It happens every year. We’re faced with the decision of slippery walkways or using a de-icing agent that could potentially damage our concrete. Many de-icing agents contain salt which is very effective in getting rid of ice, but many also contain ingredients that are harmful to your concrete not to mention metal objects, pets, children and the environment.
Regularly using salt to melt ice will pit your concrete and once your concrete pits, it will eventually crack or cause potholes. A metal chipper is effective for removing ice, but it takes a lot of elbow grease and if you’re not cautious it can also do considerable damage to your concrete. You could use a shovel, but many times shoveling the snow just isn’t enough. So how do you minimize the dangers of slippery walkways?
The most environmentally friendly, economical and safe way of dealing with slippery walkways is to take a two-step approach. First shovel any accumulated snow before it has a chance to melt and refreeze then cover the area with a layer of sand. The sand isn’t going to melt the ice, but it will provide significant traction and avoid damaging your concrete!