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Residential Snow Removal Tips

Updated on December 29, 2012
snow-covered street
snow-covered street | Source

Snow can turn our familiar landscapes into winter wonderlands.

Waking up to a pristine white vista can be breathtakingly beautiful.

Unfortunately, snow also brings responsibilities to home-owners, as residential snow removal is a legal requirement in many places.

  • We must remove snow from around our postboxes, to allow access by mail delivery workers.
  • We must clear our pathways of snow and ice.

Many home insurance policies will not pay out on injuries caused to home visitors who may legally sue for damages should they slip on an un-cleared pathway.

  • Driveway snow removal is a must.

Many municipalities do not allow on-street parking when there is snow. This is to allow free access to snow plows.

  • A tip often overlooked is to clear your local fire hydrant of snow, if it is situated near to your house.

This could save valuable time in event of fire.

Remove snow from around and above it, so that it can be easily seen by emergency workers.

Snow clearing equipment

Depending on the size of your yard, you may wish to purchase some snow clearing equipment to help you remove snow.

A snow shovel is a must.

While you can use an ordinary garden shovel, show shovels are much more efficient.

Don't forget, you could be clearing snow in very cold sub-zero temperatures, and you want to complete the work as quickly as possible.

One of the best residential snow removal tips is to invest in a good snow shovel, which will lighten the work.

Best snow shovels

The best snow shovel you can buy will be one that is the correct size for your body weight to lift. Snow and ice can be extremely heavy, especially if has been allowed to melt slightly, then frost over again.

If you remove snow that has freshly fallen, you will find the work much easier, than waiting until it has become hard-packed by footsteps or tires.

At this stage, snow is extremely light and powdery, and can be easily removed.

Do not put your removed snow on the street. Instead, many municipalities suggest you pile it on one side of your driveway, or even on the lawn.

When the thaw arrives, your snow will melt away.

Snow Plow Blades

If snow is a regular problem in your area in winter, you may wish to invest in snow blades.

These are attachments that you can fit to your lawn or garden tractor.

Residential snow removal is a breeze with these snow plows, as you can then quickly and easily clear all the snow in your neighborhood as well as in your own garden or yard.

Snow blades and tractors can be purchased for communal use in residential areas where a residents association is in force.

Electric snow blowers

Electric snow blowers or throwers are ideal for residential snow removal.

Similar in size to lawn-mowers, snow throwers suck up the snow and throw it out the top. The chutes are adjustable and so you can choose the direction you want the snow to go.

Toro Snow Blowers

The Toro snow blower shown here can cut a path 18" wide and 12" deep in one pass.

Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, these fantastic machines can shift a massive 700lbs of snow in just one minute.

Remove snow quickly and easily from sidewalks, driveways and pathways.

Electric snow blowers can be simply attached to your garden extension lead which is designed for outdoor use.

Toro snow blowers are America's Number 1 brand of electric snow throwers.

commercial snow plow at work
commercial snow plow at work | Source

Where to find snow removal companies

The web is probably the best place to look, although your local Yellow Pages may list some commercial snow removal companies.

Google is now location-targeted, so no matter where you are in the world, when you type a query into Google you should see results from your local area.

Simply type "snow removal companies" into Google for the best results locally.

Commercial snow removal services

Not all of us are fit and able to shift snow on our own properties, despite it being a legal requirement.

This is where commercial snow removal services come to the fore.

For a small premium, in areas of high snowfall you can easily find a local snow removal company who will come out and clear your driveways and sidewalks.

They will also remove snow completely from your premises.

Snow Removal Insurance

While most snow removal insurance companies target corporate bodies like airports and municipalities, they can hugely benefit residential and condominium associations too.

Premiums are high, but can save a huge amount of expense during extended winter weather.

If you call out a commercial snow removal company, they will only remove snow once each time.

If further snow falls, you will need to call them out again, and of course, pay them again.

With snow removal insurance, you are covered each and every time further snow falls blanket your yard, driveway and sidewalk areas.

For a snow removal insurance company near you, simply Google it.

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More residential snow removal tips

  • Remove snow as soon as it falls, before it gets the chance to freeze on top.
  • Scatter salt onto the surface of the ground to help prevent freezing.
  • Remove each fresh snowfall as soon as it stops snowing.
  • When clearing snow off your automobile, clear all windows and windscreens and make sure all your lights are visible.
  • Use anti-freeze spray on locks, NOT hot water.
  • Take especial care to clear steps of snow and ice, as they become extremely dangerous to pedestrians.
  • Dress warmly when clearing snow. Wear thick woollen socks underneath waterproof boots or shoes. If you can keep you feet warm, you will be able to work for longer.


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    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      4 years ago

      Living in the Northeast part of the USA, I can honestly say I whole-heartedly relate to this Hub! Today was our first snow event. We have been fortunate because our weather has been milder this year. Schools were closed today. Icing was a concern. I saw in the news that some towns were imposing fines on homeowners that didn't shovel so many feet of public sidewalk in front of their house as well now.

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      5 years ago

      Isabel ~ I loved watching that truck spew out the snow and throw it far from the street. What a wonderful machine. Blessings, Debby

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from UK

      Sounds nightmarish! Yes I read on the news how badly some states are affected by snow just now. I am surprised at the city snow plow just blocking your driveway, and then just driving off. Seems to be highly ignorant apart from anything else. Guess you need to be around when they go by just so you can shout at them to clear it! Fair's fair - you're not allowed to chuck snow on to the road - they shouldn't be allowed to put it onto the sidewalk.

    • ReuVera profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      I am living this experience here in Wisconsin right now.... I have a huge drive way plus a city side walk, so I have lots of fun plowing the snow.... On my days off it might be even fun and a good exercise, if the snow is light and fluffy.... Not fun at all when the snow is heavy and packed.... and an awful experience when I have to do it at 3 am to get myself plowed out to get to work in time.... Also, I hate it when the city plow truck cleans the street and blocks with the snow an entrance into my drive way... this is the worst part- to clean it, as the thrown snow is packed and sometimes half of my height...

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from UK

      You might regret saying that! Think of snow on top of floodwater that is freezing. Brrrr!

    • CMHypno profile image


      5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      If it ever stops raining I might get a chance to try out your excellent snow removal tips!


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