Home snowmaking is an exciting hobby for people of all ages. Once you make snow for the first time with your
snowmaker, you will see just how addicting home snowmaking can be. The ability to make
REAL snow in your
backyard has many perks, especially if you have children that are into skiing, snowboarding, or sledding.

So whether you are purchasing a snowmaker from us to make snow for a backyard terrain park, sledding run, or
just to accent your Holiday lights, here is some helpful advice from us here at SnowStorm Snowmaking.
  • If you are looking to make a lot of snow or are trying to cover a large area with snow, you will want to purchase a high pressure snowmaker that
    runs off of either a snowmaking pump or pressure washer. High pressure snowmakers are the most efficient because of the snowmaking
    process they follow. The amount of snow a high pressure snowmaker makes over a basic garden hose snowmaker is like night and day. The
    more water you flow out of a snowmaker (gpm), the more snow you can make. Garden hose snowmakers do not allow you to flow high amounts
    of water, unless you have a very big air compressor since they follow an inefficient snowmaking process that demands a lot of compressed air to
    nucleate the water.

  • Do not try and fight the wind when you are making snow. Always position the snowmaker so that the wind will carry the snow to the area you
    want it to go. If you try and fight the wind you will lose every time.

  • Avoid having the wind blow the mist back on to the snowmaker. This will increase your chances of having the nozzles freeze, no matter how cold
    it is outside. If the mist is blowing back on to your snowmaker, simply reposition the snowmaker so that the wind carries the mist away.

  • If you are making snow and want it to last through a warm spell that is coming up, blow the snow into a big pile. This pile is known as a "whale"
    and the snow will hold up much better through warmer temperatures and rain compared to if it was spread out on the ground.

  • Man made snow is much more dense than natural snow. As a result man made snow lasts much longer and holds up much better in warmer
    temperatures and through rain.

  • Always keep spare air and water hoses available in case the ones you are using freeze up. If the hoses you are using freeze up, bring them into
    a warm area to unfreeze. Some people soak the hoses in their bath tub to unfreeze them quicker. Using larger diameter hoses keeps freeze ups
    to a minimum.

  • It is very rare for a water hose to freeze, but it is possible. Your air hose on the other hand will be very prone to freezing especially if it is a small
    diameter air hose and you are running a long length. When your air compressor is running it creates moisture and this moisture will escape from
    the compressor tank and into the air hose. As the moisture tries to escape from the air hose, it usually winds up freezing before it reaches the

  • Store your snowmaker in a WARM location after each use and make sure the snow maker is FULLY DRAINED of water before it is stored. If any
    remaining water is left in the snowmaker it could freeze and potentially damage your snowmaker.

  • Store your pressure washer or snowmaking pump in a warm location when they are not in use. Residual water will remain in the pump when you
    shut the pressure washer or snowmaking pump off. If this water freezes, it will expand inside the pump causing potential damage. It might also
    seize up the motor and you won't be able to start the motor until the water thaws.

  • Always drain your air compressor tank after each use, not just after making snow. This drains any moisture left inside of the compressor tank
    and prevents the tank from rusting. A rusted compressor tank can rupture and explode violently with devastating results.

  • Always use FROST FREE water hose spigots to prevent damage to your hose spigots and house pipes in cold weather. Ideally you will want to
    use a water spigot inside of your garage for making snow since it is not directly outside in the cold weather. Knowing where your water spigot
    shuts offs are inside your home is always good, just in case you run into problems.

  • If you are concerned about back flow occurring (water going back to your compressor in the event it shuts off for whatever reason) install a
    check valve on the air connection of your snowmaker or place a check valve on your air line.

  • If you are using an electric air compressor and an electric snowmaking pump/pressure washer, make sure you plug these items into separate 20
    amp circuits to prevent your circuit breaker from tripping.

  • Making snow on your grass will not kill it come spring time. It will actually make it nice and green come spring time when the snow melts and
    waters the grass.

  • Snowmaking does not waste water. When the snow melts it turns to water and seeps back into the ground. As the water seeps through the
    ground it is naturally filtered and enters the water table beneath the ground.

  • Dress properly for the cold weather outside when you are making snow to avoid frostbite and getting sick.

  • And most importantly, HAVE FUN!
SnowStorm Snowmaking
PO Box 633
Orefield, PA 18069
Phone: 610-481-9696
Email: contact@snowstormsnowmaking.com


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