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How to Avoid Ice Melt Mistakes
Ice Melting Do not wait until the last minute!

Evaluate the icing melting products available before you need them.  Winter brings high demand for these products and if you do not order them ahead of time, they may not be available when needed.  Treat surfaces prior to icing and the melting process will be more effective.  Treating a surface ahead of time also decreases ice melting expenses as you will not need as much of the product in the remote future.

Make sure you are using the appropriate product in the correct way.

All ice melting products are not the same.  There are a variety of products including magnesium chloride, rock salt, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, urea, triple melts, and blends.  Each product has specific qualities suited for different conditions.  Ice melting products used incorrectly will result in unmelted ice, damage to the area or vegetation surrounding the surface.  Evaluate the product for use in winter weather conditions in your area. 

Manufacturers have stated that the biggest mistakes made by consumers are overuse of ice melting products and using products that are not suited to their specific needs.  Knowing the differences in ice melters can save time and money.  Salt, for example, will melt ice down to 22 degrees and lasts for an extended time period.  Calcium chloride, however, can melt ice down to -35 degrees, but works quickly and needs to be reapplied in order to be effective.  If living in a warmer climate, the added expense of using calcium chloride as an ice melter is unnecessary as temperatures will not reach -35 degrees.  The opposite also holds true.  Consumers in colder climates need to purchase a product suited for temperatures below zero. 

Store the products properly.

The effectiveness of ice melting products can depend on proper storage.  Ice melters should be kept in airtight containers away from moisture and air.  Dark wrap also helps in keeping ultra violet light exposure from making the bags brittle.  Products left over at the end of the winter season can be saved for next season as long as they are stored using proper procedure.

Take precautions in application of ice melting products.

Not only should you avoid overuse of the product, but also be careful where you are using ice melters.  Research the product you are using to evaluate consequences to the environment.  Ice melters, such as rock salt, can be damaging to plant life.  Use a spreader with a precise spreading area, such as a tailgate or hand spreader.  Use of an application unit or spreader is helpful in dispersing ice melting products and keeping the product away from things that could be harmed.  Tailgate spreaders are a great option as they were designed to be mounted by one person.  These spreaders can be attached to pickup trucks, utility vehicles, ATVs, and tractors.  They are also precise with a spreading capacity up to forty feet wide.

Avoid the common mistakes mentioned and your winter should be relatively hassle-free.  Identify ahead of time the best ice melting option for you, use it with caution, and store it properly so that you can enjoy the winter without worrying about the aggravations that can be caused by the season.