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DIY Concrete Tests Before Applying Ice Melt On Your Concrete


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Winter is a great time to get outside and enjoy the snow. But as temperatures drop, you’ll want to ensure your concrete doesn’t freeze or crack from frost heave. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep your building materials safe without using harsh chemicals or salt that can damage your concrete. Here are some DIY tests you can try yourself before applying ice melt on your concrete:

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Magnifying Glass Test – Look Closely

You can do the magnifying glass test to look for cracks, chips, and other defects.

You will also want to use a magnifying glass to spot signs of spalling, frost heaves, concrete fatigue, and more.

Liquid Test – Apply A Small Amount Of Ice Melt Product To A Clean And Dry Concrete Surface.

Apply a small amount of ice melt product to a clean and dry concrete surface using a paintbrush or other applicator. Use just enough to cover an area 8 inches in diameter, then let it sit for five minutes. If there are no signs of smearing or melting, you can safely apply the product to your whole driveway.

Hot Water Test 

Applying ice melt with a high sodium chloride content to concrete can cause spalling in your concrete over time. Spalling is when the concrete breaks apart, and it can cause damage to the surface of your driveway and sidewalks.

To do this test, you will need:

  • A container that is large enough for a gallon of water (preferably glass or metal)
  • A gallon of hot tap water (boiled will work too)
  • A teaspoon

You Can Protect Your Concrete In The Winter By Adopting Ways To Melt Ice Without Salt.

Safe Thaw Ice Melter is an ice melt available in bags that you can use on concrete. It’s easy to use and comes in environmentally friendly packaging. Unlike other solutions, Safe Thaw doesn’t damage your car or leave stains behind. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to remove ice from your concrete. Safe Thaw is a urea-based ice melt designed to be safe for metals, machinery, concrete, kids, pets, and the planet. The non-corrosive formula can be used on concrete, lawns, and decking material without discoloring or damaging the surface. It’s considered the best concrete safe ice melt products.

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It’s time to get your concrete winter safe! The best way to protect your concrete is by adopting ways to melt ice without salt. This will prevent spalling and keep your driveway looking good after a long winter. 

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