Winter Cleaning Keeping Snow and Ice Away

 For building owners and managers in Chicago, winter weather not only refers to  the white stuff that falls out of the sky—but rather, the white stuff that collects in a building’s lobby.  

 That’s right—ice and snow can be a building owner’s and management’s worst nightmare if neglected or not treated properly. The onset of winter  weather for buildings in the Windy City not only means that building owners  must pay attention to the inside of their buildings, but also their surrounding  sidewalks and parking lots.  

 George Markoutsas of Landscape Concepts Management in Grayslake said building  owners usually utilize their own crews during winter storms, rather than  outsourcing to a third party company. However, things like parking maintenance  and snow plowing are often outsourced to outside companies due to crew  availability.  

 “In urban areas like Downtown Chicago sometimes there will be a maintenance staff  to take care of the vicinity immediately surrounding the building but often  times they will not be the ones snowplowing, they will sub-contract a firm like  ours to do the that work.”  

 However, outsourcing portions of winter weather removal can leave a building  owner at the mercy of a third party company’s schedule. Jason Teigman of GT Dawn Brite, a janitorial office cleaning  supplier, said crews can often get backlogged in times of harsh weather.  

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