Technical Articles

Oily Residue

What’s this oily residue on the surface that I treated with ice melter? This question comes up often from users of our calcium chloride and/or magnesium chloride product groups.   Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride are high performance deicing products that are very effective at managing snow and ice across all temperature ranges.   Both […]

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Pet Safe Deicers

Separating facts from fiction We get a lot of calls asking about pet safe deicers.  To answer the question, you must first define the word “safe” and how to quantify that.  Safe for paws?  Safe for ingestion?  Safe for fur? Most of the claimed “Pet Safe” deicing products on the market today are simply UREA […]

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Blended Products – understanding the value of our TruMelt

TruMelt is a True Melt, but not all blends are “real”. We have a problem in our industry and we are working diligently to fix it and end it; label lies.   Blended deicers that claim ingredients on the bag which are not disclosed as a percentage of the mix are wreaking havoc in our industry.   If […]

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Salt vs. Temperature

It’s 15° F and snowing and it feels like the salt you just put down took a vacation. Salt is the least expensive, most abundant, readily available deicing material on the market. For the result you get, salt’s hard to beat when considered against alternative materials on a cost-benefit analysis. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride […]

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By Rob English Originally featured in Snow Magazine When spring arrives, the snow fighter faces a large workload of preparing the winter maintenance equipment for a long summer’s nap, cleaning up any winter kill, and, responding to a series of questions and complaints from the property owners on the efforts put forth over the winter […]

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Environmentally Green Ice Melt?

No regulatory oversight in “green claims” make buying an environmentally appropriate ice melt the commercial equivalent of buying liver pills at a carnival. The desire to “go green” continues to gain momentum in ice melt products.  The lack of any rules governing label claims complicates decision making.  The growing desire to achieve environmentally compliant certifications […]

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MAG Environmental and Safety Considerations

MAG is less irritating to the skin. MAG, unlike calcium chloride, is not noticeably exothermic (generates heat) when it first comes in contact with moisture. Magnesium chloride is unlikely to irritate the skin or burn the skin when it contacts moist skin surfaces. MAG corrodes metal surfaces less. Tests show MAG to be significantly less […]

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Care and Feeding of MAG for Dust Control in Indoor Horse Arenas

Getting Started There are an infinite variety of blends of footing materials that are used in indoor equestrian riding arenas.  The common problem in all footings is that they start out great but over time quickly develop nuisance dust because the footing is pulverized by the hoof action of constant riding and pounding. Footing compositions […]

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Facts About Beet Juice

FACT: BEET JUICE DOES NOT IMPROVE SALT BRINE PERFORMANCE A key reason road maintenance professionals turn to salt brine additives is to increase the deicing performance of salt brine at lower temperatures. Pure salt brine used for deicing is 77% water/23% salt. It freezes when road temperatures reach -6°F/-21°C and is generally applied at road […]

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Deicers and Efflorescence

What you might like to know Concrete, Brick and Paver Efflorescence Download PDF Version In snow country, we utilize many landscape features that might be impacted by the use of chemical deicers. Understanding how chemical deicers can cause efflorescence in concrete, brick and pavers is an important first step to managing complaints about this topic. […]

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Is Green a Color or an Objective?

by Rob English “Environmentally friendly” is a term that is applied with a spatula in today’s products’ labels in ever increasing numbers.   What does it mean?  Does it mean it’s better for nature, people, pets, or for the profit line of the company offering it?    In the industry and elsewhere, we see a marked increase […]

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Managing Snow and Ice

On Various Surfaces and Materials of Construction Download PDF of article “What’s the best deicer to use?”   We hear that question virtually every day and our answer is always the same; it depends on the surface you are trying to manage. Building materials have taken some quantum leaps in recent decades and the surfaces that […]

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Insurance to Keep Liquid Deicers Honest Download PDF of article Hydrometers are widely used to measure specific gravity, or density, of liquid materials.   Most people have used a form of hydrometer to check the level of glycol antifreeze in their  car radiator or the battery acid strength in the car battery.   Those types typically employ […]

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How to Pick the Right Ice Melter

We get a lot of calls asking about what deicer to use. What are the best products to melt the ice and snow on city streets, parking garages, hospital entry-ways, sidewalks, and driveways? What about the daycare center where children crawl and they pick up deicers on their hands and then potentially taste them? How about the canine kennel where pets are exposed? Frequently that question comes in the broad form; “What’s your best ice-melter?” Our answer is always the same: It depends on your situation.

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The winter of 2008-2009 has seen a return an old nemesis of building owners: ice dams. Heavy snowfall throughout New England has brought a rash of calls to our offices this season regarding how to melt ice dams that have formed on roofs and eves. Which deicer should I use?

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The True Melt Blended Deicer

Our TruMelt line of deicers are carefully formulated to provide actual intentionally added catalysts and premium melting ingredients to our solar salt that is carefully screened for even and identical particle size and then oven dried to provide long shelf life. Learn More »