For many homeowners, clearing snow after a storm is merely an annoyance. Here are a few tips to keep a little snow from becoming a big problem:

  • As you focus on clearing walks, steps, and driveways, also take time to consider drainage as the snow accumulation melts. Avoid piling snow against the foundation, even if the surface is graded properly away from the house. If the basement leaks, it would be advisable to remove the snow from the area altogether.
  • Before using any calcium chloride or other melting agent, think about whether the corrosive run-off will flow into areas of plantings, pet traffic or pools.
  • The roof, if properly drained by gutters and leaders, should be left alone, except for removal of any ice buildup at the eaves.
  • Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available online at