The arrival of winter in Tampa, FL, brings a sudden surge in sprains, fractures, and broken bones. A lot more cases come into the ER of patients injured as a result of a nasty fall.
It isn’t that winters make people more clumsy; rather, it is the layer of ice or snow present on the surface that results in these dangerous accidents. Haven’t you ever fallen somewhere despite taking every precaution? Snow and ice make surfaces extra slippery.
Homeowners are often clueless about how to treat concrete surfaces like stairs, garden paths, and driveways to make them last for a long time. Click here to get a quote for concrete repair from the Resource Pavement Group.
In their cluelessness, they end up making bad choices that do more damage than good. An example is melting the ice by damaging the concrete surface.
Using rock salt to create fractions on the surface by scattering it before it snows is common. Most de-icers like saltwater combinations, chemicals, fertilizers, sugar beet juice, pickle juice, and more, are bad for concrete.
Once the salt seeps into the concrete’s surface through its pores, it pulls in water with it. Changes in temperature cause the ice to melt, penetrate through the pores and expand inside the concrete slab causing cracks and fissures.
De-icers, on the other hand, are made from chemicals that need to be removed quickly. De-icers lower the snow and ice temperature to melt them or at least soften them up for shoveling. However, long term usage of de-icers can damage the concrete and even asphalt.
What should you do then to remove the snow?
Start shoveling! Shoveling is the best way to remove ice or snow before any moisture seeps inside the concrete. Yet even this method has a flaw. Shoveling hard ice from the surface requires effort, which means more scratches on the surface.
Another effective means is to add traction between the layer of ice or snow and the concrete – but choose the material wisely. Use cat litter or sand. Pour it over your concrete before it snows, or the floor freezes, so the ice doesn’t stick to the ground and can be removed easily.
Coating your concrete surface with a protective material before winter is a solution that might temporarily stop water from seeping in, even if the material is breathable. However, this is a temporary fix that doesn’t grant protection for long.
The same is in the case of gravel. Pouring gravel over snow is a temporary solution. People can walk over it in Tampa, FL winters, but it doesn’t protect the concrete.
All in all, use solutions that don’t harm the concrete and try to minimize the damage. Also, call Resource Pavement Group to get an estimate on the repairs needed once the winters are over. With the right care and maintenance, your concrete surface may last for years. Click here for a free quote.