It may seem like summer was only a few weeks ago, but the freezing temperatures and consistent snowfall of winter are just around the corner. And what’s one of the least appealing parts of winter? Clearing away all of that snow! Here are some tips for making the process of snow-removal a bit easier and more appealing when using one of the three most popular methods.
It’s best to treat shoveling snow like any athletic activity and stretch beforehand! This will decrease the likelihood of developing cramps and/or soreness later that day. Additionally, try to simply push the snow instead of lifting it, and buy a shovel with a curved handle to prevent back problems. When choosing where to pile snow, remember that another storm is likely in the future, so leave some empty space around your driveway for future shoveling endeavors.
Finally, remember to take breaks throughout, and stay hydrated!
If you have a large driveway or simply don’t feel like spending hours shoveling every time a snow storm hits your area, and you don’t have a snowblower already, you may want to consider investing in one. When you first take it out after a blizzard or snowstorm, pick a safe spot (or two) that is far away from your house to blow the snow into. Then, adjust the chute to face the area. If possible, snow blow with the wind instead of against it so as to prevent excess snow from flurrying back into areas you’ve already cleared.
Using Ice Melt
A great way to combat the dangers of snowstorms while simultaneously cutting down on your shoveling and maintenance time is to apply ice melt to your driveways and and sidewalks before a storm. If you own a commercial property, ice melt is particularly advantageous. Apply ice melt to all pertinent areas around your business or home in advance; this will make it easier to rid surfaces of ice afterwards through shoveling and additional ice melt. Carbonyl Diamide, Potassium Chloride, and Sodium Chloride are all types of ice melt that perform best at temperatures between 20℉ and 30℉, a common range for below-freezing weather in the Philadelphia area. However, be sure to research which kind of ice melt is best for you before using it. Certain types are more likely to cause damage to concrete or vegetation, may be unsafe for pets, or may require you to wear gloves while applying.