Monthly Archives: August 2016

Sidewalk plowing in the City of Waterloo

When we talk to property managers, one of their largest pain points is the sidewalk maintenance of both municipal and inner sidewalks. These areas see the largest amount of foot traffic and pose a significant danger for people if they are not properly maintained.

The City of Waterloo bylaw states that all commercial and residential sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours from the end of a snow event. Failure to comply with this can result in a fine. If sidewalks are not cleared during or immediately after a snow storm, the snow and ice will start to become hard packed. Once this happens, it is nearly impossible for someone to clear the sidewalks with a shovel or snow blower.

As a property owner, it’s important to talk to your snow plow contractor about sidewalk maintenance. Sidewalks need to be plowed and salted promptly following a snow fall. And additional visits will be required for salt to be applied after a small snow fall (under 2 cm) or during freezing rain events.

At Snow Tech, we use a mix of small John Deere and Kubota sidewalk tractors to clear sidewalks. This allows us to easily plow snow that is deep or drifting. We can also quickly and efficiently plow a large quantity of sidewalks by using this equipment. Snow plows and shovels are used strictly for smaller, inner sidewalks that are more narrow. If you have a lot of municipal sidewalks at your property, it is recommended that you hire a company with sidewalk tractors or comparable equipment to handle the job.

A freak April snow storm in Waterloo and we’re having a baby

There was no better time to welcome our new baby girl than after a freak April snow storm in Waterloo.

Last winter brought unusually mild temperatures and less precipitation than we had seen in the previous winter where we battled the polar vortex. However, parking lot and sidewalk salts still averaged normal to above normal for most properties. The number of times that we plowed snow was also comparable to prior years. But, the winter of 2015/2016 saved the biggest snow storm of the year for the weekend of April 10th 2016. We received about 2 feet of snow within a 24-hour period. The winds were high and snow drifts reached 3 feet in some areas. All of our snow plowing equipment was running at full capacity and we were expecting a baby any day. Luckily our tractors were able to easily keep up with the work load and successfully clear their snow plowing routes on-time and without any stress. We were experiencing enough stress and excitement as it was with the birth of our first baby expected at any time. And she sure didn’t keep us waiting…

Kate Roslyn Calma was born on April 13, 2016 @ 6:10 am only two days after the largest snow plowing event of the Kitchener-Waterloo 2016 snow plowing season. Bringing Kate home was the perfect way to wrap up a great winter.

We transitioned perfectly from sleepless nights of snow plowing in Waterloo to sleepless nights with a baby and we couldn’t be happier.