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    A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Home Maintenance

    How to Melt Snow and Ice Without Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Rock salt is easily the cheapest option when it comes to melting snow and ice on U.S. roadways as well as on pavements at U.S. homes. Over a third of the salt sold in the United States every year is rock salt, which is basically the as-is salt mined from natural salt deposits left underground by "ancient oceans."

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    What are Alternatives to Rock Salt for Melting Ice on Driveways?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Rock salt's destructive tendencies on driveway pavements, especially on concrete but on asphalt as well, are well known. It is not surprising, then, that many homeowners are now seeking alternatives to rock salt when it comes to deicing their driveways and outdoor foot-traffic pavements.

    Below, we offer 6 chemical deicers that can take the place of rock salt and 4 non-chemical deicing solutions to consider. These options are not all mutually exclusive, so feel free to mix and match and find the approach that works best for you.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    Can Rock Salt Damage an Asphalt or Concrete Driveway?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 14, 2016 7:38:00 AM

    Rock salt (sodium chloride) is one of the most damaging substances that will ever contact your concrete driveway. It accelerates the deterioration caused by winter's freeze-thaw cycles and shortens the lifespan of your concrete pavements. The same is true of asphalt, though to a far lesser degree.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Melting

    The Rock Salt Health Risks You Need to Worry About

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 13, 2016 8:05:00 AM

    Rock salt is usually not on homeowners' minds until outdoor temperatures begin to drop and winter is "just around the corner." And when thoughts do turn to rock salt, it is usually in immediate connection with melting ice and snow rather than with health concerns.

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    Topics: Snow Melting, Health

    8 Tips & Tricks for Removing Ice and Snow Without Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Rock salt, the most common of all wintertime deicing agents, can do significant damage to concrete and asphalt pavements, cause defoliation of plant life at your pavement's edges, and even pose a threat to children and pets by acting as a skin irritant and a gastro-intestinal irritant if ingested.

    Thus, due to rock salt's environmental, health, and "pavement life" hazards, many homeowners seek to minimize or eliminate its use.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    How to Melt Snow and Ice Without Damaging Your Driveway From Salt

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Sep 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Every winter, homeowner's in the northern half or so of the United States and all around Canada face the dilemma of how to rid their driveways of snow/ice build-up without doing any damage in the process. Rock salt and other deicers are typically used to melt down snow and ice, while shoveling may still be needed to remove loosened but slow-melting "tough spots." Yet, both concrete and asphalt drives can suffer harm from the use of deicing salts.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    How to Melt Snow and Ice Around Your Home Without Rock Salt

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Rock salt sales skyrocket each year as winter rolls around, and if it turns out to be a particularly snowy/icy season, rock salt sells so fast that stocks run low, prices soar, and rationing policies are sometimes instituted. However, the truth is that rock salt is one of the most damaging deicing options available, both to home pavements and nearby grass and plant life.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    Protect your Patio with Outdoor Heated Floor Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 7, 2016 8:50:00 AM

    Did you know that snow, ice and moisture are incredibly damaging to your patios and outdoor spaces? While we expect some wear and tear on our patios each winter season, snowstorms can accelerate the aging process. Regardless of the material of your patio, all surfaces incur damage from snow and ice.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, Heated Floor Mats, Snow Melting

    Why You're Paying for Snow Removal Even If You Don't Realize It

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Jan 19, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Many homeowners, when asked "How much do you pay for snow removal?," are quick to answer, "We don't pay anything for snow removal because we do it all ourselves." Yet, in reality, there are costs, both financial and otherwise, that come into play when you shovel your own snow.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting, Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety

    Top 5 Questions Homeowners Ask in Winter

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Jan 5, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    As winter approaches, homeowners will be asking numerous questions about how to best manage the cold, snow, and ice. Protecting your property and avoiding unnecessary expenses can often be achieved through knowledge and implementation of a few simple tips. Every homeowner will have a somewhat different set of questions and concerns, but we offer below answers to 5 of the more important questions homeowners will be asking this winter:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting, Winter, Winter Safety, Ice