A History of Snow Removal

The latest and greatest in snow removal technology is always a topic of great interest for our industry. The newest equipment, with sectional wing plows or containment blades, heated pavement & snow melting machines, and various options for liquid and blended de-icing / anti-icing products are always front and center at trade shows and industry events. Technologies such as GPS tracking and meteorological weather prediction apps abound.

Little thought or consideration is given to the pioneers of our Snow & Ice industry, however, and the many advances that were made to get us to this point.

 

 

For most of our history, getting rid of the snow that fell in our towns and villages was nothing much to be concerned about. In fact, snow on the ground was often an asset for getting around with “roads” becoming more passable for horse carts and carriages with packed snow underfoot.

The first snow clearing machines (aside from the shovel) were actually giant snow rollers – basically just a large, wide wheel, weighted down with rocks and pulled by a team of horses or oxen! These contraptions just packed the snow down into a dense trackway, and that was that.

 

The 1800’s

By the middle of the 1800’s, horse-drawn “wedge” plows were invented to clear snow. It was hard work for the animals, and often left large piles of snow blocking side streets and alleyways, so different versions of horse-drawn “scoop” plows came into existence for these areas that saw more foot traffic than carriages.

 

 

In the late 19th century, J.W. Elliot, a Toronto dentist, designed a “rotary snow plow”, essentially the forerunner of the modern snow blower. This machine had a rotary engine that drove a wheel rimmed with flat blades. As the “plow” went forward, snow collected in the housing compartment, got funneled up to the blades, which then tossed the snow out through an opening on the top of the housing. Sounds familiar right, but this invention was 15 feet tall and designed to be placed on the front of a train engine, throwing the snow up to 200 feet away. I’d be interested in seeing any of his inventions for the dental industry too!

 

 

Over the ensuing decades, “snow blowers” got smaller, cheaper and easier to use. Eventually human-controlled versions became commonplace for the residential home market, and are now seen everywhere today, usually on your neighbor’s driveway while you are holding a shovel.

 

The 1900’s

As cars & trucks replaced horses and carriages on roads and in cities in the 1920’s, they began to require drier and safer streets, and for snow piles to be hauled away and dumped in fields or on frozen rivers. Motorized salt spreading machines were invented, along with car or truck-mounted snow plows, which could clear streets much faster than horse-drawn plows.

The basic design and technology was now in place for development and innovation over the years and decades. Larger machinery, such as loaders & tractors, were incorporated and greatly advanced the speed of snow removal services, as they could clear significantly more snow in much less time. The snow plow “blade” itself also evolved in different ways depending on if it was designed for highway use, residential streets or the onset of the new “parking lots”.

 

Perhaps one of the most important innovations for the Snow & Ice industry occurred in 1959, when “space-age” technology entered the fray. Satellite information allowed for better weather and storm forecasting, and quicker preparation for those with their feet (and snow plows) firmly planted on the Earth.

 

 

In many ways, not much has changed fundamentally since the late 1800’s; it has been the continual innovation and improvement of the basic existing designs that now clear our driveways, roads and parking lots today.

– Ken Jorgenson

 

Top 10 Winter Snow Removal Tips

 

Top 10 Winter Snow Removal Tips

Whether you hire a company for snow removal services or do it yourself, consider these tips:

Winter weather and snowfall totals can be unpredictable.

