Slip Slidin’ Away: The Do’s and Don’ts of De-Icing Your Driveway

dos and dont's of deicing driveway

Winter weather can bring a lot of challenges when it comes to keeping your driveway and walkways safe and clear of ice. De-icing is an important step in preventing slips and falls, but it’s important to do it properly to avoid damaging the surface or causing harm to the environment. Here are a few tips on how to de-ice your driveway:

Use the Correct Product

There are many de-icing products available, but not all of them are safe for concrete or asphalt driveways. Rock salt is the most common and affordable option, but it can cause damage to the surface and vegetation near the driveway. An alternative option is calcium chloride, which is more environmentally friendly and less likely to cause damage to the surface.

Timing Is Key

Don’t wait until the snow has stopped falling to start de-icing. It’s best to apply de-icer before the snow starts to accumulate, as this will make it easier to shovel and prevent ice from forming in the first place.

Spread Evenly

When applying de-icer, make sure to spread it evenly across the entire surface of the driveway. This will prevent hot spots or areas where the ice is not melted and will help keep the entire surface safe.

Shovel First

If you have a lot of snow on your driveway, it’s best to shovel it first before applying de-icer. This will help prevent the de-icer from becoming diluted and will also make it easier to spread evenly.

Keep It Clean

Once the snow and ice have melted, it’s important to clean up any remaining de-icer to prevent it from entering the environment. If you’re using a product that’s harmful to the environment, be sure to dispose of it properly.

By following these tips, you can effectively and safely de-ice your driveway this winter. Stay safe on your property and enjoy the winter season!

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