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

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 7, 2017 9:40:00 AM

    Shoveling snow from your driveway and outdoor walkways may seem like a task that requires little, if any, forethought and planning. But, a bit of preparation and a few shoveling techniques not only will help you do the job more effectively and efficiently, but will also help you protect your health. 

    Below is a step-by-step guide to shoveling snow in the safest, most efficient way possible:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Winter Safety

    How to Choose the Best Snow-Shovel for Seniors

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 4, 2017 9:46:00 AM

    Every winter, thousands of seniors injure themselves while shoveling snow, with slips, falls, hypothermia, frostbite, and muscle strain the usual causes. 

    Rather than risk injury, many seniors prefer to hire someone—or ask a friend or neighbor—to shovel them out.  Others avoid risk by installing a heated driveway or using snow-melting mats on outdoor surfaces.  For those of you who are healthy enough and have the inclination to shovel your own snow, it’s important to make sure that you use a proper snow shovel.  It can make the difference for a safe and efficient outcome.    

    Here are some tips for choosing the best snow shovel for seniors:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Senior Safety

    Back Problems Associated with Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2017 8:07:00 AM


    Every year, thousands of people injure themselves while shoveling snow out of their driveways, and a large portion of those injuries are sustained on the back. The constant bending over, raising and lowering of the spine, and the effects of cold weather on your muscles all contribute to winter back injuries. Additionally, lack of proper snow shoveling technique, sudden activity after a routinely sedentary lifestyle, and use of less-than-optimal shovels all make back problems worse.

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    Topics: Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety

    Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Lower Back Injuries

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 1, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Every year, the advance of winter is marked not by the first snowfall, but by the first appearance of snow shovels in home improvement, hardware, and appliance stores. After all, anyone who lives in a snowy area knows you can barely get as far as your mailbox without shoveling a path first--unless, of course, you have an ingenious product in place that takes care of snow removal for you overnight...

    Though it seems like a winter necessity, shoveling snow is a strenuous job that can affect your health. Bending over a shovel for long hours and lifting heavy piles of snow can significantly harm your body, especially your back. Luckily, there are some techniques you can employ to prevent these lower back shoveling injuries.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Winter, Shoveling

    Residential Snow Removal Services: What Are Your Options?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 21, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Many homeowners opt to hire out their annual snow and ice removal tasks, some for a lack of time to deal with it themselves, others for health and safety reasons. Another factor is the expense of purchasing and maintaining a snow blower, which is essential for long drives and sidewalks and for heavy-snow areas. A light-duty electric blower might cost less than $250 (approximately $335 CAD) and be maintenance-free, but for snowfalls of 40 inches (101.6 cm) and up, a single or two stage gas-powered snow blower will be needed- and that can cost $500 to $1,000 (approximately $670 - $1,340 CAD) or more.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Shoveling, Snow Removal Contractor

    Why You're Paying for Snow Removal Even If You Don't Realize It

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 19, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Many homeowners, when asked "How much do you pay for snow removal?," are quick to answer, "We don't pay anything for snow removal because we do it all ourselves." Yet, in reality, there are costs, both financial and otherwise, that come into play when you shovel your own snow.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting, Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety

    The Most Common Snow Shoveling Injuries

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 7, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    The American Journal of Emergency Medicine has recently published the results of a 17-year study that documents the most common injuries associated with shoveling snow. The study found that 11,000 people were hospitalized per year, and 195,000 across the whole span, due to accidents stemming from snow shoveling. Most of these injuries fell into the following categories: back injuries, head injuries, bone fractures, and heart attacks/strokes.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety

    Weighing the Costs of Residential Snow Removal

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 8, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Homeowners, renters, and landlords alike must deal each winter with the costs and inconveniences associated with snow and ice removal. Safety and health concerns, labor requirements, maintenance needs, and immediate expenses must all be weighed and balanced to find the optimal solutions. Here’s a brief look at some of the options for residential snow removal, and factors that can help you decide which is right for you.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Winter, Shoveling

    Tips to Lessen the Strain of Snow Shoveling on Your Heart Health

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 26, 2015 1:18:43 PM

    Along with the beautiful landscapes that winter brings comes the tedious, and frequently dangerous task of shoveling snow off of walkways, driveways, and sidewalks. While snow shoveling is important in lowering the risk of slip-and-falls outside your home, it must be recognized as also increasing your health risks by straining your heart.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Health

    Snow Shoveling and Heart Health: What Are the Risks?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 4, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    According to the American Heart Association, while snow shoveling is not dangerous for most people, it significantly raises the possibility of heart attacks for those already in high-risk categories. The reason for this is that the combination of heavy lifting with exposure to cold temperatures puts a much-increased strain on the heart and forces it to work harder.

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    Topics: Driveway, Winter, Shoveling, Health