Why Salt Is an Effective De-Icer

With winter on the horizon, business owners and building managers have to prepare for icy walkways. If your sidewalks or walkways are slippery and covered in ice, it can be a liability for you. If staff or clients slip and fall, it could result in injury, leaving you at fault. It is your responsibility to keep your customers and your business safe.

Ice melt products, like salt, can perform the function you need. Here is what you need to know about how salting melts ice and snow.

Salt Lowers the Freezing Point

Salt lowers the overall freezing point of water. This means that with the addition of salt, water will have to reach a lower temperature than normal in order to freeze. Normally water will freeze when it reaches 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Rock salt prevents water from freezing at this temperature but starts to lose its effectiveness if the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Common salt, on the other hand, can work on temperatures as low as negative 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Salt Causes a Physical Change

When ice melts into water it is considered a physical change. However, when you use calcium chloride, or common salt, a chemical change takes place as well. As mentioned above, the presence of salt causes the freezing point of water to drop. Keep in mind that different de-icing products may affect water and ice differently. Some are more slow-acting than others and more effective at lower temperatures.

When it comes to winter safety, ice melt products are crucial. Salt happens to be one of the most effective methods in preventing a slippery walkway. You should take your surface and temperature into consideration when it comes to choosing the right type of de-icer. In order to be sure that you are using the right product, consult a professional. The experts at Brilar will know what method will be most effective in keeping your grounds safe and ice free. Learn more by calling 877-529-5013 or emailing us today!

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