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salt vs Calcium

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by edmuhlb, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. edmuhlb

    edmuhlb Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I have a customer that will only use calcium not salt . WHY whats the difference
     
  2. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Salt or Sodium is Endothermic.....Absorbs Heat

    Calcium is Exothermic...Gives off heat....


    Some people think salt by the process for which it melts ice is Harmful to Concrete...i.e. it Eats Concrete....

    But studys by the Portland Cement Association have shown that in fact Calcium is More Aggressive towards concrete....

    Ask the customer the reason or reasons behind their thinking and go from there...:salute:
     
  3. csi.northcoast

    csi.northcoast Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    depending on the water content of the snow, calcium will burn up quicker than salt, less lasting effect
     
  4. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771



    Just depends on how hungry the salt is. And during a winter like this winter the salt will be pretty dang hungry. At least that is what we are experiencing here with the lack of snowfall. Thumbs Up
     
  5. edmuhlb

    edmuhlb Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    thanks for the info
     
  6. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Could you provide a link to this study.
     
  7. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

  9. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    You know me, I'm known for giving it up too easily....................:alien:
     
  10. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

  11. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    Umm what lol.
     
  12. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    One Question.......Is Salt Harmful to Concrete.....;)
     
  13. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    No...it's only harmful to cement.
     
  14. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    You have to feed your salt or it will become hungry
     
  15. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I feed mine asphalt. It eats it right up.
     
  16. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    Ours is on a strict diet of ice and snow, it all dissappears like it was never even there....hmmmm