How do ice melters work?
When ice melter granules contact ice or snow, they begin to form a brine solution. Central to the melting process, brine initially prevents refreezing. How quickly brine is produced and long it takes for refreezing to occur depends on the product, the amount applied and the effectiveness of each granule.
When do I apply ice melters?
Whenever pedestrian or traffic safety is threatened by a buildup of snow or ice, immediate action is called for to prevent liability risk. Granular ice melters are an important part of your safety strategy.
Learn how to best deal with:
DRY POWDERY SNOW
LARGE ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW
Granules: Does size really matter?
All ice melters are not created equal.
Learn how different ice melters effect:
CARPETS AND FLOORING
Take manufacturers' claims with "a grain of salt"
Manufacturers' claims should be supported by independent testing of the entire formulation, not just one ingredient.
Melting temperatures - be realistic
Learn more about how different blends and ingredients address the effective melting temperature -the lowest temperature at which an product will realistically melt ice.
Melting speed (rate)/extended melting
Melting performance is limited by the product's primary ingredient and environmental conditions.
Cost and economy are not the same
Know your needs and what you're buying. Temperature, moisture and accumulation effect melting speed and refreezing. Lower temperatures reduce the melting speed of ALL ingredients. They start melting quickly, but refreeze, requiring multiple applications. Products with extended melting prove to be more economical.