Each year during December, January, February and even part of March, we’ll have a few snow storms in Pennsylvania. Going outside and shoveling the driveway is the last thing you want to do as a homeowner on a snow day! But, if the snow doesn’t get taken care of, there can be serious issues. Even a thin layer of snow can turn into an icy sheet that causes people to slip and fall. We have discussed ice and snow management with chemicals on our snow removal page, but the most important thing to do after a snow storm is either shovel your driveway, or hire a snow shoveling service
Before buying a snow blower, like our company uses, you should take cost into consideration. In Pennsylvania, will buying a $1,200 snow blower ever pay off? Unless you are using it for business purposes or for plowing your neighbors sidewalks and driveways, it will probably take a few years to pay off. This is not including the cost of repairs associated with a snow blower. Often, you’ll find yourself plowing your driveway and notice a clump of grass, sticks, or even debris in your machine. When this happens, you have to shut off your blower completely, get the chute cleanout tool and spend 15 minutes untangling and fixing the blades. Sound like too much work? We agree.
Snow blower chutes will often clog when we have a particularly wet snow storm. When snow is light and fluffy, snow blowers are excellent at quickly removing snow. When snow is icy, snow blowers are also very good at breaking up ice and removing snow. If snow is wet and heavy, using a shovel or a snow blower is going to be a challenge. Snow tends to become wet and heavy if a snow storm is followed by rain.
Don’t Get Stuck Shoveling Your Driveway
At the risk of overstating the obvious, parking your cars on the driveway will reduce the amount of shoveling you need to do. You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that. But if you need to move your car before a snow shoveling service like us can service your home, parking on the street may be your best bet. Parking on the street only requires you to shovel out snow that is a few feet in front of your car so you may drive away safely.
The trade off between parking your car in your driveway to reduce shoveling area, and parking it on the street so you can get out easier in the morning is something to consider. The addition of cars in the driveway when we are doing snow removal does not help or hinder us much either way. If you can park your car in a garage, we believe it is definitely best to keep it in there. Leaving it in the snow will only cause damage your car and reduce pressure in your tires.
Snow Removal Tools
The tool we have displayed to the left is an awesome snow removal or even gardening tool. Instead of bending down each time to grab the bottom of the shovel and throw snow off to the side, simply attaching this grip around the middle of the snow shovel to save you from performing that motion. Just a heads up however, make sure you have some strong biceps because instead of using your back to throw snow, this is an all biceps motion now! Coming from someone who has had serious back issues, this tool is a lifesaver when it comes to snow removal or gardening work. It’s only $10 on Amazon too, so we highly recommend purchasing one.
If you do not own a snow blower, and don’t want to shovel your driveway this winter, contact Bolton Lawn Care today for a free estimate on your home. We strive to leave our customers extremely satisfied with our service, and to build a relationship with our clients.
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