Black ice is one of the most dangerous features of winter. It may appear difficult to remove since it is almost invisible, but it is safer to melt it than to allow it to continue going unnoticed. Keep reading to learn how to remove black ice.
What is Black Ice?
Black ice is not black. It is a very thin, transparent layer of ice that forms on roads. It is one of the leading causes of car accidents, since drivers usually cannot see it. When any moisture comes in contact with the freezing pavement, it freezes almost instantly, forming the black ice. Black ice is commonly found on bridges or in shaded areas. It generally forms early in the morning, before the roads have had time to heat up or late at night when the sun is down.
How to Remove Black Ice
1. Ice melting products containing calcium chloride mixed with some grit, such as gravel, rock salt, and sand, are great for melting black ice while providing traction. Sweep away excess grit to spread it out and to ensure that no one will slip on the accumulation.
2. A thin coat of sand can also provide enough traction for pedestrians and vehicles. The black ice will eventually melt away.
These products can be found at your local hardware store. It is easiest to do this on your driveway or steps. Do not assume that all roads will have these precautions in place, especially early in the morning before the sand trucks are out.
Call in the Professionals
If you have too much black ice to remove, TalkLocal can help connect you with quality local snow and ice removal companies. Simply provide us with a brief description of what you need, your location, and your availability. You can expect a call within minutes from a company that wants to help you.