Snow and Ice Removal Tips

Snow and Ice Removal TipsWhen winter weather is at its worse, many homeowners find themselves staying tuned to the “snow cast” in the weather reports.  While fresh fallen snow is beautiful, the task of removing snow and ice from your home and driveway is hard work. These snow and ice removal tips can help make this difficult but necessary job a little easier:

  • A good investment would be to consider purchasing a snow blower, because shoveling heavy snow can be both time consuming and put a big strain on your back or even your heart.
  • For your engine powered winter and emergency equipment, make sure you consult your owner’s manuals to ensure you are using the correct fuel.  It is also recommended that you drain the gasoline tanks when the equipment will not be in use for more than 30 days, as untreated gasoline (without a fuel stabilizer) left in the fuel system may deteriorate and cause starting or running problems.
  • If a high accumulation of snow is expected, it’s easier to remove smaller quantities and then repeat the process, rather than removing large amounts all at once.  If that’s not possible, remove the snow in layers before vehicles or foot traffic packs it down.
  • Be mindful of your neighbors by not piling snow on their property, or in the street where snow plows will push it back in front of driveways and parked cars.
  • If ice removal is needed, don’t use ice picks on your driveway or sidewalk, as the damage can be detrimental to those surfaces.  Some of the most common ice melt products include: sodium chloride (rock salt), calcium chloride, calcium magnesium acetate, and urea.  While the pricing of these products vary, some may end up damaging your plants, the flooring in your house, or harming pets.
  • If the thought of manual labor already has you sweating, consider contacting a snow/ice removal service, and do so before it snows or their schedule might already be completely full.

The inevitable task of removing snow and ice around your home can become a bigger burden if not done properly.  In addition, some snow removal techniques can actually damage your landscaping, driveway, and walkways.  To avoid costly repairs and re-planting everything in the spring, First Protector recommends following these helpful snow and ice removal tips.

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