Old man winter has been tough this year. This week we had another 14 inches of snow in the northeast! In total we have had 55 inches of snow this winter season. We have another five inches headed our way on Tuesday. It seems like there is no end in sight.
We ended up having to call someone to come help us move 14 inches of heavy wet snow on Friday because there was no way we could have done that our selves. The guy we called is a friend of a family member so he gave us what I considered a very good deal on the snow removal. We paid $50 to have him clean up our driveway which is pretty long and widens up into a two car driveway towards the end.
Enter the Backhoe
We thought the guy would show up with a regular truck with a snowplow attached to it. While we where out shoveling the sidewalk and back patio we saw him pulling into to our driveway with a Backhoe….Ha! 🙂 It made me laugh because I was not expecting this huge piece of equipment but it was perfect for the job.
He was great at maneuvering it back and forth and finished the job in 1 hour. This would probably have taken us 5 hours to clean up and who knows if we would have injured our backs in the process. As you can see our driveway in this picture was left nice and clean. So, we were more than happy to pay $50 for the clean up!
The Danger of Icicles
I keep seeing news reports of roofs buckling under the pressure of the heavy snow and it is scary. Many homes in my neighborhood have icicles hanging from the gutters and gutters are buckling as well. I heard a news report that heavy ice dams on the gutters can be dangerous and cause water to seep into the home, which can lead to expensive repairs. The permanent solution to this they said is to increase the insulation in your attic but a temporary solution is to fill a pantyhose with ice melt and line up these “sausages” along the gutters. I thought this was a pretty funny solution but the professional roofer they interviewed said it would help with melting the ice and snow from the gutters. So, there you have it. You learn something new everyday as a first time homeowner.
When will the snow end?
Well, this is the mountain of snow we have in our side yard right now. Don’t know how high this will get before the snow stops coming our way this winter. We can only hope that we catch a break sometime in the near future as not only our homes are taking a beating but so are the roadways with numerous potholes. I’ve seen several reports of people blowing out tires and spending hundreds of dollars in repairs. Our budgets are suffering too! We have spent $70 this winter season on ice melt for our property. Towns are running low or are completely out of ice melt and you cannot find ice melt right now in any home improvement store. Spring cannot get here fast enough!
How are you holding up this winter season? Are snow related expenses disrupting your budget?