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

    How to Ice-Proof Your Stairs for a Safer Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:06:32 PM

    Ice and snow come hand in hand during the winter months. While it would be nice to prevent the inevitability of ice from gathering at all around your home, that could be a pretty daunting if not impossible task. One area of your home, however, where ice-proofing is a must is your stairs.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Winter Safety

    What Melts Snow Faster: Rock Salt or Heated Mats?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:02:32 PM

    When you’re deciding the best way to manage months of snow-covered driveways, walkways, stairs and entryways in the most efficient and effective way, you’ll want to have all the facts. After all, this decision will dictate how you’ll spend a significant portion of your time during the winter months.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Salt

    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

    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

    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

    Which Entrance Mat Is Right for Your Home?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 21, 2017 10:36:00 AM

    Which Entrance Mat Is Right for Your Home?

    Have you ever heard the adage, "Spend a little now to save a lot later?” Using entrance mats both inside and outside of your home is a great example of this advice in action. 

    Entrance mats keep dirt, debris, and salt from getting tracked through your home. With entrance mats, your interior flooring will be protected from the fading, scratching, and wear-and-tear caused by these damaging winter elements, and you will be spending less time keeping your floors and carpets clean.  

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    Topics: Snow Melting Mats, 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

    How to Get Rid of Black Ice on Your Driveway

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 26, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Winter inevitably brings with it the danger of encountering black ice as you drive out on the public highways, and the last thing you need is for black ice to "follow you home" and make pulling into/out of or stepping on your own driveway a danger-fraught act.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Melting Mats, Ice

    How do Heated Floor Mats Work (and the technology behind them)

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 18, 2016 12:48:00 PM

     

    From self-operating vacuums to wireless thermostats, technology allows for the automation of many aspects of property ownership. Property maintenance has become hassle-free through technological gains, so why should it be any different when it comes to winter snow removal? 

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats

    Clearing Up Some Myths About Our Snow Melting Mats: 8 Questions You've Been Asking

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 9, 2016 10:30:00 PM


    As faithful blog readers know, we like to talk about anything and everything under the winter sun--how to prepare your home for winter, health concerns related to shoveling, hazards that the elderly should avoid in winter, etc.

    But as winter approaches ever closer, and customers start getting serious about snow removal, we’ve been getting a lot of great questions about HeatTrak mats.

    So today I want to delve into some of those, and address some of the key questions and comments we get here at HeatTrak headquarters, just to clarify some information about the mats.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Heated Mats, Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats

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