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How Can De-Icing Damage Roads?

How Can De-Icing Damage Roads?

The winter storm in November 2018 made for bad road conditions in Kansas, forcing people to stay indoors. Shoveling snow isn’t enough to make the roads accessible and safe for driving again. Some roads will need de-icing. Unfortunately, this method may damage the surface.

De-Icing: How It Can Damage Roads

How it Happens

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De-icing applications are effective, but some may damage concrete in the process. When this happens, you can get concrete repair services in Kansas City to come fix the damange. But it’s better to start the ice or frost removal project the right way to avoid complications.

You can use de-icers in two ways. First, they can function as a preventive material, which you can apply before snowfall to lower the chances of snow accumulation.

Take, for example, penetrating silicate concrete sealer, which melts snow and ice. Apply this on the surface, and it blocks concrete from absorbing moisture. But along the way, the de-icer becomes more diluted to the point that it’s no longer effective. By then, the melted snow and ice will freeze again, increasing the chances of freeze-thaw cycles due to moisture.

Some de-icers also work as a snow-melter. Rock salt, or sodium chloride, is one example of a snow melter. The excess salt, however, can be a problem. When left sitting on concrete, it can recrystallize on the pores. The process could cause spalling or chipping on the concrete’s surface. Another downside of salt is it’s corrosive to metal, turning a solution into a long-term problem.

Not all de-icers, though, have to cause damage over time because other options are available.

Natural Alternatives

Natural alternatives to chemicals can be effective in clearing the roads of ice and snow. Some of the following materials can also work as traction, making surfaces safer to walk on:

  • Wood shavings
  • Sawdust
  • Sand
  • Kitty litter

Other eco-friendly de-icers include organic brine and beet molasses. The agricultural byproducts are mixed in with road salt and can be used in sub-zero temperatures. A study found that beet juice, in particular, to be effective. The biodegradable liquid contains 12 percent sodium chloride and cuts the temperature at which water freezes by up to a week. This prevents ice from forming and snow from piling up longer. Also, beet juice has anti-corrosion properties, which reduces the risk of rust forming on cars and bridges.

But it’s not just using the right de-icers that ensure road safety; local agencies can also use innovative equipment to optimize the materials.

Sometimes, though, concrete will give way to corrosion and heavy vehicle traffic. When that happens, we can repair the damage or replace the concrete.

Restoring Safety, Curb Appeal on Your Property

Whether the problem is in one section of your parking lot or right outside your building, it can pose a safety risk. Cracked concrete can also damage cars. Both can hurt your business, so it’s crucial to resolve them right away.
K&E Flatwork LLC uses the latest techniques and materials to repair or replace concrete. We’ll work with you to find a cost-effective solutions, ensuring long-term durability.

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