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What does salt do?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by stuie, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. stuie

    stuie Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi Folks
    Sorry for the very basic questions but i only seen snow and ice once in my life :eek: and been thinking about this.

    What does salt do to stop snow and ice? Does it prevent freezing? How does it affect the landscape once the spring comes?

    Its also too hot to go outside today well over 106F:yow!: :yow!:

    Sydney Australia:yow!:
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Basically salt acts by melting ice and snow. If is ineffective below approx 17F. Actually, salt will freeze into clumps. It is very corrosive and will damage plants, crack concrete and will negatively affect almost everything it touches. This site should answer almost any question related to salt you can think of: http://www.saltinstitute.org/30.html
  3. stuie

    stuie Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the info Mick.:)
    Thats one interesting site.
    More of a science to it than simply throwing it around like one would feed chickens.
    Seems also it does cause problems but also appears to be a neccesary evil
    Sydney Australia:yow!:
  4. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    It makes French Fries taste better.
  5. me1223

    me1223 Member
    Messages: 70

    it also helps to slowly corrode steel, concrete, and most other stuff slowly, basicly it makes steel rust faster than it would otherwise. but without it there is ice on the roads and parkinglots and people could get injured. Take some ice out of your freezer and put some salt on it, it will melt.

    BIG DRIFT Member
    Messages: 62

    Bingo Stuie:salute: