At Howard Property Management, we understand the need for snow removal; we have created this page to help owners, tenants, and board members understand the process.
Basics of Snow Removal
Balancing snow removal costs with communities' safety takes proper management.
No matter the time of day or day of the week, our property managers monitor snow forecasts and communicate with snow providers to ensure that properties are properly cleared.
Snow removal varies in communities based on who is responsible for snow clearing. Roadways may be public (cleared by the county), private (cleared by an association contractor), or a mixture of private and public (cleared by both the county and private contractor).
Per the law, the responsibility for clearing sidewalks bears upon the owner of the property abutting any public way. Snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 48 hours of the event.
Essentials in Plowing
Plow with the storm
During a snow event, snow provider crews usually make one pass to open up each road; the truck then comes back to widen the roadway. Often in a succession of snow events, snow provider crews are trying to keep just one pass available from accumulating snow throughout the community. During such an event, a snowplow may go by continuing to push snow toward the curb and unintentionally filling in the end of a freshly cleared driveway or parking spot. While this can cause frustration and additional work for residents, please understand that your snow provider crews are working tirelessly to maintain an acceptable service level throughout the community for the safety of the traveling public.
Stages of Clearing
Operations change based on the depth of the snow. During heavy snowstorm, do not be alarmed if you see your snow provider sitting in their trucks! They are probably resting and waiting for the next round of treatment. The association is only charged for the equipment is operation period.
Salting operations. Focus on prevention and treatment of ice and slippery conditions.
Plowing operations with 2 to 4" of snow. Post-clearing with the treatment of roadways.
Snow depth exceeds 4" and becomes a multiday operation.
Snow depth requires heavy equipment for clearing of snow. Multi-day treatment event.
Limitations to Snow Plow
Snowplows have a limit to the weight/depth of snow that can be pushed. They definitely cannot push beyond 6”, but depending on the weight of the snow, it will be less. When snow depth reaches above 6”, heavy equipment may be needed to clear the snow.
The turning radius of a plow is limited. Droppings of snow may be left behind at the end of driveways and parking spaces. Using snow removal equipment close to vehicles poses a liability. Think of county roadways, even county plows leave pilings of snow at the end of driveways.
County Roadway Clearing
Counties provide a way to track the progress of snow removal equipment via a snow tracker. The tracker allows residents to monitor progress and see if their street has been treated.
Essentials in Shoveling
Do not place shoveled snow from driveways, sidewalks, or spaces into the cleared roadway. Be wise in your placement of cleared snow.