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It may be summer. However, it is never too early for home and business owners to begin thinking about snow and, more importantly, how to rid their premises of said precipitation.

Pileups of ground snow can not only prove bothersome but could precipitate significant perils that could cost property owners and business proprietors dearly. Therefore, learning different ground snow melting techniques bears critical importance.

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The Reasons Snow Melting Is Important

As frozen precipitation, ground snow could lay the dwork for several physical dangers like automobile accidents and slip and fall incidents in which family members, friends, neighbors, and even business patrons could sustain painful and even critical injuries.

Factors That Impact The Snow Melting Process

Safety experts and meteorologists maintain that several factors could play into how quickly the snow melts like:

  • Direct sunlight exposure
  • External air temperature
  • Wind conditions
  • The presence of other precipitation forms such as rain
  • A given snow pile’s density

Additionally, issues like the sun’s angle and the heat absorption capacity of the surrounding earth also play a determining role.

Optimal Ground Snow Melting Methods

Snow melting efforts can be divided into two distinct categories, do-if-yourself undertakings and those requiring professional assistance.

Do-It-Yourself Efforts

Most do-it-yourself endeavors are relatively inexpensive and do not require a significant degree of heavy lifting on the performer’s part. Common actions include:

  • Placing various materials on top of accumulated snow
  • Numerous substances prove effective in melting ground snow including:
  • Coffee grounds

These products contain nitrogen and several acids possessing heat-inducing capacities. Snow removal industry professionals recommend dropping these items atop small accumulations of snow and icy driveways. Additionally, said materials might prevent pileups when positioned prior to significant snowfall.


Dropping generous quantities of deicing salt is a classic snow melting method. That said, this technique is most effective when executed in advance of snowfall or during minimal accumulation events. Moreover, salt could prove detrimental to family pets, in addition to a driveway or walkway’s future structural integrity.

Snow Blowers

These powerful devices can propel large amounts of snow away from areas where snow is unwanted. Fairly easy to operate snowblowers some in hand-held sizes as well as full size with push capabilities.

Professional Assistance

Occasionally, home or business owners with enough disposable funds might retain the services of a company versed in the installation of driveway or walkway heating systems. These networks are typically divided into two categories, hydronic and electrical systems.

Hydronic Systems

Such networks are connected to a residential or commercial property’s boiler or water heating apparatus and are activated when these systems switch on. That said, installation necessitates the placement of a new driveway or pathway to accommodate the link between apparatus and surface.

Electrical Systems

Electricity powers cables positioned on an already existing driveway or pathway. Though electrical costs can be high, said systems are programmed to activate whenever frozen precipitation lands atop the surface in question and turn off when said occurrence ceases.

Contacting Us

For more information about the snow removal process or the previously mentioned techniques, please contact us. Our company boasts an impressive record serving the needs of our customers in a fast, friendly, and efficient manner.

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