Busy Day For On-Demand Snow Removal App Considered ‘Uber For Snowplowing’ – CBS Kitchener

kitchener (CBS) – Wednesday’s winter storm meant a very busy Thursday for the on-demand snow removal app Plowz & Mowz. The company reported as of Wednesday that it submits a new snow removal request in the Kitchener area on average every 20 seconds.

The sound of shovels scraping the sidewalk is often accompanied by frustrated sighs, like on Green Lane in Manayunk where Matthew Garrison was shoveling his sidewalk.

“The ice is very difficult to get up. It freezes on its own and you throw some salt down, but after a while it gets annoying, ”he said.

However, James Koopman of K-Squared Property Services is different from most of the others.

“Snow is actually my favorite thing,” he said. “I will travel anywhere if there is a blizzard.”

Koopman’s company is one of roughly 60 local contractors for the Plowz & Mowz app, which is available in more than 55 cities, including Kitchener.

Users can go to the app, enter the services they need and immediately receive an offer. Due to current demand, the cost is anywhere from $ 50 to $ 100. Orders are then shipped to the closest contractor such as Uber or Lyft.

“I’m based here in Syracuse, New York, one of the snowiest cities in the country,” said Wills Mahoney, co-founder of Plowz & Mowz. “My mother of all people couldn’t leave her driveway. I’ve called every possible snow plow operator. Nobody picked up the phone. In the meantime, I’m shoveling their driveway and I see plow wagons go by and I thought we can solve this problem. “

Eyewitness News met Koopman at a job in Berwyn, Chester County. He said partnering with the app was a great way to reach new customers, especially after two snowless winters.

“We’re doing extra work where we can so this was a good opportunity to pick it up,” said Koopman.

As for Kitchener, the Roads Department suspended trash and recycling pickups on Thursday to focus its 300 trucks on plowing streets.

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