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Snow & Ice Removal Options To Help You Get Rid Of Snow The Easy Way
Well, truth is, removing snow or ice is not an easy task. Ask any homeowner and they'll tell you just how demanding the job is. So in this article, we're going to simplify the process, and only provide you with practical and simple tips you can apply at home to get rid of snow. Here we go.
You need a snow blower
You'll need to invest in a good snow blower. These machines come in 3 different types, depending on their capacity and use. For instance, single stage blowers are ideal for use in urban and suburban areas. They are light and easy to maneuver. They also feature a rubber edge that handles the pavement quite well. They are the best choice when it comes to handling wet, heavy snow.
The only disadvantage is that they don't handle hard snow accumulation left behind by the snowplow on the driveway. Also, they are not ideal for gravel areas.
On the other hand, a two stage blower is good when used on larger driveways. They feature augers which breaks up the ice, and impellers that throws it away. It has skids that adjust with height, therefore making them a good option for gravel areas. Most of them are self-propelled.
Lawn tractors may provide an option for snow blower attachment. However, if you're not sure, ask the manufacturer.
The first step involves removing the snow/ice from the driveway or walkway. But during the process, some ice will be left behind, which accounts for the second challenge. You see, ice doesn't just freeze onto the pavement. Instead, it solidifies to the pavement surface. But you can prevent ice from forming when you use anti-icers or chemical de-icers.
A chemical de-icer doesn't melt all the ice. Instead, it seeps into the pavement hence melting the ice. This makes it easy to get rid of the snow. On the other hand, anti-icers are applied just before snowfall. These chemicals prevent bonding of snow, thereby making it easy to remove.
There's such a variety of chemicals you can use in the form of de-icers and anti-icers. The problem comes in when you don't know which ones to use and which ones to avoid. Many factors should be considered before you can purchase these chemicals.
People have used rock salt for many years now. Rock salt is cost-effective, though there are lots of potential damages and environmental concerns about it. Today, other options exist as well, which are environmentally-friendly and effective.
De-icers can damage the environment and also the concrete they are being used on. So before using them to eliminate snow, you must strictly follow the manufacturer's guidelines. They can also cause harm to vegetation, so application should be handled with care.
You should apply the chemicals at the onset of precipitation. This is the best way to get quick results while minimizing the amount consumed.
Snow will melt when subjected to heat. However, the problem is how to heat up the surface? There's electricity, hydronic & infrared options. Electric systems will use underground cables to heat pavement. These cables are laid down below the concrete surface. Their advantage is that the cost of installation and maintenance is low. The downside is that they attract high operation cost.
On the other hand, hydronic systems are flexible pipes that are buried underneath the concrete to supply heat which melts the ice. You can connect them to your current heating unit so that operation cost is minimized. Lastly, you can use infrared systems, which are quartz lamps mounted on poles to target specific areas. They are simple to install, and excellent for retrofitting. The problem is that they use lots of energy, making them less efficient than other options.
These methods are very effective in getting rid of snow. Because they all have their ups and downs, it's advisable that you weigh your options first (according to your budget), then choose a method that fits you most. You can also use any one of the methods discussed above to eliminate snow on any surface, whether on top of the roof, on the driveways, pavement or even in the fields. So, don't let snow ruin your driveway, walkway or compound.
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