De-icing and anti-icing are important components in the snow clearance industry. If you are thinking of melting ice, it is necessary to begin early and spread frequently because the main goal is preventing ice from the formation. Utilizing the mixture of de-icing and anti-icing methods helps in saving money and time. Before starting to control ice and perform snow removal, it is necessary to learn how each material works. We have explained the de-icing material’s features, pros and cons, and more here in brief.
There are various de-icing material choices. But the basic chemicals that are frequently used are as follows:
- Liquids, mostly organic
- Variety of calcium mixtures
- Potassium acetate
- CMA or Calcium Magnesium Acetate
- Magnesium Chloride
- Calcium Chloride
- Common Rock Salt or Sodium Chloride
When you are selecting the de-icing material for ice and snow removal purposes, it is necessary to follow the supplier’s information. In most cases, they will provide complete details about how to use the product and also assist you whether that product is suitable for your requirements. The above products are recommended materials. However, it is necessary to do thorough research before selecting the product for your task.
Environment: It is not recommended to decide according to how hot the product is. It is also important to consider whether it causes any damage to the environment. Certain chemicals damage the grass and the surrounding environment. For example, most clients do not prefer rock salt as they say it is damaging the grass fields. Magnesium Chloride is gentle on the grass and much better than salt. It is necessary to see whether the product causes any damage before choosing.
Quality: Another important to consider while deciding de-icing material is the ice melt quality. Several municipal or large-sized contractors require a large capacity ice melt. In this case, they purchase rock salt in bulk quantities. It is very cheap as it is just screened once and so there would be leftover wet fine elements in the mixture. It is not much helpful in melting snow and mostly gets stuck in the moving parts of the spreader. If you have high-quality equipment, then you can easily handle this issue. But if you have low-grade equipment, it is important to purchase rock salt that is screened at least three times. Thus, it remains dry and even and does not damage the equipment.
Storage: While purchasing the de-icing material, it is important to see whether you have space to store the items. Remember, the de-icing material absorbs water as it is hygroscopic. Due to this case, it has to be preserved in a dry place far from liquids. If you have enough dry space, then you can purchase in bulk quantities.
Price: The cost of de-icing material depends upon two main things like quality and hotness. Higher quality and hotter chemicals are expensive. The price could be low or high according to the size also. At times, de-icer would not be available where you have to travel long distances to purchase.