Snow removal becomes a necessity
When it snows frequently, snow removal becomes a necessity. It’s an activity that should be undertaken with great care if you want to get through winter injury-free. When you use the right clearing techniques and tools, you can get rid of all the unwated snow in an efficient and safe way. Read our snow removal tips and help yourself.
Whether you are removing light dry snow or wet heavy one, you need to learn how to do it. What’s more, you should make sure you’ve got the appropriate equipment for the job. Dealing with different kinds of snows, requires different approach. The same applies to different tools, such as shovels or snow blowers.
Of course, you can always call a snow removal service but when it snows frequently it’s important to be able to do it on your own. Use the following snow removal tips.
If you are dealing with only a few inches of light and dry snow, shovel your driveway and walks. While shoveling, bend your knees and watch out for your back. Remember to avoid excess twisting. Don’t pack the whole shovel, but remove lighter loads of snow. As it’s a quite tiring activity, take frequent breaks.
Before you shovel in the morning, have a warm-up or don’t do it just after you wake up. You are much more likely to suffer from a slipped disc injury in the morning because of the build-up of fluid in the disc from lying down all night.
Additionally, with shoveling, you’ve got two options. Shovel after every few inches of snow that falls or wait until the storm ends and remove the snow in layers. You should remove only as much snow as you’re comfortable lifting.
Heavy and wet snow
When you remove wet and heavy snow, use a snowblower if at all possible. You can try to use a shovel too, but it’s really hard because of the weight of the snow.
When the heavy, wet snow is difficult to shovel, use some cooking spray on your shovel. It will help you move through the snow faster and prevent it from sticking to your tool.
When you operate a snowblower, you need to be extremely careful, keep all shields in place and keep your hands and feet away from all the moving elements.
Using a snowblower
Speed matters when you use a snowblower. Why it that? If you go too slow, you won’t get much distance with your arc of blowing snow. But if you speed up, the snow could spill out the side of your machine. It’s best to experiment until you find the optimal speed.
What’s more, depending on how your property is laid out, your clearing techniques should vary.
Generally speaking, you don’t want to throw snow on top of the sidewalk that you’ve already cleared. The snow that is thrown from your blower will pack down and stick to the sidewalk and will be harder to get rid of.
If you have a driveway with clearances on both sides, start in the middle and throw the snow toward one edge of the driveway. Next, make a U-turn then come back down the other side. Make sure you alternate. If you choose this technique, you won’t have to adjust the chute so often and any snow that falls short will be removed on subsequent passes.
Also, be wary of any stray objects on your sidewalks and driveway because they can be thrown further than the snow. If possible, check out sidewalks and driveways for rocks or other objects that could result in injury or damage to the blower. Point the chute away from your house to prevent damage if the snowblower picks up a rock.
Inspect your snowblower in advance
Check your snowblower at the beginning of snow season to make sure that it is in good condition and ready to be used. Before you allow anyone to operate the machine, be certain they are up to the task.
Removing snow using a snowblower requires responsibility and maturity, not to mention physical ability. Unfortunately, a lot of heart attacks occur during winter snow removal because people who are out of shape underestimate the strain of this physical activity.
Get ready for everything winter throws your way. If after removing snow you find ice underneath, make a salt alternative to use on your driveway, sidewalk and front steps.
You’ll need to combine 1/2 gallon of water, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol in a bucket and pour the mixture on the icy walks where you need it most.