Curbs and Curb Corners
Staking and flagging of curbs and curb corners for snow removal purposes is one of the simplest preparations one can do but can save thousands of dollars in repairs and early replacement needs. The area’s most prominently damaged are curb corners and curb endings. We also commonly find curbs damaged at areas where snow is piled in parking lots and where snow may be pushed back up and over curbs into vacant grass areas. Whether done in house or contracted it is important to thoroughly understand the snow removal practices for your property(s) in order to stake effectively. Defining the best practices should include direction, sequence, and locations for pushing snow. Once you have established these best practices you will be able to effectively stake your property curbs.
Hydrants, Irrigation Heads
Fire hydrants are often marked by your local Fire Departments but if on private roadways and drives you may need to provide them. Spring back flex markers are best suited for hydrants. Never allow snow to be pushed over a hydrant burying it from visibility. Hydrant markers are the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen and in avoiding possible costly damage to a hydrant. Damage to irrigation heads is probably the second most common occurrence in snow removal on properties where they are present. Since they are somewhat randomly placed throughout a property and are easily covered with a minimal amount of snow fall they are easily overlooked by both self-propelled and manual snow removal equipment. This goes back to the importance of having and understanding the best practices of snow removal for each property. Other items that should be considered for staking are French drain covers and surface utility access covers.
With the repair costs that can be avoided by properly staking your property and the minimal investment needed, proper staking should be a mandatory part of the winter prep at any property.