Even though this winter has been mild, recently we’ve experienced a cold front that suggests winter storms may be right around the corner. Don’t be the one that wakes up to 3 feet of snow only to realize you are unprepared for the weather. Obtaining these items ahead of time will help ensure the winter months don’t take you by surprise.
Item Number 1: A Shovel
Don’t just think you have a shovel somewhere in the garage, KNOW it’s there, and that it is in a convenient location. If you don’t have a shovel or are unsure of its whereabouts, go to the store now while the weather is still mild and buy one. There’s nothing worse than not being able to find a shovel in the freezing morning when you need to clear a path to your car, or in the instance it is needed to dig your car out of a snow drift.
Item Number 2: A Snow Scraper
While you are at the store also buy a snow scraper for each family member that drives, to keep in their car. After a long day’s work you don’t want caught in a storm away from home with nothing to clean the windshield off with. Snow and ice scrapers can be found as cheap as a a couple dollars at some stores, so pick up some extras if you can. This handy device will save you and your family time and time again.
Item Number 3: Ice Melt
Also, stock up on ice melt to take care of any ice patches that build up outside your home. Some patches of ice can be particularly hard to see on dark asphalt driveways. Make sure you have a substance on hand to melt the ice and hopefully prevent nasty falls. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride are easier on grass and plants than the traditional salt is.
Item Number 4: A Snow Blower
If you reside in regions such as Wisconsin and Illinois that receive substantial snow storms, you’ll probably want to purchase a snow blower. Snow blowing saves you from the aches and pains of shoveling. If you live in heavy storm areas, have a long winding driveway, or just aren’t a fan of the cold, the best option is to keep your local snow removal service’s number on hand.
Don’t Forget to Plan Ahead
Clear a spot in your garage for your cars. During the summer, our garages get cluttered with gardening supplies, bikes and other toys and tools. Clear a spot now to fit as many of your family’s cars as possible, this will help you to avoid mornings of waking up early for shoveling, clearing windshields and heating up freezing cars.
Sign up for a snow plowing service. This service is a necessity for doctors, fire fighters, police officers and others who need to be available 24/7. You’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that you’ll be able to get out of your house in an emergency. This service also makes a wonderful gift for the elderly or infirm.
Snow is a guarantee in the mid-west when you live in states such as Wisconsin and Illinois, but don’t let that keep you cooped up inside! FS Builders realizes the importance of reliable, dependable snow plowing. No matter what the season or weather we also can help you with log home building and restoration, as well as home improvement and deck building. Contact us by calling (262) 843-4496 or visiting our website for all of your residential and small commercial business snow removal and home improvement services today!