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De-icer for concrete patio block walkway?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by crimson, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. crimson

    crimson Junior Member
    Messages: 1


    I had to re-build my elderly parents' front walkway this summer. The patio blocks had disintegrated & crumbled following several years of lax management cleaning up various salts used to de-ice the walk.

    Of the products I've tried researching, even the ones that say safe for concrete seem to exclude patio blocks.

    What product is least likely to crumble those concrete patio blocks, yet still help break up any ice? I plan to try to sweep off their walk ASAP after shoveling. I have no concerns about damage to any grass as they live in the woods & have no lawn.

  2. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    patio blocks

    Any deicer used will damage concrete, and unless it is all removed
    the same thing will occur- but once it is melted there is no way to remove it all

    As the damage is already done you should lay in a supply of sand
    and lay it on heavy with a spreader or by hand as there is no point
    on wasting your money for this as the sand if laid down thick enough
    will reduce the problem to a bare minimum and be a traction aid
    -its very easy to slip on asphault or stone with unmelted salt crystals
    or other deicier pellets.

    Bagged sand will cost you much less than deicers and will not become
    clumped up from moisture.

    A safer solution could also employ heater cables and sand if you can
    remove the blocks
    and reset them.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010