Snow removal is an essential part of a Canadian winter, and you may be wondering how you can remove snow around your home more effectively. In this article, we provide some helpful tips to help keep your outdoor space clear and safe this winter.
1. Get some rest before attempting snow removal
If you want to tackle snow removal yourself, it’s important to get some rest before starting. Snow removal, whether you’re shoveling or using a snow blower, is a physically tiring activity. Even doing some simple stretches before starting can go a long way. Once you’re outside, take your time. Set out a couple of hours to really go at your own pace. Take frequent breaks and bring out a water bottle (a reusable one, so it won’t freeze!) If you plan on using a snow blower, try using it on flat surfaces (like a driveway) and avoid using it on steep steps. Be sure not to lift more than you can carry to avoid back strain or injury.
2. Clear all surfaces you use frequently
The second tip (and an important step to successful snow removal) is making sure you clear all the right surfaces! Any outdoor space you frequently use on a regular basis are good places to start. This could include outdoor stairs and doorways, windows, or the area around a propane or natural gas tank. Additionally, your driveway, parking spot or roof should also be on this list. However, removing snow off your roof is a more difficult task. Check out our guide on how to protect your home from snow damage.
3. Don’t wait for snow to pile up
It’s a smart rule of thumb to tackle snow removal around your home before the snow begins to pile up. This will help to reduce time spent outdoors which may deter you from completing the job. It’ll also allow you to remove the snow in stages to help keep walkways and your driveway clear of blockage.
4. Sprinkle salt afterwards
Once you’ve spent all that time and hard working removing snow, make sure your sprinkle ice-melting salt. This will help to avoid any dangerous, icy surfaces if the temperatures drops and the snow freezes over.
5. Hire a professional for snow removal
If all else fails and you don’t want to shovel the snow yourself or simply can’t, look into hiring a professional service. When looking for a company to hire, make sure they’re certified, have liability insurance, and have met all requirements as a registered business. When meeting with a company, ask them specific questions about their business, such as:
- Will they salt walkways along with snow removal?
- How soon after snowfall will they clear the snow?
Finally, it’s important to understand how your insurance can be affected by snow removal. Even if you have liability insurance, any personal injuries should be avoided. Negligence may not be covered.
We hope this article provides some simple, helpful tips about snow removal! If you have any further questions about how snow or snow removal could affect your home or liability insurance policies, reach out to a member of our isure team today.