Snow Removal Services

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Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax,
Whitby, Oshawa, and now Markham*

Remove snow and ice for
as little as $10 per visit.

3
Sep

CEO Dan Shephard was in the press this month in part because he’s so committed to testing Geomelt De-icing Products made with Ontario beetroot juice.

Dan Shephard CEO of snow removal company

Geomelt de-icing products

The Snowmen all love eating red beets, boiled and peeled, picked fresh from the garden in the summer. Red beet tops are delicious when steamed and served with a little butter, malt vinegar and a dash of salt. Turns out concentrated red beet juice and salt is a terrific all natural de-icer too; it turns falling snow into red puddles of water that won’t freeze.

This unique Canadian product is composed primarily of beetroot extract which has a very low freezing temperature. When combined with sodium chloride it could be the greatest all natural deicer solution for streets and sidewalks ever discovered.

Dan Shephard, the CEO of The Snowmen has gone public with his plan to use the natural de-icing product this winter, from November 2013 to until march 2014. Dan hopes to test the efficacy of the mixture on pavement in all climate conditions, and also get feedback from consumers and chart their reaction to the all-natural mixture.

Red beets are a rich source of the element boron and potassium, and the chemical compound Betanin, found in great quantities in red beets, is the world’s most popular red food colorant. This powerful red dye is quite safe for human consumption and is added to a great many processed foods to improve their colour and flavour. Concentrated doses are used in tomato paste, and canned spaghetti sauce. Its also used to make the color red in many sugary desserts, jams and jellies, ice cream, sweets, and breakfast cereals. Beetroot dye is also used to make red ink.

Beetroot juice is used as deicer by snow removal company

Beetroot juice is added to rock salt, the reddish brown liquid makes the salt crystals stickier and lowers the mixture’s freezing temperature which makes the compound more effective on snow days. Commuters driving on roads sprayed with Geomelt could experience fewer delays behind salt trucks and snow plows because in all likelihood the equipment would only have to make the run once per day.

Experts believe that this could yield a vast reduction in the use of rock salt on Ontario roads and that would mean a healthier landscape around this provinces more ecologically sensitive areas. This is Dan’s worthy goal and we’d like your help – sign up below in the comments to be included in testing this and other green snow removal innovations.

Post by on Aug 31, 2013

Category : Snow Removal
21
Feb

The winter blahs

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The SnowMen deal with our winter blahs by dreaming of warming times. In the off season we like to ride our motorcycles and we keep our spirits up by reading a motorcycle blog or two so that we don’t focus on the harsh winter and the late nights clearing snow and ice. It can be stressful doing what we do. We take incredible risks by being on the roads when most people wouldn’t dare venture out. The hours we keep make it difficult to maintain relationships, we’re constantly checking the weather network, drinking coffee at the Tim’s, and keeping our equipment up to snuff. Hopefully we’ll be able to look forward to swimming pools and camping trips, and relaxing on the deck with a cold beer with faces glowing from the hot summer sun.

Category : Snow Removal
1
Feb

Snowpocalypse

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snowpocalypse

snowpocalypse

The SnowMen eat snow for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We clean up snow from your walkways, driveways, sidewalks and around swimming pools.

We’ll be on CBC radio 99.1 tomorrow morning giving live updates while we’re in the midst of the biggest snow storm of the year. Please be smart, stay home and work.

Category : Snow Removal | Winter Safety
19
Oct

The SnowMen recently decided to run a Lenzr photo contest for October and November to spread the word about their growing snow removal service. The theme of the contest is Pets in Winter Coats because, well, who doesn’t love a dog in a ski jacket? Here’s how it works: submit your best photos of pets bundled up in winter gear by December 1 for a chance to win a brand new Craftsman/MD electric snowblower from Sears valued at $400. The snowblower has a 20-inch clearing path, a powerful 12-amp motor and a rubber and steel paddle to handle all sorts of snow conditions. The winner is chosen by an online voting system that starts November 20, and the photo with the most votes by December 1 wins the snowblower — just like that. Good luck to everyone who enters!

The winner of the snow blower was Sheamus Maclean of Economic Performance Architects.

Category : Contest | News | Snow Removal
8
May

The SnowMen have melted

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Thank-you to all of our customers for supporting us through the winter. We are planning to come back in the fall with some great new preventative ice melting products (they actually get applied before the snow arrives). We are also looking at ways to make our operations more environmentally friendly. Such as, using bio-diesel in our trucks and using a portable solar generator to power electric shovels. Anyway, have  a great summer folks.

Category : News
12
Jan


On January 10, 2010, The SnowMen acquired a small hobby farm north of Toronto near the Pickering Town line. The Purpose of this move was to give us more room to expand our fleet and so that we could have access to a drive shed and barn for storage and repairs of our equipment. The location also puts us in the crux of Durham, Markham and East Toronto, enabling us to better serve our customers. This is a very exciting move for us.

Category : News | Snow Removal
6
Jan

We are proud to announce that due to high-demand, we have added the Markham area to our service routes for Pay-Per-Plow service. If you live in the Markham area and would like a FREE quote for snow removal on a pay-per-plow basis, Give us a call first – 905-448-1003. Rates start as low as $45 per visit.

Category : Pay-Per-Plow | Snow Removal
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