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Indianapolis, No More Ice Melting Chemical Please


The 2020 Winter Outlook released by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that central Indiana has equal chances for below-normal, normal, and above-normal temperatures for the winter season. For central Indiana, odds favor above-normal precipitation for the winter season.

The Farmer’s Almanac has forecasted that in Indianapolis, snowfall will be below normal in most areas, with the snowiest periods in early and mid-December, mid-to-late February, and early to mid-March. April and May will have near-normal temperatures, on average, with precipitation a bit above normal in the east and below normal in the west.

With dipping temperature, we worry about the snow and snow removal. Rock salt and ice melt is the most popular choice for melting snow, but did you know it has consequences?

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Here Are The Top 5 Ice-Melting Chemicals And Their Side Effects-

Sodium Chloride Or Salt –

Sodium chloride or rock salt is the most common chemical you would find in the market. Since it is the least expensive material and easily available, everyone seems to be using it. It is effective to approximately 12 degrees but can damage soil, plants, and metals. If you’re thinking of using an ice melt on concrete, you must know that it can corrode it.

Calcium Chloride –

Other than the rock salt, calcium chloride is another ice melt used traditionally. This chemical makes the surface slippery and slimy. This product is effective to about minus 25 degrees. But, it’s not safe to use around pets. If ingested, calcium chloride can lead to burns in the mouth and throat, excess thirst, vomiting, stomach pain, low blood pressure, and other possible severe health effects.

Potassium Chloride –

Potassium chloride is also used in many ice melt. Its lowest effective temperature is equivalent to rock salt. Moreover, it can cause serious injury when washed or splashed on foliage. Both calcium chloride and potassium chloride can damage the roots of plants.

Calcium Magnesium Acetate –

Calcium magnesium acetate or CMA is a newer product made from dolomitic limestone and acetic acid, the main compound found in vinegar. CMA does not form brine like salts and works by preventing snow particles from sticking to each other on the surface. It’s slightly less corrosive but 30 times costlier than rock salt.

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Safe Alternatives For Ice Melt Chemical –

Using a salt-free anti icer composed of natural ingredients is the best way to clear the snow without damaging your concrete, rooftop, and plants. They are 100% safe to use around kids and pets too. Since they do not have chloride in their blend, they do not harm concrete, asphalt, or bricks. Thus, keeping your driveway safe without having to shovel.

Other things that you must keep in mind while using an ice melt on concrete is

  • Use chemical-free ice melt only
  • Use limited amount
  • Wash away the residue as soon as possible
  • There are products that can prevent the snow from sticking to the surface for up to three days

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