Ice Melting Products and Tips from DENTCO
As snow is beginning to fall throughout the country, there are many questions regarding ice melting products and how they work. An ice melting product needs to have a quick response time under all conditions and not create any new issues as it works.
Most ice melting products do not melt ice in the solid form; it must first penetrate the pavement and dissolve into brine. Brine is water saturated with salt and the lower freeze point of the brine is what breaks the bond between the ice and the pavement. Deicers are not intended to melt every bit of snow or ice, and should be used sparingly.
Three of the most commonly used ice melting products are: Calcium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, and Safe Paw. Calcium Chloride melts faster than most deicing agents and is effective in cold weather up to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. With Calcium Chloride there is minimal damage to asphalt or concrete. The second is Sodium Chloride, also known as rock salt, which has limited effectiveness in very cold temperatures. It will not melt ice below 20 degrees Fahrenheit; it works at temperatures at or just below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Sodium Chloride is harsher than Calcium Chloride and may cause damage to asphalt, concrete, brick, stone, metal, and wood decks. Sodium Chloride is an economical alternative to Calcium Chloride. Lastly, there is Safe Paw a 100%, salt free ice melting product. It is guaranteed safe for pets and children as well as an environmentally friendly product. It is safe to use on asphalt, concrete, and pavers.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful winter. LET IT SNOW!