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The selection was based on our reputation and environmentally friendly approach.
Snow removal season can be very stressful and grueling but thanks to the support of our loyal clients and the hard work of our dedicated crews, we’ve built one of the best snow removal departments in the country to serve a critical need during Chicago’s winters while keeping our footprint as light as possible.
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10 Best Snow Removal Services in the US
With the crazy weather this year I looked into snow plow services. Depending on what area you are from, perhaps this isn’t an issue. But for a good part of the country this is not just an issue it is a necessity!
Without it we wouldn’t be able to get out of the house, because not everyone knows how to drive in winter. So if you’re a rookie that just got the CDL license, you might be able to earn a little extra cash plowing snow.
However, I had no idea just how ‘real’ the snow plow services industry truly is. I don’t mean that to sound either naive or disrespectful, I just never really thought about it!
Oh sure I have seen the state road crews plowing and salting the roads. I have seen the plows clearing the parking lots as well.
But to be honest I really thought they were just some guys with 4×4 trucks and a plow making extra money. I really had no idea just how big of an industry the snow plow services actually are.
According to IBISWorld, a leader in providing business information since 1971, the snow plow services is a 14 billion dollar a year industry!
There are almost 300,000 people who make their living removing ice. That doesn’t count those who do it a side cash job or just to help out, but actually employed as snow removal professionals.
Now of course snow removal is a seasonal job for most. Many of the truck drivers either do it on a part-time basis or perform other function within the company between snow storms. However, in many parts of the country ice and snow removal can be almost full-time depending on the fierceness of the season. So it’s no surprise that’s where you’ll find the best snow removal companies.
Some Useful Information About Best Snow Removal Services
However, the birth of snow removal as a professional industry is relatively young. I am not saying there weren’t professions all along, but in the early 90’s things began to change. It went away from the ‘good-ole-boy’ with a pick-up to an actual industry.
With the changes came the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) in 1996. This changed the face of snow plow services. Soon the seasonal contractors began to fade, though many still operate, it became a business (snow and ice management).
As with most changes the best snow removal services saw the inclusion of proper training and the institutions to train would be snow removers.
Now You Can Get Certified
They training cost and course vary depending on where you go. Some of the training academies are:
Snow Plow Equipment
If you’re in the market for equipment used for snow plow services, there are a few links to help point you in the right direction. As usual these are not the only snow removal equipment suppliers and/or manufactures but can give you a good start in your research.
Places Where You Can Learn All About Snow Plow Services
There is a ton of information out there now available for those wishing to learn more, beside the SIMA.
These resources can help keep you up to date on the laws and regulations, related to the industry. It can give you tips on business related issues and even offer some good information in general. As usual there are more than just these, but here is couple to point you in the right direction.
As I said on the beginning, I had no idea just how big this industry actually is. I have listed 10 companies that offer the best snow removal services. I created this list off what seemed to be some of the best out there based on reputation.
However, you might prefer another company. Another thing to remember; though the industry has grown many of those who offer snow plow services are small in size and big in service. So do your research and find the best in your local area!
Unlike some of the top ten list that I’ve made in my previous blog articles, such as top truck driving schools, top trucker magazines, or top reality trucking TV shows, it was hard to find the top ten national best snow removal services. This is because snow plow services are such a seasonal thing.
Unless you are kid who shovels driveways you’re not going to make a living strictly providing snow plow services.
So most have either other jobs, or provide other services. It seems a common theme with these is the tree and landscape industry. As an additional service they plow, salt, and clear snow/ice.
Places Where You Can Find Local Snow Plow Services
But, if you would like to find companies who offer these services in your area, there are several resources available.
These guides often offer rating on the quality of service for a particular company. Many even do offer the 10 best snows plow services or anything else might be for a particular city.
A few of these are:
Some of those I am sure you have heard of while others you might not have, but they offer a lot of useful information on pretty much everything. Just name it!
Anyway, to not beat the dead horse, without any further delays here is my list with 10 good companies offering best snow removal services:
Unlike the others listed, CentiMark is not about snow plow services, but more about snow removal. They are particular focused on the clearing of snow from the roves of home and business.
Did you know that an inch of water weighs just over 5 pounds (per foot squared)? Experts estimate that 12 inches of snow equals an inch of water. This means 12 inches of snow can weigh almost 5 pounds! I guess that explains why a shovel full is so heavy, now imagine if that piles up.
This why CentiMark is so dedicated to snow removal before it has a chance to really pile up. They are based in Southpointe (part of Canonsburg) in Pennsylvania.
They have grown a lot since their meager beginnings in 1967 and now they have a strong network of over 80 different offices to better serve your needs.
Ceres Environmental has been providing snow plow services in Minnesota for well over 30 years.
They can even provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are able to both clear an area as well as completely move it to an offsite location. Another great service that they provide is sand/salt placement and other ice-melt applications.
Ceres proudly has a fleet of 40 snow removal systems and the drivers to operate them.
They can also augment their subcontractors to better meet your needs. Their large inventory of equipment, partnerships with sub-contractors and dedication make them the “go to” for snow removal in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas.
Greenwise is the Chicago areas choice for best snow removal services. Whether you need zero-tolerance deicing service, eco-friendly ice melt, or snow removal Greenwise does it all.
Consider, the region gets an average of 30 to 55 inches of snowfall every year; you need to be confident that it will be handles quickly and properly. That is why they monitor the various weather forecasts and have their teams standing by.
They can do everything, from large parking lots to walkways. Unlike some companies they have a dispatcher standing by to offer 24/7 assistance.
They will keep you posted with email updates and alerts. And will alert you when they are in your area. They provide real-time status of their GPS-tracked service vehicles.
