Here I try to answer some of the questions I get about my snow plow service. Click here to return to the main Snow Plow Page.
Q. Can I sign up for a snow plow / blow service on a per time option?
Yes you can but the down sides are:
_____1. You are not given preferential routing. This means I take care of all customers who paid for the year 1st and then cut back to service the Per Time or On-Call customers.
_____2. If we get a normal snow year, you will pay more for a pay as you go service.
_____3. On a very heavy snow fall (more than 8″) you may not get done until the following day with a pay as you go service.
Q. What’s the difference between plowing & blowing?
Plowing is using my trucks with the plow attached to clear your driveway. The blowing option will only use a snow blower or shovel to clear your driveway. I will not use my plow truck to clear it.
However, if I have blown your driveway out and the city comes by and blocks your driveway with snow, I will return to open it up (if called) but I will most likely use a plow for this, not the snow blower.
Q. Will your plow damage my driveway?
If you have a standard concrete or asphalt driveway my plow will not damage it at all. If your driveway is full of cracks or in a rough state already, there can be damage using a plow. Also, if you have stamped concrete or designs in your driveway, it is NOT a good idea to use a plow, I would use the blowing service instead.
Q. Why does snow plowing leave a thin layer of snow behind?
In order to not damage your driveway, most (all of our) plows are set with guide feet on them which keeps the contact of the blade up off the plow surface. Without these guide feet, the plow edge can catch and grab at your driveway and damage it.
Q. Do you repair yard damage if any in the spring?
about 10% of the jobs we do will have some damage to the yard. My plow may catch some of the grass at the bottom of the driveway. This is the most common. I will repair the damage by either re-seeding or sodding the area in the Spring.
Q. What do you do if there are cars in my driveway?
My policy is to stay at least 2 feet away from any vehicle or obstacle in the driveway or in the street at the end of the driveway. I will NOT shovel the snow around any vehicle or obstacle I have to go around. If there are any obstacles that prevent me from getting into your driveway, I will have to skip it. I will return (if called), but there may be a $20.00 travel fee if it becomes a habit as my prices are based on limiting my drive time as much as possible.
Q. Do you do snow removal?
Yes, but I am not the best option for this service as I have to sub-contract this out to companies with dump trucks and a place to put the snow.
Q. When does your season end if I sign up for the year?
If you sign up for the year, my season ends when the snow does. This is usually April. A lot of companies charge extra for snow in April, I don’t.
Q. Do your quotes include sales tax?
As of now, the state of Minnesota explicitly exempts snow plowing and blowing services from state sales tax. So sales tax is not charged
Q. Do you use salt on my driveway / sidewalk?
I will use salt only if you request it and there is an extra charge for it.