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Helpful tricks for ice and snow…

Winter is almost here and that means snow could be arriving soon. Here are some fun ways to manage the ice and snow around your home this season…

[1] Table salt on your windshield

Did you know that common table salt can be used as a preventative measure for winter ice-overs? Try this trick: pour table salt into an old sock and rub it over your windshield the night before icy precipitation. This can prevent a hard frost from forming allowing for easier removal. Be careful not to do this all the time though, because repeated applications can be corrosive.

[2] How about rubbing alcohol?

Do you have any rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet? Try spraying your windshield with rubbing alcohol then wiping it dry. This will prevent further ice development but also help keep morning fog at bay.

[3] Liquor

Have any Vodka or Gin in the freezer? The higher the proof, the higher the freezing temperature. Try spraying some on your windows. This process works the same as rubbing alcohol but is much more fun of course, because you can mix a drink too.

[4] Grab that old tarp

The night before it snows, throw that old tarp over your car. All you’ll have to do the next morning is pull it off and get on with your day.

[5] Leaf blower for dry snow

Don’t store that leaf blower just yet. Dry snow can be pushed around pretty easy with a standard leaf blower. This technique won’t work for wet snow though. The trick is to catch the end of the storm at it’s coldest. This is usually very early in the morning but you’ll save hours of back-breaking work later.

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[6] How about that wet/dry vac?

This little machine can ingest and also expel snow. Try changing the mode to ‘exhaust’ to clear pathways and smaller areas quickly. If you use it to suck the snow, don’t forget to empty it because it will melt once inside.

[7] Left over bags of dry stuff?

Kitty litter, bird seed, saw dust, sand etc. These can be used as trunk-weights but also get you out of a jam during icing conditions. The function of these materials will become gripping surfaces for your tires once applied to the icy surface.

[8] Neighborhood snow-castle contest

Want all the kids in your neighborhood to shovel the driveway for you, for free? Advertise a snow-castle building contest in your front yard. All the extra snow they’ll need will have to come from somewhere right? Admittedly, this is a bit sneaky but it’s also effective and fun. Make sure to monitor this activity though. Hollow structures can collapse.
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Contact Countryside Restoration for all your snow removal needs this Winter. Commercial and Residential areas.

www.countrysiderestoration.com