Deicing Products – What You Need to Know

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Snow removal is big business. In 2015 ​one billion dollars​ was spent in America plowing, salting, and battling winter weather. In addition to being very costly, this seasonal industry carries along with it a lot of risks. Each year winter roads lead to catastrophic consequences for Americans – with over ​116,000 injured​ and over 1,300 killed on snowy, slushy, icy pavements. It also doesn’t make it any better that every year more vehicles ​enter the roadways​, making it that much more critical roads are cleared quickly and stay cleared longer.

When purchasing deicing products it’s important to realize that ​they’re not all the same​. Some work down to temperatures as low as -25℉, while others only work down to 15℉. Some products are safe to use around pets and plants, while others can cause damage to surfaces and metals. With there being so much at stake with accidents, iced pavements, slips & falls, it’s important contractors, business owners, and homeowners know which product is right for their individual need. That’s why we created this list breaking it down easy peasy.

Deicing Products in St. Louis

Sodium Chloride: AKA Rock Salt [picture of a small contractor snow truck plowing]

Readily available, fairly inexpensive, and widely used without alteration, sodium chloride, commonly known as rock salt, works by drawing heat from around its surroundings. As it does the moisture creates a mixture known as brine. The brine gradually penetrates the mix of snow and ice, melting it away. Frequently used by ​road crews​, this product is limited in use as it’s only effective down to 15℉, and takes longer to reach its full effect compared to the alternatives. Because of its corrosive nature, users should be wary when using rock salt around unprotected metals. It’s also advised not to use sodium chloride on grass or vegetation.

Effective Temperature​​: 15℉
Time For Full Effect: ​​45 minutes
Where to Avoid​​: Unprotected metals, grass or vegetation

Deicing Products in St. Louis

Calcium Chloride: The Premium Snow & Ice Melter [really frigid looking photo with a BIG truck plowing]

Reliable, highly effective, and fast-acting, calcium chloride is the go-to product for the really cold areas. Effective down to temperatures as low as -25℉, calcium chloride works by pulling moisture from its surroundings and by ​releasing heat​. This double whammy attack on ice and snow drastically speeds up the melting process. Although it’s the chosen choice for instant melting, it’s not a long-lasting solution and will require reapplication after a period of time. Calcium chloride is moderately corrosive to unprotected metals and should not be used around vegetation.

Effective Temperature​​: -25℉
Time For Full Effect: ​​10 minutes
Where to Avoid:​​ Unprotected metals, grass or vegetation

Deicing Products in St. Louis

Magnesium Chloride: High-Performance, Environmentally Friendly Deicer [Someone throwing salt onto a sidewalk]

Like calcium chloride, magnesium chloride pulls-in moisture and discharges heat. However, it’s not as quick, only works down to -15℉, and requires more volumn compared to calcium chloride. This natural mineral does make up for its speed by being less harsh on surfaces, vegetation, and with being safe for pets. Oh and its significant ability to last longer than any other product. Also, as a natural mineral, magnesium chloride is recognized to be one the most ​environmentally friendly​ methods for melting ice and snow.

Effective Temperature​​: -15℉
Time For Full Effect: ​​20 minutes
Where to Avoid​​: Safe to use around pets and vegetation. Less harmful on surfaces.

With so much money and time at stake it’s important you know you’re using the right product. Make sure you have the right product this winter, call now and let’s talk about your bulk or bag needs. Call for a FREE quote 📞1-866-ROK-SALT (1-866-765-7258).

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