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5 Snow Removal Tips for This Winter Season

While there is a lot to look forward to in the coming winter months, there is also a lot to prepare for. From getting vehicles serviced to packing away the shorts and t-shirts, the more preparation you can do before the snow starts to fly the better.

As you prepare for the chilly and snowy months ahead, don’t overlook the importance of snow removal for your personal or commercial property. Our expert staff at Alblaster Snow Removal and Salting is the best in the business when it comes to snow removal, but we also understand the desire to handle this winter chore on your own.

If you are planning on tackling your own snow removal this season, take these five tips from our experts into consideration!

1. Invest in a Good Shovel

When it comes to efficient, effective, and safe snow removal, a high-quality shovel is your best friend. There are countless cheap shovels on the market, but do yourself a favor and spend a little more for something a little nicer.

Find a shovel that is a comfortable fit for your height and body structure and also is a good match for the amount of ground you will be clearing. Shovels come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to take your time in finding the right one for your specific needs.

2. Use Snow Stakes to Mark the Areas you will be Clearing

Snow can pile up fast in the Pacific Northwest and, as such, marking the outside edges of the areas you will be clearing can be very beneficial. Snow stakes can help commercial plow companies and street cleaners avoid burying your driveway or walkways.

Similarly, if you will be clearing your own walkways and driveways the stakes will help you both maximize efficiency when moving snow and avoid unintentionally tearing up your lawn or surrounding area with a snow blower.

3. Shovel Early, Shovel Often

Perhaps the best strategy when it comes to DIY snow removal is to stay ahead of winter storms. Instead of letting meters of snow pile up before removing it, make it a point to shovel throughout a winter storm. This will translate to lighter loads and more efficient snow removal.

4. Use Salt or Sand to your Advantage

One thing that will make your snow removal process much easier is by diligently applying salt or sand to your walkways before snowfalls. By doing so, you will promote melting and prevent the buildup of hard-pack snow and ice.

Many cities and neighborhoods differ in what they allow people to use for this purpose, so be sure to check with your local authorities before committing to a substance.

5. Don’t Neglect the Ice

While snow buildup certainly provides an inconvenience, it is the ice underneath that can cause the real problems. Icy walkways are slippery and can be hard to notice, creating unforeseen hazards for anyone traveling on these surfaces.

While you may be exhausted after clearing storm snow, don’t head inside just yet. Make sure to double check that all of your walkways are clear of ice – something much more dangerous than a little powdery snow.


Winter is upon us and so is snow removal season. You can certainly tackle this winter chore by yourself, however, if you are needing professional help, look no further than Alblaster Snow Removal and Salting.

Give us a call today to get a quote and set up a winter snow-clearing schedule, or start your DIY snow removal preparation with the five tips above!

Snow Removal Safety Tips for Commercial Properties

Winter is right around the corner, and much of Vancouver is getting excited for all of the fun that will accompany the upcoming change of seasons. From skiing and snowboarding one of the area’s world-class resorts to ice skating and sledding to simply curling up in front of the fireplace with a blanket and cup of hot chocolate, a nice snowy winter offers something for everyone.

Unfortunately, however, winter also comes with a little more added responsibility for commercial property owners. In order to ensure both continued business and the safety of your patrons throughout the winter season, proper snow removal is essential.

However, when concerning snow removal, safety transcends those visiting your commercial properties. The act of removing snow is accompanied by its own safety concerns.

If you opt to embrace this challenge yourself instead of relying on the professionals at Alblaster Snow Removal and Salting, consider the following snow removal safety tips.

Be Aware of your Personal Health

Snow removal can be an exhausting and physically demanding task. Before winter hits us in full force making sure that you, or anyone that will be removing snow on your property, is physically capable to do so.

Red flags include heart conditions or any back, muscle, or joint issues. When shoveling, be sure to use proper form, lift with your legs when pushing snow won’t cut it, and don’t overload your shovel with snow.

Properly Prepare

As you prepare to clear your commercial property of snow, make sure you are well equipped for the job. Layer properly to stay warm without overheating, find a shovel that fits both your size and strength, drink plenty of water to start hydrated, and continue to do so throughout the day.

You should also take plenty of breaks on big snow days and shovel early and often to avoid major workdays.

Be Extra Cautious with Snow Blowers

Snow blowers provide the quickest and most efficient way to remove snow, but they are also the most dangerous. If you are removing snow from your commercial property using a snow blower you need to be extra cautious to avoid any sort of accident.

If your snow blower becomes clogged with snow, make sure to turn it off and do not try to clear it with your bare hands. Let the engine come to a stop and use an object to clear the obstruction.

Additionally, never leave a running snow blower unattended and be hyper-aware of the area you are clearing and which direction the snow and debris is being blown.

Snow removal is not something to be taken lightly

Doing so improperly could cause severe repercussions for yourself, your staff, and visitors to your commercial property.

If you decide to tackle your own snow removal this winter, be sure to do so safely. If you’d rather leave it to the professionals, look no further than Alblaster Snow Removal and Salting.

Call us today to get a quote or set up a removal schedule for the upcoming winter season.

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