CHOOSING THE CORRECT ICE-MELT



Before applying ice-melt, it is best for snow accumulation to be removed from concrete areas. Next, consider your property requirements which should include whether your concrete is new or established and which ice-melt is safe for pets.  Choosing an ice-melt seems, basic, however several options are available, and the prices vary.  Proper ice-melt selection should be considered an investment preventing against unnecessary damage to pets, concrete and plants insuring that all will not require extensive time and money to cure.

Ice-Melt Options

Urea/Carbonyl Diamide

-will work at 10°F yet is best at temperatures, 25°F to 30°F

-with this product asphalt and concrete damage is minimal or nonexistent
-this product is recommended for pet owners and will be safe for plants
-Urea/Carbonyl Diamide is environmentally friendly   
-unfortunately, Urea/Carbonyl Diamide is not a very effective deicer and can damage plants when over-applied

Potassium Chloride

-will work at 25°F
-with this product asphalt and concrete damage is minimal to moderate
-this product is recommended for pet owners and gardeners
-Potassium Chloride is environmentally friendly  
-Potassium Chloride can damage grass and plants when over-applied and is lethal to pets that suffer from kidney disease if ingested

Calcium Magnesium Acetate

-will work at 20°F
-with this product asphalt and concrete damage is moderate
-this product is commonly used by contractors
-Calcium Magnesium Acetate is environmentally friendly and less corrosive than chloride products
-Calcium Magnesium Acetate can damage concrete

Sodium Chloride/Rock Salt

-will work at 20°F  

-with this product asphalt and concrete damage is minimal to moderate
-this product is a less expensive alternative
-Sodium Chloride/Rock Salt can damage asphalt, concrete, brick, stone, metal, grass, plants, and wood decks
-Sodium Chloride/Rock Salt is lethal to pets if ingested

Magnesium Chloride

-will work at minus 13°F
-with this product asphalt and concrete damage is moderate to significant
-this product is recommended for pet owners, gardeners, and those who are in a hurry
-Magnesium Chloride is environmentally friendly, safer around pets and more effective than sodium
-Magnesium Chloride can damage plants when over-applied and is lethal to pets who suffer from kidney disease if ingested

   

Calcium Chloride

-will work at minus 25°F

-with this product asphalt and concrete damage is minimal to moderate
-this product is recommended for those in a hurry
-Calcium Chloride is more effective than Sodium Chloride and works quickly
-Calcium Chloride can damage grass and plants when over-applied