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Snow Removal

All About salting



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.




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.


This is issued when a heavy snowfall pattern is expected, the public is alerted.


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.