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By constantine70043805, Jan 8 2019 02:37PM

Winter time in the northeast means snow and ice events over the next 3 months. As a home owner or business owner you may need to ask yourself; should I be using salt or ice melt?

Rock Salt

This has been the go-to product for melting ice during the winter months of the year. Unbeknown to many people, rock salt (also known as halite) is basically sodium chloride in mineral form. It works by penetrating the surface of ice thus forming a strong solution of water and salt, which is commonly referred to as brine. Since salt and brine’s freezing point is significantly lower than that of water, the ice will start melting, and won’t form again provided that adequate rock salt is available. Typically, rock salt establishes grit and gravel particles that increase traction on driveways, walkways, and even stairs.

Pros and Cons of Rock Salt

Rock salt remains one of the cheapest ice melting products. It is also readily available in retail outlets except when there are extreme shortages due to weather. This means homeowners should think ahead and purchase before they need it What’s more, rock salt can effectively be used to prevent the accumulation of salt in surfaces since it has a low freezing point of 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Despite its effectiveness, several factors ought to be considered before choosing rock salt. This product may be harmful to plant life. Therefore, it shouldn’t be used near vegetated areas. Rock salt is similarly dangerous to pets since it causes gastrointestinal disorders when ingested.

Ice Melt

Ice melt products are made from magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride or sodium chloride. Ice melt made from calcium chloride is the most effective, and also the most widely used. Ice melt differs from rock salt because it is more pet friendly. In addition, it doesn’t harm plant life as much as rock salt. Nonetheless, some ice melt is coated with Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) to make it safer.

Pros and Cons of Ice Melts

Most ice melting products that contain calcium chloride have the ability to lower the freezing point of water. Ice melt not only forms brine but also has the ability to generate chemical heat. This means it is effective at melting ice, and also does this faster than other products. Besides this, there are different varieties of ice melts, all of which serve different purposes.

Ultimately the choice is up to you. Ice melt will offer other benefits in addition to melting the snow/ice. If you have pets you may consider the additional benefits of ice melt. Of course there is always a price tag along with additional benefits.

By constantine70043805, Jan 5 2017 03:07PM

We are techincally in the winter months but it has yet to really feel like winter, more like late fall. Temps have been cooler, but we have seen more rain than snow. Most people will call me crazy but there is something about the snow that I love. Maybe it stems from growing up and just loving to be out side. When my brothers and I were little we would always be the first kids outside all bundled up thanks to my Mom. Our activities usually inluded time trials on our little kitty kat snowmobile we used to have, building jumps for sledding, skating in the backyard rink my father used to make for us, or trying to hustle and make money shoveling driveways. Maybe it was the potential to have no school. Either way if there was snow, I was outside playing in it.

Fast forward 20 years later and nothing has really changed except I guess I have to wrok everytime it snows( Call us for your snow removal estimates!) It doesnt really bother me because its snow. Its cool. School doesnt get cancelled anymore but everything turns white and I still get that same feeling. Most people I know will complain about the snow, but they're a few that like to take advantage of what unique activities the winter months can offer.

I was messing around on the Farmers almanac this morning and found some scientific information that made me feel like a weather guy. Unfortunaately for most of you Southern New England is supposed to see more snowfall than average, but we are supposed to have warmer than average temps. Which means it will probably melt and make our cars a salty mess. Good for our car wash owners. I guess well see how accurate this really is.

Which got me thinking, what is the Farmers Almanac and why is it so rellevant. Well the story starts in 1815. Editor Robert B. Thomas wasa writing the alamanc and was interupted, sick, pre occupied with work, there are many reasons, anyways he predicts rain, sleet, and snow in July. Summer 1816 comes around and to the disbelief of many it does snow sleet and rain. Mostly inpart to the eruption of Mount Tambora. Its known as the year without summer. The Farmers Almanac instanly gained its reputation. Today the almanac is more scientific but they still use a "secret formula", which is comprised of histroical data. Its headquarters is in Dublin New Hampshire. The almanac claims a 80% accuracy rate but there is not much data to back it up.

To me it seems more like a generalization but for some reason it has been around for 225 years and continues to stay relevant. Either way it sounds like we just have to wait and see.

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