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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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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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