Now that it’s December, everyone is gearing up for the inevitable: snow.
When we imagine snow, we think of big, fluffy flakes floating down from the sky, covering our lawns and trees with a picturesque white glow. The reality, however, is usually much less serene. Snow can wreak havoc on the roads, the sidewalks, and on your driveways and walkways.
Even though an unbroken blanket of snow may make your lawn look nice, here are four reasons you should shovel your walkway and driveway (and shovel them frequently).
Freshly fallen snow might have enough traction to walk on, but if you don’t shovel your walkway frequently, the snow will get packed down making it slippery.
It might snow at night and be warmer during the day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shovel. If the water from the melted snow doesn’t evaporate in time before nightfall, it can freeze and turn into ice. Then you’ll have a whole other problem on your hands.
3. Possible fines
Some cities have laws about shoveling the sidewalk in front of your house. Usually these tickets are complaint driven, so be aware of whether your neighbors are shoveling their sidewalks and how much foot traffic you get in front of your house. Also note that in some cities, shoveling your snow in front of a fire hydrant, into the street, or in front of a mailbox can also lead to a fine.
4. Common courtesy
You might be okay with a slippery walkway, but you’re not the only person who has to use it. If you’re having people over, they might not be prepared for a trek over ice. At the very least, think of your mailman, who—no matter what the weather—has to walk up your sidewalk. The very least you can do is make sure the walk is free from peril.
Having clean walkways and driveways is important. Here at Allen Outdoor Solutions, we can get the job done for you, whether it’s commercial or residential. You won’t have to worry if you contract us to take care of your drive and walks for you. We monitor weather conditions throughout the area and dispatch our crews when snowfall amounts exceed two inches, day or night.