Sprinkling an ice melt product on the driveway, walkway, and front steps of your home will get rid of the ice and dramatically improve traction and safety for your family and visitors. Many people favor using this product, which you can buy online and at local home supply stores, because it cuts down on the amount of shoveling and ice chipping they need to do. While it's important to use ice melter in the above areas, there are some other places around your property that you shouldn't neglect. Here are three additional places to use your ice melt product.
Even if you don't go out on your deck during the winter months, it's ideal to keep as much snow off it as possible. A large volume of snow, especially when it's wet snow, puts considerable weight on the deck — potentially causing structural damage and leaving you with a costly and time-consuming repair job when the snow melts in the spring. Instead of shoveling the deck, and possibly scratching the deck boards in the process, use an ice melt product. Many of these products are safe for wood, so be sure to buy the right product when you shop.
If your mailbox isn't situated at your front door, you should be thinking about how to ensure a safe environment around it. For example, if the mailbox is just off the end of your driveway, you want to be sure that your mail carrier can not only get to the mailbox but also feel confident standing in front of it as they deliver your mail. Removing excess snow with a shovel, as needed, and then sprinkling an ice melt product around the base of the mailbox post, will make this area safe for your carrier.
In some cases, it may be necessary to use a small amount of ice melter on your garage floor. Often, melting snow can drip off the garage door and accumulate below the door. If the temperature drops, the slow and slush in this area can freeze hard — possibly interfering with your garage door's ability to fully close. It's a simple job to raise the door, apply an ice melt product, let it sit, and then push the melted snow/water away with a shovel so that the door can close properly. For more info about ice melt, contact a company in your area.