In the particular section where I live, the amount of snow is a problem. Both of us often accumulate at least several feet of snow in a single night. Our Winter time seasons last for far more than five to 8 straight weeks, with un-even temperatures falling between cold as well as completely drop below negative twenty degrees. Both of us always experience our first snowfall sometime right around early September, as well as the snow usually remains until mid May. This requires lots of diligent plowing, shoveling as well as spreading snow melting chemicals. It is very expensive to buy a plow for the truck or hire someone to handle the plowing. Shoveling the large volume of snow is time-consuming, exhausting, as well as a quarterly task. Snow melt chemicals from the store, such as rock salt, mangle the landscape as well as can get tracked right inside as well as mangle the floors. After years of dealing with excessive amounts of snow, my own hubby as well as I invested in a snowmelt system. This was an expensive project which continually required digging up our driveway, walkways as well as floor of the garage. Both of us were very fortunate to already have a boiler installed in the condo which is powerful enough for us to handle the additional workload. A series of pipes were installed as well as then covered entirely with a fresh layer of cement. The hydronic heating plan is setup to independently, automatically activate at a certain temperature as well as moisture level. The boiler then supplies boiling water, which travels through the underground pipes as well as transfers loads of heat to the brick surface. This heating plan effectively melts away snow as well as thick ice from the driveway, garage as well as walkways. There’s no more need for early morning shoveling or plowing, as well as no worry of slipping as well as falling. While it was a significantly expensive investment, the snow melt plan is absolutely worthwhile.