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Philadelphia, Don’t Make These Mistakes When Melting Ice

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The climate of Philadelphia is continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Winter from December to February is pretty cold, and the wind chill can make the air feel colder and difficult to melt the ice around you. The Philly region saw its first big winter storm of the season on 16th-17th December 2020, and some parts saw almost 9 inches of snowfall. According to the National Weather Service, over six inches of snow fell in parts of Philly, Delaware County, and South Jersey. The coldest month of the winter will be January, followed by an above-average February.

As per Almanac, winter temperatures will be above normal, on average, with the coldest periods in mid-December and early and mid-January. The snowiest periods of the season have occurred in mid-December and will be coming again in early March. It means that even though you have crossed the first phase of heavy snowfall, more is yet to come.

Hence, this is the right time to prepare yourself for the sloppy snow-rain mix to keep away the winter blues, and one of the biggest hurdles of the season is melting ice and snow.

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Listed below are five common mistakes we tend to make while melting ice and tips to avoid them:

Waiting Till The Last Moment:

The best time to get your ice melt is before the first snow of the season falls. Ice melt is much more effective if the surfaces are treated beforehand. The benefit of pre-treating is that you don’t need a large quantity of the product in the long run as it prevents ice from bonding to the surface. 

Using Too Much Ice Melt:

Excessive application of ice melt does not improve its performance but leads to chemicals being tracked into your facility, which can damage your floors. The overuse of ice melter can burn vegetation around the surrounding areas. The use of an ice melter spreader ensures that the product is applied evenly.

Using The Wrong Kind To Melt The Ice:

There is a large variety of ice melt in the market, including rock salt, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, and other chemicals. You need to know that each ice melt has its unique melting temperature and affects concrete and the environment differently. While making Google queries like ‘ice melter near me’ please ensure that you choose an ice melt that is pet-safe, child-safe, and environmentally friendly.

Not Applying The Ice Melt Properly:

Protect your eyes and skin by wearing appropriate protective eyewear and gloves, especially when using chemical-based ice melter. Scoops and shovels almost always cause overuse of product, so it’s better to use an ice melter spreader for even and safe applying of ice melt.

Not Cleaning It Up:

Tracked-in ice melter can be unattractive and can damage floors and rugs. By using track mats at all entrances and cleaning them regularly with a mop or vacuum you can avoid ruining your carpets and floorings.

Weather Forecast

So, this snowy season let’s avoid these stereotyped mistakes and say goodbye to winter woes. As we in Philadelphia, don’t let the weather and weather worries get us down. And not even the winter hurdles can keep us from going on walks in Penn Park and along the Schuylkill River Trail. 

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