Parking lots are rarely a first-priority for facility managers looking to make improvements in the look and function of their buildings. Typically, your parking lot will need little to no maintenance throughout the year, until the first winter snow rolls around. When this happens, you’ll need to take extra precautions to ensure a safe visiting experience for tenants and customers.
Snow removal in a parking lot is essential. If you are operating a hospital, restaurant, retail store, or another place where high levels of foot traffic are expected, you want to create a clear path for visitors to walk and park safely. Scheduling a snow plowing or snow removal service after-hours or in slower hours can help you keep pileups at bay. Below are just a few tips on proper snow removal for parking lots:
- Designate a snow pile location that does not cover drains, block visibility, obstruct traffic, or fill handicapped parking spaces.
- Move snow as far away from the building as possible
- Schedule snow removal services based on local forecasts so you don’t end up with several inches to remove
- Invest in snow removal equipment if your region experiences heavy snowfall that will require removal every few days or week.
Snow and ice removal are essential in the winter, but it’s not the only task on your parking lot maintenance to-do list. Maintaining outdoor lighting is important, especially as the days get shorter and more visitors arrive after sundown. Be vigilant about maintaining outdoor lighting and attend to shortages or dimming bulbs. Your guests will appreciate the extra care you take in their safety and overall customer experience.
Maintaining your parking lot will also enhance curb appeal. A storefront that is well-maintained and free of snow will be much more appealing to passersby than one that has snow piling up and dim lighting in the dark. The more well-kept you can keep your parking lot, the better the customer experience you can provide.
MaintenX is here to help you maintain your parking lot throughout the year. We offer snow removal and outdoor electrical services to keep your parking lot looking clean and inviting. We also offer preventative care services for concrete inside and out. There is no better investment in your facility than proper preventative care. To learn more, contact your local MaintenX professional today!