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Twitter Poll-Snow Storm Edition

At the end of last week, the Snow Removal Specialists at Twin Pines posed a question for our followers on Twitter, asking which of a handful of items would be most beneficial in protecting your home during snow . After the poll was cast out and our followers had time to choose which option they thought was right, these were the results:

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The majority of our voters chose “Hairdryer” as the ideal household item for dealing with snow. Unfortunately, this is not the correct answer; there are a lot of dangerous downsides to this option. Most importantly, you should not use a hairdryer to melt snow because it has the potential to electrocute you.  This is a caution that comes whenever electric machines mix with water-based substances, but there are also many other complications to keep in mind. Melting snow into water this quickly on metal, like cars, can cause rust. It can also allow snow to melt too quickly in one specific area, causing breakage and the falling of large chunks of ice or snow, especially if used on a high surface like the top of a car or a roof. This can be very dangerous!

Instead, the best household item for snow removal was actually answer D: “Tights/Pantyhose.” This is a trick that all great Snow Removal Experts stand by, and is especially useful for preventing ice dams on roofs!

What To Do:

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  1. Take an old pair of pantyhose or tights and cut the legs off
  2. Fill the inside with Calcium Chloride
  3. Tie off the open end
  4. Place the pantyhose on your roof so they are perpendicular to your gutter (Note: The end of the pantyhose should extend over the side of the gutter)
  5. Shift pantyhose into place with a long stick or broom handle
  6. Continue to monitor/check

How It Works: Basically, Calcium Chloride is a snow melting chemical, which, if you place it directly onto your roof, can cause corrosion. Instead, having a controlled barrier made up of pantyhose materials, allows the chemical to seep through and do its job of breaking down the ice/melt on top of your roof without causing any lasting damage.

Pro Tip: Be on the lookout for chunks of melted snow falling off of your roof due to ice dam removal tactics; Never stand directly beneath the ice dam and keep all cars/outside items away from beneath this area, as well. Dealing with snow removal can be dangerous, and we recommend taking all the appropriate cautions before moving forward.


A big thank you to everyone who voted as part of our first “Twin Pines Poll!” Please check back with us for more fun & interactive posts on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and here on our blog! Still looking for plowing, shoveling, salting, and more for this winter? Give us a call at (508) 358-4231 to find out if you are in our service area, then book a free, no obligation estimate with Twin Pines!


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Proactive Planning: Prepping Your Home For Life After The Snow

The winter of 2015 will go down in record books as the most snow to fall over the shortest period of time in Boston history. With the novelty of having a world that looks just like the inside of a snow globe definitely wearing off at this point in the season, many homeowners are starting to stress about the effects of all this snow on their houses.

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As you have probably heard on the news, this is a viable stress to have these days. Homeowners have had to deal with roofs collapsing, leaking ceilings, and damage to exterior parts of their homes due to the overwhelming amount of snow.

While it may seem like the snow will just keep falling until spring comes—in 29 days as of today, but who’s counting?—it’s never too early to start putting a plan in place to make repairs to the already damaged portions of your home. Being proactive about repairs like these can make you feel at least a little bit better about the “snowpocalypse” outside.

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Twin Pines’ Winter Landscaping Guide

Twin Pines Landscaping has been compiling daily Landscaping Tips this winter and sharing them with our followers on social media. Throughout this process, we realized that we have a lot more insight to offer than just a single tip per day. So, we have created this Twin Pines Winter Landscaping Guide to help all of you landscaping enthusiasts make the most of your yard year-round!

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There are lots of easy ways to keep your yard interesting in winter, even when trees are bare and everything seems like a bland wash of gray. All it takes is a little bit of planning!

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