Tips and Tricks for Easy Snow Removal

Snow can take as much a toll on your property as it can on you. When removing snow from your driveway or sidewalks, try these tips to make the job simpler.


Pick the Right Tool
If your typical snowfall is two to three inches, a pusher shovel is a good choice. These are designed to deal with lighter precipitation and make it easy to push the snow off your sidewalk or driveway. If you live in a region with heavier snowfalls, a scoop shovel is a better option. Its deep scoop is designed to carry heavy loads of snow and is typically made of metal, so it’s sturdier than the plastic pusher shovel counterpart.

Practice Safe Shoveling
Do some light stretching before you get bundled, because you’ll be using a lot of muscle power to clear the snow. Once you’re limber and ready to get layered up, be careful not to overdress. If you do, you’ll work up too much of a sweat and end up colder than you should be. When you’re ready to start shoveling, create a plan of action and find the shortest distance from where the snow is to where you’ll pile it. Most important of all: Pick a safe pace and stick to it. There’s no finish line for this job.

Use a De-Icer
Once you’ve cleared the area, you’ll need to take care of the ice. Liberally spread a de-icing chemical compound to keep it clean. Toss the granules low to the ground so they will bounce—this helps them to find uncovered spots and create a uniform layer. If you’re applying by hand, be sure to wear protective gloves to avoid potential skin irritation. If you’re concerned about handling chemicals, making your own de-icer is safe and easy. Try combining two parts isopropyl alcohol and one part warm water in a spray bottle for a simple mixture to melt the ice away.

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