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5 Ways to Deal with Snow Runoff in the Garage

5 Ways to Deal with Snow Runoff in the Garage

Although the winter can be a wonderful time of the year, it can also cause a lot of problems around your home.  One problem many people face is snow melt in the garage.  Garages without a drain or a sloped floor get snow melt in the winters.  Snow melt can cause a lot of problems to your garage by damaging the floor with road salts getting in, and it can create a safety hazard by leaving slippery spots for somebody to slip on and hurt themselves.  If you have problems caused by snow melt in your garage, you should check out some of these inexpensive and effective ideas to help you defeat the issue.

1. Use a squeegee

A squeegee can be a simple and inexpensive fix to keeping snow melt out of your garage.  When the snow melts off of your car onto the floor, simply crack your garage door open and squeegee the water right back outside.

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2. Invest in garage mats.

If you have some money to spend, I recommend investing in garage mats.  There are many different kinds of floor mats you can purchase for your garage to help you contain and/or combat the issues caused by snow melt.  There are many different kinds of garage mats, but these are a couple of the best ones you can get.

The Park Smart Clean Park mat has a thick polyvinyl mat that is secured by plastic snap-in borders that hold water in with out it leaking onto the concrete.  You can use a wet vac to remove the water, or unclip one of the borders and squeegee the water out.

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    The Drymate mat is a fabric mat that absorbs the water caused by snow melt and it also keeps salt and deicing solvents off of your garage floor.The mat can be easily wet or dry vacuumed for easy cleanup.

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      3. Brush off your vehicle before parking it

      If you aren’t up to spending any money right away, a simple way to keep snow melt to a minimum is to brush your vehicle off before you park it.  This way you can eliminate most of the snow that you may bring into your garage if you were to just park it.

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      4. Cardboard boxes

      An inexpensive substitute to buying a garage mat is to lay down some old cardboard boxes where you park.  The cardboard will soak up the snow melt and also help trap some of the salt and deicer that may be left behind.  Just simply dispose of the used boxes and place another fresh one down.  You can get boxes at no cost to you just by simply going to your local grocery store, or department store and ask them if they have any left over from shipments.  Most stores would be more than happy to give them to anybody willing to take them.

      5. Invest in blower fans or other fans

      Investing in a blower fan for your garage could be a bit costly, but it could also be well worth the money.  A blower fan could help you dry out your garage quickly and without much effort from yourself.  You could try and use ordinary household fans, or even installing a ceiling fan, but the cold temperatures may make it hard to completely dry out the floor.

      Winter is can be brutal enough as it is.  Don’t let it cause problems in your garage with pesky snow melt.  Follow these tips to make your garage nice and dry during the harsh winters.

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      Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

      Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

      There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

      “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

      Primal Therapy

      Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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      How it Started

      “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

      It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

      “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

      Delving deeper

      Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

      Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

      Some Methods To Practice Screaming

      If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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      • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
      • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
      • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
      • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

      After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

      Scream Sing

      Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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      • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
      • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
      • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
      • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
      • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
      • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
      • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

      If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

      Scream into a pillow

      Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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      Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

      Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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