Winter is approaching, and there is no time like the present to start planning. The dreaded winter weather has us preparing our vehicles and our homes. Depending on where you live, winter will have you planning different commute routes as well. Luckily, the invention of de-icing solutions makes our lives that much more manageable and safer. The whole purpose of using de-icing solutions is to ensure better traction and safe commute. Whether you are on the road or on foot in the winter, you will be sure to find a variety of de-icing agents. So, what is de-icing salt, and how does it work? Let us find out all about de-icing salt!
What is de-icing salt?
De-icing salt is exactly what it sounds like, salt. De-icing salt or road salt is used for snow and ice removal. The goal is to prevent fallen snow from freezing our sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and of course, our roads.
The technical term is sodium chloride. For snow and ice removal, salt has been used for many years. There are a few varieties such as sea salt, rock salt, and vacuum salt. The main difference between all three is the mining process. Road salt, the kind we see on our paved surfaces, can be a combination of minerals such as sodium chloride, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
In an area where the harsh winter weather affects your surrounding, then, of course, snow and ice removal is necessary. Initially, when snow begins to fall and sticks to the ground, it is removed first, then de-icing salt is distributed by the snowplows or dump trucks.
How does de-icing salt work
Salt decreases the temperature of the water and keeps it in a liquid state. Therefore, not allowing it to freeze. Whoever figured this out was a pure genius! It is quite scientific. The addition of salt breaks the molecular bond between the ice and the surface it has formed on. Dry salt usually needs a liquid to dissolve and produce brine. Depending on weather conditions and to help quicken the process, snow removal crews will wet the salt ahead of time.
Variety of de-icing agents
When salt is not enough, sand is also an option, not necessarily for melting snow/ice, more so for creating traction. The sand is often mixed with salt to prevent the sand from caking.
Other de-icing agents include calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, a combination of the two (calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, and ethylene glycol.
Effectiveness, usability, availability, safety, and environment friendly should be considered when using de-icing agents.
Depending on the environment and climate, commercial, and residential properties all use de-icing agents. Safety is the number one priority, and the main reason we use de-icing salt. Besides our roads and parking lots, we must ensure our home properties are ice and snow-free. To preventing slips and falls, ensure your driveway, walkways, and patios are clear from the harsh weather. Snow and ice removal is also essential to prevent damage from our landscaped properties. To prepare for winter weather, contact FSI landscaping supplies for all your winter needs.