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A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Home Maintenance

Which Snow and Ice Melters Are Safe for Pets?

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:07:11 PM

As pet owners, we want to keep our pets safe and happy year-round. Winter can be a challenging time for our four-legged loved ones as snow, and the products used to manage it, can make the outdoors unpleasant and even unsafe.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Safety

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Someone to Remove Snow

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:06:54 PM

Having a snow removal plan is a must for any homeowner. Ensuring safe passage to and from your home, avoiding slip and fall accidents and even avoiding snow removal fines all make this a worthwhile endeavor.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

How to Ice-Proof Your Stairs for a Safer Winter

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:06:32 PM

Ice and snow come hand in hand during the winter months. While it would be nice to prevent the inevitability of ice from gathering at all around your home, that could be a pretty daunting if not impossible task. One area of your home, however, where ice-proofing is a must is your stairs.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Winter Safety

Should You Put Ice Melt Down Before Snow?

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:05:56 PM

Most of us want to be as preventive as possible when it comes to managing snow and ice in order that we can maintain the safety of our homes and enjoy the winter months with little hassle. Ice melt is a popular choice for managing snow and ice and, if used properly, has its benefits. However, using it properly is key.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Ice, Snow and Ice Management

What Type of Snow Melt is Safe for Concrete?

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:03:37 PM

Concrete and snow are a tricky combination during the winter months, and keeping walkways and driveways clear is a priority when it comes to maintaining safe passage to and from your home. Accumulating snow can quickly result in a safety hazard leading to potential slips, falls and injury.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting, Winter Safety

How to De-Ice Your Steps and Walkways

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:03:00 PM

During the winter months, safe passage to and from your home isn’t just important, it’s crucial. Walking over snow-covered surfaces anywhere can be challenging and dangerous, but when you add in the element of stairs and gravity, and/or highly trafficked areas such as walkways, the risk for accidental falls increases significantly.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Winter Safety, Ice

What Melts Snow Faster: Rock Salt or Heated Mats?

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:02:32 PM

When you’re deciding the best way to manage months of snow-covered driveways, walkways, stairs and entryways in the most efficient and effective way, you’ll want to have all the facts. After all, this decision will dictate how you’ll spend a significant portion of your time during the winter months.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Salt

How to Shovel Snow on a Gravel Driveway

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:00:54 PM

Gravel is a popular material for driveways, and if maintained properly it will last for many years. It can be a much less expensive option for long driveways and, unlike costly repairs to concrete and asphalt, maintenance of a gravel driveway can be much easier and less expensive.

Gravel is typically a mixture of rocks, sand and clay. As a result, it creates a stable, compacted surface that water can easily run off. It’s also an attractive option for driveways in areas where it snows because gravel isn’t vulnerable to the damage and cracking that can result from freeze-thaw cycles, as is the case with concrete.

Unfortunately, when it comes to figuring out snow removal for your driveway, a major drawback to gravel is the difficulty of shoveling snow off of it without losing a significant amount of gravel. However, if you are committed to this task, there are strategies for shoveling it successfully.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Winter Safety

Should You Use Rock Salt on Your Cement Driveway?

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:00:36 PM

In wintertime, many people use rock salt as their “go-to” method for preventing snow build-up and for de-icing. After all, rock salt is relatively inexpensive, fairly easy to apply, easy to come by, and has been commonly used for a long time.

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Topics: Driveway, Winter, Salt

Will a Snowblower Damage a Concrete Driveway?

Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 4:59:20 PM

The driveway is one area of your property where snow removal is an urgent need. However, clearing it away is a lot of work and you might be tempted to leave the snow and simply drive over the accumulation. However, if you take this approach, you face the potential for compacted snow that could turn into ice.

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Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal

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