So It Is Currently Snowing Now What

So It Is Currently Snowing Now What

So the weather outside is frightful but there are plenty of ways to combat that for both the suburban homeowner or the urbanite. I will provide a combination of tips and tricks for the home as well as a complete breakdown of the FIVE major times of ice melting salts and their benefits!

Winter Weather Tip 1: Don't Forget Your Gutters!

Gutters are actually a crucial, but ill-treated, part of your home's defence against snow. Once the snow has stopped and begins to melt the gutters are meant to provide the path for the water to take down and away from the facade of your house so that the facade stays as dry as possible. If your gutters aren't cleaned out before the snow, do your best to clean them out after the snow has finished falling. When your gutters are clogged the melting snow will have nowhere to go and because of osmosis that could result in water going into your bricks or mortar on the facade of your home causing bricks to break or fall off!

Image titleWinter Weather Tip 2: Your Pipes Froze... Now What?

There are plenty of ways to keep your pipes from freezing. Cut off the water to any outside spigots for example. But what happens if your pipes freeze anyway? The best thing to do is constantly check them during the snowfall to make sure that they are not freezing but if they are take any heat generating device (hairdryer, space heater, heat generating electric tape, etc.) Another way to protect against frozen pipes is to allow your water to constantly run overnight when temperatures are at their lowest. Running about a pencil's width of water from all your taps will provide enough water flowing out of your pipes that the water inside them won't freeze. Finally, keep all the cabinet doors underneath your sink open. This will allow the heat from the home to keep the cold water just above freezing.

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Winter Weather Tip 3: Avoid Fires By Cleaning Out Your Dryer

When clothes get wet your initial reaction is to put them in the dryer. Makes total sense. But when you're out in the snow repeatedly and putting your dryer to extra work make sure that you clean out not only the dryer lint trap inside the machine but do your best to clear out the hose on the machine as well. When lint builds up in there from constant and repeated use, your dryer becomes in incredibly dangerous fire hazard!

Winter Weather Tip 4: Which Salt is best?

All the different types of salt offer different benefits. Some work better in colder temperatures while others are safer around plants and animals. It's up to you the homeowner to balance cost, effectiveness, and use. Here are some facts about the 5 most common types of salt used on driveways and sidewalks around the country today.

  1. Sodium Chloride

    1. The most common type of salt available

    2. cheapest type of salt

    3. ineffective at temperatures below 14 degrees

  2. Calcium Chloride

    1. Melts ice even at -50 degrees!

    2. Calcium Chloride generates heat when mixed with water

    3. When over-applied it can damage yards, plants, and even concrete

    4. USE GLOVES WHEN HANDLING! Since it reacts to water it can irritate skin especially when the skin is wet.

  3. Potassium Chloride

    1. AKA "Safer Salt"

    2. Safer to use around plants and pets

    3. Ineffective at temperatures below 15 degrees

  4. Magnesium Chloride

    1. Newest Compound available

    2. More states and municipalities are beginning to use it because it is less harmful to roads and plants

    3. Effective at temperatures up to -13!

  5. Urea

    1. Ineffective at 10 degrees, most effective at 20-30 degrees

    2. considered to be safest around pets and plants

    3. generally seen as ineffective as a deicer in colder climates.

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I hope these tips and tricks help you make a plan on how to keep your house primed and ready to survive the weather! If you have any questions or need any help finding a contractor because this advice came too late don't hesitate to reach out to me at!

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Dated: March 14th 2017
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