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    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 Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting Mats

    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: Snow Melting, Winter Safety, Snow and Ice Management

    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: Heated Floor Mats, Shoveling, Health

    How to Remove Snow from Decorative and Stamped Concrete Walkways and Driveways

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 23, 2017 12:00:00 AM

    One of the most attractive and impactful improvements you can make to enhance the curb appeal of your home is a decorative and stamped concrete walkway or driveway. The transformation of an entire driveway or walkway, or the outdoor living potential of a patio area covered in this material, can upgrade the appearance of your house and landscape perhaps like no other home improvement project. And unlike brick or paver stones, stamped concrete offers versatility in installation and is often a more cost-effective option than stone.

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    Best Snow Shovel Techniques for Seniors

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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    Topics: Shoveling, Snow

    All You Ever Wanted to Know About Heated Driveways: 5 Facts About Heated Driveways

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 15, 2017 12:00:00 AM

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    Topics: Driveway, Heated Floor Mats, Heated Driveways

    The Quick but Handy Guide to Buying a Snow Shovel

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 31, 2017 8:18:16 AM

    In recent years, innovations in snow shovel technology have led to a wide range of new and unique shovel types. These innovations are a blessing, but they can also make finding your ideal snow shovel more difficult.

    Here are 3 tips for choosing the best snow shovel for you:

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    Topics: Shoveling, Snow and Ice Management

    What Does the Old Farmer’s Almanac Say About U.S. Winter 2017/18?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 31, 2017 7:56:44 AM

    As a homeowner, your life would be immeasurably easier if you could predict what type of weather conditions are headed your way with each incoming winter season. You’d know what kind of precautions to take, whether to invest in certain equipment, and how to plan for your snow removal efforts.

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