Clearing Up After Snow

An aftermath of any large snowfall is the inevitable piles of snow that have been left after clearing roads and car parks. As there are usually several of these during every UK Winter it is worth taking some time to consider what needs to be done and how to make sure that the snow clearance gets done safely.

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Clearing Up Snow - What To Consider

In the wrong place, heaped snow will cause access problems and later, drainage issues as the snow melts. But moving these piles after the event is no simple matter when you can’t wait for them to melt naturally. Caution is needed by anyone considering moving even relatively small quantities of snow. A cubic metre of settled snow weighs up to 250kg, the weight of four men.

When snow has accumulated on top of ice it can prolong the thawing process and is tough going to remove, even with the right equipment. While it is fine for snow melt to enter your storm drains, snow removed from site is actually classified as 'waste' and rules apply for how and where it needs to be treated and disposed of responsibly. For this reason, most companies do not ask snow clearance companies to take snow away from site.

Preparing For Snow Clearance

A few simple preparatory measures of your winter services can reduce the effects of snow clearance after prolonged and heavy snow. Consider how you want to continue to operate your site and the areas that therefore need to be kept clear and safe. What systems do you have, or need to set up to monitor conditions and close and cordon off areas if needed. Speak to your snow clearance provider and discuss the priority routes and areas. Not all areas may warrant attention.

Snow Clearance Survey

An on-site snow clearance survey, before the season begins, is the best way to check the lay of your land and carry out a thorough inspection for hazards, drainage gullies, drain covers etc. The survey also ensures that any run-off is not going to make its way into local water courses.

Designate Snow Deposit Areas

Designated areas where snow can be safely deposited should be found where vehicles and snow ploughs have easy access to them and once piled, the snow will not obstruct access for vehicles, people or to utilities. Good drainage is vital so melted snow is not left to gather in pools or flood an area.

Plan Your Winter

A robust winter plan incorporates both gritting and snow clearance. Proactive gritting is a preventative measure against ice forming, or a build-up of ice beneath snow accumulations. After a snow event Winter Gritting protects against the risk of ice when melted snow then freezes.


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