Avoid These 5 Common Snow Removal Mistakes

Removing snow and carving a narrow path in the driveway
Don’t just cut a path narrow enough for your driveway or walkway.

3. Making Narrow Paths

One of the most common places you’ll remove snow from is your walkway or the place people enter your home from. It can be tempting to shovel out a narrow path that’s big enough to pass through but not much more, but this can lead to problems over time.

Paths tend to narrow as the season goes on, with more snow falling, and existing snowbanks melting and refreezing. If your path is wide when you begin, any narrowing that occurs won’t obscure it.

House surrounded by heavy snow
Start removing snow from your roof the minute you notice it accumulating. (DepositPhotos)

4. Delaying Removing Snow from the Roof

Snow on your roof isn’t a big concern if you only have a few inches fall. But if the snow keeps falling, you may need to take steps to remove the snow. Too many people don’t know the right time and risk roof damage.

The proper time to remove snow from your roof is when it reaches 60 pounds per square foot or more. This can look like 6 inches of packed snow or 12 inches or more of fluffy snow.

Dog eating ice melt and getting poisoned
Only use ice melt that’s pet safe.

5. Not Using Pet-Safe Ice Melt

It often helps to throw down a layer of salt or ice melt after you’ve finished shoveling an area. When you do this, it helps melt any residual ice and can help prevent more light snow from sticking. Unfortunately, many ice melts and road salts can be toxic to animals and your landscaping.

Pet-safe ice melt can help make sure that your pets and wild animals remain safe from toxic salts and chemicals. They’re also less corrosive to landscaping, so you’re less likely to deal with issues in the spring.

Remove Your Snow Safely

Snow removal can be tedious as well as expensive. But if you take steps to remove the snow safely and correctly at all times, you will keep your property safe this winter, no matter how much snow falls.

Further Reading


  1. All pet-safe ice melts are made from chloride salt. I’m not sure why paying extra for a dog on the package makes a product safer.


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