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How Does Rock Salt Damage Your Driveway?

Driveway Safe Ice Melt

The winter season is approaching fast, and most of us have already started preparing for it. Be it the festivals, holidays, or the snow- it’s time to enjoy the cold weather.

If you have a nice long driveway then you must be worried about the driveway safe ice melt. Salt on new concrete is extremely harmful and can cause severe damage to the driveway. Most people don’t realize that and use salt carelessly on their driveway. Chloride-based salts can not only harm your driveway but can also hurt your pets, kids, and environment.

How Does Rock Salt Harm The Driveway?

Rock salt, also known as sodium chloride, can damage unsealed driveways. Rock salt accelerates the normal deterioration because of the freeze/thaw cycle in the winter season. This, in turn, shortens the lifespan of the driveway.

If your driveway is appropriately maintained, salt on new concrete might not damage it a lot, but it can damage it severely if it isn’t maintained. So, if you have to use rock salt, you will need to start the maintenance process from summer only. Proper maintenance includes repair of cracks, adding a seal coating, and fixing any water penetrations. 

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Alternatives To Rock Salt

So now that you know that rock salt is dangerous for your driveway, don’t you think you should use an alternative? Here are the top alternatives to rock salt.

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1. Shovels

Shovels are one of the oldest yet effective ways of removing snow from the driveways and other areas. However, this requires a lot of manual work and time. Also, if you prefer using shovels, make sure you use a plastic shovel instead of a metal shovel. Metal shovels can scrap the driveway surface and damage it. Shoveling is hard for your back and sometimes can lead to injuries as well.

2. Heating Systems

It is the only method that doesn’t require tons of manual work. All you need to do is install a heating system beneath your driveway. However, it’s not for everyone as it requires you to install a brand new driveway, and also, the entire heating equipment and machinery is expensive. 

3. Ice Melts

There are ice melts that are safe for your pets, family, environment, and asphalt driveway. Using an ice melt needs a little bit of manual work but isn’t that expensive at all.

Safe Paw is an ice melt that is 100% safe, easy to use, and affordable. To use it, all you need to do is spread it across your driveway even before the winter season, and it won’t let the snow get deposited there. Safe Paw is effective at very low temperatures and is environment friendly too.

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Rock salt might be the cheapest solution to get rid of the snow but isn’t a good ice melter for wood decks and even driveways. Use driveway safe ice melt and keep your driveway safe during the winters. 

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Imagine an ice melt you can put down and never worry about. It won’t harm pets, kids and your property. That’s Safe Thaw. Unlike anything else on the market, Safe Thaw can change how winter affects our planet.

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