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  • Writer's pictureAnna G.

NAVIGATING THE CHILL: A Quick Guide To Clearing Ice

During the colder months, the beauty of winter is often met with its own set of challenges. One significant challenge many face is the accumulation of ice on parking lots and walkways. Not only does ice present a safety hazard, but it can also impede mobility and cause accidents. Today, let's explore effective methods for removing ice, ensuring the safety and convenience of everyone!

Prioritizing Safety

First thing's first, it's important to highlight the significance of safety. Slippery surfaces can lead to injuries, so take proactive measures to prevent accidents. Place visible warning signs and encourage people to exercise caution. If possible, close off affected areas until they have been properly cleared.

Snow Removal

Before tackling the ice, the snow laying on top must be removed. Using snowplows or shovels, clear away the snow to make the ice removal process more manageable. Be sure to remove the snow to designated areas away from the walkways to avoid re-accumulation.

Salt and Deicers

One of the most common methods for combating ice is the use of salt and other deicers. Rock salt, or sodium chloride, is widely used due to its affordability and effectiveness. Spread the salt evenly over the icy areas, paying extra attention to high traffic areas and areas prone to icing. The salt lowers the freezing point of water, helping to melt the ice and create a safer surface for walking and driving.

However, it is worth noting that excessive use of salt can have negative effects on the environment, vehicles, and concrete surfaces. Look for alternative deicers that are less harmful, such as calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) or potassium chloride. These options may be more expensive but they are more environmentally friendly and less corrosive.

Mechanical Removal

For thick layers of ice that are difficult to tackle with salt alone, mechanical removal methods can be effective. Consider using a snowplow, snow blower, or ice scraper to break apart and remove the ice. Be cautious when using these methods to avoid damage to the underlying surface. If using an ice scraper, choose one made of rubber or plastic to minimize the risk of scratches. Be sure to follow any safety instructions when using equipment and tools.

Preventative Measures & Pre Treatments

Taking a proactive approach to prevent ice from forming is always a smart strategy. Regularly inspect parking lots and walkways for any drainage issues that could lead to standing water and ice formation. Ensure that the slopes and grading of these areas are adequate to allow water to flow away. Proper drainage can significantly reduce the amount of ice accumulation.

Another preemptive measure is pre-treating surfaces with ice melt or de-icing agents before a snowfall or ice event. This can help to inhibit ice formation at the start, making it slightly easier to remove later on.

Professional Assistance

If the ice problem is particularly challenging or if you lack the necessary equipment, seeking professional assistance is a viable option. There are many commercial snow removal services available that specialize in clearing out ice from parking lots and walkways. These professionals have the experience, equipment, and knowledge to efficiently and effectively eliminate ice, ensuring the safety of everyone.

By implementing these strategies and methods for removing ice from parking lots and walkways, you can create a safe environment for pedestrians and drivers alike. It is essential to prioritize safety and take proactive measures to prevent accidents. Remember, a little preparation and effort can go a long way in ensuring a smooth and ice-free winter experience. Stay safe on those icy days!


Nicole Leet

Customer Success Coordinator at Ohana Building Services Group


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