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    Winter Readiness Checklist

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 12, 2016 9:26:00 AM



    Preparing for the arrival of harsh winter weather is more than a matter of convenience: it’s critical to protecting your safety and health. Serious injuries are all too common in the winter, from slipping on icy walkways, to hypothermia or frostbite, or even having a heart attack or stroke while shoveling snow. And being without electricity, running water, food, or communication during a major snowstorm can be extremely dangerous, to say the least.

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    Topics: Winter, Winter Car, Winter Safety

    18 Ways to Save Electricity (or Go Green) this Winter Without Sacrificing Warmth

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 24, 2016 8:02:00 AM

    Winter readiness can mean many things, but the desire to "go green" and save on your electric bill must be balanced with the desire to stay warm and comfortable. To put it "colorfully," you want to find a way to go green without turning blue.

    Below we have 18 winter readiness tips: most of them are simple and fast to implement, and can help you accumulate significant energy savings:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter

    Tree and Landscaping Hazards Caused by Snow & Ice

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

    Homeowners with well-manicured lawns sometimes dread and fear the arrival of winter, realizing that their precious trees, bushes, flowers, plants, and sod may suffer the effects of "winter kill." And this is a reasonable concern, given the significant investment of time, effort, and money you may have put into your lawn.

    However, winter's snow and ice can do more than merely cost you extra on "lawn rehab" next spring. Ice and snow can also create tree and landscaping hazards that put you at risk of both injuries and (should a visitor be hurt on your property) expensive lawsuits.

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    Topics: Landscaping, Winter

    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

    Ice Dams and How to Prevent Them

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Homeowners do well to think about ice dams and learn how to prevent them long before the arrival of winter. The damage ice dams can do by causing leaks, weakening shingles, and rotting out portions of the roof decking are serious enough to merit taking early action on preventative measures.

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    Topics: Winter, Ice, Roof

    Keeping Your Home Energy Efficient, Eco-friendly, and Environmentally Safe this Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 27, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    With the rising costs of electricity and home-heating fuels, homeowners are more concerned than ever before about maintaining an energy efficient home. Concerns for safety and for the environment are also high priorities among many homeowners, and thankfully, the very same actions that curb the high costs of home energy usage often also tend toward "eco-friendliness" and environmental safety.

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Winter Safety

    Top 5 Reasons your Driveway is Covered in Cracks

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 18, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    If your driveway is covered in cracks, littered with potholes, and spotted with "rash-like" surface erosion, you will have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair or replace it. If it is your neighbor's driveway in this condition, on the other hand, or if you have just installed a brand new driveway, you will want to know how to prevent such a fate from befalling your concrete or asphalt driveway.

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    Topics: Driveway, Home Maintenance, Winter, Concrete

    Top 10 Reasons to Use Heated Floor Mats This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

     

    The snow removal benefits are obvious, but that’s not the only reason to upgrade your snow removal method to heated floor mats this winter. Here are our top 10 reasons to use heated mats all winter long:

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    Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats, Winter

    3 Snow Removal Methods for Your Concrete Driveway

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 11, 2016 9:40:00 AM

    Removing snow and ice from concrete driveways is a major concern for many homeowners living in regions with significant winter precipitation. By ridding their driveways of unwelcome winter weather, they prevent slips and falls, extend the life of their concrete, and lessen the need for concrete repair work. A few of the most effective ways to remove snow from your concrete driveway are briefly discussed below.

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    Topics: Driveway, Heated Mats, Heated Floor Mats, Winter, Concrete

    Homeowners: Do's & Don'ts for Protecting Your Driveway This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

    Concrete driveways don’t come cheap. Pouring a standard 1,000 sq. ft. (92.9 square meters) cement driveway will run you anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 (approximately $2,675-$6,688 CAD), and even simple resurfacing will cost you upwards from $2,250(approximately $3,009 CAD). Since this is a pricey endeavor, you want to do everything you can to make that strip of concrete last as long as possible. Here are the essential do's and don’ts of proper cement driveway maintenance.

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    Topics: Driveway, Winter, Concrete

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