Remember the winter of 2016? Temperatures in the Fraser Valley hovered for weeks below Zero. Ice management for the average person became a huge drama. Newspaper articles and news broadcasters had a field day creating near hysteria over salt shortages. City slickers of Vancouver City came close to rioting when the City provided a few piles of free salt. Really Folks?

GVRD Snow Patrol Ltd specializes in Ice and Snow Clearing for the Commercial Market.

The method of Ice Management is basically the same if you are a homeowner or the manager of huge parking areas. The magnitude of work and the amounts of materials are just on a grander scale for the commercial clients.
Perhaps this article will help our residential friends better prepare for the winter season of 2017-2018. As with anything. Being prepared is over half the battle to winning the cold war. We will have winter once again this year. Count on it.

A fact as noted by Environment Canada is that the Vancouver / Fraser Valley region will experience winter. There is a general misconception that the Fraser Valley does not receive any snow. The truth is that the region averages 63.5 cm of snow per year, and there has never been a winter when traceable snow has not been observed at Abbotsford International Airport (or at Vancouver International Airport). Snow and Ice is a certainty.

Icy Parking Lots and Sidewalks are even a greater certainty. Environment Canada reports that the “Fraser Valley Snow Removal” area experiences an average of 53 days per year of freezing temperatures. Freezing temperatures should be considered as any temperature below +2 degrees Celsius. Frost and Ice can form on surfaces when the ambient temperature is above Zero. Freezing temperatures increase the risk of legal liability for business owners and homeowners alike! Be prepared and mitigate your exposure to injuries and law suits.

Your first step should be to buy your winter supplies early. If you wait until the masses run to Home Depot grabbing snow shovels and ice melting products you are certain to be frustrated and pay higher prices.

Using ice melting compounds to clear snow and ice from walks, drives, and entries near public buildings is virtually a universal practice today. Facility maintenance personnel learned long ago that to achieve safe surfaces in the shortest time with the least total cost, ice melters are a necessity. Understandably, whenever a product category gains such widespread acceptance, the market attracts a host of suppliers looking to capture a share. As a result, there are more than 100 brands of ice melters available today. Unfortunately, many of these products are packaged with no mention of their chemical composition. Others carry labeling which specifies contents but make erroneous or misleading claims about the products’ abilities. The result is considerable confusion about the benefits and limitations of such products.

Although there are many brands of ice melters, the list of materials in common use is much shorter. It includes the following compounds: The most common is Sodium Chloride (rock salt) and the second most common is Calcium Chloride. The main advantage of Calcium Chloride is its effectiveness at colder temperatures – [below minus 25’] Valley temperatures rarely, if ever, fall to this low level, then why pay more?

Good old Rock Salt is the least expensive and is readily available. Pick up a few bags while it is cheap, and store it in a dry place ready for winter conditions.

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