Be prepared with food, gas, shovels, de-icing materials and a generator so you can relax no matter what comes your way.
Mark your driveway with reflective posts so your driveway gets plowed and not your lawn and landscape. Figure out where the snow will go and where it will cause problems.
Relax and stay at home until the winter storm is over. Your four wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle is not as safe as you think. Take a break and stay home until the roads are cleaned. Have an enjoyable snow day off like you did as a kid.
Dress warm and stay alert if you are going out in the storm.
Keep up with the storm. Remove a few inches of snow at a time instead of a large amount. Typically snow removal should be done every 4 to 6” so it’s manageable and so you can get out or people can get in if there is an emergency.
Snow shoveling is like working out, so don’t overexert yourself and stay in the right mindset. Consider using a snowblower, then there will be little to no snow shoveling. Better yet hire a local snow plowing service.
Prevent salt damage by switching from salt to safer ice melting products. Salt destroys everything from grass and plants to walkways and driveways. Spending a few extra bucks for better ice melting products will help prevent more costly repairs from happening in the future.
Apply de-icing material carefully! Stay away from lawn and landscape areas and the edges of driveways and walkways.
Dogs and cats hate the salt as well, it hurts their paws! There are many pet safe products that can be used to make pet safe areas for your furry friends.
Avoid making walking paths on your lawn since over time walking on snow and ice will damage or kill the dormant lawn.
I hope these snow removal tips serve you well. Have a good winter and see you in the spring!

Written By: Jayson Dahl
612-207-0274 Crestview Property Maintenance Services Inc. ®

Winter is never going to get over with. it is april 2nd and its snowing once again!  Snow removal

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“The Superstorm of 1993 (also called the Storm of the Century) was one of the most intense mid-latitude cyclones ever observed over the Eastern United States. The storm will be remembered for its tremendous snowfall totals from Alabama through Maine, high winds all along the East coast, extreme coastal flooding along the Florida west coast, incredibly low barometric pressures across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and for the unseasonably cold air that followed behind the storm. In terms of human impact, the Superstorm of 1993 was more significant than most landfalling hurricanes or tornado outbreaks and ranks among the deadliest and most costly weather events of the 20th century.

Meteorological History

Low pressure developed during the day of March 12th along a nearly stationary front lying along the Texas Gulf coast. Upper-level conditions were very favorable for intensification of the low as a powerful jet streak developed across the eastern United States on the downwind side of a deep upper-level trough. Strong horizontal temperature contrasts near the front across the Gulf Coast states, plus the development of deep thunderstorms over the Gulf also added fuel to the strengthening system. The low rapidly deepened as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico during the afternoon and evening of March 12th and made “landfall” along the Florida Panhandle just after midnight on March 13th. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued over 100 people from ships in distress during the storm.

snow removal blaine mnA squall line of severe thunderstorms extending south of the low impacted Florida during the early morning hours of March 13th. Damaging straight-line winds and 11 confirmed tornadoes were reported across Florida, with substantial thunderstorm wind damage occurring south into Cuba. A study from the Cuban weather service found evidence of wind speeds up to 120 mph from severe thunderstorms spawned there. Strong onshore winds along Florida’s west coast created a storm surge up to 12 feet high in Taylor County with significant damage to property and up to seven fatalities reported.

As the low moved inland across southern Georgia the system encountered cold air across the interior Southeast states; widespread heavy snow and blizzard conditions developed from Alabama and Georgia into the western Carolinas and Virginia. All-time records for snowfall were set in locations from Birmingham and Chattanooga to Asheville, then spreading north through the central Appalachians. By early afternoon on March 13th the central pressure of the low was lower than had been observed with any historic winter storm or hurricane across the interior Southeastern United States. All-time low pressure records were established in Columbia, Charlotte, and Greensboro, even beating out the pressures observed just a few years earlier during Hurricane Hugo’s visit in September 1989.

Across the Eastern Carolinas, strong wind was the largest impact from the Superstorm. These winds were the result of a powerful pressure gradient out ahead of the rapidly deepening low. Warm, humid air was brought north from Florida on winds gusting to near hurricane force. Widespread damage was the result to homes, trees, and electrical infrastructure in coastal North Carolina. At the same time, a blizzard was raging across the western Carolinas with thunder accompanying the whiteout conditions.

These winds created very large waves offshore and a damaging storm surge for south-facing beaches. For the Brunswick County snow removal blaine mnbeaches on Oak Island at least 18 homes were destroyed by storm surge and beach erosion. Hundreds of homes were similarly damaged or destroyed on the Outer Banks. The Cape Fear River at downtown Wilmington was backed up by the strong south winds which resulted in considerable tidal flooding on both sides of the river. Along the coast from the Carolinas into Florida, large amounts of salt spray were carried inland by the winds and deposited on all exposed surfaces. A light rainfall event several days after the Superstorm saturated this salt layer making it electrically conductive. The result was a second round of power outages as power lines shorted across insulators and tripped breakers. 

