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    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

    Garage floor damaged by de-icers? Here's how to repair it

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 28, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    If you live in a snowy climate and routinely park your vehicle inside a garage, you know that winter weather impacts more than just your driveway and outdoor pavements. It also affects garage flooring by leaving salt stains and other marks on the concrete surface.

    Below, we take a look at how de-icing agents get inside your garage and do damage to the concrete flooring, how to repair the damage already done, and how to prevent the damage from recurring.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Concrete

    The Cold, Hard, Ugly Truth about Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Approximately 11,500 snow-shoveling related injuries occur in the United States each year, 95 percent of them occurring at or near the injured person's home. While more than 20 percent of such injuries involve adults age 55 or older, the remaining 80 percent make it obvious that seniors are not the only group at high risk for shoveling snow.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Health, Winter Safety

    The Safest Way to Remove Snow from Your Roof

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 20, 2018 11:54:51 AM

    A big part of protecting the investment you have made in your home comes in the form of protecting your roof. Once winter hits, homeowners need to think about how to remove snow from this large surface. Just as there are dangers to letting snow accumulate too deeply or heavily on your rooftop, there are dangers involved in removing it.

    When should you begin to remove snow from your roof, and what is the safest way to do it?

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    Topics: Roofs, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance

    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 Melting Mats, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance

    Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Lower Back Injuries

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 13, 2017 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

    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: Senior Safety, Shoveling, Snow Removal

    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 Melting, Snow Removal

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