Tips & Advice
What is a berm?
In snow plowing, a berm is the mound of snow created when a snow plow blows the snow to the side. Berms are usually man-made and are associated with artificially raised patches of land in landscaping. If you have ever traveled on a mountain pass that has been plowed, these berms can form a barrier on the side of the road that can be 10-feet high or more.
What are snow stakes / poles?
Snow stakes and poles can serve multiple purposes. First, they are used to mark driveways, allowing snow-plow drivers to identify them and see where the driveway ends and the lawn begins. Poles can be used to measure depth of snow. Poles staked into the ground for measuring snowfall have rings on them at measured intervals so you know exactly how much accumulation has occurred. In snow-heavy areas these can be as high as 10 feet, or more in serious snow regions like mountain passes. You also might see snow markers on fire hydrants to make it easier for firefighters to find them after a storm.
A snow blower is a machine that blows layers of snow out of the way and usually off to the side. Some will blow the snow into a vehicle for hauling away. Snow blowers can be pushed like a lawn mower, ridden like a riding lawn mower, or be full-sized vehicles, all depending on the job.
Do snow-removal companies require a minimum amount of snow for removal?
The minimum (or maximum) amount of snow a contractor will remove is completely at the discretion of the contractor. Everyone has different rates and available manpower. The minimum amount of coverage that would even need removal is around 2 to 4 inches. That is when municipalities will begin snow removal on public streets.
How much does snow removal cost?
Snow removal costs will vary greatly depending on the location, the size of the job, and the amount of snow. If you need someone to shovel or snow-blow your sidewalk or driveway, it could be anywhere from $20 to $75 an hour. If you need a major project, like a parking lot or street cleared, you’re going to pay more. Public streets are the responsibility of the city, but if you have are a homeowner with a private drive or long driveway, you will have to pay for snow removal yourself. Consult local contractors to get an estimate, but generally it is not super expensive – unless you have a complicated job. Some people even ask high school and college kids in lieu of hiring a company, as their fee is usually much lower.
Snow removal is the clearing of snow buildup (more than a couple of inches), generally to allow access to walkways, driveways, sidewalks, streets, and businesses. During winter, heavy snows can accumulate and prevent people from getting their car out of their driveway, among other nuisances. Snow removers clear these areas, either public or private. Snow removal can include yards, sidewalks, pathways, streets, parking lots, and pretty much anywhere snow accumulates in mass quantities.