Take a look at what’s in store for Colorado, and learn how to get ready for the winter ahead.READ MORE
It is always a relief when the weather finally starts to warm up and all the snow on the roads finally begins to melt, but it can also cause a lot of potential driving problems. If you are not aware of these issues, you could be injured in an accident or face other frustrations on the road. Here is a guide to four of the most common driving hazards caused by melting snow.
The weather in Colorado is unpredictable, even in spring. As people in warmer parts of the country switch to shorts, residents of the Centennial State still have to pay attention to the weather reports. April snow showers are possible, depending on where you live. Here’s a guide on how to be prepared for April snowfalls in Colorado.READ MORE
Before the automobile made it necessary for mass snow removal, many Americans didn’t have much concern for winter storms. Walking or using a horse-drawn carriage provided relatively few problems, and as a result, there wasn’t much of a market for it.
However, the automobile’s fragile handling provided many problems in such conditions. This became the start of snow removal, not only as a business, but as a general task to prevent injury on roads and sidewalks. While the history is relatively short, snow removal is now a necessity. Here’s how it came around.READ MORE
Global shortages of rock salt and calcium chloride, as well as other types of ice melt, have had a dramatic effect on the removal of snow and ice on both a public and private level. Business owners and property owners have to pay a premium for the product, and municipalities’ supplies often don’t last through the winter.
Luckily for you, many innovative people looking for low-cost substitutes have had some luck in the last place you’d expect: pickle juice and cheese brine. These two cheap methods provide great results, usually at a fraction of the price. If you’re fed up with prices or tired of ice melt eating away at your concrete, check out these new options.READ MORE
Remember all those big snow piles you made while plowing or shoveling during the last big winter storm? Now that the days are getting warmer and the sun is getting stronger, they’re going to slowly start melting. Every day, they will melt a few more inches or maybe even a few feet. This could create a lot of runoff that takes a while to drain. Especially toward the end of the day, it’s likely that the melting snow piles will freeze overnight, creating a slippery morning. So what can you do to control ice and runoff?READ MORE
Ice and snow are hazardous conditions that can keep people from venturing outside, but taxes and finances don’t get snow days. Customers will still visit businesses when they need money or have an appointment, so it’s up to you to make sure your business is clear of snow and ice, especially during tax season.READ MORE
Preparing for winter weather shouldn’t be something you underestimate. When winter brings hazardous inclement weather, being ready for the cold temperatures and signature precipitation of this season involves more than dressing properly, scraping ice off your car windshield, and salting your sidewalk. If you want to prepare yourself for whatever winter throws your way, familiarize yourself with what you can expect from winter precipitation.
Understanding the Types of Winter Weather
You might think winter weather is all about snow, but wintry precipitation takes many forms. In addition to snowstorms, you could see ice, sleet, and freezing rain. Compared to the previous three types of precipitation, snow is the softest, fluffiest kind of winter precipitation, although you may not agree when you’re trying to navigate three-foot-tall drifts.
So what happens when conditions are not favorable for snow? You might receive any of the following forms of precipitation:
- Rain, liquid precipitation that falls when conditions are too warm for snow
- Freezing rain, precipitation that falls as a liquid but freezes into a glaze upon contact with cold ground or cold surfaces
- Sleet, solid grains of ice created by the freezing of raindrops or refreezing of large melted snowflakes before reaching the ground
Unraveling the Many Forms of Snow
Snow is the most recognizable weather characteristic of winter. This simple substance, however, can take on many forms. For the most part, snow can fall into several categories, including the following:
- Snow flurries, light snow falling for short periods of time with little to no accumulation
- Snow showers, snow falling at different intensities over short periods with some type of accumulation
- Snow squalls, short but intense snow showers usually accompanied by high winds with significant accumulation
- Blowing snow, snow generally driven by the wind, resulting in reduced visibility and drifting snow
- Blizzards, snowstorms categorized by winds speeds of 35 mph or more and considerable falling and blowing snow with visibility of less than one-quarter mile for three or more hours
Understanding Ice Storms
Ice storms are also common in winter. To qualify as an ice storm, at least one-quarter inch of ice must accumulate on any exposed surfaces. Understandably, treacherous icy patches can create unsafe walking and driving conditions, particularly since power lines, trees, and tree branches can fall from heavy ice accumulations.
Lake effect storms occur around lakes and other bodies of water as dry, cold air masses move over these areas. The air picks up moisture from the lakes, and the liquid precipitation eventually becomes snow.
The more you know about the various winter storms, the more you can prepare yourself. Regardless of what winter weather comes your way, General Services Corp., GSC, is your first line of defense against winter weather. No matter what type of precipitation falls, GSC’s service professionals will be ready to clear your property. When winter weather gets serious, call us at 303-442-7747. Snow removal and winter weather are not a sideline with us.
Winter has officially arrived, sinking temperatures and covering surfaces in ice. Snow removal is an essential part of winter safety, but in some cases, you might inevitably wind up with patches of lingering snow and ice. Planning for the worst and expecting the best is the ideal cold weather mantra. Find out what safety measures you can take against the cold temperatures, icy winds, and snow.
Give Yourself Extra Time and Take It Slow
Drivers and pedestrians tend to go slow in inclement weather because the roads and sidewalks are icy, sometimes treacherous, and often crowded. It’s tempting to rush around as a result, but quell the urge. Giving yourself extra time to get from point A to point B will save you time and potential disasters.
In the morning, if you’re driving, give the car time to heat up. Start it a bit earlier so it will get warm, the snow will melt off the windshield, and you can easily knock snow off the hood. Leave a little early as well. Give yourself time to deal with slow school buses, snow plows, salt trucks, and other wintertime drivers.
Make sure you leave early when you’re walking anywhere as well. It’s a good idea to give yourself half an hour of extra time, but if that’s pushing it too much, try leaving at least fifteen minutes early. You don’t want to hurry and slip on ice or slush. Not only can you hurt yourself, but also you’ll end up being late anyway.
Plan Your Outfit Carefully
This is especially important if you’re walking in a winter wonderland, but it’s also essential if you plan to spend any time outside. If it’s cold where you live, dress for the weather. Make sure you have a thick winter coat, gloves or arm warmers, a scarf, a hat, and earmuffs. Always wear shoes or boots with thick, sturdy tread, as well. It’s a good idea to save the fancy shoes for your destination. Don’t forget thick socks, boot socks, or leg warmers, too.
Equip Your Car Inside and Out
How’s your car stocked for winter? Pack smart, so you’re prepared for anything. Extra water is always a good idea, and never forget to pack a first-aid kit in the glove compartment. Rock salt, blankets, flares or flashlights, extra chargers, and an ice scraper are big must-haves, too. It’s also a good idea to get your car winterized as soon as possible.
Become a Dedicated Weather Watcher
Watch the weather reports for your area. Keep an eye on several local forecasts to get a clear scope of what’s coming. Take a look at the big weather channels, as well. That way, you’ll have a broad picture of the predicted precipitation for the week.
Keeping yourself safe in the winter isn’t hard, it just requires some forethought and planning. Get some help shoveling your driveway and sidewalk and ask the professionals for advice about conquering the weather.
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