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Season's Greetings from Morse Engineering and Construction Industries

- Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Season's Greetings

As the holiday season unfolds, we find ourselves reflecting on the joy and warmth that comes with this special time of year. At Morse Engineering and Construction Industries, we want to take a moment to extend our heartfelt gratitude to every one of you who has been a part of our journey.

From the entire Morse Engineering and Construction Industries team, we send our warmest holiday greetings to you and your loved ones. Your support has been the cornerstone of our success, and for that, we are truly thankful.

May this festive season bring you moments of joy, laughter, and togetherness with those who matter most. Whether you're gathered around the dinner table, sharing stories by the fireplace, or simply taking a quiet moment of reflection, we hope your holidays are filled with warmth and comfort.

As we approach the dawn of a new year, we look forward to continuing this journey together. Your trust and patronage inspire us to reach new heights, and we are excited about the possibilities that the coming year holds.

Until we connect again, whether in person, over the phone, or through the written word, we wish you peace, prosperity, and all the happiness this holiday season has to offer. Thank you for being a cherished part of the Morse Engineering and Construction Industries community. May your holidays be merry and bright, and may the new year usher in a wealth of opportunities and success.

Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Warmest regards,

Morse Engineering and Construction Industries

Snow Plow Service Hiring Tips

- Monday, December 18, 2023
Morse Engineering and Construction - Snow Plowing

  • Start early. It’s never too soon to start shopping for snow removal. Holland suggests starting the search as soon as it’s on your mind. If your lawn care provider offers snow removal, it’s worth asking about it well before the snow season arrives. If you wait until there’s snow in the forecast, and you might find yourself last on the list to get plowed.
  • Get multiple estimates. Check with more than one company to compare prices and services. It’s important to ask enough questions so you understand exactly what services the estimate covers, Holland says. Does the company only remove snow or do they also treat ice? Do they clear sidewalks, including public ones? Every service is different, and asking questions is the only way to get the full picture of what to expect.
  • Ask for references. Take time to call a few reference names to learn more about the snow removal service. Visit with neighbors to discover companies that already work in your neighborhood. Ask about reliability, the timing of snow removal and any potential issues they might have encountered in dealing with particular snow removal companies.
  • Understand pricing. Most snow removal services price according to driveway length and how challenging it is to remove snow from that space. Some companies charge one set price for the season — no matter how often they push snow at your home. Others will base prices on snowfall totals, charging one fee up to a certain snow depth and adding extra fees for each inch of snow over. Companies may or may not charge extra for treating ice and sidewalks. Be sure to ask about payment options.
  • Ask about personnel. Ask if the firm uses subcontractors. Generally you get the best results with owner-operators who actually remove the snow because they have a vested interest to keep you — the customer — happy. Sub-contractors often focus on speed and doing as much as they can as quickly as they can. They’re after today’s paycheck, not your long-term business. You also want to be sure they have enough people available to cover long shifts that follow major snowstorms.
  • Check out equipment. As you discover where a company is willing to deal with snow (driveway, public sidewalk, entry walk, etc.), don’t forget to ask about the equipment that does the work. Make sure equipment looks well-maintained and efficient for the job at hand. This is vitally important if you’re paying by the hour and workers show up with snow shovels. Make sure they have the right kind of trucks that can navigate unplowed streets to get to your house.
  • Define the process. Review the basics of what to expect when the snow flies. Do you need to call the company so they know to come? During a heavy snowstorm, will they clear your driveway more than once? When they plow, where does the snow go? Work out a plan ahead of time about where snow should be piled. Avoid pushing snow into city streets, where it can block a neighbor’s driveway after municipal plows come through. Some companies offer to mark your driveway edges and any potentially tricky spots with staked reflectors to help guide plow drivers.
  • Explore liability. Make sure the company carries liability insurance in case there’s any damage to your property. Snowplowing liability insurance is expensive, Holland says, so it's not something many part-timers can afford to carry.
  • Sign a contract. A reputable snow removal service typically offers a written contract. Take time to read it and ask questions until you understand it completely. Be sure to ask what happens if you move or decide to cancel your contract. Make sure you understand your obligations.

Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.


Hiring a Snow Removal Service

- Monday, December 11, 2023
Morse Engineering and Construction - Snow Plowing

Many people appreciate the convenience of hiring a snow plow contractor to help get out of the driveway on winter days. Before the pavement freezes or the snow starts piling up, make certain the contractor is more reliable and predictable than the weather. Beware of scammers trying to take advantage of those who need snow removal, especially when more wintry precipitation hits the ground than is expected.

