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

Snow Shoveling and Your Heart Health

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 9, 2018 12:24:00 PM

If you're like a lot of people, you have one of two reactions when you wake up to a foot or more of snowfall. Either you're excited and uplifted by this beautiful coating of winter's glory that's covered your world, or your back immediately starts hurting because you know someone has to shovel all that winter splendor.

Shoveling snow: The once-a-year exercise

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Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling

What to Do in a Winter Power Outage

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 6, 2018 12:22:00 PM

Power outages are an inconvenience at any time of year, but when combined with bitterly cold outdoor temperatures and/or a winter snow storm, the inconvenience can become a danger. Preparing for a wintertime blackout — stocking up on non-perishable foods, bottled water, warm blankets and clothes, a first aid kit, and a battery-run radio — is key. But what do you do once the outage actually arrives. 

Below, are some basic tips on how to stay safe during a winter power outage:

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Topics: Winter Safety

Garage floor damaged by de-icers? Here's how to repair it

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 28, 2018 12:00:00 AM

If you live in a snowy climate and routinely park your vehicle inside a garage, you know that winter weather impacts more than just your driveway and outdoor pavements. It also affects garage flooring by leaving salt stains and other marks on the concrete surface.

Below, we take a look at how de-icing agents get inside your garage and do damage to the concrete flooring, how to repair the damage already done, and how to prevent the damage from recurring.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Concrete

The Cold, Hard, Ugly Truth about Shoveling Snow

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Approximately 11,500 snow-shoveling related injuries occur in the United States each year, 95 percent of them occurring at or near the injured person's home. While more than 20 percent of such injuries involve adults age 55 or older, the remaining 80 percent make it obvious that seniors are not the only group at high risk for shoveling snow.

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Topics: Snow Removal, Health, Winter Safety

The Safest Way to Remove Snow from Your Roof

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 20, 2018 11:54:51 AM

A big part of protecting the investment you have made in your home comes in the form of protecting your roof. Once winter hits, homeowners need to think about how to remove snow from this large surface. Just as there are dangers to letting snow accumulate too deeply or heavily on your rooftop, there are dangers involved in removing it.

When should you begin to remove snow from your roof, and what is the safest way to do it?

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Topics: Roofs, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance

How to Deal with Black Ice at Your Home

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2018 12:06:12 PM

If you live in a cold climate, black ice on your driveway, sidewalks, walkways, and home entry areas is a serious winter problem. This nearly invisible hazard can make walking and driving treacherous: not only could you or someone else slip, leaving you exposed to the possibility of medical bills and/or a lawsuit, but a sliding vehicle could do damage to your property. 

When and how does black ice form?

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Topics: Snow Removal, Winter Safety

Snow and Ice Removal Strategies for 'Do-It-Yourself' Homeowners

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2018 12:00:00 AM

It’s important to keep your driveway and the pavements around your home clear of snow and ice to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents on your property. When winter storms threaten, DIY homeowners have three approaches to snow management from which to choose: chemical agents that clear these hazards away after the storm passes (de-icing), chemical agents that preempt them before a single snowflake falls (anti-icing), and non-chemical alternatives. Below, we take a look at these approaches.

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Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance

How to 'Keep up with the Joneses' This Winter

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 4, 2018 5:48:00 AM

When your neighbors find ways to manage winter weather that you might not have thought of, it could be more than a case of envy or curiosity that makes you take note. “Keeping up with the Joneses” when it comes to improvements that make your home safer in winter not only can protect your family from slip-and-fall accidents, they also have the added benefits of increasing wintertime curb appeal and saving you money.

Below are five ways you can make your home's winter-weather strategy something even the Joneses will envy:

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Topics: Winter Safety, Snow and Ice Management, Snow Melting

Entrance Mats are Critical for Senior Safety in Winter

Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 11, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Each year, some 2.8 million seniors are treated in emergency rooms for injuries due to falling, a good percentage of which occur during the icy, slippery months of winter. If you have older folks in your life, you know how worried they can be about slip-and-fall accidents.  One of the best ways to protect them from this danger is with entrance mats.

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Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Senior Safety

Shoveling Increases Heart Attacks, Study Shows

Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 4, 2017 12:00:00 AM

A recent Canadian study proves what homeowners in cold-weather climates have always suspected: the risk of heart attack increases following a snowfall.

The study was conducted in Quebec from 1981 to 2014 and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Researchers studied 128,000 heart attack cases and some 68,000 deaths and found that eight inches of snowfall raised the risk of a heart attack in men by 16 percent and the risk of dying by one third.

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Topics: Shoveling, Health, Heated Floor Mats