Be aware that all Ice Melters have potential risks. Therefore, it's important to follow proper application procedures to minimize risk. Always remove ice and snow once melting action loosens ice. Scrape ice and snow to curb, away from vegetation.
The Freeze-Thaw Cycle
The most common concerns with ice melters are damage to concrete. The natural freeze-thaw cycle in combination with poor concrete, old or new concrete, or improperly air entrained concrete can result in damage...without even applying any ice melter.
During warmer periods, ice melts and liquid runs into cracks and concrete pores. When freezing occurs, liquid expands in spaces and causes cracking or spalling (surface breakage).
To minimize risk of damage always:
- Apply proper amounts
- Avoid clumping of product applied
- Scrape snow and ice to curb immediately following melting action
- Low operating temperature
- Quick acting/long lasting