When hiring a snow removal company, asking the right questions is crucial to choosing a reliable and effective service. Keep these tips in mind before you make a final decision:

  • Find an Accredited snow removal company. Also, read customer reviews and review the company's profile. Hiring an accredited business adds another layer of protection and peace of mind that you will be pleased with your experience.
  • Get more than one estimate. Getting at least three estimates before deciding. Ask for all the costs upfront to avoid surprises and contact previous customers. Keep in mind the lowest price doesn’t always mean the best service. Read Business Profiles for company information, complaint history and detail, and customer reviews. Once you get detailed estimates outlining the scope of work, costs, and potential additional charges, this will help you compare quotes and make an informed decision.
  • Ask for references. Request references from previous clients to get a sense of their track record and the quality of their service. Remember, even if a business appears reliable, it does not mean it is. When a company is reluctant to answer questions, won’t supply proper information, or is unwilling to offer references – there could be cause for concern.
  • Find out what services are offered, what equipment is used, and their snow removal strategy. Inquire about their services, such as plowing, shoveling, salting, and de-icing. Make sure their offerings match your needs. Also, ensure that the company has the proper equipment to handle snow removal effectively, such as plows, snow blowers, and salt spreaders. Check their process for clearing snow, handling large accumulations, and their approach to different surfaces like driveways, walkways, and parking lots to prevent damage.
  • Request a written contract. Never settle for a verbal agreement. Contractors should always provide a written contract. A representative should visit the property or do a virtual tour to make notes about the services requested and observe any potential obstacles. Get all the details in writing and always read anything, especially the fine print, before signing. Understand cancellation fees and any extra charges that may apply, like sidewalks or porches. If you're looking for consistent snow removal throughout the season, ask if they offer ongoing maintenance contracts.
  • Verify insurance coverage and adherence to local regulations. Is the company fully insured in case of property damage? Follow up by requesting a statement from the company’s insurer confirming current liability and workers' compensation coverage. Verify their licensing and insurance coverage to ensure you won't be held liable for any accidents or damages that may occur during snow removal. Ensure the company is familiar with local snow removal regulations and ordinances to ensure compliance.
  • Ask about scheduling. Some contractors provide snowplow services as a part-time job, which may affect the availability to clear a driveway when needed. Ask about their response time and availability during snowstorms or heavy snowfall. Always check to see if there is a schedule for snow removal. A quick response can be crucial in maintaining safe access. Ask if they offer emergency snow removal services in case of unexpected snowfall or emergencies.
  • Split the payments. Find out how the company expects payment and understand how they calculate their pricing. Some companies charge per visit, while others offer seasonal contracts. Inquire about their billing frequency, payment methods, and any cancellation policies for seasonal contracts. Most contracts take two forms: pay-per-plowing or pay-per-season. Consider it a red flag if the customer is expected to pay all fees upfront. Most contractors will split fees into two or three payments – one at the beginning, the middle, and the end of the season.

Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.


Prevent Your Septic System from Freezing

- Friday, December 01, 2023
Morse Engineering and Construction - Septic System in Winter

Nobody wants a frozen septic system. Use these tips to prevent yours from freezing. Like water pipes, your septic system can freeze. Here are some tips to avoid the damage cold weather can cause.

  • Use it. Without hot water going through the septic system, it’s susceptible to freezing. That can damage the tank, piping, the filter and its housing, and can cause waste to back up into the house. That will be costly and undesirable.
  • Snow cover is good insulation over your septic system. Don’t shovel it off.
  • If you don’t have adequate snow cover before the temperature drops below freezing, insulate the system using straw bales or purpose-made insulating blankets.
  • Stop mowing the grass over the system a few weeks before the end of the growing season. Extra vegetation provides another layer of insulation.
  • Don’t leave a trickle of water running, as people do to prevent pipes from freezing. That cold drip of water could cause an ice clog in your septic system.
  • If you won’t be using the home in the winter, keeping it heated at 56 F to 58 F is one option for freeze prevention.
  • If you’re rarely there during the winter, or if you drain your water and winterize your home, have the tank pumped out before freezing temperatures set in.
  • Bury the tank as deeply as possible to help protect from freezing. The maximum depth for a concrete tank is eight feet to the top of the tank. Plastic tanks can’t be buried as deeply as concrete; only a maximum of 24 inches. Burying a tank deep, however, can make maintenance more difficult since it’s hard to see into the corners where sludge can build up.

After installation, septic tanks “settle” for up to a year. The area over the tank and drain field should be “crowned” to minimize the effect of settling. This is important, as water pooling around the tank freezes.

If you do have to add more fill as a result of settling, don’t use pea gravel around manhole covers. That doesn’t redirect the flow away from your system’s parts — it allows water to flow toward the tank. The ground can freeze and lift the manhole covers. Then groundwater flows into the tank, shortening the life of the system.

Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.