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Sand vs Salt

Posted on : 30-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

Salt on icy stone

Icy driveways and walkways are something we need to contend with living in cold places. Your best method to avoid slips and falls is to thoroughly clean your driveway of snow and ice. But that isn’t always doable and living in places like Southern Ontario temperatures often creep up above 0C and snow and ice melt and then refreeze overnight.

Salt works well in temperatures above -12C and helps to lower the freezing point of water. Thus preventing freezing. It is an inexpensive method to deal with slippery surfaces. Salt can be harsh on grass and shrubs so be cautious when using it around areas with lots of vegetation.

Sanding icy areas during winter won’t help with melting or de-icing. It will specifically help create traction on icy patches to prevent slipping. Sanding is an option for when temperatures drop below -12C. Be cautious to not over-sand as it can lead to clogged drains in the spring, which cause more problems.

Clogged drains can negatively impact human health. It can cause the growth of bacteria which can, in turn, lead to diseases and allergies. This generally happens because waste material tends to build up in pipes. The blockage in pipes then causes the drained water and waste to flow back. When the sewage and waste flow back into the sinks, it has bacteria in it, which can spread diseases and viruses among homeowners. Furthermore, the microbes in the bacteria affect people with asthma and airborne allergies. The contaminated water can also cause skin inflammation and irritation. Therefore, it would be prudent for homeowners to contact plumbers like Mac-Vik Plumbing and Heating who can do the job at the earliest.

Also, contact your local Ferrell Builders’ Supply to place get supplies so you don’t slip and fall this winter.

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