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freezing rain treatment

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by nyhog, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. nyhog

    nyhog Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    how do you guys treat a freezing rain event?
    The best course of action I have is to wait it out, it seems the more ice melt applied more ice builds. calcium chloride seems to break the bond on concrete. but then has to be removed with coal shovels. anyone have suggestions?
  2. Schoenberg Salt

    Schoenberg Salt Member
    Messages: 83

    Calcium should eat right through ice if you apply it on top of the ice. Sounds like you did more of a pretreatment with the calcium which is making it easier by not letting it bond to the pavement/concrete. If calcium isn't working not sure what else would since it is so exothermic.. Could be the calcium though, some imported materials are a low % which most people do not realize.
  3. mtnbktrek

    mtnbktrek Senior Member
    from NEPA
    Messages: 144

    We just had freezing rain but used a sh!t ton of calcium to clear it we do a lot of big double width walks. It seems the rain washes the calcium off the concrete because 1/2 hr later there is a new skim coat of ice. We have tried numerous brands of calcium only difference we noticed between brands was the amount of calcium dust. Landlord only wants calcium but it just does not work for freezing rain. Usually we run the salt over the sidewalk and that seems to work but it's not what they want although it does prevent slips .
  4. nyhog

    nyhog Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Same problems we have. Pre treating seems to make it worse. Only melts at an application rate of 100 lbs per foot. Lol