Stay indoors with that warm cup of coffee or tea. We got this. We're on call 24/7 during winter events to help keep your driveways/walkways clear.
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Frequently Asked Questions (if your question is not addressed here, check the bottom of the home page)
- Is a deposit required prior to the start of this service? There are some unfortunate realities to modern society that we need to protect ourselves from, so we do require a pre-authorization on a credit or debit card of your choosing. This is simply a hold on that account, but no money is actually withdrawn. Upon completion of service, that hold will be removed and you'll pay using your preferred means (cash, venmo, debit, or credit). The hold amount equals the total cost of the service. So, for example, if you book a 40-min appointment, the hold amount would be $47 (Tier 1) or $67 (Tier 2). For appointments where you do not intend to be home during the service, there are instances where we will waive this hold requirement and send a payment request after-the-fact, but you should expect this hold requirement to apply by default.
- What hours is this service available? 24/7. Snow events don't coordinate with homeowners in advance of their arrival, so we're here to clean up the mess they leave whenever you need the help.
- How do I know how long it will take to clear my property? We refer to this as the snow blower's productivity, or how many square feet can it clear per minute. This depends on too many factors to provide one reliable answer, with type of snow (light and fluffy or wet and heavy) and total accumulation (in inches) being the primary influencers of time. But we'll try to provide a rough guide here, and continually refine it the more data we gather. Just don't hold us to these. This is meant as a rough guide only. In testing with roughly one inch of semi-wet accumulation, we covered approximately 362 sqft per minute in one long straight shot (a long sidewalk). That's what we would call a rosy assumption under near perfect conditions. The average size of a driveway nationwide is about 500 sqft give or take, so the impression that the average homeowner will be able to clear their driveway with this snow blower in less than two minutes is not one we want to give. We prefer to underpromise and overdeliver, rather than vice versa. So factor in some realities like movement speed slowing with greater snow accumulations, having to make multiple turns, perhaps some steeper slopes that would slow you down, and that productivity rate could drop significantly. Let's say it dropped all the way down to 50 sqft per minute. Then a 500 sqft driveway would take 10 minutes to clear. Every property is going to have its own unique productivity rate associated with it, so yours can get pretty dialed in after the first time servicing it.
- How do I know how many square feet there is to clear? The best way, at least in our minds, is Google Earth. You have to download the program to your computer, but it's free. Zoom in to your property, click "Add" at the top, then "Polygon", move that pop-up that appears out of the way temporarily, and then drop points along the perimeter of the area you want to measure. Once you've completed the polygon, go back to that pop-up, click on the "Measurements" tab, and in the "Area" dropdown box select "Square Feet". And there you go. You can do that as many times as you need, and then just add up the square footage of each polygon. If you don't want to use Google Earth, Google Maps has a "measure distance" feature that allows you to get square footage of an area. At times you can't get as zoomed in or orient the map preferably, so that's why we prefer Google Earth. If you don't want to or can't use either Google Earth or Maps, then well....a good 'ole tape measure could get you somewhat in the ballpark. Or, just send us a message. We'd be happy to measure it for you.
- Do you spread salt? We do not. For one, it's often unnecessary if you snow blow properly. This snow blower skims along in contact with the ground (rather than hover above it like many others), so any residual not blown away will typically melt on its own as the sun's rays are able to penetrate to and heat up the surface that you are clearing. Not only that, but salt can be very damaging to certain surfaces and vegetation. So there's increased potential to cause more harm than good. Which means higher liability insurance premiums for us, and thus higher pricing charged to you to compensate. So the greatest value we can add is in providing you a low cost full service snow blowing option. If you provide the salt and would like for us to spread it after snow blowing, we'll be happy to do that for you.