If you’re the facility manager or property manager of any business or borough council, you already understand why it’s so important to be prepared and ready for the winter. Grounds maintenance services need to be in order so that private commercial sites are kept safe all year round, but winter brings additional hazards.
The biggest threat to safety on private commercial sites (or any!) during winter is ice and wet. Icy, slippery surfaces can be combated with gritting. There are plenty of dangers of not gritting your site properly too. Wherever there are people on site, whether staff, clients, patients, students or in vehicles, you need to know they will be safe.
Knowing you have provided a space that has reduced the risk of accident or injury as much as possible, not only gives peace of mind and confidence for you and your colleagues but also avoids potential financial repercussions. After all, no property manager wants a liability claim on their hands or a damaged company reputation to deal with.
Year-round maintenance of your property is an ongoing requirement, and winter maintenance is no different. As soon as grass cutting season is over, autumn brings its own cautions with messy, wet and slippery leaves everywhere. Although it’s really important to have your grounds looking professional, the health and safety element is a legal obligation. You might already have a small on-site team in place, but winter is particularly stressful if the weather throws a curveball. Full annual grounds control helps you stay on top of the sometimes overwhelming number of services in grounds maintenance.
‘A good maintenance contractor will be able to provide you with a year-round cyclic strategy that will ensure your site is prepared for all seasons. Specifically trained staff will have access to a wide range of specialised equipment, designed to cope with grounds maintenance needs every month, and especially in winter when things can get riskier.
Services you should expect your grounds maintenance winter contract to include are:
– Winter risk management
– Weather forecasting and monitoring
– 24 hour reaction times
– Salt supplies and grit bins
– Single or multi-site gritting options
– Snow clearance
Salt has a unique ability to reduce the danger of ice because it’s able to dissolve the very top layer. Once this slippery surface layer of liquid water disintegrates, the salt merges down into the next layer and continues like that until the ice has turned into non-slippery mush. This clever chemical reaction works for every temperature of ice right down to minus 9 degrees. Luckily, here in the UK we don’t experience such low temperatures, which means our tried and tested gritting service always works. We take the added precaution of laying salt out overnight, because salt is known to be a better preventative than cure and applying it before the ice forms, stops it freezing altogether.
UK Gritting, the sister company of Grounds Care Group will always opt for the most environmentally friendly options and in the case of gritting, we supply white salt, rather than brown. We find white salt is not only cleaner and more efficient to apply, it is more aesthetically pleasing!
– Having a bespoke company tend to your land, means you completely remove the ‘to-do’ list of seasonal requirements in property management
– With a year-round contract, you’re likely to make significant savings, since regular clients receive discounts on bulk service buying
– You get the peace of mind that every day of the year is catered for
– You don’t need to invest in equipment you’re only likely to use for a small portion of the year, or find mass storage for things like gritting salt!
A nationwide company like Grounds Care Group offers a complete, wrap-around grounds service for the whole year that is designed to cater to your exact needs. You get a dedicated agent to speak with, who will deal with every query or issue you have. That saves hours in admin and research and lets you get back to tending to the more important aspects of your job.
Here at Grounds Care Group, we pride ourselves on delivering the optimum service every time. We have a wealth of experience in an impressive array of different industries including:
· Property managers
· Leisure & Hospitality
· Office & Industrial
· Emergency Services
· Historical Properties
· Private & Social Housing
· Public Sector Healthcare
· Facilities management
· School & Education
Our professional nationwide team has extensive winter maintenance training, that covers all elements of gritting and pedestrian protection. We aim to leave no stone unturned with years of experience and will nurture your landscape as if it was our own. Your grounds will not only look immaculate all year round, but will be completely safe for you, your staff and your visitors to go about your business.
Our winter service grounds contract includes daily monitoring of weather forecasts, extensive seasonal equipment and a large fleet of well-maintained grounds maintenance vehicles, such as our gritting lorries. Choosing maintenance contractors can be a headache, but we aim to take the hassle out of the whole process. Our dedicated support staff are always on hand to shed light on any queries you may have and offer practical and immediate solutions.