Do you remember when snow days meant there was no school? You could wear pajamas all day, drink hot chocolate by the gallon, and play game after game after game. As a child it meant pure freedom. As adults it’s just added worries and for homeowners it just means more work. It is a chore to remove snow from your property. We would like to give you some helpful hints in hopes that you too can clean up winter’s mess quickly and get back into your pajamas with a drink of choice and enjoy the snow day.
In the eyes of an 8-year-old, a snow day lasts forever. He/She has plenty of time to make Lego houses, play a game of Sorry, and catch a favorite cartoon all before Lunch. Take the same lassie faire approach to your snow removal. Pace yourself, start slowly even get in a good stretch before you begin.
Make a Plan
Ideally you don’t want to move snow twice and you want to move the snow the shortest possible distance to be efficient. To do this first clears porches and cars first so that you don’t have to clear the same spot. Next, make a border of the area you want to shovel. Start shoveling in the middle of your driveway and move the snow to the border. Then push all the snow out of the border and off of your driveway/patio. When blowing snow remember to look for where the wind is blowing and also make sure not to blow the snow onto your neighbor’s already cleaned driveway or sidewalk.
There are two things you need to protect during snow removal, your skin and your back. Layer yourself in loose clothing that can be taken off as you begin to sweat. Cover your face and hands well to avoid frost bite. Shovel or push snow using your legs not your back. Also never use a twisting motion to throw snow from an area. Whether you are snow blowing or shoveling, it is always a good idea to take breaks.
Reach Out to Others
The joy of a snow day for any kids is a chance to play with friends! Team up with your neighbors to remove snow. Take turns doing you’re the sidewalks in front of your houses. Sometimes just working together makes the time out in the cold go faster.
Use Your Secret Weapon...Nature
Let the sun and de-icers do its work. Once you have cleared the snow from your driveway and walkways sprinkle a small amount of de-icer evenly over the areas. Sprinkle it close to the ground to avoid pile-ups and a scattered effect of product onto your lawn or landscaping. Then use your biggest ally, the sun, to do the rest of the work.
Get a Head Start
If you are expecting large amounts of snow or ice it’s best to start early. Shoveling small amounts of snow periodically is much less straining then shoveling large amounts of snow in one large session. Also using a de-icer product early increases its effectiveness and the amount you need to use diminishes.
Make sure your snow blower is tuned up before the first storm. Tighten all screws on any shovels or ice tools you may use during a snow storm. Another great hint is to put WD-40 on your shovel or snow blades to prevent ice buildup and allows the snow to slide freely from your tools!