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removing ice from your walkways

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by environment, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. environment

    environment Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    What is the best way to go about removing ice from your walk ways without, using salts which will in the long run crack concrete?
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Use a liquid deicer - Magic -0, Caliber, Ice Ban. It'll cost, though.
  3. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    Calcium Mixed with Sand. Scrape off the precip before it freezes. pumpkin:
  4. snoluvr

    snoluvr Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 266

    rock salt will over time crack concrete..All products will. What people don't realize is that appliying these is the first step. You need to remove the melted ice afterwards. What happens is the ice melts, water runs in cracks, then it refreezes causing cracking. Dow has great info on their website regarding this.I have been selling Peladow for years and even that will cause cracks.
  5. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    That is why in most areas the building code require that all flat concrete be sealed prior to it curing. Concrete is naturally pores. I use rock salt on most of my jobs and have no problems with Spalding. Just make sure it has been sealed...
  6. b2driver

    b2driver Member
    from MD
    Messages: 89

    So if a customer wants his or her walkway salted and it isn't sealed, then what?
  7. lwngrl1

    lwngrl1 Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2

    Potash works too
  8. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    Then advise them that anything used on the concrete to melt ice/snow may cause damage to it.....Then give them a quote on having their concrete sealed!!!! :) :)