Snow Management Industry Articles

Ice Melt: How Much to Apply

Winter snow may look pretty, but it comes with some not so pretty and dangerous outcomes like icy roads and walkways. So, having the correct product for your needs is important. When it comes to ice melt, many people find themselves asking, “How much do I apply?” Good question. First, you need to understand the difference between ice melt and rock salt and know that different temperatures and surfaces require the appropriate product in order to work effectively. Continue reading

Why & How Does Salt Melt Ice?

Why Does Salt Melt Ice

Salt is the primary ingredient in most ice melt products because it lowers the freezing point of water.  This is referred to as “freezing point depression.”  In its pure state, water freezes at 32°F.  Even though it may not be visible, molecular water is always present on the surface of ice. When salt comes in contact with water, it starts to dissolve creating a solution referred to as brine which subsequently lowers the freezing point and melts the ice around it. Continue reading