With Winter approaching, it is time to stock up some ice melt before it snows. There are numerous kinds of ice melt available, but you need different kinds of ice melt for different temperatures.
1. What kind of surface you are trying to reach?
Different kinds of ice melts work differently on different surface. The chemical of the ice melts will affect the surface. For example, a lot of people use salt on their concreted area and pavement. Nevertheless, salt can cause damage to concreted area over time. It is important to choose the right kind that is available.2. What are the chemical compounds in the ice melt and the temperature it will reach? The following are the basic kinds of chemicals you will find in ice melts:
Sodium Chloride is one of the most common forms of ice melt called rock salt. This is one of the most affluent chemical compounds found on earth, and it is also the cheapest. It will melt snow and ice effectively at temperatures down to 16 degrees fahrenheit, but performs best in the mid-20s.
Calcium Chloride is considered the most effective ice melt because of its cost and the low temperature it can reach. As calcium chloride dissolves, it gives off heat. Once completely dissolved in water, it can lower the solution’s freezing point to as low as -59°F.
Potassium Chloride is a kind of ice melt that is more environmentally safe but it also costs more because you will have to purchase it from a fertilizer dealer or farm supply. It is also less effective when compared to other ice melts because it doesn’t melt below 25°F.
Generally, we can divide the types of ice melting products into three categories: Rock Salt, Ice Melt, and Ice Melt Pellets.
Rock Salt is the mineral form of sodium chloride. Rock salt can lower the freezing point to 25 degrees fahrenheit. It will leave a white, powdery residue when it dries.
Ice Melt is the most common kind of ice melts available which include calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, sodium chloride and potassium chloride. Unlike rock salt, ice melts actually create brine and generate heat to speed up the melting process.
Ice Melt Pellets is a kind of ice melt that is round and circular. This kind of ice melt can thoroughly bore into the surface of ice, but it can easily roll on sloped surfaces.
Each ice melting product has its strengths, it is important to find the right kind of ice melt for your house depending on the temperatures. If you are not using the right kind of ice melt, it could take a lot longer to clear the ice/snow, and the ice melt can cause damage to the pavement and concreted areas.