Is it safe to de-ice concrete surfaces using rock salt?
The simple answer to this questions is, yes. But, there are precautions that must be followed to ensure that the salt will not cause damage to the surface of the concrete. These precautions include:
Concrete is a porous material which means it absorbs water. When brine created by melting snow and ice seep into concrete, this "saltwater" increases the amount of freeze/thaw cycles the concrete goes through. Eventually, this weakens the concrete and can cause the concrete to fail. This can happen when the refreezing of the brine causes pores to enlarge and even pop, pit, or spall.
Proper production, placement, and protection of concrete will ensure that de-icers can be applied safely and effectively after the first year.
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