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Ice Melt – After the Storm

Ice Melt – After the Storm

How Does Ice Melt Effect Landscaping? There are several types of products used to manage snow and ice during winter months.  Rock salt (Sodium chloride) is one of the most commonly used de-icers.  It is inexpensive and very effective, but unfortunately can be potentially harmful to certain surfaces and plants that may be nearby. Other types of products contain minerals like potassium, magnesium, or calcium.  These types of products are less likely to cause damage to the landscaping plants and hardscapes.  The downside is that they are more expensive than rock salt and…continue reading →
Ice Melt-Is It Safe for Pets?

Ice Melt-Is It Safe for Pets?

Ice Melt & Pets - Keeping Them Safe Winter weather presents many challenges for commercial property owners and managers.  Keeping guests, residents, and employees safe and keeping the property accessible to emergency personnel are the primary goals and ice melt plays a critical role in an effective winter weather strategy.  But what about pets and other animals?  Are the products used to melt ice on asphalt, concrete, and other hard surfaces safe for our four-legged friends? Most Common Ice Melt Ingredients Sodium - Sodium chloride is the most commonly used material for ice…continue reading →
Property Managers Guide to Snow & Ice

Property Managers Guide to Snow & Ice

Take the stress out of snow & ice removal and managing winter weather on your commercial property or with these tips. In the Mid-Atlantic, typical snow season is November through March. Many snow removal companies provide services in conjunction with an annual commercial landscape maintenance contract. Property managers should be prepared to tie the two together. When the winter weather rolls in this season, it’s reassuring to know you have the right company covering your property for snow and ice removal.  Sure, there are plenty of companies that can plow the snow, but…continue reading →
Brine or Salt-Which is Better?

Brine or Salt-Which is Better?

Keeping commercial properties safe during winter weather is a number one priority. There are several products and methods available to address accumulating ice and snow and to keep properties safe and accessible for all users. As the snow and ice industry evolves, professionals continue to seek out better products, faster and longer lasting methods, and more cost-effective practices to minimize risk in winter weather. One practice that is becoming more popular throughout State Highway Administrations and Department of Works offices is applying brine.  But can this method be applied at the commercial property…continue reading →
How to Prevent Slip & Falls At Your Property This Winter

How to Prevent Slip & Falls At Your Property This Winter

Liability and Your Commercial Property As a property owner/manager, you are responsible for keeping your property safe and preventing accidental injuries.  In winter, that can pose a challenge with snow, freezing rain, ice, freeze and thaw, etc. all being a daily possibility.  Qualified snow removal services subcontractors have the ability to handle the bulk of the work during a winter storm, but they can't always address every hazard on a site.  Their primary responsibility during a storm is to keep roadways open and passable for emergency vehicles.  It is only AFTER the snow…continue reading →
Building Owners and Managers Association Associated Builders and Contractors Metro Washington Property Management Association Snow & Ice Management Association International Council of Shopping Centers Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington
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