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Damage Of Driveway Due To Rock Salt And Cost Of Repair

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One of the most harmful chemicals that will ever come into touch with your concrete driveway is rock salt (sodium chloride). It hastens the deterioration of your concrete pavements caused by winter’s freeze-thaw cycles and reduces their lifespan. Asphalt is similar, though to a much smaller extent. 

If you used rock salt on a concrete driveway or walkways or steps, you’re likely to observe substantial damage. The effective ice melt temperature also plays a crucial role in decreasing the freeze-thaw cycle.

How Does Rock Salt Damage Your Driveway?

Concrete is a porous substance. It absorbs water as well as rock salt as the ice melts back into liquid form. The concrete cracks as the melted water expands and exerts internal pressure. Concrete infused with rock salt can hold more water, making it more prone to cracking and breaking. Because it cannot sustain the strain, newly built concrete is even more vulnerable to harm. 

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Asphalt is less porous than concrete, however, any fractures or fissures on the surface will enable rock salt and water to enter, causing the same internal damage.

In addition to the physical harm that rock salt causes to the roadways, it can also be damaging in other ways. With a rise in cracks, potholes, and traces of patched-up surface repairs, affected regions may lose their visual appeal. Rock salt that flies up and attaches to the underside of a car, van, or truck can corrode and degrade the surfaces it comes into contact with. Rock salt is also toxic for your pets and plants.

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Cost Of Repair

Putting a Patch in a Driveway 

You’ll want to mend any cracks in your driveway as soon as possible if they’re expanding. Patching entails using asphalt or concrete sealant to fix small gaps or cracks. The patch material costs $2 to $3 per square foot, plus an asphalt squeegee costs around $40. Patching is more of a short-term option that only heals minor cracks less than one-quarter-inch wide. 

Replacing the driveway

For driveways with extensive deterioration, such as deep cracks, pits, and potholes, replacing it is the best alternative. However, this option will be more expensive than patching or resurfacing. 

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It is the most expensive option. The cost of replacing an asphalt driveway can range from $15 per square foot to $4,500 on average. A concrete driveway might cost anything from $2,000 to $7,000.

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The good news is that de-icing frozen roads and infrastructure does not require the use of rock salt. Safe Paw non-toxic ice melter is pet safe and organic. It is salt-free and won’t harm surfaces or release hazardous chemicals into the environment.

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