N.J. Snow Removal Company’s
Four Keys To Commercial Success

There are four keys to running a successful snow removal operation according to David Ross, president of Snowscapes, a commercial snow removal company based in Hackensack, New Jersey:

Snowscapes began 30 years ago as a lawn care company. Like many such enterprises, the company added snow removal services in the winter months, but soon began to focus only on snow removal.
After providing these services to 
both commercial and municipal customers, 
Ross made the decision to focus solely on 
commercial accounts.

“The speed and efficacy of Entry along with low application labor costs make using Entry far more advantageous than applying a pellet or flake”

Utilizing Better Technology

In 2016, Ross learned about Secure Winter Products’ Entry, a deicing and anti-icing fluid based upon formic technology.

David Ross – President of Snowscapes
David Ross – President of Snowscapes
Entry quickly and reliably removes thin layers of ice and prevents new snow and ice from accumulating. In fact, Entry’s speed of melt is 30 to 50 seconds faster than the liquid the company was using previously. At a 50 percent concentration, the freezing point is reduced to approximately minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 53 degrees Celsius).

Like other liquid deicers and unlike most granular 
deicers, Entry is readily biodegradable, does not 
contain chlorides that can damage ecosystems 
and eliminates the sticky, slippery residue on floors 
and carpets that is common with granular products 
and some liquids. And Entry has a virtually neutral 
pH of 7.8, lower than other liquid products which 
can cause damage to flooring and concrete surfaces. It is safer for pets, plants and metals and provides rapid and reliable results.

Saving Time and Money

Snowscapes used Entry during approximately 80 percent of the company’s 2016-2017 winter events. “The speed and efficacy of Entry, along with low application labor costs, make using Entry far more advantageous than applying a pellet or flake,” Ross notes. “We achieved greatly reduced application costs per 1,000 square feet compared to when we applied solids only.”

“When we switched to a liquid deicer, we chose one of the leading brands. We were pleased that it provided all the advertised advantages of liquid deicers over granular products, and we felt that using a liquid enhanced our reputation.”

Nate Clemmer and David Ross
Nate Clemmer – CEO of SynaTek Solutions (Left), David Ross – President of Snowscapes (Right)
As for the speed of melt, Ross says, “Most granular products take a minimum of five minutes to achieve an adequate melt, while some liquids take less than two minutes. Some liquids are more effective at lower temperatures than most granular deicers, too.

“When we switched to a liquid deicer, we chose one of the leading brands. We were pleased that it provided all the advertised advantages of liquid deicers over granular products, and we felt that using a liquid enhanced our reputation. But, we’re always looking to improve our company’s processes. So, we kept the door open to finding another effective liquid deicer.”

Delivering Quality Service

Now that Snowscapes focuses solely on its snow removal service, much of the summer months are spent training drivers/applicators and doing dry runs. “Because our typical customer has more complex surfaces—not simply large, square parking lots—we believe training helps us do the best job possible in the winter months,” Ross says. “High-traffic, high-liability areas are where the site’s employees and visitors might suffer a fall. It’s also where they might track deicing materials into buildings, damaging the flooring and carpeting.”

For narrow sidewalks, Snowscapes uses sidewalk specific machinery equipped with spray tanks. For large walks, tank sprayers are attached to utility vehicles, pickup trucks or agricultural tractors, which apply the liquid deicer from a spray nozzle extended from the side of the vehicle while driving parallel to the sidewalk.

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