Too Much Snow?
Maintain your Deck and avoid problems of having your pets “pee” on them! The old adage “Don’t eat yellow snow” should be don’t leave yellow snow on your deck!
The snow keeps falling, your deck and outdoor living space keeps piling up high with snow. No where for your pets to go. What to do? Shovel it! Take the snow off your patio to prevent uplift of the stones. If they were not installed properly, the freezing of the ground will cause an uplift of the stones.
When this happens, and you shovel it, the shovel will get bent due to the upheaval of the flagstone. If you have a metal tip/lip to your shovel, it will get bent and scratch the next surface it hits…..which will probably be your deck! Do not use that shovel on your deck, furniture, car, etc. it will cause scratches that cannot be repaired entirely. If your deck is wood, they can be sanded, but if your deck is vinyl or composite the only way to repair those scratches is to replace the board.
The best solution, do not use metal on your deck.
We live in the Northeast too. We’ve removed all the snow from our rails, tables, chairs, decks and barbeque. This helps all of these items prepare for the next snow.
It also helps our dogs understand that it is still a deck, patio, and furniture. Dog “pee” in snow doesn’t seem that bad. It was always a joke as a kid, “Don’t eat yellow snow”, but when the snow melts, it all soaks into the deck or patio, leaving an odor that animals can detect. All of a sudden, in the middle of summer you see your fine, loved pet, sniffing and using that same area as a “spot” to relieve themselves.
Avoid this anguish by shoveling your deck clean of snow so those “little ones” understand the path to their destination.