We know Chicago winters can be rough, and we understand what it takes to handle the worst winter can bring. We have the staff and equipment that are critical to a successful operation. While the right people and proper equipment are important to winter operations, it begins with advanced planning and management systems. Before the winter season starts, we visit each property to inspect the site, performing a detailed inspection, photograph key areas, and lay the foundation for a snow response plan. We package a snow response plan with an image of the site, overlaid with information for the placement of snow piles, priority areas, and special instructions, including identifying expectations and a specialized response plan for snow extremes.
Every property has a unique strategy, including the assignment of required equipment, operators, personnel, materials, and oversight. This allows all of our team members to arrive on site and know what needs to be accomplished.
Snow operations are performed by a combination of equipment, from large loaders with pusher boxes to pickup trucks with smaller snow plows. Each unique property is assigned specialized equipment based on the requirements. Our professional operators and drivers are careful to place snow where it belongs, according to the snow response map.
De-icing applications are made after snow or ice accumulation to improve safety. The standard in ice control has long been rock salt in the Chicagoland area. While offering rock salt to our clients, we have also saved our customers significant amounts of money by using economically superior and more environmentally friendly products. We offer our customers a variety of choices for materials, including:
• Magic Salt™
• Bulk & Bagged Salt
• Calcium Chloride
• Magnesium Chloride
• Calcium Magnesium Acetate
We are committed to protecting our environment and are continually seeking improvements in our processes and products. The additions of Magic Salt and Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) to our product line-up are examples of this commitment. Both are safe, non-corrosive, and environmentally friendly. We also make available to our customers Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all products we use.
Liquid pre-treat is one of the newest and largest cost saving services we offer our clients. Adapting the same technology that many state Department of Transportation divisions have used for pre-treating roads, North Village Snow Management can reduce the amount of hard pack a property has and reduce the time to reach bare pavement, all while reducing salt costs to the client. Our weather monitoring staff closely monitors new forecast models and dispatches our pre-treat fleet 12-48 hours before the start of a storm. Pre-treating is a cost effective means of increasing site safety and accessibility while reducing salt damage and costs to the property.
Many properties require snow to be hauled or stacked on site or brought to an on site snow storage location while others require snow to be removed from the site entirely to maintain adequate parking in critical areas of the property. Depending on the specifications, hauling is performed during every snow event or after snow piles become excessive. Parking decks and garages are often constructed with snow dump areas to drop accumulated snow from the deck to the ground below to reduce weight on the deck surface and maintain parking availability.
We have the ability and experience to efficiently haul snow either on site or off site. Using a combination of plows, pushers, loaders, and dump trucks—all working in tandem—we can haul snow as quickly as it is plowed and move it to its final destination.