February Turns Snow to Ice in Calgary

February Turns Snow to Ice in Calgary

When it comes to southeast Calgary snow removal, it’s important not to overlook the potential hazards of ice. While it’s true that staying on top of snow removal helps keep ice at bay, the freeze-and-thaw weather cycles that are a common part of southern Alberta winters can pose extra problems.

During a thaw phase, snow melts and water runs off, often collecting on sidewalks and walkways. Then, when the temperature inevitably plunges back below freezing, this melt water freezes over, creating slip-and-fall hazards for pedestrians.

Keep in mind that local bylaws for snow removal also extend to ice. Homeowners and residents are expected to do their part to keep sidewalks and walkways free of ice during freeze-thaw cycles by spreading sand or gravel to help pedestrians maintain their footing in slippery conditions.

Your Responsibilities Under Local Law

Calgary residents are expected to remove snow from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a major snowfall. While enforcement standards vary in different areas of the city, it’s not a good idea to press your luck as you may be left on the hook for a financial penalty if you don’t pitch in.

In most cases, residents will be warned before financial penalties are applied, but this doesn’t always take place. If you consistently neglect to remove the snow and ice you are responsible for, the City of Calgary can levy a service surcharge on your next property tax assessment.

Easy Ways to Get Rid of Ice

Removing ice doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few pieces of basic equipment and a little know-how, you can have ice at your mercy in a matter of minutes.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Add an ice chipper to your arsenal of tools, and use it to loosen thick and stubborn deposits
  • Have a bag of ice-melting salt on hand, and use it to conquer difficult deposits that your chipper can’t handle
  • Spread sand over any ice you can’t remove, so passing pedestrians can maintain traction and reduce injury risk

A word of caution: when using de-icing chemicals, pay close attention to proper instructions, usage guidelines, and warnings. As a general rule of thumb, use these products sparingly, and only when necessary, and be sure to sweep away any residue as soon as you are able. De-icers can be harmful to human and animal health, so try not to leave any traces behind once the ice is gone.

Of course, the easiest way to clear your ice and snow all winter long is to trust Mirage Landscaping for all your snow removal needs.

Southeast Calgary Snow Removal: Your Responsibilities Under Local Law

In addition to reliable and affordable snow removal services for both residential and commercial properties, Mirage Landscaping is pleased to offer year-round service that includes landscape construction, landscape maintenance, and a comprehensive range of lawn and garden care services

Make Mirage Landscaping your ally all year round. Get started today by contacting Mirage for a fast, free project quote.


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