If you are reading this blog post, you probably have already spent some time digging for information regarding the usage of calcium chloride ice melter. Here are the answers to some questions you might have in mind.
What is calcium chloride pellet used for?
Calcium chloride is most commonly used as snow and ice melter for clearing sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and even roofs. It can continue to melt snow in below zero temperatures. In fact it release so much heat that it works even below -13 °F (-25 °C).
I am using rock salt. Why should I switch to calcium chloride pellets as ice melter?
Rock salt mainly contains sodium chloride. It melts snow and ice at temperatures as low as 20 °F (-6.67 °C). However, at the temperature goes lower, the liquid with rock salt will refreeze. This process of melting and refreezing not only defeats the purpose of using an ice melter, but also causes damage to concrete surfaces because it is essentially eroding the concrete. Switching from rock salt to calcium chloride could help make your concrete driveway last years longer.
Here is a short list of typical situations in which you should switch from rock salt to calcium chloride pellets
- You are in an area where temperatures drop below 20 °F (-6.67 °C). To prevent refreezing, you should switch from rock to pellets
- You are concerned about the life time of any concrete surface that you use rock salt on. To prevent sodium chloride from eroding your driveway, you switch to calcium chloride pellets ice melter
- You want to avoid de-icing your drive on a cold winter day because the rock salt melt-off refreezes
Where can I buy calcium chloride?
Calcium chloride are commonly used ingredients for modern ice melters. They are usually available in large franchises such as Home Depot, Walmart, Costco, etc. You can also find them online (Eco Home & Garden Pet Safe Ice Melt). Due to the pandemic, the cost of manufacturing may have increased this year. We recommend stocking 1 ~ 2 bottles if you live in an area where it tends to snow in the winter. Calcium chloride works very efficiently even in extreme weather, so unless you have a very large area to cover, 1 ~ 2 bottles should keep your drive way clear in winter.
What makes Eco Home & Garden Pet Safe different from others?
- Our ice melt has very high purity level of calcium chloride, so you can cover more area with 1 bottle
- The calcium chloride prails are made into spheres, so that it would not cut/hurt paws like other ice melters
- The product is safe to your pet's because it is also very unlikely to irritate their paws or skins