The winter season can bring a lot of unpredictable weather that may either leave a lovely blanket of soft glistening snow on the ground, or end up a dangerous sheet of ice that can cause many different problems for both pedestrians and drivers.
To avoid these dangers, most people prefer calling commercial snow removal companies to professionally take care of the snow and ice. The top commercial snow removal companies are equipped with all of the necessary equipment along with professionally trained staff that will know exactly how to manage the ice without damaging items or endangering anyone in the process.
Prior to calling up just any company that may be listed in the local papers, there are a few things to consider in order to get the best people for the job, get your money’s worth with each job and to ensure you get someone that’s even available during the winter rush.
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Most of the commercial snow removal companies will offer an incentive or money-saving deal for anyone from a residential owner to business owners.
Some companies will have a variety of commercial snow removal packages for a set price which will include everything from initial assessment, snow removal, ice removal and even salting (or sand, depending on the laws in your area)in the end.
While most of these packages may seem like a great deal, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what’s included in each package so that you get your money’s worth and avoid getting something extra you don’t need, nor should pay for in the end.
Also, it’s important to double-check if the package includes both snow and ice maintenance. Sometimes they will only be one or the other but have a price that would make people assume both are included.
Finally, you should always ask the companies directly if they have any minimum requirements for snow removal jobs because there are some that will refuse to take on a job if the amount of snow and ice are below their particular minimum. This is to ensure they head out to jobs that are worth the effort and cost from their side of things.
Proper Placement of Snow
When the commercial snow removal company is out clearing the snow and ice from your property, it’s important to know if there are any law or safety requirements for where the excess snow may be placed. In some districts, the snow may not pile up next to homes or it must only pile up within a certain height to ensure public safety.
Also, as a precaution, make sure the snow removal team is not inadvertently blocking fire routes or neighbour parking areas while clearing your designated areas.
Written Agreement versus Verbal Agreements
Lastly, it’s very important to do your due diligence to ensure you get the service that was promoted and at the price that was discussed. While many people accept simple verbal contract, they are not always considered a binding contract, which is why many people get a surprise when the time comes to pay for the services they have received. Make sure to get agreements in writing with a signature from the manager to ensure you get exactly what you asked for and at the agreed price point. Nothing ruins the wonderful holiday season more than feeling like you were ripped off or lied to.
An Italian greyhound can adapt to a variety of environments quite well, but they are not natural winter dogs. They are not a double-coated breed which means that their hair is not meant to retain body heat in the same way a Siberian Husky's might.
An Italian greyhound also maintains a lean body weight without excess body fat, and fat is partly what helps keep a dog warm. This doesn't mean create a fat puppy! It just means the IG's natural body structure is not made for cold climates.
For those IGs that live in colder climates or where there is even snow, certain things should be done in order to insure that the dog stays as warm as possible throughout those cold months of the year.
Here are a few tips to keep your Italian greyhound warm during the winter:
o Clothes! This isn't about a fashion statement, but dogs with close hair coats should always wear a fleece coat or warm sweater when going outdoors. Many of these dogs also appreciate wearing the sweater around the house too. It helps trap body heat close to the Italian greyhound's skin and body.
o Give your dog plenty of warm beds in the house. Some dogs like snuggle-type dog beds, which help the dog stay warm by balling up inside. You can also purchase dog beds with built in heaters or you can purchase a special electric heater that can be placed within any kind of dog bed.
If you'd rather not use an electrical blanket or bed, you can use human body wraps that are heated in the microwave or create your own. Fill up a small fabric square or pillow with rice or beans and sew shut. This pillow can be heated in 30 second intervals up to 1 ½ minutes.
o Remember to try and locate your Italian greyhound's bed away from any drafts or cold spots like concrete or tile. Instead, look for an area that receives warm natural light through a window each day, as dogs love to sun themselves.
o Don't leave your Italian greyhound outside. These are not outdoor dogs, especially in winter cold weather.
o Sometimes it is advantageous to feed your IG a bit more food during the winter, especially if he shivers often. Adding a small amount extra gives him additional calories and fat so he doesn't lose any of his current weight. It's okay if he gains up to 2-3 pounds during the winter but no more than that!
An Italian greyhound, while not a natural cold weather breed, can learn to adjust to his environment well so long as he is an indoor dog, has plenty of warm clothes and bedding, and receives a tad more food.