General Concrete Care During Winters
Winter is right around the corner, and it’s essential that you take care of your concrete during this season. Winter temperatures and using salt for snow can harm concrete if you’re not careful. But don’t worry. Here are plenty of tips to help keep your concrete in tip-top shape.
Prevent Freeze-Thaw Cycles
As the temperature drops, it is essential to protect your concrete from freeze-thaw cycles. A freeze-thaw occurs when icy moisture gets into cracks in the concrete and freezes, causing pressure on the surfaces surrounding these cracks. This happens when you use salt for snow. If left unchecked, this can cause spalling or cracking of the concrete. To prevent this, use a pet-safe ice melt product such as Safe Paw.
Be Mindful Of The Temperature
The first thing to consider about concrete care during the winter is the temperature. Weather conditions and temperatures determine how long ice melt lasts and how long snow will last on your driveway, sidewalk, or walkway. The same goes for water stains and discoloration of your driveway, sidewalk, or walkways due to water run-off.
During cold weather, concrete surfaces can become extremely slippery when wet due to deicing chemicals.
Do not use calcium chloride ice-melt products if temperatures are 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) or above. At 32 degrees Fahrenheit, an ice melt product may begin to weaken the surface of the concrete as it melts away into tiny particles with sharp edges. These can scratch off any residual oils on the surface of your driveway or sidewalk, leaving behind unsightly black streaks.
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Remove Snow Promptly
Remove snow promptly. Snow can cause damage to your concrete, so it’s important that you remove the snow as soon as possible. If you don’t, and if the temperature drops, a layer of ice may form on top of the surface, making it dangerous to walk on. This will also cause cracks in your concrete. The more damage there is to your driveway or sidewalk, the more likely it is that someone will slip and fall because they can’t walk safely on it. That’s why we recommend removing snow from your property as quickly as possible!
Use Chemical-Free Ice Melt Like Safe Paw
We always recommend using a chemical-free ice melt. A good option is Safe Paw. Safe Paw ingredients are entirely salt-free and are nontoxic. It damages the molecular structure of ice and snow, making it impossible for water molecules to reassemble into ice crystals. Thus, protecting your premises from snow accumulation.
The product melts ice faster than traditional rock salt, so it works well to prevent damage to concrete surfaces. It also has no harmful side effects on humans or pets, unlike rock salt for snow which can be harmful if ingested by animals or children.
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We hope you feel better equipped to care for your concrete this winter after reading this blog. Here at Safe Paw, we do our best to take care of our customer’s needs year-round, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about the state of your concrete surfaces.
Other Ice Melt Products
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