When the colder weather arrives, many people worry about staying safe at home. Winter storms usually bring with them flooding, severe winds, treacherous snowfall and dangerous ice. Therefore, it is crucial to implement the correct procedures to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Getting rid of ice and snow from your roof and walkways should be your top priority.
Inside Your Lehigh Valley TownHome
If you live in a region that often experiences winter storms, and you anticipate lots of snow, try to maintain a warm temperature inside your property. This will reduce the risk of any burst pipes. Use a shovel to clear ice and snow from your walkways and roof. Have several torches to hand, just in case there is a power cut, and make sure you wear warm clothes.
With a careful upward motion, brush snow off shrubs and other vegetation using a broom. Regardless of what type of shovel you use, avoid lifting large amounts of snow and moving it long distances. In an open space, it is best to guide the shovel over the ground — and in the process maneuver the accumulated snow off your driveway or walkway. With your driveway, begin by clearing a lengthwise strip down the center. Next, direct the snow to each side of this lengthwise strip beyond the driveway’s edges.
Use sand, clay or rock salt on driveways and walkways. Sodium chloride, or pure rock salt, is affordable (under ten dollars for a fifty pound packet) and works best at roughly twenty-seven degrees Fahrenheit. This substance lowers the point at which water can freeze, however it can take a long time to work if the temperature is colder than fifteen degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, salt water – when used on concrete – could seep into pores, refreeze and cause the concrete to crack. Worse still, surplus amounts of salt water can severely harm flowers and grass.
Sand is another viable option, however — contrary to popular opinion — it is unwise to use masonry or ‘all purpose’ sand. Although these types are the least expensive, they lack the gritty qualities of sandbox or playground sand — which is essential for clinging onto the ice to produce friction underfoot. Sand should be reapplied frequently, and it is only effective if it is used on the ice’s surface, rather than buried beneath snow or displaced by car wheels or footfall.
Magnesium chloride and calcium chloride both emit warmth when they make contact with snow and ice. Calcium chloride is effective up to minus twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit, however it can irritate your eyes or skin if you accidentally get some on yourself. Magnesium chloride is the best option, because it is effective up to minus fifteen degrees Fahrenheit – and it causes less irritation to your eyes and skin.
Moving loose, fresh snow is much easier than moving hard snow, which is packed together tightly from being walked on. Therefore, try to begin clearing the ice and snow on a morning. Then, you can use salt to cover the pathway before evening, to prevent it from refreezing during the night. Follow these tips if you want to stay safe in your Lehigh Valley townhome during the winter.
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