About our Services
24-HOUR ON CALL
With climate patterns becoming more and more extreme along the West Coast, it is becoming more imperative to be prepared for whatever the weather can throw at you. Specifically for winter conditions, Vista offers an unparalleled, comprehensive, 24-hour, on-call snow removal service to ensure the safest of conditions during the dreariest of months. With important obligations appointments and work schedules that do not change due to inclement weather, we ensure that residents can safely come and go from their homes to meet these commitments without interference. Our hard-working staff will ensure that your site is made safe for all residents, walking and vehicular traffic alike.
Vista offers snow plowing services for main roads in strata complexes and main roads/parking lots on commercial sites. Our snow clearing technique uses trucks with a plow attached to the front to push and pull snow towards the side of the road so vehicles can safely pass through. We keep a keen eye on developing weather patterns so our plows can be the first on-site to clear accumulating snow. We follow up our plowing service with our comprehensive de-icing service to ensure that roads remain clear and safe for as long as possible.
DE-ICING AND SALTING
Vista’s comprehensive de-icing service caters mainly to our larger customer bases by having trucks and crew members on-call to ensure a safe outdoor environment for all residents and visitors. For multi-unit strata complexes, our salting areas of application include main roads, public walkways, visitor parking stalls and common areas (individual entryways and driveways completed by special request). For commercial properties, our areas of application include parking lots and public walkways/entryways.
BLOWING & SHOVELLING
In times of excess snow accumulation, Vista offers snow blowing and hand-shovelling services for areas with high foot traffic (eg., common walkways, visitor parking stalls, mail kiosk areas and clubhouse walkways and entryways). Just as roadways are plowed and then salted, walkways are cleared of snow with snow blowers and shovels and then salted by hand. This is part of our comprehensive, production-style method, which ensures that much-needed traction is developed once the snow has been removed from the surface.
All About salting
KEEPING YOU SAFE
HOW IT WORKS
When salt is added to icy surfaces, it dissolves the ice into water by lowering its freezing point. For example, a 10% salt solution has a freezing temperature of -6 C. A 20% salt solution has a freezing temperature of -16 C.
The benefits of salting roads outweigh the detriments, especially in terms of safety. For every 10% increase in surface friction on roads as a result of salt application, there is a 20% reduction in vehicular accidents. Furthermore, in terms of snow removal costs, acquiring salt is more affordable than other materials/methods on the market today.
When the Lower Mainland has seen salt shortages, Vista has also used alternative materials to create friction on roadways and walkways. One such material is made from volcanic rock, which is crumbled and applied to surfaces, embedding itself into the ice and creating much-needed traction.
Since plants do not have the ability to shift locations, they have adapted over time to withstand harsh temperatures and weather patterns. Deciduous plants drop their leaves, which insulate their root structure and signal dormancy. Evergreen plants have thick, waxy coating on their leaves to reduce water loss.
In early February, 2017, some areas of the Lower Mainland received their entire yearly snowfall average in only 72 hours. Chilliwack, BC saw 77 cm fall during this time.
As per the City of Surrey:
You must clear snow from sidewalks around your property before 10am after a snowfall. When you keep your sidewalks clear it makes it walking safer for yourself and your neighbours. If you do not clear your sidewalks, you may be fined under City of Surrey’s Highway and Traffic Bylaw:
Business: $75 per day
Residential: $50 per day
Schools are responsible for keeping their sidewalks and parking lots clear.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
This warning is issued for certain snow patterns including freezing rain and sleet. These patterns can be hazardous but do not necessarily warrant a warning.
WINTER STORM WATCH
This is issued when a heavy snowfall pattern is expected, the public is alerted.
WINTER STORM WARNING
It the most serious of winter weather patterns (blizzards, etc.) are imminent or occurring, a Winter Storm Warning will be issued because these patterns are considered a threat to property and life.