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Liquid Ice Melt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by FIREMAN Q, Oct 2, 2006.


    FIREMAN Q Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    Does anyone use liquid Ice melt for there walks and stairs. i was given 10 gallons free and was thinking about going to liquid vs rock salt. Does anyone have any Pro's and/Con's for this type of application...

  2. MaineMike

    MaineMike Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 48

    I'm wondering about this too. Any personal experience, folks?
  3. Rampart Ranger

    Rampart Ranger Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Liqiud deicers have their place.

    NO grit - totally dependant on maintaining WET condition; physical traction non-existant
    Expensive in small quantities
    Dillution rate and/or dropping temperatures may require multiple applications to maintain WET condition
    Effective/economical application dependant on calibrated equipment and user experience
    Applicator learning curve!
    Customers get used to wet appearance, can instantly turn to glare ice with no grit

    NO grit = no cleanup, envionmentally more friendly
    Easy, fast application with proper equip
    Very effective if properly applied and maintained

    Good luck, be prepared to learn from mistakes!

    FIREMAN Q Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    thanks...have you used liquid and if so do you still use it.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Do a search, then ask away. This has been discussed and I will answer what I can. Actually, when it comes right down to it, we all use liquids to melt snow and ice.

    We've been using liquids for about 5 years now.
  6. Surfside

    Surfside Member
    Messages: 44


    Tried for the first time last year with a 25 gal Agri- fab sprayer with homemade boom. I am now building a larger system to spray...... have a "concrete wash" container on skid with metal sides. Searching for best pump?, heating the mix would help when its -0. I have to admit buying a hydoseeder would be a good all year investmentpayup :dizzy: Liquid is all I will soon apply!
  7. Natures Edge

    Natures Edge Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Liquid Ice Melt is a strong alternative when using it as a proactive approach. The benefit of using liquid is that it does not allow a bond to form between the surface area and snow and ice should there be more then a inch and a half of snow and ice.
    The downfall to this is if the snow or ice turns to rain it washes away the solution wasting the product. When putting down product use a sprayer of some sort which can supply a couple of gallons a minute. You will become discourgaed if using a slow generating spray unit because on windy days it becomes a pain.
    Hope this helps
  8. hoosier

    hoosier Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    pros and cons

    If you are starting in with liquids,please pay attention to the ingredients. If it a mag or calcium based product,it is advisable to not use these unless temps are 35-38 and dropping. Both calcium and mag are hygrpscopic and absorb moisture if temps and humidity is up and stay that way. This contributes to slick conditions. Whne my customers are starting out,ecspecially with hand sprayers,I try to caution them to spray to walks by misting not wetting. It takes a short time to learn the ins and outs of liquids,but most are satisfied if they start out commited to giving it a fair shot
    Any other questions feel free to contact me