Preparing for Snow in Calgary

Posted by Justin Havre on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 1:50pm.

Snow RemovalLiving in Calgary means you need to be ready for the snow. The right snow removal equipment and the right plan can make the winter so much easier, especially if you're new to the area. Here are some tips for snow removal this winter.

Choosing Your Equipment

Snow removal equipment comes in just a few forms. You can choose a snow blower, electric snow melter or a shovel. If you have back issues, a shovel may not be the best choices, but it's the cheapest option. Just make sure the shovel you choose is sturdy and large enough to make the job easy.

Snow blowers are a great choice because they provide a quicker solution. You won't put as much strain on your back, but you will put a little more strain on your budget. You can choose from a variety of snow blowers. Make sure you get one capable of handling the area you need to clear.

Electric snow melters are a good option, as well, but very expensive. These heat up the concrete and melt the snow or ice. This is a great way to clear the snow, but expect to spend a heavy amount of cash for this option.

Always keep De-icer or Salt Available

Chemical de-icers and rock salt can make it much easier to clear your driveway, walkway and other area. This is a great way to get the ice off the top of the snow or from the driveway when it's covered in ice. Make sure you follow the directions and use these products correctly.

A few others things to keep in mind when clearing snow include:

  • Don't stack it behind a vehicle or in front of a door
  • Lift with your legs as much as possible
  • Wear good shoes and warm clothes while clearing snow
  • If capable, help neighbours with their snow removal needs

Follow these tips and you will have a better winter season in Calgary.

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