An introduction to de-icing rock salt
Salting or gritting works by lowering the temperature at which water freezes, preventing a bond between a ground surface and ice being formed or sustained. De-icing rock salt is formed from sodium chloride and is effective down to temperatures as low as -10°C.
Advantages of using de-icing salt
1.Efficient and effective at combating ice and snow without requiring a high level of application
2.Cheapest and most readily available de-icing solution for ice and snow
3.Easy to store, handle and spread provided correct procedures are undertaken
4.Low environmental impact through production and application
5.Non-toxic to skin and clothing
In the event of ice and snow, preparation is essential to ensure such hazards are controlled and the safety of the public is maintained. Monitoring weather forecasts and stocking sufficient de-icing rock salt supplies are simple steps that can save a lot of time when bad weather strikes. The Independent Winter Resilience review recommends that authorities stock supplies equivalent to 12 days or 48 de-icing runs, buying in bulk is recommended. Rock salt does not oxidise or rot; therefore any unused stock will last until the next year and beyond. Proper storage of stock is strongly advised.
When ice is forecast, you are recommended to put down a thin layer of de-icing rock salt or grit before any potential ice or snow settles. This method means that less salt is needed to remove the hazard afterwards.
FAQs Q: Why buy in bulk?A:
1.Buying de-icing rock salt in bulk offers you significant savings.
2.Remember, rock salt does not oxidize or rot; therefore any unused stock can be used the following winter.
3.It is wise to pre stock your winter supplies so that you are prepared to act when needed. Replenishing your stock in high demand periods can prove problematic.
For our biggest saving see our pallet of salt
. bulk bags of white rock salt
and brown rock salt
are also available. Q: Why you need to store your salt properly?A:
Regardless of the size of your stock, it should be sheltered from the elements. When exposed to precipitation salt and grit becomes lumpy which subsequently prevents the product being dispersed evenly when using a spreader. Discover our salt storage bins
for effective solutions to prevent these issues arising. Our ultimate grit bin
features a moisture control system which will stop your salt from getting wet and keep it in its optimum condition for spreading.Q: What is the difference between grit and salt?A:
Definitively ‘grit’ is a combination of small loose particles of stone and sand, whilst salt is either white or brown rock salt. However brown salt is typically recognized as ‘grit’ when discussed in a de-icing context due to its inclusion of earthy materials. Brown salt
offers improved vehicle traction on icy roads whilst maintaining its de-icing proficiency. As white rock salt is more readily available in the UK, it is familiar to mix sand with white rock salt to attain a ‘grit’ matter. Due to its earthy material, brown salt produces a brown residue that is not aesthetically pleasing; therefore usage on pathways leading into buildings should be avoided. Instead use white rock salt which is a cleaner product, made up of 99% sodium chloride.Q: What is the difference between ice melts and rock salt?A:
Contrary to rock salt’s composition of sodium chloride, ice melts are formed from a combination of calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, subsequently ice melt is often referred to as ‘blended’. Ice melts are more effective than rock salt, melting ice 4 times as fast and are effective down to temperatures as low as -25°C, rock salt becomes ineffective when temperatures fall below -10°C. See our liquid ice melt
, which offers superior spreadability using our portable knapsack sprayer. Alternatively we offer ice melt bags and pallets of ice melt. As to be expected, Ice melts are more expensive to purchase than rock salt, and not as readily available for buying in bulk. Both these factors are key for large organisations that prefer to buy rock salt in bulk to serve their greater demands. However should you require ice melt capabilities; there is no better product to keep your facilities safe.