Septic Service In Cold Weather - It's All Preventing and Preparing!
Oct 18, 2016
Septic Service In Cold Weather It's All Preventing and Preparing!
Cold, wet weather tends to make any type of outdoor job more difficult, especially if it involves handling liquids such as the work done by septic service companies. In areas where the cold season is offset by three distinct seasons, the number of days when work cannot be done is low but not in a place such as Alaska. In a region where the weather prohibits normal use of septic trucks eight out of twelve months, not only is it a business for the strong and the motivated but planning ahead has become vital as well.
Long, Cold Alaskan Winters - Adjustments
When it comes to septic services, it is probably no surprise that dealing with this type of work when the ground is frozen and covered with several feet of snow is not a favorite type of work to do. Still, life - and work - must go on, even in the coldest of temperatures.
A common practice for companies that have workloads drastically shortened during winter months is to retain only those employees necessary to get through the slow season, using only the amount of septic trucks necessary as well. This may mean that the number of jobs is greatly reduced in such climates; however, when the weather warms there is frequently more than enough work to be handled but are there enough workers?
A balance between an efficient number of workers and trucks must be found to retain both efficiency and profitability. It is common in such climates that most income is earned during a few very busy months, enough to carry a business and its employees the rest of the year. Turning down jobs is not an option.
Shortened Seasons Making It Work
When the pressure is on to get customers served in only a few months, planning is essential. Employees may have to work as much as double normal hours to complete all necessary jobs, so training and skill is critical. Inability to do a job correctly and proficiently reduces efficiency and is a financial liability for any company.
Along similar lines, vehicles will have to work harder and for much longer periods of time. Having back-up trucks available in the event of breakdowns or scheduled maintenance is a good idea. Even better, planning for major work to be done in the slow season in order to head into the busy months freshly maintained is just plain smart planning. Keep every vehicle in the best running condition and be sure that maintenance is done frequently when the trucks are being used more than normal. Maintenance, proper use, and trained operators are the three main ways to keep dependable trucks running day after day, hour after hour throughout the busy season.
Becoming Efficient and Productive
Besides the importance of having qualified operators and equipment in the best condition, there are other ways for companies with shortened work schedules to stay on top of things. Scheduling must be done as efficiently as possible by someone with experience in keeping operators on the road and in the field. Stocking up on things like fuel, equipment, and supplies should be done in the off-season as well, if the prices are better.
Considering the environment, operators should be committed to making daily vehicle inspections and being prepared for the unexpected, whether it be a breakdown or dealing with a wild animal in more rural areas. In such situations, preparedness and prevention equal productivity.
Some climates can definitely present challenges for those in the septic service business; however, for those brave enough to face them, the rewards can be many. Success depends on being one step ahead of the game by proper planning and preparation. This will keep septic trucks working and customers happy with the results!