Top Practices to De-Ice Your Sidewalk

Top Practices to De-Ice Your Sidewalk

Don’t let winter ice send you slipping and sliding down your sidewalk.  

The season of ice and snow is upon us, and in New York, sometimes there is no escaping the black ice and slippery snow. These two weather conditions can wreak havoc for any homeowner or business. Whether you’re hosting friends, family, or guests, or simply trying to get to your mailbox, you’ll want to keep your sidewalk and driveway free from ice. Try these tips for keeping your walkways clear and your visitors on firm footing.

Rock Salt

The low cost of rock salt makes it attractive, but it can end up damaging your lawn or garden. For a quick fix, rock salt instantly dissolves snow and ice, but it can be harmful to pets and can even corrode concrete, so it’s well worth looking into alternatives if you have the time.


Sand, however, increases traction and is garden friendly! Be sure to clean it up properly in the spring, as it can easily clog drains and sewers, and because it absorbs contaminants like oil and chemicals.

Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride

These alternatives are available in crystal or liquid form. They are effective de-icers once snow and ice have settled, but can also be used as anti-icers before a storm hits. Be aware that they can be pricey and can damage floors when tracked indoors.

Manual Removal

A reliable defense against slippery sidewalks is the good old-fashioned shovel. Start shoveling the snow immediately before it gets packed into ice. Be sure to bundle up, stay hydrated, bend with the knees, and take regular breaks inside to warm up!

Even with all the preparation and defenses, there is no guarantee against injuries and slippery walkways. Umbrella insurance can help to protect you against claims beyond those included in your homeowners insurance policy, including lawsuits arising from personal injuries sustained in and around your home. Visit the independent insurance professionals, Perry & Carroll, for all of your insurance needs in Elmira and neighboring cities in New York.