Winter is a fantastic time to be indoors. It’s an opportunity to spend time looking around your home and figuring out which remodels and renovations you may need. Though, when it begins to snow, it may be time to put figuring out the average cost of a kitchen remodel or the average cost of a bathroom remodel on hold. When snow falls in the Western PA region it tends to pile up. And when you haven’t taken the precautionary measures, it becomes a pain to shovel out. That’s why we here at Mihalko’s General Contracting have put together a few tips on shoveling your driveway for winter.
1. Stretch. Before you even take a step outdoors it’s important to stretch. Use stretches similar to that of a runner or biker. Stretch your hamstrings, arms, back and whatever else you may think might be in use. And when you finally do get out there, remember to pace yourself.
2. Shortest Distance. When removing snow, make sure to move it the shortest distance necessary. A great technique is to start in the middle and work your way to the edges. That way by the time you reach the end of your shoveling you need only move the snow a very short distance.
3. Proper Posture. When lifting anything heavy, it’s important to use proper posture. For the most part, put the weight of lifting in your legs. Keep your back straight as you move from the squatting to upright position and use your shoulder muscles as much as possible.
4. Cut Yourself Slack. The sun is relatively powerful this time of year. If you don’t shovel every square inch of your driveway or pathway, that’s okay. Shovel what’s necessary, lay down some de-icer and leave the rest up to the sun.
5. Dress Code. Don’t over dress. Shoveling is tough work and over dressing will ensure you’re extra sweaty right from the start. We recommend dressing in layers so you can take them off if necessary.
6. Hydrate. The air is dry and cold. You’re wearing a ton of layers and you might be sweating and not even realize it. It’s important to stay hydrated while shoveling snow. Take a break before you even think its necessary to and drink some water.
7. Rest. Don’t be ashamed to take a break. You’ve got nothing to prove, just a driveway filled with snow. When you feel tired, don’t strain yourself. Take a break. Eat some lunch. Come back to shoveling when you’re ready.
With winter in full effect, it may be necessary to put your remodel bathroom ideas on hold for now. When the snow starts falling, grabbing a shovel and getting to work becomes a top priority. Be safe this winter and follow some of our tips when it comes to shoveling snow. And when you’re ready to get back to your home remodeling ideas, call a contracting family you can trust. Call a local general contractor that’s been serving his neighbors in the Johnstown PA, Latrobe PA and Altoona PA area for over 34 years. Call Mihalko’s General Contracting for your home remodeling needs.