Category: Snow Removal

Snow Shoveling Tips To Clear Your Driveway & Landscaping

One of the most dreaded winter chores has to be shoveling snow. As a homeowner in the Midwest, this is a chore that has to be faced every winter. Today we want to give you some snow shoveling tips to make this easier and quicker for you.

snow shoveling tips

Start With The Right Clothes

The first of our snow shoveling tips is to make sure you are dressed for the job. If the temperature is 20 degrees or higher, you will want to dress in layers. As you get started shoveling the snow you will find that you warm up quite a bit and not need all the clothes that you started out with! If it is colder than 20 degrees, you will still want to dress in layers but it is less likely that you will be doing much shedding of clothes.

Prepare Your Lawn/Driveway Ahead Of Time

A snow shoveling tip that doesn’t actually involve snow or shovels is something that you need to do before the ground freezes and the snow falls. In preparation for the first snow of the year, you may want to line your driveway, walkway, and sidewalks with tall stakes. Once the snow falls this makes it easier to identify where you need to shovel snow. This is especially useful if you hire a company to handle your snow removal. While you are more familiar with the layout of your yard and driveway, this wouldn’t be true for a snow removal company. Placing of these stakes can help protect your yard from damage from shovels or snow removal equipment.

Make Sure You Have The Right Equipment

Now we are getting into the snow shoveling tips that actually help with the shoveling! Make sure you have the right shovel for the job. This really isn’t the place to buy a cheap shovel, even if you think you may only use it a couple times a year. After the first major snowfall, your back will thank you for investing in a good snow shovel. While a larger shovel may seem logical, you will soon realize that once you fill that shovel up it can be too heavy to move or lift! A medium sized shovel with a plastic or aluminum blade is your best bet. Some people prefer the bent handle ergonomic shovels while others stick with the traditional straight handle shovels. This is personal preference and is totally up to you. Try to do some dry runs in the store to make sure the shovel is the right height/angle for you to use it properly, lifting with your legs and not your back. Regardless of the material your shovel is made out of, you can make the surface non-stick by spraying it with cooking spray before you begin shoveling.

If you are going to be clearing off a patio or deck, you will want to make sure that you have a shovel that has a nylon wear strip in order to protect the wood from the damaging blade of the shovel.

Shovel During and After the Storm

While it seems like a pain, this snow shoveling tip will pay off in the end. Shoveling often, even throughout the storm before it has quit snowing, can actually make LESS work in the end. By waiting until the snow has stopped, you end up with more snow to move all at once which can be a real pain in your back! As the snow piles up on your paved surfaces, it also causes the temperature to drop causing a layer of ice to build up on those surfaces. At that point, you are not only dealing with snow removal but also the daunting task of removing ice.

Ice Removal

No matter how quickly you get out to shovel your snow, ice will still happen. You can treat this with sand, salt, or kitty litter. Rock salt has the benefit of melting away, so there is no later clean up. However it is not effective in temperatures lower than 12 degrees and it can also eat away at your paved surfaces, which can leave you needing repairs in the spring. Sand and kitty litter do not have this side effect, but you may need to do some clean up in the spring after all the snow and ice has melted.

You may be temped to use an ice pick to chip away at ice, but this could cause severe damage to paved surfaces, decking, or landscaping plants.

Be Mindful Of Where You Pile Snow

This snow shoveling tip would seem easy enough, but so often people get done shoveling their driveway only to realize they have created a large berm of snow that needs to be removed in order to clean their walkway or sidewalk. You also want to take care not to pile snow near the foundation of your house. Melting and refreezing of this pile of snow on your foundation could cause cracks or damage to your foundation, which could result in expensive and extensive repairs.

One of the Most Important Snow Shoveling Tips – Don’t Forget About Your Plants

When you are using these snow shoveling tips and moving snow off of your paved surfaces, you want to be careful not to pile that snow on top of your plants and shrubs. When you go out to shovel, you should do a quick walk around your house and use a broom to clear the snow off of the leaves, needles, and branches of your plants. You want to get to snow removed before the plants and bent over under the weight of the snow. However, if your plants do become loaded down with snow it can be safer to let the plants recover on their own, you could do more damage trying to remove the snow.

Following these snow shoveling tips should have your paved surfaces and landscaping free from snow and ice in the quickest and most efficient manner that you can do yourself. However, there is always the option of hiring a professional snow removal service. Contact your local landscaping and snow removal service for details on their pricing structure.

Lee's Summit Commercial Snow Removal Tips

Watching the snow pile up outside can be a calming and relaxing exercise until you remember that somebody needs to tackle the job of removing all that snow from your commercial or residential property.

Proper snow removal service is beneficial in many ways. Many cities have rules on how quickly public sidewalks have to be cleared, so cleaning your sidewalks could be a matter of abiding by the local laws.  Thorough snow removal aids in keeping sidewalks from becoming slippery, which helps in decreasing slip-and-fall accidents, which can be so common in the winter months. And finally, if you are a business owner it is in your best interest to make sure your customers have a clear and safe entrance into your business. If not you can either lose business due to customers not having access or be faced with a lawsuit from a slip-and-fall accident due to negligence on snow removal.

snow covered truck with plow pushes snow off of the street.

Start Early on Snow Removal

One of the keys to Lee’s Summit snow removal services is to get the job started as soon as the snow starts falling. It is easy to think that the best idea is to wait until the snow is done falling and do the work all at once. This is not a good plan for a number of reasons. Ice can begin to accumulate on the concrete as snow continues to fall. This also makes the job much bigger, instead of moving a small amount of snow a number of times you are left moving a large amount of snow all at once. A good commercial snow removal service should be at your location providing services early in the storm, and multiple times throughout the snowfall.

Thorough Snow & Ice Removal

Lee’s Summit snow removal services should ensure there is thorough removal of all snow and ice. Snow should be removed from the sidewalks on all sides of the property and the full width of the sidewalk should be cleared. The sidewalk needs to be cleared all the way to the concrete and make sure that all ice has been removed. Adding some sand to the sidewalk after it has been cleared can help further to prevent them from becoming slippery. Don’t forget to shovel around garbage cans/recycling bins, or if you have a commercial property you want to ensure there is a clear path to the garbage/recycling area. When you do remove snow, make sure that the snow is piled on the property, or removed entirely. It should not be piled into the street or the alley.

snow piled in front of a commercial business

Roof Snow Removal Services

An often overlooked area in Lee’s Summit snow removal is the roof. Even with a properly sloped roof, if there is enough snow accumulation you can face the prospect of collapse due to the heavy weight of snow sitting on your roof. If you have a flat roof the threat of collapse is even greater and snow removal needs to be handled quicker.

When hiring a company to handle your Lee’s Summit commercial or residential snow removal services make sure you are getting the most for your money and that it will include all of the snow removal services you need for your unique situation.