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The Four Worst Snowstorms in Chicago History

Midwestern winters are notoriously brutal, and after the polar vortex blasted through North America early this year, citizens are particularly anxious to batten down the hatches in preparation for the coming winter. So, just how bad are Chicago winters? Let’s look at the four worst snowstorms in Chicago history… Although vivid memories of the February, 2015 “Super Bowl Blizzard” linger …

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How To Find The Best Chicago Commercial Snow Contractor

While the summer sun is beating down on the hot pavement, Chicago winter storms may be the last thing on your mind. However, just because it won’t be snowing any time soon doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put some real thought into your company’s snow removal solutions. When you wait until it is already snowing to make a decision about snow …

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Which Works Best – Salt or Sand For Ice Removal?

When managing ice removal on Chicago area sidewalks and roads, people have bantered for years about the effectiveness and environmental effects of sand vs. salt. But it’s actually a version of the proverbial apples to oranges. In actuality, only one results in ice removal, the other makes winter ice more navigable. How Salt Works for Ice Management Technically speaking, salt …

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Insiders Guide To The Tools Behind Professional Snow and Ice Removal

Ever wonder about what tools professional snow and ice removal contractors use to get the job done fast? This is more than a team of strong backs armed with shovels and several hours to kill; professional snow removal relies on a mix of techniques, tools, and materials to not only move existing snow and ice, but to also help keep it …

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Prepare Your Parking Lot For Chicago Winter

After a hard Illinois winter of freezing temperatures, snow fall, ice storms, and constant thawing and refreezing, your business parking lot might be a mess of cracks, pot holes, or heaving concrete and asphalt. If that’s the case, it’s vital to consider repairs before the next winter quickly slams down on us with another onslaught of cold weather and the …

Does Your Snow and Ice Management Provider Have an Emergency Response Plan?

Chicago snow storms cause serious problems for many area businesses, particularly when emergency snow and ice removal services are needed. Not only do ice-filled parking lots make things difficult for people trying to drive, park, and hurry in to the store, but snow and ice on walkways and in sidewalks can cause slips and falls, which can lead to liability …

7 Reasons Commercial Snow Removal Pays Off for Chicago Companies

​Chicago winters may seem like they are ions away, but they sneak up on us without warning so it’s never too early to think about how you’re going to tackle snowstorms to keep your business thriving all winter long. Using a professional snow removal contractor for your commercial business in the Chicago area is the key. Chicago winters typically reach record snowfall …