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Ice Melt May Damage Concrete

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) If you're using the wrong kind of "ice melt," you could be damaging the concrete in your driveway.

Many of us use ice melt products to keep our driveways and sidewalks clear during the winter. When the ice melts, it increases the amount of water covering the concrete. When the water freezes again, it expands and eventually can cause the concrete to begin breaking up.

You can reduce the damage by applying ice melt and removing the slush. Or you can use a potassium chloride product, which will allow more water to drain or evaporate off your driveway, instead of being absorbed by the concrete.

December 17, 2013.


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