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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.
Does All Salt Melt Ice the Same Way?
Most ice melt products on the market include some form of salt such as sodium chloride, calcium chloride or magnesium chloride. Some are endothermic while others are exothermic.
Endothermic ice melters must draw heat from the surroundings to dissolve and form an ice-melting brine. Sodium chloride, also known as rock salt or halite, is an inexpensive readily available endothermic product that is widely used. It is effective down to +15°.
Ice melters that release heat are called “exothermic.” An example is calcium chloride which releases a significant amount of heat as it dissolves. As it attracts moisture from its surroundings, it speeds the creation of brine to jump start the melting process. It can be expected to melt ice more quickly and at very cold temperatures. It is effective down to -25°. Magnesium chloride is another exothermic product and is effective down to -13°.
Blend products such as Cope Performance Blend™ (CPB) are formulated to maximize the benefits of its various ingredients. CPB is a mixture of exothermic calcium chloride and magnesium chloride and endothermic sodium chloride. It is effective down to -25°.
Selecting the appropriate ice melt product is dependent on a number of variables such as temperature, moisture, surface type and budget. Ice melt performance is often rated based on speed, melting duration and amount of product required. To learn more about which product is best for your application view our list of ice melt products.
What is It
Anti-icing is the application of liquid brine (salt water solution) to surfaces before a winter storm hits. This proactive approach focuses on combating ice before it has the chance to stick. Properly applied, liquid brine prevents ice from bonding to surfaces and lowers the temperature at which water freezes. Continue reading
The Cope Company Salt, Lancaster, donated $3000 to Tel Hai Retirement Community. The donation is part of Cope Salt’s AUTOGive program which makes quarterly donations to non-profit organizations. Continue reading
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Lancaster, PA – Cope Salt, Lancaster, was honored by the US Chamber of Commerce by being selected as a finalist for the Small Business of the Year Award. Continue reading
Lancaster, PA – The Cope Company Salt, Lancaster, donated $2000 to World Vision. World Vision is a humanitarian organization that partners with children, families, and their communities to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Continue reading