The sparkle in their eyes is heartwarming as the children rush to the window to see the first snowflakes of the season’s first snowfall. While you enjoy their youthful exuberance, you also know that those snowflakes portend of more to come.
Then that day comes when you bundle up warmly, grab a shovel and head out to spend a couple hours breaking your back to remove those once-precious snowflakes from your walkway and driveway. Working up a sweat in the cold, you probably don’t appreciate the snow as much anymore. Even if you have a snowblower, it’s a pain.
The reality is that snow removal is sometimes more than just a pain. Every year, snow removal claims the lives of some of those doing their own snow removal here along the Wisconsin and Illinois border. However, there are other injuries caused by shoveling and snowblowing. These include back injuries and injuries related to falls from those inherently slippery surfaces.
The alternative to handling your own snow removal is simple – have someone else do it for you. This is a wonderful idea. Why not let a professional handle your snow removal while you worry about other things, or even take some of that time to relax with a hot cup of cocoa.
The key, when hiring a snow removal company, is to hire a good snow removal company. A qualified snow removal company will have quality equipment, experienced drivers and insurance. That last point is gigantic, though all of them are crucial.
With proper snow removal equipment and drivers, the snow removal company can clear your snow promptly and without causing any damage or injury on your property. The potential for damage or injury while clearing the snow is why insurance is so important. Many of those fly-by-night snow removal companies are more likely to cause injury or damage on your property and less prepared to handle the repercussions therefore leaving you holding the bag.
If the snow removal equipment isn’t up to the task, it may breakdown while they’re trying to keep up with a rigorous snow removal route. That’s when you might receive a phone calling saying, “We’re not going to make it today – one of our trucks broke down.”
With qualified snow removal drivers, they’ll do a better and safer job. And they won’t get so tied up on one snow removal project that they’re late getting to the other jobs, such as your home or office.
Of course, the real test of a company’s snow removal equipment and drivers is how they handle a big snow. Someone who has slapped a snowplow onto the front of their personal pickup truck is liable to quickly discover they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. And that big snow is harder on their equipment, making it more likely that something will break.
Snow removal is also reasonably economical. But, one of the best benefits, once you hire a qualified snow removal company, is that you can relax and enjoy that youthful enthusiasm watching the snow come down.