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Important Steps For New Homeowners Preparing For Oncoming Snow Storms

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When autumn closes in, and winter isn't very far off, it's a good idea to make sure you're properly geared up for the inevitable snow storms to come. The right tools, a good plan, and a solid stock of supplies will help ensure that you don't have to spend an extra hour clearing snow just to get to work on time.

Smart Shopping

A good metal snow shovel will go a long way toward keeping your driveway clear of snow in the winter, but it shouldn't be the end of your purchases. Pick up a bottle of cheap mineral oil too, and apply it to the blade of the shovel before use to ensure that ice that forms does not cling to the blade and slow your progress. Make sure the shovel blade is smooth, metal and always dried thoroughly after each use.

Preventing ice on walkways has traditionally been done with rock salt, but salt can damage vehicles, tools and your lawn. Instead, shop for organic de-icing agents which can be safely used around plants and which won't corrode metal. Look for products that contain calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium acetate and calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), all of which will have minimal impact on your lawn and won't promote the spread of rust on your vehicle.

Take Precautions

There's no way to know when the first snow storm will hit, but just as inconvenient is the first freeze. To ensure that winter temperatures don't slow you down on weekday mornings, make sure you pull your car into your garage. Cold weather will sap a battery's power after lengthy exposure, so if you don't have a garage, invest in a battery charger to ensure you don't have to rely on a jump from a neighbor.

If you own a larger property or have a lengthy driveway, you probably rely on a snow blower to do most of the work. Before the season starts, take it out of mothballs and bring it to a small engine mechanic to have it serviced, and change its oil. This will help you avoid struggling to get it started on cold mornings, or during short daylight hours, and may identify problems before they stop you in your tracks.

The real test of your preparations won't come until the first big snow storm hits, so make sure you're ready for the worst that winter can dish out. A good plan will not only help keep your mornings on track, it will also protect property and preserve your peace of mind.

For more information, contact AP Enterprises Property Services or a similar company.