7 Tips for Removing Snow from your Sidewalks and Driveway

7 Tips for Removing Snow from your Sidewalks and Driveway

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The most frustrating part about the winter season is shovelling snow. If you don’t want to exhaust yourself shovelling snow you might decide to wait till its springtime when the snow starts to melt. However, this could cause you a hefty fine with bylaw. If you are tired with winter snow removal, then the below tips might be just what you need.

  • Using a good shovel

Shovelling snow during is difficult, hard and one of the most annoying chores. It gets even harder when you don’t have the right shovel to use. It might be tempting to buy a cheap shovel but trust me that’s not a good idea. It’s better to spend some extra money and purchase an aluminium blade shovel or heavy plastic shovel which will get the job done quickly and with more ease.

  • Inspecting your snow blower

You should inspect your snow blower before the white stuff starts to fly this year. Check the snow blower to ensure that it’s in good condition and ready to be used. Be careful with whom you allow to operate the machine as it might get damaged. Also, the person operating the machine should be physically fit. Many heart attacks occur during snow shovelling and blowing by people who are not in the best health. It’s good to be sure that you are up to the task when you begin shovelling snow. It might even be safer to hire an expert snow removal company.

  • Proper placement of your snow

Putting snow near the foundation of your house is a mistake which many homeowners make. It does not matter if you are removing snow from the deck, roof or from your driveway you should avoid piling heaps of snow next to your house.

When you pile snow next to your home, it might make the pipes to be frozen which can lead to cracks in the foundation of your home and cause flooding when spring finally arrives, and the melt begins. It is also especially important not to put your snow in the road where others are trying to park and contribute to bad road conditions.

  • Shovel frequently

Snow needs to be constantly removed and some bylaws even require homeowners to have it removed in a certain amount of time after a snowfall.  If you don’t remove it frequently, you will be making your work harder when you decide to shovel it. If you leave snow on the ground till the next day, it might melt a bit under the sun during the day and then freeze again overnight. This requires a lot more effort to correct.

  • Shovelling flat roofs

If your house has a flat roof which is easily accessible, you should try to shovel it off too. However, you should be careful to avoid damaging the roof covering and be mindful of your safety before shovelling your roof.

  • Apply salt and sand

Apply salt and sand on the areas where you have already cleared the snow. Applying salt or sand slows down the accumulation of snow which might happen and assist with the melting of ice and increase safety for those using your sidewalks and driveways this winter.

  • Clearing walkways

Clear all the paths in the driveway for walking. Since parking lots are large in nature, it might be hard to keep them away from snow and ice completely. Clearing a walking path reduces the risking of falling.

You should always be well prepared for a snow storm. Following the above tips will not only keep you safe but also ease the snow removal process and make winter seem a bit more bearable.

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