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5 Ways to Deal with Snow Runoff in the Garage

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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.

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      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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      Last Updated on December 2, 2021

      The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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      The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

      Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

      There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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      Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

      Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

      Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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      Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

      1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
      2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
      3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
      4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
      5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

      Now on to the checklist!

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      Here is how your checklist should look

      1. CAMPSITE GEAR

      • Tent, poles, stakes
      • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
      • Extra tarp or canopy
      • Sleeping bag for each camper
      • Sleeping pad for each camper
      • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
      • Pillows
      • Extra blankets
      • Chairs
      • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
      • Lantern
      • Lantern fuel or batteries

      2.  KITCHEN

      • Stove
      • Fuel for stove
      • Matches or lighter
      • Pot
      • French press or portable coffee maker
      • Corkscrew
      • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
      • Food-storage containers
      • Trash bags
      • Cooler
      • Ice
      • Water bottles
      • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
      • Cups, mugs
      • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
      • Cutting board
      • Foil
      • soap
      • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
      • Paper towels
      • Extra bin for washing dishes

      3. CLOTHES

      • Clothes for daytime
      • Sleepwear
      • Swimsuits
      • Rainwear
      • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
      • Extra layers for warmth
      • Gloves
      • Hats

      4. PERSONAL ITEMS

      • Sunscreen
      • Insect repellent
      • First-aid kit
      • Prescription medications
      • Toothbrush, toiletries
      • Soap

      5. OTHER ITEMS

      • Camera
      • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
      • Maps, area information

      This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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