During the mid to late afternoon hours on March 13th, cold air wrapped in from the west as the low moved north through Raleigh and into northeastern North Carolina. Temperatures in Wilmington plunged through the 40s and into the 30s by sunset and rain changed over to light snow that fell for several hours. East of Interstate 95 snow only amounted to a trace, but much, much heavier amounts of snow fell across the western Carolinas.”

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The 21st anniversary of the Blizzard of 1996 is coming up so we decided to give you guys an article about it. This article comes from accuweather.com

“The Blizzard of 1996 was one of the most devastating winter storms to affect the Northeast United States, causing more than 150 deaths.

The first weeks of January 1996 were brutal in the Northeast, not only because of the blizzard but also from a subsequent warmup along with heavy rain that triggered major flooding.

The blizzard and flooding caused an estimated $3 billion in damages ($4.5 billion in 2014 dollars) and claimed 184 lives, including 154 from the blizzard.

Pennsylvania was hardest-hit of the affected states with $1 billion in damages ($1.5 billion in 2014 dollars) from the combined events.

“It was a nor’easter that, like so many, came out of the Gulf of Mexico and it was a classic nor’easter track for a blizzard,” AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Steve Wistar said.

Philadelphia was the hardest-hit city from the Blizzard of ’96 with the City of Brotherly Love receiving its biggest snowfall ever from one storm: 31 inches. Amounts up to 48 inches were reported in western Virginia and the mountains of West Virginia.

The Blizzard of ’96 was one of a trio of snowstorms that left a deep snowpack across portions of the Northeast during the first half of the month.

Snow depths of 2 to 3 feet were common from central Pennsylvania into New York, the National Weather Service said.

It set the stage for major Northeast flooding.

“It was pretty well forecast with such a high surge of warm air on the heels of a large snowpack,” Wistar said.

More than 3 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The rainfall contributed to some of the worst flooding to affect Pennsylvania since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

All but 10 of the Keystone State’s 67 counties reported flooding.

Burlington, Vermont, reached 65 F on Jan. 19, 1996, when 1.62 inches of rain fell. State College, Pennsylvania, topped out at 57 F on Jan. 18, 1996, with 1.78 inches of rain falling.

In addition to the damage in Pennsylvania, West Virginia sustained $24 million in damages to its public buildings and infrastructure. Neighboring Ohio sustained $11 million in similar damages.”

Does anyone remember this storm? Was anyone on the East Coast during it? Comment below!

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After the weekend of crazy weather we just had, we thought it would be fun to research other crazy winter weather stories. This one, titled “The Weather: The 24-Million-Ton Snow Job”, comes from TIME Magazine and was published on Friday, February 3, 1967.

The Weather: The 24-Million-Ton Snow Job

“Chicagoans knew that the balmy 65° weather could hardly last—it was, after all, the warmest Jan. 24 on record— but they littlesnow removal blaine mn dreamed how startling the change would be. Within two days, the temperature plummeted to the 20s, snow came cascading down, and icy winds gusted through the streets. Though no stranger to wintry storms, Chicago found itself in the brief space of 24 hours paralyzed by the worst blizzard in its history—a raging storm that tore through large sections of the Midwest and caused at least 75 deaths.

The howling blast began Thursday morning. By midafternoon, Chicago’s streets were clogged by wind-whipped snowdrifts and stalled autos. With traffic at a standstill and visibility at zero, tens of thousands of marooned workers had to spend the night in firehouses, hospitals, and hotels. On the Calumet Expressway, 1,000 stranded motorists joined hands so that they would not get lost, snaked their way to nearby homes. A 50-year-old woman suffered a fatal heart attack on a stalled bus at 5 a.m. Friday. Not until six hours later could snowbound police remove her body.

