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What is the best/easiest way to clear snow and ice from a driveway and parking area in sub-freezing temperatures?
posted by Betelgeuse to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We had a fire in our house back in September, so we had to move out for a while. We're back in now, but as a result of not being there for much of the winter, there is significant snow and, more annoying, ice on our driveway and parking area. Some of the driveway was plowed, but a good part of it wasn't. I'm going to try to hit the parking area with our snowblower, but I'm slightly worried that the snow is too icy for the snowblower to work well. And what about the underlying ice?
I could just salt the whole area, but I'm wondering if others have better ideas. Is there some way to apply heat to the area to melt the snow/ice? My experience with salt is pretty good, but not typically over such a large area (the driveway is ~30 feet x 8 feet and the parking area is ~20 feet by 15 feet). It is not supposed to get over freezing for the next ~10 days at least and this is something I'd like to tackle this weekend.