Working in Heavy Rains

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by landscapetastic, May 9, 2012.

  1. landscapetastic

    landscapetastic LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Messages: 41


    Do any of you work in the heavy rains?. Well I was suppose to clear out
    a customers backyard of ivy , fallen down trees, etc on this friday. But today the customer calls today and say well I want the work done today (Wednesday). And it is heavy raining today. And falling branches coming down left and right. I said that in the rain I can't do a quailty job,and I will make more of a mess in your yard then if waited just 2 days. And also she was NOT scheduled for today anyway. Her response was "Well you are going to have to work between the rain drops". I left her message reasuring her that the will be completed by Saturday. How would anyone else handle this? Do I work in the heavy rains?
  2. You did the right thing and anyone who expects someone to work in heavy rains, well, there's the door. Light rain I have no problem, but not a downpour. It will take you longer as well.
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  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,702

    *if* you did work in heavy rains I would definitely get a signed disclaimer that you are not liable for any mess that is made due to the rain, and that said mess would be a separate billable charge for any repairs. That has always changed peoples minds in my area.
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,908

    Rain or not I don't let customers dictate my schedule, especially after we already agreed on a date.
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  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I had a customer back out of a mulch job I had scheduled today cause I refused to work in the rain, it happens. I don't let the customer dictate to me when I work, I'm in charge of scheduling period.
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I like the disclaimer statement for weather I am going to put that in my service agreements, I can't believe people actually expect you to work in the pouring rain! Unbelievable!!!!
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    We work in the pouring rain here all of the time. Get a good rain suit and boots.
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Sorry, I'm not rutting up my clients yards! Mulching in the rain is one thing but cutting is a no no in my book.
  9. OneLineAtATime

    OneLineAtATime LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    we mow & mulch in the rain. In your case i would have told the customer no way
  10. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    if I do anything in a heavy rain it will be for some really serious dollars.

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