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is there a way to keep a slab/ drive way snow free without the constant on and off (freeze- thaw) from storm to storm causing the concrete to flake?  temps can drop to -35 C in Neepawa Manitoba.          <<wilbert>>

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Many common concrete failures are attributed to the PEX tubing installed therein or the heat created by same. Though it is absolutely true that concrete should not be heated by a radiant floor or snow melting system while it is curing, most other failures can and should be attributed to poor specification or installation.

Concrete poured for driveways in climates where ice and snow are common should be air-entrained, typically 4-7% by volume. This allows for the expansion of water without the typical flaking (spalling) common on a bad slab.

The inclusion of PEX tubing and a properly designed driveway snow/ice melting system will not contribute to, rather it will keep the surface of the driveway snow and ice free drying the surface and eliminating the cause of most weather relate concrete spalling. Here in Minneapolis the driveways we install with hydronic boiler-driven snow melting systems should last longer and look better than there non-heated counterparts. I would argue their owners will enjoy the same benefits.  

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Morgan M. Audetat


Radiant panel heating design, including floors and ceilings, European wall panels and snow melting for residential and light commercial buildings..............................................................-Master of Steam and Hot Water,City of Minneapolis....................................................--- Master Plumber, State of Minnesota...........


30 years..... Charter Board Member - Radiant Panel Association, former manufacturer of condensing boilers, former national distributor of radiant floor products, son and apprentice of mechanical & plumbing contractor. Current mechanical/plumbing contractor specializing in hydronic based, integrated HVAC systems. Radiant floor heating/cooling. Snow Melting. Condensing Boilers. Indirect water heaters. System design, consulting and technical training world-wide. Licensed contractor, designer, installer and consultant.

B.S. University WI 1981 CONTINUING EDUCATION: Viessmann Condensing boiler and Solar water heating certification 2010, N.D.S.U. Lead Worker RRP certification 2010, Knight condensing boiler certification 2009, Wrightsoft Manual J CAD certification 2009, RPA Designer & Installer Certification 2008, Nate Hydronic/Forced Air Certification 2008, Uponor/Wirsbo advanced design school certification 2007, Buderus Wall-hung certification 2007, Power Limited License (low voltage controls) 40 CE credits 2005, Basic Hydronic Certification IPEX & Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 1998, Charter Board Member - Radiant Panel Association 1994, Residential Off-Electric to Hydronic Conversion Heating School Canadian Hydronics Council 1994, B&G Little Red School House 1993, Rood Utilities (now Auburn Technical Institute) Oil Burner School 1993 ,Tekmar Controls residential and commercial 1993, Division Manager and Advanced Hydronic Seminar Instructor for the first Exclusively Hydronic Radiant Floor Distributor in the USA 1990, Hydronic Radiant Heating Association Workshop participant with Richard c. Bourne, PE spring 1988, Master Plumbing, Hydronic, Solar Course Red Rocks Community College 1987.

Awards and Honors
2009 System Showcase Award - Radiant Panel Association

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