One of the most frustrating parts of winter is the need to shovel snow. There often comes a time when you feel as though it might just be better to wait until spring and just let it all melt. However, the effort must be given; it is a necessary evil of the season. If you’re tired of expending tons of energy to accomplish half of this humongous job, these five snow removal tips for your home and business will help you get the job done easier and better than ever before.
This tried and true trick comes from Chicago, an area that sees more than its fair share of snow every winter. When the snow comes down in the Windy City, it comes down many inches at a time. It is not uncommon to wake up on a crisp winter’s morning to find a foot or more of snow has fallen during the night. Smart homeowners who have foresight (or watch the evening news) know how helpful a strategically-placed stake can be. Even the fiercest snows don’t produce enough snow to completely cover a tall pole, so it creates the perfect marker for where the shoveling needs to take place. Take some time in the late fall before the ground freezes and erect some tall posts near your driveway, walkways, and sidewalks and you will know exactly where to shovel when the first big snow of the season comes.
Use a good shovel
It is tempting to cheap out when you are deciding on a shovel to buy. But, resist the lure of penny-pinching. A shovel is an item where price really does matter and, in the long run, it does not pay to buy a cheap shovel. If you see a flimsy, plastic shovel with a thin wooden handle, walk away and opt for a heavy plastic or aluminum blade with a non-stick finish. Also, don’t assume that bigger is better. Large shovels have a tendency to cause back pain and arm stiffness. Be mindful of the type of blade you get as well. S-blade shovels are ideal for the heavy snowfalls that are common in the East and Midwest. C-blade shovels are better for pushing and removing light, fluffy snow.
Do not place shoveled snow near the foundation of the house
One of the biggest quandaries homeowners have when they are shoveling snow off of their driveways and walkways is where to move it. Only so much snow can be piled up in the yard without it looking like an ugly mess. Many homeowners stack the shoveled snow up against the side of the house. However, this practice is inadvisable. When snow gets piled up against the house, it invites issues such as frozen pipes and can also cause cracks in the foundation. Both of these issues are costly to fix and easy to avoid by making sure to place the shoveled snow elsewhere. It’s worth having ugly piles of snow in the yard to avoid a potential catastrophe.
There truly is a right way and a wrong way to shovel. It is important to know the right way to avoid soreness and injury. Shoveling safely is not difficult. You just need to remember a few simple steps.
- Bend your knees and lift with your legs.
- Keep the blade close to you as you lift the snow.
- Switch between shoveling left-handed and right-handed to avoid overstraining one side of the body.
- Periodically switch your grip between overhand and underhand.
- When the snowfall is heavy, don’t try to clear the entire depth at once; only do half at one time.
The unfortunate reality of removing snow is that it needs to be done repeatedly. Even though it’s a hassle to head outside in the cold several times during the day to remove nature’s nastiest precipitation. It is something that just needs to be done or the snow will begin to stick to the ground, making the job even more difficult. Remember that the longer you wait to get out there and do it, the longer it will take to get the job done, and the colder you’ll be in the long run.
Whether you own a business or a home (or both) it is important to get out there and remove the snow before it becomes an issue. You don’t want anyone having an accident on your property or for a calamity to befall the building just because you neglected to shovel or blow the snow away. Even with your best snow removal intentions, it is still important to make sure your home and business are well-insured and can cover the costs involved with building repairs or medical bills should the snow removal not go quite as well as planned. If you need to update your home or business insurance policies before the next big snowfall, Marine Agency can help you. Contact us today to see what we have to offer or for a quote.
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