Q: How does ice melt work?
A: Ice melt lowers the freezing point of snow and ice below 32°F. This creates a brine that melts the snow.
Q: Which ice melt is right for me?
A: Consider your climate, budget and environment when you select an ice melt. Your ice melt must work with your area's atmospheric moisture, average snowfall, temperature extremes, etc. Additionally, consider safety factors. Is simply melting the ice enough? Will you need traction or a color indicator?
Q: How can I prevent damage to my concrete?
A: When you apply ice melt to concrete, the concrete absorbs moisture. Slush that is not cleared away can refreeze. This naturally-occurring freezing and thawing cycle puts added pressure on the concrete. Remove slush to reduce the freezing and thawing cycle and the risk of flaking. Read your ice melt's instructions before use. Ice melt should NOT be applied to concrete that is less than one year old.
Q: What is the difference between ice melt pellets and flakes?
A: Ice melt penetrates ice and snow to break the bond with the pavement. When pellets encounter a small area of ice, they quickly bore down to the surface of the pavement. Flakes, on the other hand, have a larger surface area and penetrate slower.
Q: Do you recommend using ice melt on roofs?
A: No. The majority of ice melt products contain chloride, which is corrosive and not meant for roofs or gutters.
Q: What is the proper way to dispose of ice melt?
A: If unused ice melt weighs no more than 3 lbs., it can be thrown out with regular trash. Larger amounts of unused ice melt can be properly disposed of by following your local trash facility's instructions.
Q: How should ice melt be stored?
A: Ice melt does not like humidity, unstable temperatures or the elements. It should be stored in airtight containers in humidity-controlled environments free of moisture.