Snow Removal & Ice Prevention Specialists
Don't let winter catch you off guard. Take care of the snow, ice, and elements before you find yourself sliding down a set of stairs cursing yourself for putting it off. Those living in Bloomington-Normal know full well that winters can sneak up on us. Let the professionals at Scott's Exterior Maintenance take care of your snow plowing and removal needs.
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Snow Shoveling & Plowing in Normal IL
For snow shoveling and plowing in Normal IL, Scott’s is here to take your troubles away.
For the first storms of the season, every family could use a helping hand. Your home is happier and safer when you don't have to worry about the essential chores getting done. On the first snowfall of the season, make sure you are prepared to have a clean property and driveway.
Snow Plowing & Removal Tips
Plowing and removing snow is hardly anyone's idea of fun, and it's a lot of time-consuming work. For this reason, we recommend that you hire a professional service to have your driveway cleaned up in a flash -- one less thing for you to worry about. There may be, however, some times where you have to handle a bit of snow removal yourself, which is why we want you to be armed with a few useful tips we've come across in our years of experience.
Put markers in the ground along the edge of your driveway, sidewalk, and other areas that will need to be cleared. As the snow piles up, it's easy to lose those lines, and having markers (flags, poles, etc) will help you avoid accidentally plowing your front lawn. Your snow removal service will thank you as well. We plow hundreds of streets and driveways and as you know, not all are the same.
As for shovels, S-shaped shovels are good for removing heavy snowfall and C-shaped shovels are better for pushing and removing light, fluffy snow. For those in the East and Midwest, make sure you own an s-shaped shovel.
Once you've got your shovel, get ahead of the snow. You'll want to put it to use frequently to prevent snow from building up. When snow starts to pile up and temperatures drop below freezing, it tends to stick or freeze to your driveway, walkway and sidewalk. In fact, even with cold temperatures above freezing, it can still stick. Attack any built-up ice with salt, sand or kitty litter.
Snow blowers may be the ultimate snow-removal tool, but they're not always in the budget. Your typical snow blower costs more than salt or an average shovel. They range in price from $50 all the way up to $500.
Be strategic in where you dump your snow. You want to keep it away from the foundation of your home and any exposed pipes. Piling snow around your home is not only dangerous for frozen pipes, but once it freezes, it could cause major cracks in your foundation.
Winter Tips From The Experts
There are a few unconventional tricks we've come across in our years of experience, and we figured we'd list them here.
Alcohol: more than a disinfectant or mealtime beverage. Spray icy windows thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and then dry with an old towel. Not only will this trick get rid of the ice, but it will help prevent fogging and leave your windows with a streak-free shine. Any clear alcohol—vodka, gin or rum—will work just as well as rubbing alcohol to deice windows.
Avoid using boiling hot water. Instead, use lukewarm water and pour it over the frozen area. The drastic temperature change using boiling hot water can cause cracks and deformations. Prevent additional ice from forming by using a squeegee to remove the run off immediately.
Cover up. A plastic tarp can be the key to speedy snow removal. If snowfall is predicted, cover your car, porch steps, or walkways with a sturdy cloth or tarp.
Keep your leaf-blower handy. You can use it to blow away light snow from steps, walkways, driveways, and cars.
Kitty litter can provide a great source of traction on icy surfaces, which makes it a lifesaver for tires that need traction to pull out of snow drifts. Keep a large container of kitty litter in the trunk of your car.
How To Remove Snow From My Roof?
The first question to answer is why you need to remove snow from your roof. In short, you want to keep your roof snow-free for a number of reasons, primarily because you want to prevent excess weight from building up, and you also don't want to give snow the chance to freeze, which will cause a list of costly problems.
Frozen snow piles on your roof allow ice dams to form. If you’re able to prevent ice dams, you’re far more likely to prevent your roof from leaking and damaging the inside of your home.
Snow is heavy. If your roof has 12 inches of snow on it, that could easily amount to thousands of pounds of stress on your roof. Minimizing the stress placed on your roof is a great way to minimize the risk of leaking and cave-ins.
A good rule of thumb is to get your roof cleared after every six inches of snowfall. If you prevent too much snow from piling up on your roof, it’s much harder for ice dams to form and you can certainly stop worrying about any sort of roof cave-in. Usually, six inches will melt before it can cause any issues. With that said, if six inches fall and you're expecting more snow later that week or freezing temperatures, you may want to get it removed asap.
While it may sound like a good idea at the time, you don't want to put any salt products on your roof. That is, unless you live on the wild side and want to risk discolored shingles and dead plants or grass come spring time.
We also don't recommend that you go up on your roof by yourself, as the risk of injuring yourself is high. But if you do, don't leave any snow pathways on your roof—caused by walking back and fourth through the snow. Unless these snow pathways are removed, it's likely they'll lead to ice dams.
Residential Snow Plowing - Normal IL
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What's Included in Our Snow Removal Services:
Cost of equipment. Lesser companies will bring lesser quality equipment. We at Scott's Exterior Maintenance pride ourselves on the quality and reliability of our equipment.
Response time. How long it takes a company to respond counts. You may pay more for a company with a fast response time versus paying less for a longer wait time.
Professionalism. We'll treat you, your family, and your business with respect. We'll be on time and ready. We value the friendships we build with our clients.
Extras. Be sure to ask if anything else you want cleared — sidewalks or walkways, for instance — are included in the price.
Before hiring, check Angie’s List for customer reviews. Ask friends and family members for recommendations.
Get estimates from at least three companies before signing a contract with the one that seems the most reliable for the price. You don't want to get left high and dry during a snowstorm.