Of all the deicers available on the market, which is the most effective in the fight against ice and snow? Indeed, they have different degrees of efficiency and are aimed at specific applications. Find out here the differences between road salt, bulk rock salt and other deicers.
Road Salt: Different Types And Applications
Conventional de-icing salt (= sodium chloride) is the most commonly used de-icing. Three types of salt differ according to their mode of exploitation. There is thus vacuum salt, rock salt, and sea salt. Vacuum salt is a fine de-icing salt associated with a heavy environmental burden due to its mining process. If this salt is not applied with brine, it is quickly dispersed by the wind or the passage of vehicles because it is fine-grained and dry. On the other hand, exploiting sea salt is respectful of the environment. As this salt has larger grains, its effectiveness is also longer.
Pure de-icing salt like Ninja De-Icer for example is the ideal solution to clear driveways and car parks! Its specific particle size distribution guarantees an optimal result. In doing so, this salt can be used preventively or curatively. Road salt is also available in bulk for larger areas and industrial use.
Ready-To-Use Salt Brine To Fight Against The Ice!
Have you ever considered using ready-to-use salt brine as a deicer? Pure Salt Brine with 23% Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is fast and effective down to -21°C. Freezing point determination indicates that a NaCl concentration of 23% is the best concentration. The ideal solution is to use salt brine in combination with salt. This spreading technique (pre-moistened salt technique) guarantees immediate action and optimal efficiency.
Other Deicers To Combat Ice And Snow
In addition to de-icing salt, there are other deicers and melters to combat ice. For example, deicers in the form of granules are a valid alternative. In contact with snow, an exothermic reaction is created, which melts the ice and the packed snow. NOCOR de-icing granules do not contain chlorine and are ideal for treating corrosion-sensitive surfaces such as aluminum, steel, reinforced concrete, or natural stone. NOCOR pellets are not harmful to surrounding flora and fauna and are biodegradable.
There are also calcium chloride-based deicers for extreme freezing conditions. There is SALCO -18, a mixture of de-icing salt and calcium chloride, which can be used in its pure state. However, it is important to consider the high hygroscopicity of this salt (it absorbs humidity from the air) and its difficulty keeping it! Furthermore, its use and handling require great care. Remember to ask for the product’s safety data sheet!