The Midwest is no stranger to snowstorms and we know that winters in Wisconsin can be quite fickle and detrimental. One day, there is a pleasant dusting of snow, and the next, flakes accumulate quickly creating a whiteout that wreaks havoc on entire towns. Removing snow is not only a hassle, but it can result in severe damage or injury if not done right.
Thankfully, there are a few ways to prevent snow from building up and causing damage to your home.
How to Prevent Snow Buildup
Apply deicer products
Being proactive is key in the winter, particularly when it comes to curbing mounds of snow. One of the most tried and true methods of preventing snow buildup is sprinkling salt on walkways, steps, porches, and other surface areas before snow arrives. Salt is an effective way to melt snow and ice, as it lowers the freezing point of water. If you have concrete, make sure to use a concrete-safe deicer so it does not corrode the concrete. Also, if dogs walk on the surface make sure your deicer is pet-friendly.
Use a roof rake
If your roof tends to get covered in inches of snow during the coldest months of the year, it may be beneficial to buy a roof rake to remove it. Roof rakes have long, adjustable handles that help you reach varying heights with ease and pull snow off the roof safely from the ground. You can find heavy-duty, reliable roof rakes at most home improvement stores. Keeping heavy loads of snow off your roof can help prevent roof collapse.
Bust out the snow blower
Snow blowers come in handy during big snowfalls and can save time, energy and your aching body when removing snow from your driveway and walkways. Be sure to use your snow blower safely and properly follow the instructions when operating this powerful machine. During heavy snowfalls it’s ideal to avoid accumulation if possible. Removing snow every couple inches instead of waiting until the end will be much easier to manage.
Call in the pros
Keep in mind that if you do not feel comfortable or safe removing snow by yourself, you should hire a licensed professional to do it for you. Never climb a ladder to remove debris from your roof or gutters, especially when the ground is slippery from ice and moisture.
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