What are the options for ice melt and how do I use it?

In frigid winter temperatures, precipitation quickly turns to ice. Keep your sidewalk and driveway safe with ice melt. In addition, ice melt breaks down ice so that you can easily shovel it aside.

You don't need to use a large amount of ice melt to get the job done. In fact, if you layer ice melt too thickly, it will puddle and leak into your yard, with the potential to damage your lawn. Be sure to read the directions for your ice melt before applying it, and use the recommended amount. Wait the designated amount of time, and then come back and push the broken down ice away with a shovel.

There are two kinds of ice melt, classified by their ingredients: sodium chloride, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. Calcium chloride will melt at lower temperatures, -5 degrees F and lower. Magnesium chloride is a little more expensive, but a much higher quality product, so less of it will be needed to get the job done. And magnesium chloride is all natural, so it is better for your lawn and the environment.

If your concrete is less than two years old, there are ice melt alternatives you can use. Applying a light layer of sand on top of the ice will give you traction control. Another option, if you don't mind some damage to your lawn, is rock salt. Sodium chloride (rock salt) is a good option for temperatures down to about -9 degrees F.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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