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Water Softener Salt On The Icy Driveway. How Long Will It Take?

I used water softener salt in my driveway. It’s a big hill going down into traffic, so I have to wait for the salt to work its magic before I can go anywhere (the roads are fine. My driveway is a mess.) How long will it take for water softener salt to melt ice on a driveway?

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  1. Comment by krazybob
    September 3, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

    Water softener salt is chemically the same as ice melting salt and will work just fine… If it is the pellet type, the larger pellets will take longer to dissolve ice than a granulated or rock crystal type of salt will.
    You need to apply salt liberally to remove a layer of ice, scatter it across the entire drive area, use at least 50# for each 100 feet of driveway.
    How fast it will work is also dependent on the temperature – above 25 degrees F it will work quite quickly, from 15 to 25 not so fast, from 0 to 15 it is pretty slow, and below zero salt will barely touch ice.

  2. Comment by UCANTCME
    September 3, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

    Well most likely until next spring or you can get your water hose and wash it off but remember that you cannot let the run off go into the city drainage so start shoveling would be your best bet.

  3. Comment by IndianaJ
    September 3, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

    it’s not the same kind of salt
    could take quite a while
    most salt for dissolving ice is rated to -5’F

  4. Comment by bungee
    September 4, 2009 @ 4:00 am

    never heard of anyone doing this . it may work give it a try<

  5. Comment by Building Materials Supplies
    September 18, 2009 @ 3:13 am

    Thanks for sharing

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