Ice Slicer FAQs
Liquid deicing brines are popular and effective materials for winter road maintenance. However, liquids and solids are very different in practice. Liquids are effective “anti-icers” (i.e. applied BEFORE the storm to prevent ice-road bonding), but should not be used as “deicers” (i.e. applied during or after the storm to tackle snowpack), especially as temperatures start dropping. With chemical liquids such as brine, you are applying 23% chemical and 77% water. With solid applications you are applying 100% active material. The current practice of simultaneously applying liquid and solid deicers is also proving to be a very effective deicing method. In a nutshell, where “dilution” is an issue, such as in heavy precipitation, solid application is the best approach.
Loss of product from the road surface during application is a problem for all solid deicers. This can be minimized by pre-wetting the product at the spinner and by cautious application techniques and can activate and accelerate the melt rate when placed in contact with the snowpack.
The sodium chloride found in Ice Slicer is a natural component of the environment. Actually 3% (on average) of the oceans are NaCl – and since ¾ of the planet surface is covered by oceans teaming with life – sodium chloride is not harmful to the environment. In fact, both sodium and chloride are essential elements in nutrition. While concentrated applications of salt can be toxic to plant and aquatic life, the dilution that occurs from precipitation is so large that after the spring run-off, it is often impossible to detect any elevated sodium or chloride levels. Add the benefit of reduced application rates and even less chloride is being put into the environment.
The natural trace minerals found in Ice Slicer are native in the salt deposit created eons ago when an ancient ocean evaporated. Most of these minerals are present in very low (part per million) concentrations and therefore have little effect on melting performance, however a few are present in larger (percent) levels and these natural minerals DO have a synergistic effect on the NaCl – leading to faster melt rates.