MaintenX International Helps Businesses Stay Safe in Winter Snow

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MaintenX offers top tips for snow and ice safety and removal.

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“Having a team of experts behind you is one of the easiest ways to make sure your facility is using state-of-the-art equipment and encouraging current best practices.”

Facility managers are always concerned with the well-being of employees and guests, but snow and winter conditions can cause additional concerns. Ensuring safe and easy access to the building and preventing damage are integral parts of facility management. Considerations as these often require extra work after a snowfall.

“It’s impossible to be an expert in all things at all times,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “Having a team of experts behind you is one of the easiest ways to make sure your facility is using state-of-the-art equipment and encouraging current best practices.”

For more than 35 years, MaintenX International has been helping facility managers safely remove ice and snow from their properties. Here are some helpful tips to make it through the snowy months with ease:

  • Plan Ahead: It's important to have a plan in place before severe weather arrives. If you wait until weather predictions are released, it’ll be too late to properly protect roofs and pipes. Conduct yearly inspections of your roof and check pipe insulation to help prevent large repairs. Also, it's a good practice to have a snow removal service provider in place before the storm. The providers become overbooked once the snow starts coming down.
  • Get Salty - Safely: Most facility managers know that salt can reduce ice accumulation in parking lots and on sidewalks. However, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of salting, particularly if your facility is near a stream, lake, or groundwater reservoir. Scientists are continuously creating "green" salting practices, like spraying salt brine, which uses less salt and works more quickly, to replace traditional salt crystal spreading.
  • Prevent Accidents: Snow and ice removal can be dangerous. OSHA recommends that employers avoid having employees get on the roof, and if they do, properly accounting for weight loads and hidden dangers like skylights, as well as requiring fall protection. Snow removal is taxing on the body, so facility managers should be careful to prevent overexertion and muscle strain for employees tasked with removing snow.
  • Bring in a Professional: With the complex, and sometimes dangerous, nature of snow and ice removal, you may decide to bring in the professionals. A facility maintenance professional, like the technicians at MaintenX, can help salt or safely remove snow from sidewalks and roofs. They are equipped with the proper roof access and safety tools and the experience to get the job done right.

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MaintenX International is a fully-licensed, facilities repair company. They are one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S. MaintenX has created a network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in the area, the company has fostered a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country to provide superior service for their clients. For more than 35 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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