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What kind of salt do you use on Concrete?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by westernmdlawn, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. westernmdlawn

    westernmdlawn Member
    Messages: 39

    I have some concrete walkways and entrances that are brand new and I don't want to put regular old #1 rock salt on them for ice control because I am worried about the corrosive nature and the damage that may occur. I know they make a special type of ice melter for concrete that is not damaging, but don't know what it is called, or where to get it. I think it would be great if someone could tell me what active ingredient(s) to look for since my local supply store might carry a different brand than you guys suggest. Any help here would be greatly appreciated!!! Also, if you know how much it is roughly that would be helpful too! Thanks again...

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  2. Blizzard Plower

    Blizzard Plower Junior Member
    from Il
    Messages: 27

    Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium--Chloride or a combonation of the three.

    Also Salt really does not tear up the concrete(which is called scale) it's the pooor job they did floating it.

    We put those listed above to keep salt from being tracxked into the business.
  3. pbeering

    pbeering Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    In a perfect world you should not put any deicer on green concrete.

    But since this world isn't perfect you can apply a thin coating of Magic Salt or use Magic O to treat some sand.

    Calcium and potassium mixes are around (and very costly) and must be carefully applied. A lot of places apply deicers way too heavily.
  4. gt_racer50

    gt_racer50 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 484

    Triple melt has worked good for us.
  5. jax1013

    jax1013 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Rock salt effects blacktop?

    We use calcium chloride on the s/w (about $10.25 per 50lb bag)and it does a good job. Its more money put its worth the price when the homeowners see the flakes instead of rock salt. We only use rock salt on the parking lots. Can anyone advise the effects of rock salt on blacktop. We know it is corrosive on concrete but what about the parking lots with blacktop.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2005
  6. gt_racer50

    gt_racer50 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 484

    Don't know, my theory is, the city and state us it, and what does it do, it causes potholes after 10 gillizion cars drive on it. A business parking lot is more than likely paved with what they call highway grade blacktop, and no more traffic than you would have on a parking lot to a business, I would think that the damage would be minimal.Again I could be wrong.
  7. Blizzard Plower

    Blizzard Plower Junior Member
    from Il
    Messages: 27

    Majic salt is rock salt, magneasium chloride and brewers waste.

    You are still putting rock salt, that's also why it's cheaper.

    I use no rock salt on walks.
  8. Blizzard Plower

    Blizzard Plower Junior Member
    from Il
    Messages: 27

    Not harmful
  9. doug96

    doug96 Member
    Messages: 33

    black top

    some of the heavy salted ones showup a white power after i seal them near the edgs and low spots, but no damage
  10. motorider000

    motorider000 Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    lesco melt
  11. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Superior Sno N Ice

    Manufactured by CP Industries in Utah
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2005
  12. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957