Asked by: Ivano Althaber
asked in category: General Last Updated: 12th June, 2020

Should you salt your driveway before it snows?

Rock salt is meant to be put down before snow falls, and keeps it from sticking to the surface, says Nichols. "But most people shovel, get it clear, then put down the salt. If you salt and then get snow on top it can turn to mush underneath and then it gets hard to shovel."

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Keeping this in consideration, should you put ice melt down before snow?

The answer is yes, and it should also be applied during storms to maintain its snow- melting efficiency. Applying ice melt prior to a storm will cause brine to form when snowfall starts and will prevent ice from bonding to surfaces.

Additionally, should you salt while snowing? The salt is not for the snow itself, but for ice. Snow can fall as light and fluffy flakes, but between the weight of itself and foot traffic, that light fluffy snow gets packed down to slippery and dangerous ice. Salt and other anti-freezing agents help to remove the dangers of ice for both you and your neighbors.

In this manner, how do I prepare my driveway for snow?

Luckily, there are a few things you can do.

  1. Check for cracks in your driveway before the snow hits. It's a good idea to look for cracks before the first snowfall.
  2. Seal those cracks.
  3. Use calcium-based ice melts.
  4. Keep your driveway clear and clean.
  5. Clear your driveway with the proper tools.
  6. Check for drainage issues.

Does kitty litter melt ice?

Well, as it turns out, kitty litter stinks when it comes to melting ice. In fact, one pound of salt can melt roughly 46.3 pounds of ice! Kitty litter, on the other hand, is nothing but glorified clay. While it will help with traction, it won't actually melt ice and snow (chemically speaking).

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