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Why Hire a Professional Snow Removal Contractor?

Are you and your employees sick of shoveling heavy snow buildup out your business parking lot throughout the long Illinois winter? Or have you had to close your Chicago company and lose revenue or productivity due to heavy snow that a pro could have cleaned up faster? Let’s explore why hiring a professional snow removal contractor is well worth the investment …

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3 Steps for Preparing and Monitoring Winter Storms in Chicago

If you have a business in Chicago, you’re accustomed to how quickly winter sneaks up on us and how brutal it can attack. Chicago businesses understand the need to be prepared for winter and all the fun those cold frosty flakes can bring to the table – or parking lots. At Brancato Snow & Ice Management, we live for snow …

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New Brancato Snow Removal Website Launched

At Brancato Snow and Ice Management, we’ve been working for months on developing a new website for our customers that can serve as a valuable resource when exploring Chicago and Illinois related winter news, weather, snow removal tips and of course the reliable snow and ice management services we offer. We are continuously re-evaluating our systems and services to better …

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4 Summer Landscaping Changes to Help With Illinois Winter Snow and Ice

Summertime in Illinois is a great season for landscape improvement projects, especially in preparation for the next Chicago winter snow removal. And though it seems like a long way off, starting these projects early can save you time, money, and maintenance when winter snow and ice come around. Here are four changes to your landscaping that can be made this …

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Is it Better to Anti-ice or De-ice for Chicago Snow Storms?

Most people think of airplanes when they hear “de-icing.” That’s not the whole story, though. De-icing airplane wings is one thing, de-icing walkways and roads is something else. Then there is anti-icing. What is the difference between De-icing and Anti-icing in ice management? De-icing is the application of ice-control materials to walkways and roads to melt existing snow and ice. …

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Use the Great Summer Chicago Weather to Plan for Snow Removal in Winter

Sunny, upper 70’s to low 80’s… does it get any more perfect in Chicago? It’s time for swimming, biking, jogging, and playing outside where the sun’s rays can light up your day. It’s also time to kick back and start some planning to make sure your business is nice and prepared for when those temperatures drop, along with their white, …

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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 …