Deserted Loop. By the time the storm subsided, thousands of abandoned cars and 500 city buses stood all but buried by a record 23 inches of fresh snow—whose weight was officially estimated at 24 million tons. All schools were closed, and most working people stayed home from their jobs. There were no mail or milk deliveries, and few newspapers found their way to readers. Virtually all travel in and out of the city was hampered; O’Hare International Airport was still closed early this week, the longest shutdown in its history. One newsman surveyed the deserted Loop, dubbed it “Leningrad West.

View from the Turret. The blizzard’s main force battered a 100-mi.-wide strip extending from northeast Missouri to southern Michigan, inconveniencing millions. After widespread freezing rain, ice-laden power lines snapped, leaving dozens of entire communities—and 4,000 families in Kansas City—without electricity. In Michigan, Governor George Romney donned a Cossack hat, commandeered a lumbering National Guard half-track and, grandly manning the turret, cried out encouragement to the citizenry as he rode to the stasnow removal blaine mnte capitol. In Gary, winds off Lake Michigan piled up 15-ft. snowdrifts, and Indi- ana’s Governor Roger Branigin mobilized a National Guard unit to clear the roads—only to find that many of the Guardsmen were themselves snowed in.

It was a week of freakish weather in other parts of the U.S. as well. Widely scattered tornadoes, uncommon in winter, ripped through Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Delaware, damaging dozens of buildings and killing at least six persons. As in Chicago, temperatures soared to unprecedented highs—in Baltimore 74°, New York 68°, and Boston 61 °—before dropping back to normal.

In the blizzard-battered Midwest, however, the return to life-as-usual seemed a long way off. At week’s end, Chicago’s temperature dropped to an icy 15°—which made the city’s efforts to dig out all the more unpleasant.”

To read the full article, CLICK HERE. Does anyone remember this storm? Comment below!

 
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We know the last couple blogs that we have posted revolve around snow removal and what not; but this time we decided to look into the science behind what causes us to need to provide snow removal services. The two big contenders are Blizzards and Winter Storms, but what’s the difference between them?

snow removal blaine mnBlizzard

Definition: According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard is “a storm which contains large amounts of snow or blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours)”. Temperatures during a blizzard often times go into the negative digits as well.

Origin: The term “blizzard” originally referred to “a cannon shot or a volley of musket fire”, but in the 1870’s several newspapers began to use the term to describe a snowstorm.

Dangers: Often times blizzards cause what we call “whiteout conditions” which can make it extremely difficult or impossible to drive in. The wind chill that comes along with a blizzard can sometimes cause the most problems. Combining the cold temperatures and the strong winds that come with any blizzard; extremely low wind chills are a common occurrence, but still very dangerous.

Winter Storm

Definition: A winter storm may consist of freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall, cold temperatures, and windy conditions that can last up to severalsnow removal blaine mn days. Sleet is raindrops that freeze before hitting the ground. Freezing rain occurs when rain falls onto a service when the temperatures are below freezing, therefore freezing the surfaces.

Origin: For centuries the term has been used when describing violent weather that occurs in Winter months.

Dangers: Freezing rain and sleet can lead to slippery conditions that aren’t safe for drivers or even those just walking to their car. The aftermath of a winter storm can leave an impact for weeks or even months after its’ occurrence.

 

Either way, both a Blizzard and a Winter Storm can be dangerous for everyone in its’ path. Here at Quick Clean Out in Blaine, MN, we are dedicated to providing superb quality to our clients in order for them to be safe for whatever weather conditions occur this Winter. Give us a call to set up your snow removal Blaine, MN services TODAY!

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Many business owners may overlook hiring professionals for their snow removal needs. BUT, did yosnow removal blaine mnu know that by hiring professionals, like Crestview Property Maintenance  you can reduce your liability with customers and employees. Confused? Let’s break it down for you:

  • By hiring a professional snow removal company, it is guaranteed that the job will get done safely, quickly, and efficiently. These companies have the proper staff and equipment to get the job done right.
  • When you hire professional snow removers, it lowers the risk of liability related to snow and ice accidents. The professionals know what products and equipment to use to ensure the job is done right.
  • You will also have the peace-of-mind that your lot will be plowed properly without damage to your property. Since they have the proper equipment, the chance that they will damage your property drastically decreases.
  • No matter the conditions of the night before, your business will be fully operational. Most snowfall occurs in the evening, so usually you would wake up to a snow-covered ground which could delay your business opening. Any professional snow remover will take immediate action to be sure that your business stays fully operational.

