In the space where I currently live, the amount of snow is a problem.  All of us often accumulate at least several feet of snow in a single night.  Our Wintertide seasons last for so many straight weeks, with hot and cold temperatures falling between chilly and far less than twenty degrees.  All of us correctly experience our first snowfall sometime in early November or October, and the snow usually remains until mid May. This requires lots of plowing, shoveling and spreading loads of snow melting chemicals.  It is extravagant to buy a plow for the truck or hire someone in order to handle the plowing. Shoveling the snow is time-consuming, exhausting, sweaty, and a biweekly work. Snow melt chemicals, such as rock salt, mangle the whole landscape and can get tracked inside and further mangle the floors.  After years of dealing with excessive amounts of falling snow, our husband and I invested in a snowmelt system. This was a highly extravagant project which required digging up our driveway, our brick walkways and floor of the garage. All of us were highly fortunate to already have a boiler installed in the home which is powerful enough for me to handle the additional workload.  A series of pipes were installed and then easily re-covered with a fresh layer of cement. The hydronic heating plan is professionally setup to automatically activate at a particular temperature and moisture level. The hot water boiler supplies warm water, which travels through the underground pipes and later transfers heat to the cement surface. This heating plan effectively melts away feet of snow and ice from the driveway, garage and walkways.

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