Snow Removal Tips
Every year, when many people enjoy the breeze of winter, there are hundreds of incidents when people and vehicles slipped on the icy surface. Some people tried snow removal by themselves, but instead of solving the problem, they brought harm upon themselves. Learning from this, the New York government tries to reduce the number of incidents by issuing a snow removal regulation. Whoever is in charge of a lot of ground or building in the city is responsible to clear the sidewalk around their property from dirt, ice or any other material within 4 (four) hours after the material ceases to fall.
The order is clear and it is meant for everyone’s safety. The only challenge is not everyone has time to do it, leave alone the skills. Meanwhile, is not something you can learn on the spot. If not careful, you could get hurt. So, what now? Should you just ignore the code? Should you just stand there and do nothing with the it? Well, that won’t be wise. As a good citizen, and I believe you are, there is something else you can do. You can still do your job and remove our winter friend at the same time. How? By using snow removal services.
Do You Need Professionals?
NYC Snow removal can give you what you need. It offers a complete service, including checking and clearing the sidewalks around your property to make it safe for everyone. Some snow removal companies even have serious hardware to deal with bigger jobs. Now, these are companies you can rely on, but their service comes with a price. It’s not free and depending on the content in the snow removal contract, the price may become less affordable for you.
The good news is, you do not need to become a professional to do this job. It is learning from the professionals that we need. Their experience lets us know how to remove this winter problem quickly, efficiently, and safely. Now, I am going to share with you some precious things I learn from some of the best professionals in NY:
- Snow cleaning can be done using shovel if you only receive several inches of dry, light snow. When removing it, avoid excess twisting and bend your knees. Be aware of your back for slippery surface or stray objects.
- Don’t shovel right after you wake up. After lying down all night, the build-up of fluid in your disc might lead to slipped disc injury in the morning. You should wait for at least an hour before shoveling. If you can’t wait or if you have something else to do, a service company can help you with your snow removal in the morning.
- Don’t forget to take breaks. Shoveling requires a lot of strength and delivers strain to the body. If you can’t hold it anymore, take break. Take as much as you need.
- Elderly should consider using snow removal professional, machine, or nearby youth to clear their sideways or pathwalk.
- For wet, heavy snow, avoid using shovel. Switch to snowblower. Please use the machine with extreme caution. If this is the first time you use it, you should learn from the manual book on how to operate the machine. If you’re still unsure on how to use it, better hire a snow removal professional or ask someone else to do it. This machine can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use it.
- While using the machine, keep your feet and hands away from all moving parts. This is for your own safety.
Get your machine ready
Before the winter comes, check your snowblower and make sure it’s ready to go when the winter comes. You won’t have enough time to check it when the winter comes. If the machine fails to work, don’t push yourself to shovel the sideways and driveways. It’s better to ask a nearby youth or a snow removal professional to do the job for you. Many people die from heart attacks during shoveling because they underestimate the strain of this activity.
Be wary of stray objects
- There might be some stray objects hidden under the snow. Carefully inspect the driveways and sidewalks for these objects so they won’t get into the machine. If you found anything, like rocks, you should throw them away. These things may be small, but once they got into your snowblower, they can damage the machine.
- Before turning on the machine, protect your house with a chute in case your snowblower does pick up some rocks during your snow removal.
Melt ice using rock salt
- You can use rock salt to help you with snow removal. Just throw some rock salt to the icy sidewalks and the layer will melt within a few minutes. Unless you have huge stock in your house, only use the rock salt on “difficult” layer. It will save your time to remove it.
- You can also ask for some help from service companies to do the job for you, but of course get some cash ready.
- Avoid using rock salt for thick layers on driveways. Rock salt will only melt a thin layer of ice. It would be wise to call an expert to do the job for you. It will save your time and keep you from possible injury.
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