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Camptonville: How To Use An Ice Melt To Clear Snow-Covered Roads


CAMPTONVILLE – Neighbors living deep in Yuba County say they have been trapped by several feet of snow for 19 days. 

With no way in and no way out, they reached out to CBS13 to call out for help from county officials to plow the road it is supposed to maintain. 

“At this point, I feel like we are all kind of just waiting on help,” said neighbor Michael DeMaranville. 

His Camptonville mountain home sits high above New Bullards Bar Reservoir on Baker Road. He has been texting and calling neighbors he has been unable to reach by foot and estimates around 20 to 40 more people are trapped, too. 

“It definitely feels like a jail sentence, even though I am free. I can go outside but I can’t go far,” said DeMaranville. 


In this article, we’ll discuss how to clear snow-covered roads with a concrete-safe ice melt.

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Using Ice Melt For Clearing Snow-Covered Roads Or Driveways?

1- Don’t Wait Till The Eleventh Hour

The best time to use your ice melt is before the first snow of the season falls. Ice melt is much more effective if the surfaces are treated beforehand, so you don’t need a large quantity of the product later as it prevents ice from bonding to the surface. Some ice melt can prevent ice from sticking to surfaces for up to three days of using it, making your work much easier later.

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2- Find And Seal All Cracks And Holes 

Any cracks in your driveway will get even worse when it snows. Therefore, it is a good idea to check your driveway for any cracks, broken tiles, seepages, etc., before the snow hits the floor.

When the ice melt works on the snow and melts it, it seeps into the concrete of your driveway through the hole and cracks. And when the temperature falls, the seeped-in water refreezes.

The frozen water exerts pressure and expands the crevices and the holes, making it bigger. So it is advised to seal the cracks in your driveway before the snow can cause any more damage.

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3- Use A Good Ice Melt On The Driveway

You may have heard that rock salt does the job. Yes, but not in the best way. Here’s why. Rock salt is sodium chloride. Most of the ice melt is also composed of chloride in one form or the other. Chloride products react with the metal rebar in your driveway and cause corrosion. Also, when overused or mismatched, it can become a serious environmental pollutant. 

Instead, use a good ice melter on the driveway, one that is free of salt, chlorine, and acetate and isn’t harmful to the environment, pets, and children. 

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How To Use Safe Paw Ice Melt?

Like with any other product, to realize the best or optimal results, there is a certain way out, and the same goes with Ice Melt or Safe Paw Ice Melt, here we will discuss the best ways to use the Ice Melt product to get a safe path and drive-ways in snowy climate:

The product employs a patented dual-effect compound that comprises a crystalline amide core i.e., infused with an exclusive glycol admixture plus the patented traction agents. So, what’s the trick to best use the Ice Melt:

1. Do Not Use The Product In Excess

The compound (Safe Paw) is needed to be used just as half of what you would use with salt that is in less amount. You need to sprinkle Safe Paw Ice and Snow Melt on the desired area and disperse it properly. Any excess application is not called for as there is no proof that heavy application of Ice Melt will hasten the melting process. Also, the application of too much product can be detrimental to the surface and the environment.

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2. Pre-Treatment With The Ice-Melt/ Application Before The Winter Storm

Before the snowfall, you can pre-treat the desired area with Ice Melt, and with such a prior application, the snow doesn’t stick to the surface, preventing damaging slippery ways.

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