Salt applied to road by spinner

Ice Control

Meltsnow.Com Is Your “Professional Grade Ice and Snow Melter” & Partner In Ice Control

It’s a balancing act — balancing performance against cost. Salt is the least expensive and most effective deicer in 99% of the cases. However, it’s not without adverse consequences, such as the negative impact it has on evergreens along the interstates.

The Problem With Salt For Melting Ice

Salt is often cut with sand because sand is cheaper than salt. But the sand offers no deicing benefits — only traction. Simply put, the sand dilutes the salt. Now here’s the rub: Sand has recently been recognized as FAR worse for the environment than salt ever could be.

Sand plugs storm basins. The runoff in brooks and streams inhibits flow and chokes vegetation. In other words, it interferes with the delicate balance of the ecosystem. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted legislation called the Stormwater Management Act. This act attempts to address a variety of stormwater related issues stemming from stormwater runoff, oil/water separators, and sand interceptors.

This is where Meltsnow.com comes in. Since the law requires us to abandon abrasives, we will, within 10 years, manage snow and ice 100% by chemicals alone. This means that we need to make those chemicals much more efficient, use them more intelligently, and find ways to control their applications. We work toward this goal every day.

How Our Ice Melting Products Enhance Salt Better

Consider this: 300 lbs per lane mile (10′ X 5280′) of salt is generally accepted as the starting point in most situations. By adding only 8-12 gallons (per ton of salt) of our liquids, we can reduce the application to only 200 lbs. per lane mile AND still maintain the exact same level of performance. This technique was first documented by the “Marquette Study” nearly 30 years ago.

MeltSnow.com and Anti-Icing

The world of snow and ice management has changed, and you’ll find us on the leading edge of those changes. Our anti-icing systems come with ground-speed controllers and carefully designed dispensing equipment that prevent over-treatment. Over-treatment is often the principle cause of problems with deicers, such as slickness or concrete damage. Most times, you can trace these problems back to over-treatment. We carefully evaluate each customer’s needs and then make suggestions as to which anti-icing products will deliver and what will work best for your particular environment.

MeltSnow.com and Deicing

Our liquid deicing products range from traditional ice melting chemicals (like liquid calcium chloride, liquid magnesium chloride, and Liquidow) to low-corrosion products, such as the new IceBan and Caliber. In addition to these well known and proven liquid performers, we stock and offer specialty products for applications that demand environmentally safe and bridge-safe products.

Our dry deicing products range from traditional deicers, such as bulk rock salt and packaged halite, to high performance deicers like MAG Pellets®, Peladow®, MAG Flakes®, DowFlake®, Calso98®, Freezeguard®, MagicSalt®, Thermocal®, and a range of specialty blended products as well as custom blends to your specifications. We have unique specialty products like our new calcium chloride nuggets, which is an innovation that only we offer. With the cal chloride nuggets, you get the boring and penetration properties of a pellet, but you don’t get the “bounce and roll” problems since the egg-shaped nuggets stay where you put them, going right to work. Sometimes a spherical-shaped deicer is what you want, and, in some cases, bounce and roll is advantageous — we stock those products, too (such as Peladow®, potassium chloride, and MAG® product lines).

What You Need to Know About Deicers

Most de-icing chemicals are technically “salts” that work by lowering the freezing point of water below 32° F. Salts can damage plants in two ways:

  • First, plants are harmed by direct contact with snowmelt containing deicers or in salt spray from roadways. Repeated shoveling or blowing snow that contains deicers onto nearby landscape plants will also increase the likelihood of contact injury. Direct contact can cause bud death and twig dieback resulting in the growth of twig clusters known as “witches’ brooms.” Evergreens exposed to salts can show symptoms as early as February or March, including needle flecking, yellowing or browning, and twig dieback.
  • Second, by repeated yearly applications, the resulting build-up in adjacent soil may damage plant roots so they are unable to take up water. Plants’ symptoms include wilting (even when soils are moist), an abnormal blue-green cast in the foliage, marginal leaf burn or needle-tip burn, and general stunting or lack of vigor. Over time, some clay soils may have their structure changed by extremely high salt levels and become unable to support plant life. You can water well-drained soils heavily to leach some of the excess salts out, but this will not work with fine-textured clay soils or soils with inadequate drainage. De-icing chemicals vary in their effectiveness as deicers and their potential for damage.