Winter is such a beautiful season, but it can also bring along a few weather problems that affect your schedule and life. If you’re not used to dealing with heavy snow or if a snowstorm hit you by surprise, there’s no need to fear. We’ve selected a few tips and tricks that can help you deal with snow and ice throughout the season and that will make your life much easier!
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. -John Ruskin
1- Using Alcohol
Need a solution to easily defrost your windows? You can find it in your medicine cabinet as rubbing alcohol or on your mini bar as vodka, gin or rum. Any clear alcohol will do the trick. Put the liquid on a spray bottle and use it thoroughly on your icy windows, and then use an old towel to dry it. The alcohol will easily defrost and get rid of the ice, and it will also help prevent fogging, leaving your windows clean and clear.
2- Cover It Up
Predicting a snowfall? Cover your car and walkways with a canvas painting drop cloth, plastic tarp, or another sturdier cloth that you may have laying around. When you leave the house in the morning, simply drag the snow-filled tarp or cloth aside and shake the snow off. Voilá: you have a quick system to get the snow out of the steps and speedy way to clear your car off of snow.
3- Salty Trick
Table salt is an amazing friend this time of the year. You can use it to prevent a hard frost from forming on your car windshield overnight! Place a small quantity in an old sock and rub it over the windows the night before, making sure to rub firmly over the entire surface. But use this trick in moderation, as it can cause damage to the surface if used repeatedly. If you need a more long-term solution, pick up a bag of salt specifically designed for snow and ice removal.
4- Use Water To Melt Ice
Can’t open the car due to frozen locks? The steps and walkways are covered in ice and making the passage dangerous? Use lukewarm water to clear away ice from car windows, door locks, steps and other places that it has taken over. Use a squeegee just after pouring the water to prevent additional ice from forming on the windows. Depending on how much ice there is, you might have to repeat the process a few times. Be patient and don’t use hot water to speed up the process: the temperature difference may crack windows, warp metal and damage concrete.
5- Blow The Snow Away
Use your leaf blower during the winter, too. Use it to blow away light snow from walkway, steps, driveways and cars. You can also use the exhaust mode on a trusty wet/dry vac the same way as a leaf blower, to blow away to snow, or you can use it to suck up the snow and dump it somewhere else.
Keep Your House In Order
In the end, the best way to deal with the cold season is by being prepared and having your house at the best situation as possible, so you don’t go through any unnecessary stress and you can avoid bigger headaches. Get your heating system checked, hire a contractor to clean the ice dams and clean your gutters and prevent any complicated problems. Prevention is always the best way to deal with the cold season, so get your house ready today!
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