Snow removal is not an easy task especially if you do it yourself. You can remove snow from your driveway and sidewalk on your own or you can hire a professional snow removal company to do it for you. If you prefer DIY, here are some of the things you need to know:
i. Dress appropriately
It is important to dress well for the cold and wet conditions outside. You need to wear waterproof boots with more than one pair of socks to keep your feet warm. The boots should also have good traction to minimize sliding and slipping. It is also advisable to wear a hat to prevent your ears from freezing and waterproof gloves to keep your hands warm.
ii. Use the right shovel
There are different shapes and sizes of shovels you can use and to pick the right shovel you will have to test it with your hands. The scooping part of the shovel can either be plastic or metal. Normally, metal scoops are the best choice because they last longer although they are heavy. It is also important to consider the scoop because the larger the scoop the more the snow you can push or pick and vice versa.
iii. Know your snow
There are two types of snow and you need to know the type you are going to pick or push away before you get started. There is snow that has very little moisture, its lightweight and has a fluffy texture. This snow is easy to shovel due to its lightweight and the loose nature of the flakes. However, due to its lightweight, the wind can blow it back to the place you already shoveled. Wet snow, on the other hand, is heavier and shoveling it requires a lot of effort. Although it will not be blown back by the wind, you might end up pulling your muscles or getting tired.
iv. Take breaks
It is advisable to take regular breaks because snow removal is a strenuous activity. Besides, exposing yourself to cold weather for a long time can cause health-related problems thus the need to take breaks. Know your limits and if you feel like you need to rest, just do it. When resting, you need to take a lot of water to avoid dehydration.
v. Determine the method to use
You can use a shovel or a snow blower to remove snow from your sidewalk or driveway. A snow blower is easy to use, requires less effort and saves time. However, if you don’t have one already, you might spend a considerable amount of money to buy or rent one.
When removing snow, the direction can be determined by the area being cleared, wind and the method used. For instance, if you are using a snow blower, you should start in the middle of the area being cleared but if you are using a shovel clear a path at the center of the area and then work towards the edges. Finally, it is important to clean the equipment you were using. Remove snow residue from the snow blower, change oil and add fresh gas.