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St. Clements, Ontario,

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.