Your Guide to Winter Property Maintenance

Ottawa winters can be relentless. Not only do the nightmarishly cold temperatures make it hard to leave the house, but when we do, we also need to be mindful of the obstacles created by dangerous ice patches or large chunks of snow and ice falling from the rooftops above us.

As a landlord, you need to be extra mindful of property maintenance during the winter months, not only to ensure the well being of your buildings, but also the tenants who populate them.

That’s why we’ve put together your go-to winter maintenance protocol to ensure you’re reducing winter risks.

Here are 5 tips for winter property maintenance:

  1. Track and identify any risks.
    Ice patches on driveways, paths to entrances or on stairs? Properly salting these icy areas on a regular basis will ensure that the potential for dangerous slips and falls is significantly reduced.
    Does the snow accumulation on the roof look excessive? Block off a parameter so that tenants and passersby can avoid stepping into an area where chunks of ice and snow can fall.
  2. Track and identify electrical hazards.
    Knowing where certain electrical fuses or installations are can help you identify where to set up parameters or how to safely clear snow and ice from certain areas on or surrounding the property.
  3. Avoid using sharp or potentially damaging tools.
    The snow and ice is, after all, on the roof – and plummeting a sharp object downward with force could lead to worse problems. Wooden or rubber mallets will get the job done without puncturing the roof and causing internal damage as well.
  4. Use wooden or rubber shovels.
    This also applies shovels. When using a shovel to remove snow and ice from a roof, it’s best to avoid steel shovels. Wood or plastic shovels can safely remove heavy snow, and by judging the depth of the snow, you can also avoid causing damage to the roof from scraping.
  5. Creating a clear path for emergency services. 

Finally, it’s important to know where potential pathways or access points are for emergency services, should the situation warrant a 9-1-1 call. These pathways should, of course, be regularly cleared, shoveled and salted.

To learn more about our flexible insurance policies, visit us at or give us a call: 1-800-566-6314


    Use this form to contact us, or to begin the quoting process.

    We value your privacy. The information will only be used
    to follow upon your request. That’s a promise!


    I would like a quote to insure my:
    Privacy Policy Disclosure © Palladium Insurance 2022 Website Design & Development by Xactly Design & Advertising

    COVID-19 Important Update:

    Palladium is serious about the health and safety of its employees, and clients. Accordingly, we have been instructed to limit non-essential, in-person meetings. While our offices remain open, we ask that you please make an appointment before arriving. Many of our employees have chosen to work remotely, and by making an appointment you ensure that your broker will be available (and present) to meet with you. Please note that all public health guidelines must be followed including without limitation, the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and completion of our COVID screening questionnaire.