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Even with prevention, you may face an ice problem. A deicer will lower the freezing temperature of the water, causing the ice to break apart.

Choices you'll see at the local hardware store:
  • Salts—sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, or magnesium chloride—are toxic to plants, trees, and waterways. One teaspoon of salt can contaminate 5 gallons of water forever, so use as little as you can to get the job done.
  • Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) and other acetate deicers are salt-free, have low toxicity, and are biodegradable. They do, however, contribute excess nutrients to our waterways and must be applied appropriately.
De-icers aren't for melting away every bit of snow and ice. Use enough to break the ice away from the pavement, then shovel away the slush.

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