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Tips For Ice Melting During Snow Storms In Indiana

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The 2020 Winter Outlook released by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that central Indiana has equal chances for below normal, normal, and above-normal temperatures for the winter season. For central Indiana, odds favor above-normal precipitation for the winter season.

As the temperature dips, we start worrying about winter storms, the cleaning of snow, etc. It is mandatory to remove snow/ice from roofs and driveways to safeguard the buildings and avoid slips and falls. Ice melt is a popular choice for managing snow and ice while protecting your homes and enjoying hassle-free winters. Applying your ice melter correctly, in the right amount, and on the right areas ensures that your walkways are safe and sound.

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Tips For Hassle-Free Ice Melting During A Snowstorm

  • Apply some ice melter before the snow hits the ground to prevent ice from sticking to surfaces. This process is called pre-treating, and it makes the ice removal process easy. After about an inch of snow has fallen, ice melt can be re-applied. A few ice melt products prevent ice from sticking to surfaces for up to three days. Thus, making shoveling an effortless task.
  • Overusing ice melt can lead to the unwanted accumulation of chemicals into the facility. It may also burn the vegetation beneath and may harm the surfaces. Using too much ice melt is economically wasteful and may cause environmental complications. Users need to read the instructions carefully before using the product.
  • The easiest way to apply an ice melt product is by using a lawn fertilizer spreader or handheld spreader. Do not overspread and avoid piling.
  • Spread the ice melt in all outdoor areas which have foot traffic. Typically this means sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. By applying your ice melt product in all of these places, you are reducing the chances of slip-and-fall accidents.
  • After storms have passed, you need to scoop up and dispose-off any remaining ice melt particles. It ensures that your surfaces are free from salts and there is no contamination of your neighboring landscaping.
  • Use track mats near all entrances to avoid the chemicals of ice melt from attacking your flooring. Ice melt with sodium chloride (also called rock salt) leaves a white powdery residue that can dull the finish. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride ice melts leave behind an oily residue that can damage urethane or wax finishes used on wood floors. We should opt for ice melt that is free from salt and doesn’t harm the surfaces. 
  • Many chemical-based ice melts are harmful to kids and pets. Pets can develop dryness and irritation on their paws and skin if they walk through ice-melting chemicals. Hence, we need to opt for those ice melts that are kid-safe and pet-safe.

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Luckily, there are enough good options in the market, which will remove your snow melting woes. This winter season, select an ice melt that is effective, kid-safe, pet-safe, non-corrosive, and environmentally friendly. Apply the recommended amount and let the product do its wonder while enjoying your cup of hot cocoa.

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