Concrete Damage and De-Icing Products…What are the answers?

Concrete walkway repair is an important element in the maintenance of your property.  Property Managers must scrimp, save, and otherwise plan for this work.  Below find some information Blade Runners feels is important to achieve success.

DO SNOW CONTRACTORS ICE CONTROL PRODUCTS CAUSE DAMAGE?

It is no secret that all saline based ice control products are a threat to concrete surface. Property managers must strike a balance between the safety benefits and potential damage. Blade Runners uses Ice B’gone Magic Salt that is easily the safest product in the industry. With that said, there are some important steps to be taken with new concrete installations.

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WHAT YOUR CONCRETE CONTRACTOR NEEDS TO DO.

Hire the right contractor:  There are many corners that can be cut with this service. Regardless of the price, you should make sure that the chosen contractor fully understands the procedures and standards. Please see the video below that talks about the basics. It is important that the terminology is contained in your bid specifications.

In addition the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has a resource for further information (item 301-10,Specifications of Structural Concrete).    www.concrete.org/store/productdetail.aspx?ItemID=30110                                                                            
  Apply a penetrating sealer (Silane, Siloxane, or Silicate):  This should be applied after the installation and the following year after installation. This will reduce the water penetration and protect the freeze thaw cycles that spall the concrete.

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See a list of products below (there may be others)

https://www.concretetreat.com/outdoor-concrete/protection-de-icer/
http://www.appliedtechnologies.com/home/Concrete_Sealer.html
http://www.wrmeadows.com/lin-seal-emulsion-curing-sealing-compound/
http://www.getnewlook.com/DriveHard.html
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WHAT BLADE RUNNERS CAN DO TO HELP
Pressure wash: It is important to remove any salt residue at the close of the season.

Mark areas: Place markers in areas to avoid ice control application.

 WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SPALLING
Repair: With or without these efforts, spalling can occur. See the video below that discusses how to make a repair.

 

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