October 30, 2020

How to Make Snow Removal Less Strenuous

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Winter is coming and we all know what that means: snow, snow, and more snow. When you live in an area that tends to get heavy snowfall and blizzards that seem like they will never end, you've surely experienced the struggle that is snow removal.

For those who live somewhere where snow removal is taken care of for you, you may not have had to endure the backbreaking process of shoveling snow. However, for many who own a home and have a driveway and sidewalk to plow, it's not uncommon to spend hours outside in the freezing cold, hardly able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Here are some tips for how to handle snow removal this winter.

Strech First

Do you usually stretch before a workout? Stretching helps prepare your buddy for the intense activity you're about to do. It helps loosen your body up so you're less likely to get injured. The same goes for a physical activity like shoveling snow. Stretching before gearing up and shoveling heavy snow is a must. You might not think of it, but you certainly will after you're finished. If you've ever spent hours shoveling without stretching first and felt the aches and pains the next day, you know what we're talking about! Focus on stretching your legs and arms because that's where a lot of the stress of shoveling will be. Your back, too, may feel sore so full-body stretching will help lessen the soreness post-shoveling.

Find a Friend

Two people can cover twice as much ground in the same amount of time. Before you and a friend get started, map out a plan for where each of you will start and which direction you'll each go to maximize efficiency. If you have a snowblower, take turns using the snowblower while the other person shovels so you each aren't doing the same thing the entire time. 

Hire a Snow Removal Service

If you've had it with the do-it-yourself approach to snow removal, it's worth it to hire a reliable snow removal company. Snow removal companies have commercial-grade equipment to get the job done much quicker than you can with shovels or a snowblower. The amount of time it'll take to remove the snow may surprise you. Although you will be paying for the service, you will be glad you did when you can simply hop in your car and drive away without first having to spend hours removing snow from your driveway. Snow removal companies are very experienced, as well, so they'll probably do a much better job removing the snow than you could. 

No matter how you're tacking snow removal this year, always remember to stay safe and hire a professional if you're not sure you are up for the job. Get to know more about Westside Grounds if you're in the market for a snow removal service.

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