Winter is fast approaching this year; undoubtedly, you’ve already begun hearing about (or seeing) snowfall in your area. Snow, while pretty, can be hazardous when you’re trying to navigate through it on the road or remove it from your driveway.
Today, all of us at Eagle Power Turf & Tractor wanted to compile a list of do’s and don’ts to safely remove snow from your driveway or street and still enjoy the winter weather!
DO: Dress for the Occasion
This seems like an obvious tip, but it’s absolutely crucial to wear lots of layers while taking on the snow. Spending prolonged periods of time outside without proper attire can lead to hypothermia or frostbite. Wear lots of layers that can be added or removed based on your activity levels while outside. Make sure to wear a hat or earmuffs, and gloves or mittens to protect your hands while you work with the snow.
DON’T: Wait for the Snow to End
During a long storm, your gut reaction will likely be to stay warm and cozy inside, and tackle the aftermath once it’s over. The best course of action, however, is to pre-treat before the storm is set to hit, and then clear it away every few inches until the storm is over. Clearing a few inches at a time will be much simpler and less work than trying to move huge mounds of snow by yourself.
DO: Choose the Right Snowblower
If you live in an area that accumulates a lot of snowfall, then a snowblower is a must-have piece of equipment for you! Choosing the right snowblower is important, though; there are three stages of snowblowers from which you can choose. You can check out our complete range of snow equipment here!
Single-stage blowers are good for areas which typically receive between 2-9” of snow per storm. These are places that may not have particularly strong winters, or the storms occur further apart. Two-stage blowers are ideal for handling deep, heavy, wet snow. These blowers are also ideal for breaking up compact snow and ice. Three-stage blowers are equipped to cut through even the most extreme winters on the planet. These blowers come equipped with an accelerant, making them the obvious choice for places with year-round snow or potentially deadly winters.
DON’T: Chip at Ice with a Shovel
Tempting as it may be to break up stubborn ice patches with your shovel, proceed with caution. Shovels with metal tips can do more damage than you think to asphalt or concrete. Instead, use an ice melt product with “calcium chloride” listed as an active ingredient. These products tend to be gentler and more eco-friendly than harsh rock salts, which can damage concrete and negatively effect the landscape around your concrete or asphalt.
Winter brings lots of fun, but the weather can bring lots of headache as well. Trust the equipment found at Eagle Power Turf & Tractor to safely remove the snow from your driveway or parking lot, then relax and enjoy the beauty winter can bring! Give us a call today at 215-348-9041 or visit our sale lot, located at 697 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, to browse our complete selection of snow removal equipment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!