Preparing Your Home for a Snowstorm

Preparing Your Home for a Snowstorm

Kristian Zoppa Winter Tips

Preparing Your Home for a Snowstorm

Snowstorms and blizzards are often a headache even for those that are used to experiencing large amounts of snow. While snow-covered scenery may be beautiful to look at, that same beautiful snow can also cause a lot of havoc. From downing trees and power lines to compromising the structural integrity of buildings, large quantities of snow should not be underestimated under any circumstance.

This is particularly true in regards to large amounts of snow accumulating on or around a property or home. If you live in an area that receives substantial snowfall during the winter season or you expect a snowy winter season, it is best for you to learn how to prepare your home for major snow storms.

Snow Removal is Important

One of the best ways to prepare your home for a snowstorm is to make sure you have the necessary snow clearing supplies. Items such as shovels and rock salt are significantly important when prepping your home for an incoming winter storm. Often times, these two items are the first to sell out at local stores as people rush to get the supplies they need to make sure their homes are properly prepared for incoming inclement winter weather. Snow removal supplies are very important because they allow you to make the area surrounding your home safer by reducing the amount of snow that accumulates during a snowstorm.

Insulation is Your Friend

A properly insulated home is a necessity during a snowstorm. Prior to the winter season, you may want to make sure that your home is properly insulated against cold weather. Checking the windows to ensure there are no drafty areas and using either weather stripping or covering the windows with thick plastic can help to keep cold air out. During winter storms, snow piles up around windows and doors making your home more susceptible to icy drafts. Taking steps to properly insulate your home during the winter season will assure that your home is properly prepared for a snow storm.

Alternative Heating/Light

Snow storms have the potential to knockout electricity leaving people without light and heat for extended periods of time. Prepping your home with an alternative energy source is highly recommended when preparing your home for a snow storm. Some people prefer to have backup generators while others may choose to use firewood for light and heat. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know which alternative heating and lighting methods would be most beneficial for you during a snowstorm.

Gather Your Supplies

It is always best to be safe rather than sorry when dealing with an incoming winter storm. Gathering the necessary supplies is essential to make sure that you and your loved ones are properly prepared. Such supplies as batteries, radios, candles, matches, extra blankets, water and non-perishable foods should always be readily available throughout the winter season.

 

When it comes to preparing your home for a winter storm, it is best to take the time to do what is necessary to reduce potential damages to your home from icy and snowy weather related to a snowstorm.

Snow Blowing Winnipeg

Snow Plowing vs Snow Blowing – Which Is Better?

Kristian Zoppa Snow Removal

Snow plowing and snow blowing offer the same end result – the snow is moved from one location to another, but with some major, key differences.

Snow Plowing

Plowing snow really only has one main benefit versus snow blowing. It’s not a benefit that the end consumer will see much added value from. I’m talking about speed.

In some circumstances, plowing can be marginally quicker than blowing. This benefit is only seen by the operator, as they are able to squeeze more properties into their route. As a consumer, efficiency is what matters more so than direct speed.

Snow Blowing

Snow blowing offers so many benefits over plowing. The main benefit is the much lower risk of property damage. Even an experienced snow plow operator is always running the risk of scratching your driveway, tearing your grass and landscaping up, and hitting objects hidden by the snow. On the other hand, a snow blower operator has better sightlines and is able to navigate your property in a safer manner.

The snow blower won’t tear up your grass and the chances of a snow blower doing any damage are very low, especially with the type of snowblowers we use here at Cleanr Snow. At Cleanr Snow, we almost exclusively use single stage snow blowers that have rubber paddles. This means that if our blower does catch anything, the damage will be extremely minimal. There is also no risk of scratching or damaging a driveway. All contact points are rubber/plastic and not metal like a plow.

Another key benefit of snow blowing versus plowing is plow piles. During long and heavy snowfall winters, snow piles get left behind from plows. As we all know, these can start to stack up extremely high on your front lawn. This can not only be unsightly, but extremely annoying for the homeowner. With a snow blower, you are able to disperse the snow in a more even fashion, allowing for fewer piles around the property. This means the grass underneath will not be as affected come spring time.

Overall, hiring a company that uses snow blowers for residential snow removal in Winnipeg is a great decision 99% of the time. Unless your driveway is the size of a parking lot, the price will stay comparable. The service will be even better with a snow blower crew.

Here at Cleanr Snow, we use only snow blower crews for residential services. If you are interested in an estimate, please give us a call at (204) 960-0246 or book an estimate online here.

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Cold Weather

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Cold Weather

Kristian Zoppa Winter Tips

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Cold Weather

As winter approaches, it becomes increasingly important to make sure that you’re furry friends are properly protected from cold weather. Oftentimes, pet owners can be a bit leisure as it relates to the care of their pets cold weather. Some pet owners may think that because pets have fur that they are fine no matter the temperature. However, this is not always true.

Pets of all types can be affected by changes in the weather. All too often we hear about pets suffering from heat exhaustion from being left in cars or freezing to death because they were left outside in the backyard on a cold evening. If you love your pets, then you will take the necessary actions to ensure they’re protected during cold weather. The following are some suggestions that you as a pet owner can implement in order to make sure that your furry friends stay nice and cozy when the temperature drops.

Bring Them Inside

No matter how much your pet loves being outside in nature sometimes it’s best to bring them inside during cold weather. Remember, that if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s also too cold outside for your pets. Just because they have fur does not mean they are automatically protected from frigid temperatures. Pets can experience frostbite just like you. So, when the temperatures drop, bring your pets inside so they can be safe and warm.

Bundle Up

If you’re taking your pets outside to use the bathroom or perhaps even to enjoy a short stroll, you as a pet owner need to make sure that your pets are properly protected from the cold weather. Those little coats, sweaters and booties for dogs and cats may seem over-the-top, but they’re actually very effective at making sure your pet stays warm while outside.

Clear the Way

If you were a dog would you want to walk across cold banks of snow just to relieve yourself? Reduce the possibility of frostbite on your pets’ sensitive paws by clearing a pathway that is free from snow and ice. Snow clearing makes it possible for your pet to have a clear pathway where they can walk without having their sensitive paws unnecessarily exposed to cold conditions. Just think about it this way.

On frigid cold mornings, do you like the feeling of a coldness as your feet hit an uncarpeted floor? Well, similarly, your pets don’t like standing on ice and snow when they need to relieve themselves. Make it easier and safer for them during cold weather by clearing away snow and ice.

Ultimately, it is your responsibility as a pet owner to make sure your pet stays safe during cold weather. There is nothing more tragic than finding out your pet has suffered some form of nerve damage or even death because you didn’t take the necessary actions to protect them from frigid temperatures. Do what is necessary to make sure your pets are properly protected from the cold weather this winter season.