Winter is Coming – Snow Removal 101

Winter is coming. All jokes aside, it really is and if you don’t live on a tropical island, this may pose some problems. If you’re from a warmer climate and have moved to where winters are really winters, you might be under-prepared. Luckily, it’s not to late to change that and be well on your way to adapting to your new frosty environment.

Welcome to where the whether is still beautiful, but in a different way

Those from a more tropical climate get to enjoy what is more often than not two seasons: rainy and sunny. As someone who’s had the opportunity to live in such a climate, it’s amazing. But, you’ll never know where life will take you and sometimes that’s north.

Maybe you’ve recently gotten married and your spouse wants to be closer to their home town. Maybe your reason for relocation is work. No matter what it is, there are some easy ways to prepare initially and some guidelines that will make taking care of yourself and home far easier.

The first step is to make sure you stay warm

The first tip is simple but important: get a quality jack and gloves. This is easily overlooked because they aren’t necessarily needed the closer you get to the equator but they’re essential. If you’re way up north you may want a down jacket or one with a multiple layers of fabric.

Your hands are your most used tool and even if it’s just for a trip from the front door to the car, gloves are great. They’ll also come in handy when it’s time for you to remove all the snow that will inevitably fall on your lawn. Dressing in layers is also suggested as you adjust to the new climate.
While you’re out and about doing your snow removal tasks a good pair of boots is also suggested.

Hypothermia is no joke and even people who have dealt wit the colt all their lives are at risk. A pair of quality insulated boots will ensure that you’ll be back in your house comfortable instead of frostbitten.

Snow removal: tools of the trade

On the topic of snow removal, what you’ll need will be determined by where you live and how much space you have. Your means of transportation can also determine some of what you may need. Details on what tools you’ll need for what job are below.

If the area you live in is metropolitan, chances are you need to maintain your part of the sidewalk. Some places have public workers that do this, but this simply isn’t the case everywhere. The most obvious choice for this is a shovel. You can buy a quality snow shovel at any hardware store.

If by chance you need something capable of more heavy-duty work than a shovel, a snow blower is your next option. While more expensive, the snow blower saves time and effort in task that most don’t enjoy anyway. While you may need to shovel smaller areas like near dryer vents, your lawn, driveway and other open areas are easily completed with the snow blower.

Before you head over to your nearest, keep in mind that there are some requirements. Snow blowers must be maintained. They’re mechanical, and many are gas powered, so there are steps that must be taken. Failing to start a snow blower early in the morning isn’t a great feeling and realizing you’re out of gas isn’t much better.

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They also require storage space. This can be an issue for people without a garage or those with minimal space in the garage this currently own.

These issues are small and the benefits drastically outweigh the cost when it comes to efficiency and time saving. Just make sure to take care of your tools. Something to keep in mind is that a snow blower blows snow, not ice. It makes life easier but it isn’t perfect. You just may have to come back to that shovel, or you can just keep some snow salt around just in case.

The final option, for those with an extra heavy-duty vehicle (preferably a truck) and no worries for time constraints, is a snow plow. When the forecast gives you the heads-up, attach the snow to your truck the night before and easily clear out your driveway the morning after.

Or, you can just pay someone else

If where you live is well populated, chances are there are other people more than willing to shovel, plow or snow blow your property for you. If you can afford to, feel free to save the time and effort. Take care and stay warm.