Gardenalia offer a full range of winter maintenance services for the Pittsburgh area. These include both residential and commercial full-service, winter snow plow services, clearing, and maintenance.
They have all the equipment needed to professionally shovel, plow, de-ice, and snow blow as you need, no matter the size of the project. !
Starting as an urban garden boutique Gardenalia began in 2002. Since those humble beginnings they have grown and offer services appropriate for any season.
For the winter season, they can remove all winter related debris that might collect around your home. Additionally, they are equipped to clean snow off patios, steps, driveways, sidewalks, streets, and even cul-de-sacs.
They pride themselves in offering eco and pet friendly deicer. So with reasonable rates and services starting at 4:30 am why not check out Gardenalia?
Since 2006, Winter Services has been providing snow plow services to Wisconsin and the Midwest.
They are conveniently based out Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and able to fill all your winter needs with their high tech fleet of snow removal vehicles and equipment.
They have grown a lot since their small beginning and now boast over 500 pieces of equipment in their fleet, with as many employees to meet all your needs.
Winter Services proudly offers their service and support not only in Wisconsin, but in seven other states!
To learn more just give their snow management experts a call and let your snow worries melt away.
6. Eagle Rivet
Eagle Rivet’s hardworking teams are dedicated to providing the best services possible in the Connecticut, Massachusetts and/or New York areas.
So when old man winter hits New England with snow and ice Eagle Rivet slow plow services are there for you. Sure they do a lot of other things and provide many great services, but snow removal is one of them.
Eagle Rivet has a large fleet of vehicles and snow removal equipment standing by to better assist you.
Their state of the art equipment offers their clients the best in snow removal services possible. This includes salt/sanders, snow plows, and snow blowers all the way up to dump trucks and loaders for the really large areas.
Check them out today, they will be glad to give you an estimate.
DH Funk and Sons are based out of Columbia, PA. They have over 40 years of experience!
Their highly skilled and competent teams are able to meet all your needs in and around the Southeast and Central Pennsylvania area, especially Lancaster and York Counties.
Like most other snow plow services providers, they offer other services as well.
Their core focuses are Commercial and Residential Excavation, but don’t let that worry you! DH Funks knows what they are doing and have the certifications to prove it!
So whether you need slow plow services for the parking lot of a shopping mall, retirement community, warehouses, or personal property, give them a call!
DH Funk’s teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the winter season.
Senske have fleet of 100+ snowplow vehicles. Regardless if you are in need of a company that can handle parking lots, hospitals, retail centers, shopping malls, warehouses, industrial centers or walkways, they can do it all!!
They have top-of-the-line snow pushers, and when the snow starts falling, they mobilize, assuring that they serve you quickly with the least inconvenience to you!
They provide wide range of snow removal and snow plow services including:
- Snow plowing;
- Snow hauling;
- Sidewalk snow and ice clearing;
- Snow shoveling and maintenance.
Their snow plow services together with their strategic partners are offered in the communities of Spokane, Tri-Cities (including Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland) and Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Ogden, Utah (including Syracuse, Kaysville, and Farmington) and Yakima, Washington, Boise (including Caldwell, Nampa and Meridian) Salt Lake City, Utah (including Sandy, Draper, West Jordan, Murray, Bountiful, Orem and Provo).
It all started back in 1988 when the founder and president of Hansen’s Tree Service, Jeff Hansen decide to turn his side job into a regular full- time occupation.
The company kept growing and developing rapidly, and in 2005 Hansen’s was recognized as the first tree-care company in Missouri to be certified by the Tree Care Industry Association.
Even do they are primary a tree-care company, in addition to their tree services, they deal with snow plow services as well. They currently have 75 trucks in their fleet, and the company has employed 90 people so far.
Much of Hansen’s growth is thanks to the diversification of services as well as its philosophy on employee education and constant training.
Davey is based in Ohio with operations throughout North America. The company was founded in 1880 and it became employee owned in 1979.
They pride themselves in managing award-winning properties and meeting the toughest grounds care challenges, especially the one required during winter weather.
They are known among their clients for always providing reliable, efficient and effective solutions, and with the best equipped and trained grounds management team in the industry and decades of experience, they can ensure responsive solutions all year around.
“Regardless of what Mother Nature has in store, they are up to the challenge!”
Average Cost For Hiring A Snow Plow Services
When it comes to costs for hiring a snow plow services, the prices will vary. The average cost of snow plowing ranges between ($10 – $75+), but some customers end up paying way over that price, depending on some factors.
Factors that are determining the cost are:
- Seasonal Contract: You can also go for a seasonal contract. This way you pay a seasonal rate, and the company would take the responsibility of clearing off the snow on a timely basis as per the agreement. It is highly recommended for people who live in areas of high snowfall. Even snow removal companies prefer this method over others.
- By The Hour: This is the simplest way to charge, and you are get charged according to the number of hours that the snow plow services spent on the job. Charges will still vary, depending on the equipment used; after all it is not same when you are working with a snow plow and when you are working with the shovel!! Am I right???
- Per Push: When you hire a company on per push basis, you will be charged for each trip to your location that the company will make, so this way the price also varies and depends from the area that needs to be plowed. They charge extra for additional services like salting.
There are numerous companies and individuals offering snow plow services. But only a few are reliable enough to be considered among the best snow removal companies. How can you tell? Make sure they have a good safety rating, they are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and have been certified by the snow removal industry.
As I mentioned above, if you’re interested in the best snow removal services there are many resources available to find a company that can fit your needs.
If you’re just interested in deicing, you can check out this guide offered by Meyer Products. This guide offers a lot of good information about the materials, proper storage, and more.