Your business can’t afford to shut down because of snow or ice. So we are always looking ahead. We map and flag possible hazards before the season starts and create a removal plan tailored to your site. During the winter, we monitor storms, and our crews and equipment are on call 24/7 to manage whatever comes your way before the first flake hits the ground.

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Well, guys, it happened.

SNOW. snow removal and plowing in blaine mn

Our (long) Fall has come to an end. The leaves have fallen, the temperatures have dropped and the snow has come (even though it didn’t stay). Winter is officially here to stay. Don’t spend all Winter “breaking your back” shoveling your snow or trying to get your little snow blower up your driveway. Call Crestview Property Maintenance  and we’ll do all the hard work at a GREAT price!

What Goes Into Being a Great Snow Removal and Plowing Company?

  1. Excellent Communication.
    • One of the top priorities we have here at Crestview Property Maintenance  is the communication between us and our customers. Whether it be a phone call or an email it is key for ANY business to keep their customers informed and updated. Most contractors say that the worst mistake snow removal companies make isn’t forgetting to plow a property, but forgetting to CONTACT the property’s owner when you have realized your mistake.
    • Customers love when they are informed of ANYTHING relating to their business.
    •  Simple email alerts could include any of the following:
      • Time of arrival
      • Time you left the property
      • Amount of snow that was present
      • If you used any other products (de-icer, salt, etc.) mention the amount that was used
  2. Efficiency
    • The machines and products a snow removal and plowing company uses can make or break it. When it snows, there are many snow removal and plowing in blaine mnclients that rely on you to clear the parking lots before their doors open. Efficiency benefits both the customer and the company. The customer gets what they paid for in less time and, at times if the job takes less time it can mean more profit for the business.
      • Snow plows help move the snow in larger areas quicker than just a simple shovel
      • Dump trucks are also used at times when huge snow piles are covering too many parking spaces
      • Snow Shovels, even though they are bit “old-fashion” they can sometimes be the best tool for the job
  3. Being Precise
    • A huge part of the snow removal and plowing industry is the attention to detail you need to have. It’s whats going to satisfy the customers. Everything needs to be thought out before you start plowing:
      • Where is the most logical spot to push the snow?
      • How can we minimize disruption / keep driving lanes clear?
      • How can we ensure that we don’t damage property?
      • What are some ways we can prevent the buildup of ice?

Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again.

Winter.

Technically Winter doesn’t start for another 90 days, but we all know Winter comes before December 21st, and with Winter comsnow plowing blaine mnes SNOW. It seems that for the past couple of years, we’ve been lucky in the snow department, but we have a feeling that this Winter is going to give us plenty of snow. Even a few weather stations are predicting an above-average Winter in terms of precipitation and below-average in terms of temperature. For you, this could mean countless, back-breaking hours spent shoveling your driveway. OR it could mean watching the beautiful snow fall in front of the fireplace and drinking hot coca with your family while we plow your property.

Which One Would You Prefer?

Quick Clean Out offerssnow plowing blaine mn snow plowing services in Blaine, MN and surrounding areas, so that you don’t have to “break your back” shoveling your driveway! We would rather have you stay inside your warm house hanging out with your family. We have snow plows for small jobs and then some for the blizzards that happen a few times a season. We offer contracts that are formatted for your specific needs; whether you are a homeowner or a business owner. Check out our Snow Services page for more details!

Sit Back and Relax.

Now that you have decided we are the best fit for your property, enjoy the beautiful season of Winter. Go iceskating, drink hot cocoa and DON’T shovel your property! What sort of things do you like to do in the Winter? Comment below!

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