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    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

    Never Again Worry about Leaving Your Snow Melting Mats Outdoors all Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 27, 2019 10:41:30 AM

     Never Again Worry about Leaving Your Snow Melting Mats Outdoors all Winter

    Is it wise to leave your HeatTrak snow melting mats running all winter? How long will it take before this kind of long-term use wears them out?

    We frequently hear from our customers that they want to understand more about how heated snow melting mats work and how they fare with long-term use. I want to take this opportunity to answer these questions, and also to address how best to run these mats during the winter season.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Shoveling

    7 Tips to Keep Seniors Safe and Warm During Winter Months

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 3, 2019 3:20:37 PM


    Winter is a season marked by the joy of celebration and the beauty of snow-blanketed landscapes. However, winter also brings with it potential hazards and safety concerns that, for seniors, can turn the season into one fraught with anxiety and fear.

    With some information and a bit of preparation, winter need not be a perilous or worrisome time. Here are seven winter safety tips to help seniors ward off some of the potential hazards of this season.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Senior Safety

    5 Tips for Shoveling Snow and Avoiding Back Pain

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 3, 2019 3:20:14 PM

    It’s that time of year again…

    The snow is here, falling peacefully and beginning to gather in piles around your home.

    It’s a beautiful scene to watch from inside the comfort of your home, until you start thinking about what needs to be done with those gathering piles. Suddenly, the memories of last year’s back pain come flooding in and the idea of shoveling all that snow starts to feel more and more dreadful.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling

    How to Protect Your Hot Tub During Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 3, 2019 3:19:53 PM


    Once the winter months roll around, do you ever gaze out the window at your hot tub and think that it may be months before the two of you reunite?

    Time spent in a hot tub during winter can be wonderful. There’s nothing like experiencing the heat and relaxation of the water in contrast to the crisp, cold air around you. However, if you know that you won’t be enjoying the warmth and luxury of those jets and bubbles for at least three months, it’s a wise and potentially cost-saving decision to look into draining and winterizing your hot tub. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling

    6 Surprising Ways Snow-Shoveling Can Damage Your Property

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 3, 2019 3:18:54 PM

    Is snow accumulating on your property? If so, it’s time to get out there and start shoveling.

    Allowing snow to pile up on or around your home can cause an array of problems. These might include a deck warping and splintering due to melting snow, potential roof damage due to water leaking under shingles or, worse, a collapsed roof. And, of course, there are slip-and-fall safety concerns associated with ice buildup under accumulating snow drifts.

    Breaking out the snow shovel may seem like the natural solution to these types of problems. However, shoveling can cause damage to your property. Here are six things to consider before you get too far into the next snow-shoveling session.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling

    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

    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

    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

    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

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