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It’s a WRAP Central Virginia!

BCLS Snow and Ice Management of Central Virginia So, we come to the end of another winter season here in Central Virginia, we take with it our experiences, good, bad and sometimes challenging. As with the end of each season; we look ahead to next year’s season positive spirit and enthusiasm. As with any business; each season is a learning experience...even for those of us having lengthy time in the trenches, we learn from mistakes, industry and weather trends and industry changes. Through the years, we are able to staff ourselves with dedicated employees willing to perform at a moment's notice [...]

Snow and Ice Removal Services

Winter Ice Control

It’s inevitable! Winter, that is. Regardless of whether or not you look forward to this time of year, this is when instincts and traditions take over our lives. We feel the urge to drain, wrap, cover and close up anything that needs to survive the next few months. We assess the condition of our snow equipment and the pile of ice melt bags we have left over from last year.


Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in Winter Weather

The changing seasons produce unique weather-related conditions that can create hazards for patrons, employees and the public. BCLS, LLC Snow & Ice Management has developed the following suggested procedures to help mitigate the risk of a winter weather slip, trip or fall injury on your premises.


Snow Planning is YEAR-ROUND for Passionate Snow Professionals….

Imagine this its late May and you just received snow…. well, that actually happened this week in many parts of Colorado including Denver. While this is certainly unlikely to happen in Central Virginia any time soon it does not mean that snow professionals should not be thinking about snow. In fact, many snow contractors will be attending several of the industry’s biggest trade and educational events in the next several months learning about the new technologies, equipment and snow operations methods.


See You In September

While spring has been upon us for most of February here in Central Virginia, let’s not forget that February can sometimes be a NIGHTMARE with varying temperatures and still the potential for snow if recipe for a storm was just right.

The key is preparedness, regardless of what time of the year it is. A well-developed snow and ice removal plan is essential to maintaining the safety, accessibility and financial stability of properties, while working to mitigate risks associated with weather conditions for residents and visitors. Despite the unpredictability of the weather in Central Virginia, Property managers must know how and when to build a comprehensive snow response plan, and how to select the most appropriate snow removal partner who can mobilize fleets, provide scalability on demand, and deliver well-trained crews under adverse conditions.


Slip and Fall Statistics for Real Estate Property Managers

Risk Management in Central Virginia BCLS Snow and Ice Management of Central Virginia Property managers have a lot to contend with when it comes to the day-to-day running of a property or community. Whether it be a commercial office space, a multi-family community, apartment complex, hospital, institution, or big-box store. While each of these facilities have their own unique vulnerabilities and concerns, careful attention to injury prevention is essential for risk management. Your biggest risks does not come from Mother Nature, your biggest risk comes from how you manage your snow and ice services and how your contractor manages your risk. [...]

Six More Weeks of Winter?

Say What? BCLS Snow and Ice Management of Central Virginia Punxsutawney Phil — the pleasantly plump Pennsylvania marmot who claims he “is the only true weather forecasting groundhog” — woke up Thursday morning, crawled out of his hole and saw his shadow. Meanwhile here in Central Virginia we are really waiting for winter to arrive if there is even anything left. Ironically we have had more snow in Central Virginia than several major US Cities. Back in Punxsutawney PA, more winter, Phil said. I’m going back to bed. Wrong! In fact, spring has already arrived in somewhat official capacity for some [...]

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6 Eco-Friendly Snow Removal Ideas

For Virginia Property Owners and Managers BCLS Snow and Ice Management of Central Virgina Once the first big snowstorm hits at the start of winter, removing the snow and ice left behind is on many minds. Snow removal is a $2 billion industry in the U.S., and the highly effective and common chemical deicers and gas-guzzling snow blowers are not eco-friendly. Chemical deicers on driveways, roads, and airport runways can be hazardous to plants, animals, the water supply, and therefore the environment. The average gas-powered snow blower creates about one pound of carbon monoxide emissions per hour, according to the U.S. [...]

Proactive vs Reactive

Communication Can Help Alleviate Stress for Property Managers During the Winter Season… BCLS Snow and Ice Management of Central Virginia If you are a property manager and manage HOA’s or Apartment Homes you know what life is like during snow and ice events, right? Winter’s wrath is a property manager’s nemesis if they do not have a reliable contractor or if communications with residents are not on par. Want to make your like easier? Here are a few simple steps to help eliminate problems during the upcoming winter season. Following these steps will help you and board members to be better [...]

Doing Your Best, Preparing for the Worst

Winter 2016-2017 BCLS Snow and Ice Management of Central Virginia Sitting at my desk this morning I was reminiscing of the days past listening to the weather forecasts for the impending storm and wondering what would this storm bring? As many of us are still preparing for the 2016-2017 winter season’s first big storm, the big question to ask yourself, are you really ready to take it on? This is where preparation meets opportunity-  The one thing that has really stuck in my mind over the years are my early days as a contractor when I did everything from gut instinct [...]