HOME
ORDER EASY
BOOK LOAD
QUOTE REQUEST
CONTACT US

ROCANVILLE PLANT
VANSCOY PLANT
BULK STORAGE

WHAT WE DO
OUR VISION

BULK SALT CRYSTALS
SALT BRINE
PACKAGED ICE MELTERS
HOW ICE MELTERS WORK

OTHER PRODUCTS
MSDS SHEETS

WEATHER UPDATES
INDUSTRY LINKS

How Ice Melters Work
Product crystals will dissolve in the ice/snow forming a brine. The salt brine solution has a freezing point lower than water. The smaller crystals dissolve quickly to begin the melting action. The larger crystals, through the action of gravity will penetrate the ice layer to the surface of walkway. The brine formed will travel between the surface and ice layer loosening the bond for easier ice removal.

DE-ICING removes ice & snow and is applied after the event.

ANTI-ICING prevents ice from forming and is applied before the event.

Snowy StreetPicture2b.jpg
There are two types of ice melters chloride based and non chloride based. The majority are chloride based - either one of the following types or a blend of two or more.

Chloride based include:

1. Sodium Chloride

2. Potassium Chloride

3. Calcium Chloride

4. Magnesium Chloride

Natural Colored Mineral Crystals versus Evaporated Crystals

MELTZ ALL, Nature's Thaw and ICE BITER are a natural rock mineral crystal. They are not an evaporated crystal. Evaporated salt results from concentration of a brine solution resulting in smaller salt crystals which are then compacted to form larger sized products. This type of processing changes the natural state of the crystals and as a result, many of the trace minerals are lost.

The NSC mineral crystals on the other hand, are brought to the surface in their natural rock form untouched allowing all of the natural trace minerals to remain intact.These trace minerals which include potassium, calcium, and magnesium give the crystals more melting power.

This unique combination of high soluble chloride and enhancing trace minerals encapsulated within each crystal is what gives the crystal its pinkish color making our products truly distinctive.

saltcrystals.jpg
In selecting a suitable product for ice melting 3 factors will come into play:

1. Desirable Characteristics

2. Application

3. Risks

Desirable Characteristics Are:

Low operating temperature

Quick acting/long lasting

Easy to apply/easy to see

Environmentally friendly

Cost effective

The Freeze Thaw Cycle
Most common concern with ice melters are damage to concrete. The natural freeze thaw cycle in combination with poor concrete, old or new concrete, improperly air entrained concrete can result in damage...without even applying any ice melter.

During warmer periods ice melts and liquid runs into cracks or concrete pores. When freezing occurs, liquid expands in spaces and causes cracking or spalling (surface breakage).

To minimize risk of damage always:

1. Apply proper amounts

2. Avoid clumping of product applied

3. Scrape snow & ice to curb immediately following melting action

Special points of interest:

* All Ice Melters have potential risks

* Important to follow proper application procedures

* Always remove ice & snow once melting action loosens ice

* Scrape ice & snow to curb, away from vegetation

* Minimize risks by using proper application procedures

 HOME  ORDER EASY  BOOK LOAD  QUOTE REQUEST  CONTACT US  ROCANVILLE PLANT  VANSCOY PLANT  BULK STORAGE  WHAT WE DO  OUR VISION  BULK SALT CRYSTALS  SALT BRINE  PACKAGED ICE MELTERS  HOW ICE MELTERS WORK  OTHER PRODUCTS  MSDS SHEETS  WEATHER UPDATES  INDUSTRY LINKS 
OCMs B2B v 6.10.16 © ECS GLOBAL Corp.
Information