WarmlyYours Snow Melting System Hard At Work!

By Robert Robillard on Landscape

Installing a Snow Melting System

WarmlyYours Snow Melting System Hard At Work!

In the North East winter means shoveling and salting your walkway and stairs.  The problem is salt destroys stonework and black ice can cause falls.  One bad fall can result in a brokenWarmlyYours Snow Melting System and snow melting cables hip, leg or cause you to throw your back out.  Heating a driveway or walkway is a great way to get rid of snow melt chemicals and to ensure that your driveway or walkway is always clear and less likely to cause a slip and fall injury.

Snow Melting Cables IN ACTION!

Recently we installed snow melting cables made by WarmlyYours under this bluestone walkway and stair landing.   [Click here to see the Warmly Yours Snow Melt Cable installation article]

The WarmlyYours snow melting system is wired to an snow and ice sensor that turns the system on and off automatically, saving the need to operate the system manually.  This saves electricity because the system is not left on longer than needed.

Today’s weather delivered us a blizzard that dropped 18” of heavy wet snow in a 12 hour period.  A blizzard is categorized as a storm that delivers a minimum of 35 mph wind with snow visibility of ¼ mile or less.   That means drifting snow.WarmlyYours snow melting cables under blue stone

The WarmlyYours Snow Melting System turned on automatically and ran throughout the storm.  The storm dropped 1 to 3” per hour at times and as a result I had to shovel 1” of snow off the walkway about two hours into the storm.   I attributed this to the bluestone slab needing time to warm up and reach snow melting temperature.

If I had planned better I would have turned the system on before the snow started to pre-warm the slab.

Regardless of the whether I pre-warmed the slab or not the end result after the 12 hour snow storm   was a clear and dry walkway.  This picture was taken while it was still snowing with 17” of snow on the ground.

Impressive technology!

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Installing Snow Melting Cables Part 1

Installing Snow Melting Cables Part 2

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Robert Robillard

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Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and editor of AConcordCarpenter.com and principal of a full service renovation company located in Concord, Massachusetts; A Concord Carpenter, LLC. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he also hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering the do-it-yourself audience in Boston’s Meto West region expert advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob covers all aspects of home improvement, remodeling, and specializes in problem solving for home maintenance. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter’s motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Rob is a a regular contributor to DIY magazine Extreme-How-To Magazine and assistant editor at ToolBoxBuzz. He is also a tool safety and training coordinator for Push America on their Build America project.

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  1. Rob, I LOVE this… Want it for my whole driveway. Question: Any drainage issues? Our driveway slopes down into the house. Normally, no biggie because it drains off to the side, but I could see if that got blocked (Say, by snow), we could end up with a lake. Thoughts?

    1. Concord Carpenter says:

      Yes, the water drains to the street – walk slopes that way. You would have to put a grate drain in or keep an area open for draining, maybe run snow melt cables to the drain area.

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