How does Ice Melt work? Using Safe Paw to prevent and melt ice
What is Ice Melt?
Ice melt changes the chemical make up of water and ice to lower the freezing temperature to keep water from freezing in low temperatures. Depending on the makeup of the ice melt the freezing temperature can be lowered a few degrees or as much as -15 degrees F.
Many ice melts are a blend of calcium chloride pellets, sodium chloride, and magnesium pellets. Calcium chloride is considered to be the best compound of an ice melt due to its’ ability to melt ice faster and it has long-lasting action. Ice melt may come in the form of flakes, crystals or balls and can melt ice in temperatures down to -15 degrees F. You can also use an ice melt to prevent new ice from forming by spreading it prior to ice forming.
How does an Ice Melt work?
You can use ice melt to keep sidewalks from forming ice and to melt ice that has accumulated. Ice melt works by interacting with water and ice to form a liquid brine that in turn generates heat that melts the ice. The brine spreads out on the ice and breaks the ice bonds with the pavement. This can make the ice loosen and easy to shovel.
Tips for using Ice Melt
You may need to keep the following tips in mind when using ice melt:
- Follow the instructions indicated on your product.
- Ensure that you wear protective attire when using the product. You should put on gloves to avoid skin irritation.
- Store your product in a cool dry place. Ice melt products may absorb moisture and harden.
- You should avoid using ice melt on freshly built concrete.
- Use a shovel to clear snow accumulation.
Reasons why you should use Safe Paw Ice Melt:
- Safe Paw Ice melt works in below zero temperatures.
- Safe Paw is safer for pets’ paws.
- Safe Paw is sold in a store near you.
- Safe Paw Ice melts are safer for the environment than rock salts other salt melts.
- Safe Paw Ice melt will not cause significant damage to pavement or concrete.
- Safe Paw is less likely to cause rusting on cars.
Common mistakes made by users when using Ice Melt products:
a) Excessive Use
Most manufacturers recommend less application of ice melt products. Excess product may cause damage to the vegetation beneath or the environment where the product is in use. Users are advised to read application instructions before using a product. The product should provide ideal quantities required for a particular area.
b) Wrong Application of the Product
You are advised to read application instructions to ensure that you use the product in the correct manner. Reading instructions also helps the user know where to apply the product. For example, you should avoid using ice melt on brick since it is porous and may wear off.
c) Using the Wrong Product
Most ice melts are made from a blend of calcium chloride, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, and urea. However, these products each work at different temperatures making them effective in different situations. Some products are meant to prevent ice from forming, others are meant melt ice that has already formed to make it easier to clear, and others are meant to just provide traction on ice, by melting into the ice. A good note is that products that are fast or work in lower temperatures are usually more expensive.
In summary, Safe Paw ice melt is made to suit all our customer’s ice melt needs. Safe Paw Ice melt works by weakening the ice bonds, melting the ice to water and making it easier to clear.