ottawa house with snow on driveway

Just when you think, “Yay, no more snow,” you blink, and it’s winter again. While you’ll see many people jumping for joy, you’ll see more of them frustrated about clearing snow from their driveways and walkways every day.

The worst part? Beneath all that snow often hides a layer of ice. It’s an accident waiting to happen, but you can reduce the risk of slips and falls with several simple and effective solutions.

Clear Snow off the Driveway Regularly

shovel snow reveals ice on drivewayThis might be a bit obvious, but it’s an effective way to prevent thick ice from forming underneath all the snow.

The sooner you remove the snow once it sticks to the ground, the lower its chances of it turning into ice will be.

If you don’t like the idea of clearing it yourself, you can get in touch with the Ottawa snow removal pros at HCES – we can provide you with regular snow blowing services.

However, ice can be stubborn. Even after snow removal professionals clear the snow from your driveway and walkway, ice can still form, especially after icy snow or freezing rain.

That’s why combining shovelling or professional snow blowing with a few other solutions might be a more effective way to go.

Use a Pet-Friendly Ice Melter

cleared driveway after snowfallThe most common solution people use to prevent ice from building up and melt it after it forms is rock salt, also known as sodium chloride.

Other popular solutions are calcium chloride and magnesium chloride.

However, while they are all effective to some extent, they can be potentially dangerous to animals. If they ingest it, they could end up with salt poisoning, which may be fatal in some cases.

Those solutions can also be hazardous to the ecosystem when melted ice finds its way into various waterways.

That’s why a pet-friendly ice melter is a safer alternative. Even if you have no pets, it’s nice to consider the health and well-being of your neighbours’ furry friends.

Make Your Own Deicer with Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol, is one of the main ingredients in numerous deicers that you can find in stores. That’s because it is very effective and inexpensive.

Its freezing point is -174.6 °F, which makes it ideal for lowering the chances of your walkway and driveway turning into mini skating rinks.

removing snow from driveway

Now, you can simply pour rubbing alcohol over your walkway and driveway after clearing the snow.

But you can also make your own deicer by mixing rubbing alcohol with water in a 2:1 ratio. A spray bottle is a good choice for making the spritzing process easier and more convenient.

Say Goodbye to Treacherous Ice

As you can see, keeping your driveway and walkway safe and ice-free doesn’t have to be an arduous process. These simple solutions can help you do it quickly and effectively.

And if you let Ottawa snow removal professionals help you with snow blowing, you can save yourself a lot of time and reduce the risk of injury.

Contact us today to find out how Hunt Club East Snow & Lawn can keep your driveway regularly cleared in the Ottawa winters.