Salt & Snow Removal
This time of year snow removal is a common task for a homeowner. It can mean getting up early to clear the walkway and driveway to removing snow from your roof. Using salt to melt ice is a go to solution for most homeowners when it comes to melting ice from your porch, but using it on a regular basis during the winter months can cause pits in the cement used for walkways, steps and other concreted areas. It will eventually cause it to crack or cause potholes in the surface. If you get too much around the metal of your railing or patio furniture, it can cause corrosion to take place.
Using too much salt for snow removal can also be harmful to the nearby streams and lakes.
So it’s important to use salt sparingly. There are 3 easy steps to cut back on the amount of salt used when clearing walkways.
- Shovel the snow first to removal all of the light, fluffy snow.
- Then shovel again, using the shovel to break up chunks of ice.
- If there are still slippery spots that cannot be removed with simple shoveling, use salt to melt ice or another type of de-icer to remove ice.
An important factor to remember is that salt stops working ( as a de-icer ) at 15 degrees (fahrenheit).
So other methods will need to be used. Sand can be used to create traction on walkways. After all the snow has melted and dried up sweep up all of the excess salt to prevent it from going into the water ways and to use it again.
It’s also important to clean the large amount of snow from your roof to prevent ice dams and too much strain on your roof. For more information about rooftop snow removal please view a previous post on the subject.
For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected.