Snow removal for your driveway seems simple enough; all you do is shovel the snow away or throw some salt on it, right? Many homeowners don’t know that there’s actually more to it than that. If you’re not convinced that you should hire professionals for this job, consider the following problems that can arise when attempting DIY removal.
Why Avoid DIY Snow Removal?
Shoveling is hard physical labor involving repetitive movements and consistently lifting wet, heavy snow. You can easily injure your back, shoulders, or neck if you don't have experience with the proper shoveling form.
You can do your own snow removal without hurting yourself by keeping your hips and shoulders aligned, bending at the knees, and lifting the shovel with your legs. However, you’ll avoid injury altogether by hiring snow removal professionals who are trained to work quickly, efficiently, and safely.
Many people start shoveling without realizing that there’s an efficient order sequence to follow. In general, it’s best to clear a path down the middle first and then work on one side at a time. You should also avoid standing or stamping on unshoveled snow; it’s harder to remove when packed.
However, the most sensible methods depend on your driveway’s size, layout, and other factors. Professionals will know exactly how much deicer to use and whether shoveling, plowing, or using a snowblower is more appropriate for your property.
3. Landscape Damage
Moving snow from your driveway to your lawn will clear a path for walking and parking, but it may also kill your grass with weight and over saturation. Salt is no better; it could melt the snow and ice and cause runoff into the lawn, depleting the nutrients in your soil.
Snow removal experts use equipment like salt trucks that are designed to lay the salt in a precise area so that the chemicals don't harm your lawn. The professionals can also move and spread the snow evenly so that it doesn't put too much weight on your grass.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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