If you are a homeowner, you likely want to make sure that the pavement around your house, including your driveway and any sidewalks or pathways you might have, are safe for people to walk on. During the summer, this means just keeping them free of obvious obstacles. During the winter, this challenge grows because you need to keep your pavement free of ice that could cause someone to slip and fall. Your first instinct might be to go out and pour a ton of salt on the driveway, but you know that this might cause problems for the environment and strip your pavement. Here are some ways to get rid of the ice on your driveway while also protecting the environment.
1. Increase Traction While it Melts
The first thing you can do is make the ice easier to deal with while it melts. This involves simply increasing the traction of your driveway despite the ice. You can increase the overall amount of traction that your driveway has by simply throwing down a large amount of birdseed. This will give people's boots a less-slick surface to grip onto, which will make it less likely that they will trip and fall.
2. If You Get New Pavement, Install an Electrical Ice Melt
If you are getting a new driveway or new pathway that requires you to get new pavement, talk with your paving contractors about installing an electrical ice melt solution. This is essentially running heating coils through your pavement that you power with electricity. This will force the ice to melt more quickly that is on top of that pavement without resorting to the use of salt. It's a great way to get rid of the ice overnight so you can wake up to a new, fresh driveway that is easy to walk on in the morning.
3. Go With Calcium Chloride
If you absolutely have to use salt, go with calcium chloride, rather than sodium chloride because you can use less of it in order to achieve the results that you want on your pavement. It does increase the amount of algae that grows, which can clog waterways should the salt make it to the sewers as the snow melts. However, if you use it sparingly, you won't have too much of a negative impact on the environment.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in pavement.Share