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

    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

    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 '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

    How to Install & Operate HeatTrak Snow Melting Heated Floor Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 31, 2017 7:32:34 AM

    In this video you will learn how to install, connect, and operate HeatTrak's Residential Snow-Melting Mats.

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    Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Snow Melting

    Should You Install a Heated Driveway?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 25, 2017 9:31:00 AM

    Harsh winter storms, snow and ice accumulations, black ice, shoveling and de-icing: It’s enough to make a homeowner seriously consider installing a heated driveway. The idea sounds tempting, but how much does an in-ground system actually cost?

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    How to Melt Snow and Ice Without Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Rock salt is easily the cheapest option when it comes to melting snow and ice on U.S. roadways as well as on pavements at U.S. homes. Over a third of the salt sold in the United States every year is rock salt, which is basically the as-is salt mined from natural salt deposits left underground by "ancient oceans."

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    What are Alternatives to Rock Salt for Melting Ice on Driveways?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Rock salt's destructive tendencies on driveway pavements, especially on concrete but on asphalt as well, are well known. It is not surprising, then, that many homeowners are now seeking alternatives to rock salt when it comes to deicing their driveways and outdoor foot-traffic pavements.

    Below, we offer 6 chemical deicers that can take the place of rock salt and 4 non-chemical deicing solutions to consider. These options are not all mutually exclusive, so feel free to mix and match and find the approach that works best for you.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    Can Rock Salt Damage an Asphalt or Concrete Driveway?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 14, 2016 7:38:00 AM

    Rock salt (sodium chloride) is one of the most damaging substances that will ever contact your concrete driveway. It accelerates the deterioration caused by winter's freeze-thaw cycles and shortens the lifespan of your concrete pavements. The same is true of asphalt, though to a far lesser degree.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Melting

    The Rock Salt Health Risks You Need to Worry About

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 13, 2016 8:05:00 AM

    Rock salt is usually not on homeowners' minds until outdoor temperatures begin to drop and winter is "just around the corner." And when thoughts do turn to rock salt, it is usually in immediate connection with melting ice and snow rather than with health concerns.

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    Topics: Snow Melting, Health

    8 Tips & Tricks for Removing Ice and Snow Without Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Rock salt, the most common of all wintertime deicing agents, can do significant damage to concrete and asphalt pavements, cause defoliation of plant life at your pavement's edges, and even pose a threat to children and pets by acting as a skin irritant and a gastro-intestinal irritant if ingested.

    Thus, due to rock salt's environmental, health, and "pavement life" hazards, many homeowners seek to minimize or eliminate its use.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

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