How To Keep Your Concrete Safe In New York This Winter
According to the Almanac Weather Forecast, the winter temperatures are expected to be above normal in New York. However, forecasters seem to have a consensus that the amount of snow this winter will be strongly dependent on whether the La Niña weather pattern persists or not. If it does, it will lead to a colder and wetter winter in Northern US and warmer and drier winter in the Southern US.
Winter is already here, and it’s extreme. It is evident by the recent powerful winter storm that caused 10.5 inches of snow in New York’s Central Park. The NWS office in Binghamton, New York, tallied nearly 40 inches of snow, their largest total since records began in 1951.
Removing snow from sidewalks is essential for your mobility and the safety of others. The slippery pavements are dangerous and can cause injuries. While it’s easy to ignore and leave it unattended, it may result in costly lawsuits and serious injuries for your family and loved ones. You may also think that the concrete is durable until it is suddenly not.
Therefore, in this article, we will talk about 5 ways to keep your concrete safe from the snow and the side effects of various ice melting solutions.
Concrete Safe Ice Melt
5 Ways To Keep Your Concrete Safe
1- Use protective sealant
Adding a layer of sealer on the top of the concrete can save it from damages like freeze/thaw cycles, stains from dirt, deicing salts, oil, and other contaminants. While concrete looks strong and solid, it is quite vulnerable due to its porosity.
2- Cover your new concrete
Taking care of new concrete is no different than taking care of a baby. The first few days are critical and demand extra care and protection. Pouring on new concrete can impact its strength considerably. Experts suggest not to use ice melt for new concrete.
3- Don’t use chemical ice melt
The majority of the ice melt in the market use chloride in one or the other form. Salt-based or chemical-based ice melt not only damages concrete but is also harmful to pets. You can go for a salt-free, chloride-free deicer that acts gently on the concrete. They can work at low temperatures and are equally effective. Another good thing with salt-free deicers is, they come with the preventive Teflon effect. After your floor has been purged from the frosty deposits, this effect creates an invisible layer on the deiced surface, which makes it easy for shoveling.
4- Use ice melt safe for concrete
Overuse of rock salt or chemical ice melt can be harmful to your concrete. The best way to avoid this is to use non-toxic ice melt safe for concrete, overuse of which will not be that harmful. Colored ice-melt can help you spread the melt evenly over the area and thereby avoid overusing the ice melt.
Another way is to use spreaders and guards and prevent ice melt from being applied to the areas that can be damaged.
5- Fill-up all the cracks and crevices
You can also protect your concrete from the side-effects of snowfall by patching up and repairing all the cracks and crevices on the surface. Start with filling cracks with a flexible sealant. Once you apply a flexible sealant, it will create a watertight bond with the concrete surfaces and will also blend with it visually.