Snow Blowing Winnipeg

Snow Plowing vs Snow Blowing – Which Is Better?

Kristian Zoppa Snow Removal

Snow plowing and snow blowing offer the same end result – the snow is moved from one location to another, but with some major, key differences.

Snow Plowing

Plowing snow really only has one main benefit versus snow blowing. It’s not a benefit that the end consumer will see much added value from. I’m talking about speed.

In some circumstances, plowing can be marginally quicker than blowing. This benefit is only seen by the operator, as they are able to squeeze more properties into their route. As a consumer, efficiency is what matters more so than direct speed.

Snow Blowing

Snow blowing offers so many benefits over plowing. The main benefit is the much lower risk of property damage. Even an experienced snow plow operator is always running the risk of scratching your driveway, tearing your grass and landscaping up, and hitting objects hidden by the snow. On the other hand, a snow blower operator has better sightlines and is able to navigate your property in a safer manner.

The snow blower won’t tear up your grass and the chances of a snow blower doing any damage are very low, especially with the type of snowblowers we use here at Cleanr Snow. At Cleanr Snow, we almost exclusively use single stage snow blowers that have rubber paddles. This means that if our blower does catch anything, the damage will be extremely minimal. There is also no risk of scratching or damaging a driveway. All contact points are rubber/plastic and not metal like a plow.

Another key benefit of snow blowing versus plowing is plow piles. During long and heavy snowfall winters, snow piles get left behind from plows. As we all know, these can start to stack up extremely high on your front lawn. This can not only be unsightly, but extremely annoying for the homeowner. With a snow blower, you are able to disperse the snow in a more even fashion, allowing for fewer piles around the property. This means the grass underneath will not be as affected come spring time.

Overall, hiring a company that uses snow blowers for residential snow removal in Winnipeg is a great decision 99% of the time. Unless your driveway is the size of a parking lot, the price will stay comparable. The service will be even better with a snow blower crew.

Here at Cleanr Snow, we use only snow blower crews for residential services. If you are interested in an estimate, please give us a call at (204) 960-0246 or book an estimate online here.

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Cold Weather

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Cold Weather

Kristian Zoppa Winter Tips

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Cold Weather

As winter approaches, it becomes increasingly important to make sure that you’re furry friends are properly protected from cold weather. Oftentimes, pet owners can be a bit leisure as it relates to the care of their pets cold weather. Some pet owners may think that because pets have fur that they are fine no matter the temperature. However, this is not always true.

Pets of all types can be affected by changes in the weather. All too often we hear about pets suffering from heat exhaustion from being left in cars or freezing to death because they were left outside in the backyard on a cold evening. If you love your pets, then you will take the necessary actions to ensure they’re protected during cold weather. The following are some suggestions that you as a pet owner can implement in order to make sure that your furry friends stay nice and cozy when the temperature drops.

Bring Them Inside

No matter how much your pet loves being outside in nature sometimes it’s best to bring them inside during cold weather. Remember, that if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s also too cold outside for your pets. Just because they have fur does not mean they are automatically protected from frigid temperatures. Pets can experience frostbite just like you. So, when the temperatures drop, bring your pets inside so they can be safe and warm.

Bundle Up

If you’re taking your pets outside to use the bathroom or perhaps even to enjoy a short stroll, you as a pet owner need to make sure that your pets are properly protected from the cold weather. Those little coats, sweaters and booties for dogs and cats may seem over-the-top, but they’re actually very effective at making sure your pet stays warm while outside.

Clear the Way

If you were a dog would you want to walk across cold banks of snow just to relieve yourself? Reduce the possibility of frostbite on your pets’ sensitive paws by clearing a pathway that is free from snow and ice. Snow clearing makes it possible for your pet to have a clear pathway where they can walk without having their sensitive paws unnecessarily exposed to cold conditions. Just think about it this way.

On frigid cold mornings, do you like the feeling of a coldness as your feet hit an uncarpeted floor? Well, similarly, your pets don’t like standing on ice and snow when they need to relieve themselves. Make it easier and safer for them during cold weather by clearing away snow and ice.

Ultimately, it is your responsibility as a pet owner to make sure your pet stays safe during cold weather. There is nothing more tragic than finding out your pet has suffered some form of nerve damage or even death because you didn’t take the necessary actions to protect them from frigid temperatures. Do what is necessary to make sure your pets are properly protected from the cold weather this winter season.

Preventing Frostbite in Frigid Weather

Preventing Frostbite in Frigid Weather

Kristian Zoppa Winter Tips

Preventing Frostbite in Frigid Weather

Whether you are a lover of colder temperatures or merely someone who tolerates the winter season, it is important that you know how to properly protect your body from exposure to cold temperatures. All too often we underestimate the impact that frigid temperatures can have on our bodies. In fact, it is possible for skin to become frostbitten in under 10 minutes when temperatures are below freezing and there are high winds.

Many people do not know this and often times they place their bodies in danger when they venture out into cold weather. Let’s make sure that we take the proper steps to prevent frostbite to ensure the health of our bodies as we bare the frigid temperatures this winter.

Keep Warm

Even if you only expect to be outside in cold temperatures for a short period of time, it really doesn’t take long for skin to become frostbitten. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry when dealing with frigid temperatures. Invest in quality winter outdoor wear as well as warm flannel and wool undergarments to ensure that your body has the proper layers and protection to prevent painful frostbitten skin.

Stay Dry

Wet conditions of any type make your body more prone to frostbite. This is especially true for people that enjoy being active in colder temperatures. Oftentimes, we make the mistake of thinking that because we are in constant motion that the generation of body heat will prevent frostbite. This is not always the case, especially if there is sweating involved.

If you are someone that enjoys being active in cold weather, it is best that you take the necessary precautions to prevent frostbite by removing wet articles of clothing as soon as possible. For example, if you are snow shoveling, and your gloves become wet from exposure to the snow, it is best to go to a warm place and remove the wet gloves to reduce the chance of frostbitten fingers.

Moisturize Skin

Using a rich moisturizer on your skin can help prevent frostbite in frigid weather. We are all familiar with the dry skin that is associated with cooler temperatures. Less moisture in the air along with the increased use of heating mechanisms can leave your skin dry, flaky irritated. Using moisturizer helps to add necessary moisture to your skin while also reducing the chance of frostbite.

There are an assortment of lotions currently on the market that are made specifically for healing dry cracked skin. Also, natural moisturizing butters, such as shea and cocoa butter, can all be used to add a moisturizing layer of protection. This is particularly needed for areas such as the face and ears during cold weather.

Beware of Numbness

Say you are out and about in frigid temperatures and a part of your body becomes numb. This is a sign that you need to get to a warm environment as soon as you can. Upon exposing body parts that have been numbed by cold weather to a warm environment, you may feel a tingling sensation that lets you know that blood is flowing back to that particular body part.

It may even be necessary for you to immerse numb and potentially frostbitten body parts in warm water. This will increase blood flow and alleviate numbness that is associated with signs of frostbite.

 

Overall, it is important that you take the necessary precautions to protect your skin to prevent frostbite while exposed to frigid temperatures.