How to Remove Snow from Your Satellite Dish

Once winter arrives, it’s crucial you keep snow off of certain parts of your property to avoid damage and hazardous conditions.

If you have a satellite dish on your home, you may be wondering whether you should remove any settled snowfall, and if so, what’s the best method for cleaning it.

In most cases you’ll want to carefully climb a ladder to access the dish and remove the snow using a soft bristle broom.

Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your satellite makes it through the winter.

Why You Should Remove Snow from Your Satellite Dish

Removing snow from your satellite dish is essential as if snow is allowed to accumulate, you may lose television or internet signal.

If you’re expecting a large amount of snowfall, you’ll need to clear your satellite regularly. If a substantial amount of snow builds up, it could fall off your roof, damage your property and hurt someone in the process. While most satellites are sturdy and attached correctly, it’s always worth being cautious during a blizzard. 

How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Satellite Dish

Most people place their satellites on their roofs, which can be hazardous to access, especially in icy conditions. There are several precautions you should take if you have to use a ladder to reach your dish.

Firstly, you’ll want to make sure there’s no ice on the ground below, as this may cause the ladder to slide out from underneath you unexpectedly. Placing some grit on the ground before you place the ladder down is a good idea, as it’ll give you extra traction. You’ll also want to scrap any ice off your shoes, as this could also be dangerous. During winter, try to store your ladder inside to avoid ice forming on the steps. To be extra safe, get a friend or family member to hold the ladder, so it doesn’t fall over. 

Don’t use anything like an ice scraper or a shovel to displace stuck-on snow, as this may scrap your satellite dish and move it out of position, ruining your TV signal. The best thing to use to remove snow and ice from your satellite is a broom with soft plastic bristles or a snow rake with a long handle. These tools will ensure you don’t have to stretch to reach your dish and are less likely to displace your satellite. 

If you’re clearing large amounts of snow from your satellite, make sure you’re not standing directly underneath the satellite and move any expensive equipment out of the way. Snow falling from high up could hurt someone and damage your property. 

How to Prevent Snow from Building up on Your Satellite Dish in the Future

There are several ways you can stop snow from building up on your satellite in the future. One of the best methods you can use is a satellite heater.

Satellite heaters have a built-in thermostat that turns on when the temperature is low enough to conserve energy. Satellite heaters lightly heat your dish, leaving it free from snow and ice. If you can’t afford to buy a satellite heater, try using a satellite cover. These covers are made from nylon, so ice and snow can’t settle as easily. Satellite covers are also easy to put on, and will save you climbing up a ladder in the middle of a snowstorm.

However, they are less effective than heaters, and some snow may still settle. One common myth is that using cooking oils like PAM on your satellite will keep the snow away. If you use PAM on your satellite, it will just exacerbate the problem. Rather than the snow falling off as it can’t stick, cooking oils will have the reverse effect, and snow will collect on your dish even faster. These sprays could also erode and damage your satellite and are best avoided. 

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