The HeatTrak Homeowner Blog

Facilities Maintenance, Safety and Surviving the Snow

Tree and Landscaping Hazards Caused by Snow & Ice

Homeowners with well-manicured lawns sometimes dread and fear the arrival of winter, realizing that their precious trees, bushes, flowers, plants, and sod may suffer the effects of "winter kill." And this is a reasonable concern, given the significant investment of time, effort, and money you may have put into your...

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Tree and Landscaping Precautions to Take Before Winter

Homeowners often spend significant amounts of money, time, and effort at beautifying their lot, both for the sake of "curb appeal" and personal enjoyment. For those who live in the more northerly half of the U.S. or in Canada, however, winter can be brutal to their manicured lawns and trees....

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Craziest Pictures of Winter 2014-2015's Record Snowfall

The 2014-2015 winter season broke records. A lot of them. Many states across the Midwest and Northeast set records for their coldest February of all time. Meanwhile, Boston kept racking up the records, hitting their longest, fastest, and heaviest snowfalls between January and March 2015, capping it off with 108.6...

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Weighing the Costs of Residential Snow Removal

Homeowners, renters, and landlords alike must deal each winter with the costs and inconveniences associated with snow and ice removal. Safety and health concerns, labor requirements, maintenance needs, and immediate expenses must all be weighed and balanced to find the optimal solutions. Here’s a brief look at some of the...

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Rock Salt Damage and Other Things Your Driveway Should Avoid in Winter

On average, a new 1,000-square-foot (304.8 m2) driveway costs between $2,000 and $5,000 (approximately $2,700 - $6,700 CAD) to install, and a professional resurfacing job on the same driveway will typically cost around $2,250 (approximately $3,000 CAD). With driveway installation and maintenance expenses running so high, it is imperative that homeowners...

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Refinishing Wood After Winter: Get Your Decks and Patios Back

The winter elements are tough on all materials, but especially wood. Wood can fade, stain, crack, chip, splinter and get water logged… The list seems endless!The good news is that revitalizing your wooden decks, patio furniture, wooden trims and wall panels back (without hiring a professional!) is easier than you...

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Tips to Maintaining Your Driveway Year Round!

Your driveway is one of the most important aspects of your property maintenance. Whether it’s where you park your car, shoot hoops or watch your children play, a maintained drive is critical for homeownership.The bad news is that all this usage means wear and tear, regardless of your driveway type....

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