It’s that time of year where the weather has turned colder and snow will begin to fall at your new home in Delaware County, Pa. As the weather forecasters are predicting an above average amount of snow this winter, planning for the onslaught is an excellent idea.
There are many ways of removing snow from your Main Line Home and property. They include snow removal equipment, such as a Caterpillar, truck and/or ATV plow and snow blower/thrower, as well as of course, your everyday snow shovel. When choosing which method you will use to clear your snow this year, whether you are a new home owner or a seasoned veteran, it is important to look at what you need cleared (driveway, walkway, etc.) and how quickly it needs to be cleared.
Whether you choose a Cat, plow or snow thrower, the following tips apply:
- Mark the edges of your driveway with reflectors. This allows you to outline what needs to be cleared, and is especially helpful if you hire someone to clear your driveway. Ensure you mark any dips or ditches in your driveway as well.
- After the first snowfall, drive your vehicle around to compact the snow. You will need a good base for plowing, and it will allow you to clear your driveway without throwing up any rocks if you are using a snowblower.
- Rock salt and sandbags are a necessity in the winter. You should have some kept in your home, as well as in your truck or vehicle. Sandbags make an excellent counterweight, giving your vehicle more traction in the snow, and when opened can be used for traction if you get stuck.
Most important, no matter the weather we’re expecting in Delaware County this season, stay safe and be careful when venturing outside!