Snow Removal FAQs
What areas do you service?
I service any residential or commercial property in the immediate Cedar Rapids area.
How do you determine your prices?
Price estimates are based on the length and width of your driveway and linear feet of your walkways.
What tools or equipment do you use?
I use a snow thrower to remove the bulk of the snow and a snow shovel for detailed clearing for your driveway, and front & back walkways.
What time do you begin snow removal?
It depends when the snowfall starts, how hard it comes down and how long it’s supposed to last. I prefer to start when there is at least 1 inch accumulation of snow. I will work late into the night and early morning to ensure your property is cleared and accessible.
Do you treat driveways with sand or salt?
Salting, though it does cost a little extra, does make your driveway easier to navigate and should prevent icing. Be sure to bring up any concerns in advance if you have concerns about children or pets or you require organic materials. There may or may not be an extra charge for alternative materials.
Should I use rock salt or calcium chloride for ice control?
Rock salt (Sodium Chloride) has a slower melting action point, which will help deter thick ice in parking lots and roadways. The large crystals embed themselves in the porous surfaces of asphalt which helps maintain a long lasting preventative for icing. As a result rock salt may not be as good an ice-controlling agent for concrete. Rock salt has slow reaction time to deicing and it will soak up any moister in the air and any surface it touches.
Calcium Chloride melts up to 8 times more than your stand alone rock salt, because of the composite minerals, calcium chloride does not react to air and moister, it reacts to cold temperatures. As concrete is normally very porous and retains moisture, calcium chloride is better suited for concrete and or porous surfaces.