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Dealing With Snow

Some people are beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by all the snow.  After all, it has become a challenge trying to decide what to do with all the stuff.dealing with snow

Still, there are precautions everyone can take to make the winter season a little easier.  Here are a few.

  • Remove roof snow.  Snow piled on the roof can turn into a nightmare.  Why?  Weighted snow can pose a threat to the structural integrity of the roof.  At the same time, melting snow (or ice) can seep into the roof and cause water damage.  What can you do to prevent these problems?  Have the snow removed by a professional.  If you decide to tackle the job on your own, roof rakes are available at many hardware stores.  And, be certain to make sure there is adequate insulation in the attic.  A well-insulated underside helps keep ice or snow from melting too quickly.
  • Clear important walkways.  Snow or ice-covered walkways spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e because someone could fall and sustain an injury.  Consequently, it is important to keep foot paths clear.  Winter tools like shovels and ice picks are particularly useful when tackling this task.  Another thought is to scatter environmentally-safe granules to dissolve the frozen water.  Salt has been popular for years but might cause damage to the concrete, so it is best to use it sparingly.  Lastly, heated outdoor mats are very convenient, especially for people who cannot shovel on their own.  Where would you put them?  In areas that tend to become slippery or snow-covered.  There are different sizes available, and some are even made for the steps.  A caveat?  They must be accessible to an appropriate outdoor outlet.

Naturally, snow and ice headaches can occur in areas besides the roof and walkway.  Here are some other thoughts to consider.

a)  Weighted tree branches may fall on to homes, cars, and even people.  Therefore, be sure to assess branch risks at all times.

b)  Melting snow by windows and doors can result in growing mold.  Subsequently, remove snow from window wells and doorways.

c)  Blocked furnace or dryer vents can mean carbon monoxide seeping into your home.  Because of this, check all vents to make sure they are free from snow or ice buildup.

d)  Inhibited exhaust pipes also mean carbon monoxide danger.  For that reason, if your running car becomes stuck in the snow, make sure the exhaust pipe is unobstructed.

Yes, more snow is on the way, but with a few simple safeguards, we can weather the storm just fine!