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  • Ice Be Gone! Getting Rid Of Ice On Your Driveway

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    It's a disaster waiting to happen. Walking outside to warm up the car, or grab the newspapers, and slipping and falling flat on your back. Ice is our number one enemy this month, and here are some tips on getting rid of ice on the driveway:

    • Your best bet is to get out there when the rain stops and move as much slush as possible off the driveway before it freezes. You'll still have a layer of ice, but it won't be able to hang on until May. Another preventative you can try is to scatter salt or sand on the high points of the driveway before the precipitation starts. This makes it easier to find a place to start chipping because the salt melts under the ice, leaving a pathway to get your shovel or chipper in. Sand is dark and, in addition to providing a gritty, abrasive surface on the ice, absorbs heat and sunshine to aid in melting the ice.


    • So you get home from work and Junior has been playing video games instead of getting ahead of the ice like you asked him to do at 3:00 pm when you called at the height of the sleet. Now you've got a mess. Drag Junior out there and get as much as you can shoveled off before trying anything with the ice.


    • There are two major ice melting compounds. They work by lowering the freezing point of water (32 degrees F). Sodium chloride, or salt, will melt ice when the air temperature is in the twenties--just after a storm most places. If you live in places where the temperature plunges, your best bet is to invest in some calcium choride, which will eat through ice down to 25 below 0 F. Since there's not enough ice melting chemical to melt all the ice--and the stuff isn't that great for concrete or the storm sewers either--use the melter to burrow down under the ice so you can pry it up with a garden shovel or snow shovel. The ice melting chemical eats through the ice and forms a layer of melt between the ice and pavement so that you can pull the top layer off.

    Read more at eHow


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    1 Wonderful Comment

    1. Very informative. The mentioned tips are very helpful for those who would like to get rid of frozen ice on their driveway because this can cause damages. Thank you so much.

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