We’ve all seen those videos of unfortunate individuals slipping on ice as they leave their houses. While these can be funny and make for good stories, if you don’t know how to remove snow and ice from your home, you could experience a similar fall and end up in the emergency room. Understand how to make your home safer during the winter months so that you can prevent your family and passing pedestrians from slipping, tripping, or falling on snow or ice because you failed to melt or move it properly.
Walkways and Driveways
The areas outside your home that see lots of traffic deserve your attention because multiple people use these walkways or driveways to enter or exit your house. If you fail to melt the ice here or remove the snow, they can become hazards. The best product to have on hand this winter will be a deicer—consider rock salt, magnesium chloride, or calcium chloride.
Spread this salt over the layer of snow and ice. This will lower the freezing temperature and begin to melt the ice. To address thicker patches, take a shovel and carefully scrape and break away these chunks. Afterward, place a thin layer of sand over the salt to provide better traction to the walkway and prevent anyone from slipping if there’s leftover ice.
Roofs and Chimneys
Since nobody walks or goes on a roof or chimney, you may wonder why you should remove snow and ice from them. The answer is simple: when these accumulate on top of your home, they can prohibit proper venting from your chimney flue, and your roof could potentially collapse due to the snow’s weight.
You should prevent snow and ice buildups on your chimney so that it can work properly. If you can help prevent them in the first place, you’ll likely see fewer issues as the winter goes on. As for the roof, take a snow rake and slowly brush off the snow as it piles up. This helps alleviate the weight it puts on your roof. However, stand off to the side when you’re doing this to avoid the falling snow.
Snow and Ice Removal Hacks
Nobody said removing snow and ice from your home would be easy, but you can make your job more manageable with some hacks. On days when a gargantuan snowstorm blows through, it could be difficult to move heavy piles of snow. If you live in an area that sees lots of snow throughout winter, consider purchasing a snow blower to make the removal process quicker and easier.
You can also use rubbing alcohol when ice covers doorknobs, windows, car doors, etc. Spray this alcohol over the ice to melt it instantly. Then, you can open doors and windows without your hand coming into contact with ice. Furthermore, ensure you’re shoveling or lifting snow and ice properly so that you don’t injure your back.
There’s much more to removing snow and ice from your property than simply shoveling and spreading salt. If you don’t use the correct ergonomics or tools to perform this job, you could injure yourself more or leave areas of your home vulnerable. Are you prepared for snow and ice removal this season?