How to De-Ice Your Sidewalk

How to De-Ice Your Sidewalk

Learn how you can safely de-ice your walkways this winter.

De-icing your sidewalk is an important winter maintenance task that will prevent people from slipping on your property.  However, de-icing your walkways can be a real pain.  Here are some methods you can use to keep your sidewalks safe all season long.

Rock Salt

Rock salt is one of the most traditional and popular de-icing methods available.  While it is both inexpensive and widely available, there are some negatives associated with using rock salt.  For instance, accumulation of salt can damage your lawn, concrete, and the environment over time.  Additionally, it can be dangerous if consumed by small children and pets.

Calcium Chloride

Calcium chloride is a chemical alternative to rock salt that is not as hard on your concrete.  However, it can still be environmentally damaging in large quantities.  Additionally, it poses some danger to your plants and pets as well.

Heat Mats

If you are looking for a more permanent solution to your ice problem, you might want to consider installing heat mats underneath your walkways.  Heat mats heat the ground and melt ice from below.  However, unless you are building a brand-new house or live in an area with particularly long and harsh winters, this solution might be not be worth the financial investment.


While sand is cheap, easily accessible, and non-toxic, it’s doesn’t actually melt ice.  Instead it provides traction on icy, slippery surfaces.  Keep in mind that using too much sand will mean that you have an annoying mess on your hands when spring finally arrives.


Shoveling ice before it gets too thick is a cheap, harmless way to address icy walkways.  However, this requires a huge investment of time and effort on your part.  Many people describe shoveling ice and snow as back-breaking work.

Weigh these different de-icing solutions to choose the right method for your needs.  Want another way to keep your loved ones and winter visitors safe?  Make sure you have the right insurance protections in place.  To find the best coverage to address your needs, contact the experts at Steve Wilk Insurance Agency.  Our professionals are ready to get you the coverage you need.  Located in Illinois, check out our new office at 310 S Main Street, Suite C, Lombard, IL 60148.