Why You Should Hire A Professional for Snow Removal

November 15, 2021

While snow can be fun to look at and play in, heavy snowfall can also make it difficult to get out of the house. Even though fall is just getting started, it’s almost that time of year again in Pennsylvania to break out the snow shovels, snowblower, cold-weather gear, and ice melt. With harsh winter weather on the way, now is the time to make a plan for removing snow and ice cover from your driveway and sidewalks so that you can still get out and about no matter what the weather brings. You might think that hiring a professional for this everyday chore is a waste of money, but it could actually save your life or the life of your loved ones. Removing snow can be extremely taxing work even for an experienced snow shoveller, and as a result, this chore can be hazardous for your health. Not to mention, snow shoveling can be time-consuming and very inconvenient depending on where you live and your schedule. Weighing all the risks and costs of doing it yourself, it’s best to hire a professional to make sure the snow on your property is removed safely and effectively. 

Health Risks of Shoveling Snow Yourself

man cleaning snow hurt his back

Even if you are in good shape, shoveling snow can be dangerous for your health. For those with heart conditions or people over 55, this chore can even be deadly. Moving heavy, wet snow around is an extremely strenuous activity comparable to the peak of a fast-paced cardio workout. The motion vigorously works your arms, legs, back, and especially your heart and lungs. As a result, shoveling snow puts a lot of strain on your heart. Coupled with the cold temperatures that constrict your blood vessels and increase your blood pressure, as well as the more sedentary lifestyle that winter weather typically brings, this exertion can easily trigger a heart attack. In the US alone, more than 100 people die every year while shoveling snow and studies show that as snowfall increases, so does the hospital admittance rate for heart attacks. 

Although snow blowers might seem like a better option than shoveling the snow, lugging a heavy machine around your driveway and sidewalks can pose many of the same health risks as removing the snow manually. In addition to the risk of a heart attack, other common health hazards include muscle strains and injuries from slipping and falling on slick ice or snow. Improper lifting techniques also frequently lead to back injuries and pain. 

Other Benefits Of Hiring A Professional

man snow blowing path

Besides avoiding the potentially deadly health risks posed by shoveling snow yourself, there are many other benefits to hiring a professional for the task. While you might only have access to a basic snow shovel, professional snow removers have all of the latest equipment and the manpower to remove snow quickly, easily, and effectively. Experts also have years of experience that make the usually labor-intensive task of snow removal take only minutes. 

If you have a busy schedule, it can be difficult to find a few hours in the day to remove snow yourself. Hiring a professional allows you to enjoy all the convenience and benefits of a snow-free driveway and walkway without investing the time and labor it takes to do it yourself. Additionally, getting an expert for this chore can actually save you money in the long run. Instead of buying shovels, blowers, plows, and many bags of ice melt over the years, you can easily take care of this chore by simply hiring a professional to get the job done. 

Call Showcase Lawn Works To Set Up Your Snow Removal Program

If you want to avoid all the negative health risks and the time-consuming work of shoveling snow yourself, call the professionals at Showcase Lawn Works of Pennsylvania. We have a dependable Snow Removal Program that will make sure you don’t ever have to worry about removing snow from your driveway or sidewalks ever again. We also offer a variety of other services throughout the year, including lawn care, tree and shrub care, perimeter pest control, and landscaping. You can visit our website to view all of our services and request a free estimate, reach out to our staff via our contact form for more information, or give us a call at 717-354-3226 or call toll-free at 800-503-3426. For more informative articles on lawn and garden care for all seasons, be sure to check out our monthly blog