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Magnesium Chloride Applications
In the Colorado Wintertimes we can have very adverse weather, including dangerous ice build ups on pavements. Properly deicing, anti-icing or “ice slicing” your property so that you, your employees and/or customers can safely get about is a necessity! We provide Magnesium Chloride services to our snow and ice clients as a means to help keep their roads, streets, parking lots, pathways and sidewalks more ice-free.
We use products that are both proven to work most effectively and be as safe to the environment as possible for these types of applications. Environmental studies conducted in the 1980s showed magnesium chloride to be less toxic than baking soda or salt. Unlike sand, it won't crack your windshield or chip your car's paint, and tests have shown that the proper application of magnesium chloride produces no negative effects on ground water, surface water or vegetation.
In many cases, magnesium chloride works better than sand for ice mitigation, as it keeps snow from firmly sticking to the pavement. Magnesium chloride also lasts longer than sand and works in a broader range of conditions. Sand can be crushed by traffic and produce airborne dust, which contributes to pollution. Because sand is easily blown off the road by traffic, it requires repeated applications.
For anti-icing, a light application of the liquid is laid on a road before a storm to prevent a hard bond of ice, reduce snow buildup and speed snow and ice breakup after the storm. For de-icing, the liquid is applied to remove a thin layer of snowpack or ice already on the road. It can be very effective for melting black ice and freezing rain.
An excellent article about keeping the Colorado roads clear of ice by Wired dot com:
“Once we verify that the storm’s coming, we start applying product,” says Lester. That product is usually magnesium chloride, a liquid deicer that lowers the freezing point of a roadway by approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit. CDOT believes the liquid is better for the environment than solid forms of salt, because the byproduct can’t wash into streams as much. It’s also an improvement over sand which can become ground up by passing traffic and float in the air, sometimes causing serious air pollution problems nicknamed the “brown cloud”.
From the Wikipedia:
Magnesium chloride is the name for the chemical compounds with the formulas MgCl2 and its various hydrates MgCl2(H2O)x. These salts are typical ionic halides, being highly soluble in water. The hydrated magnesium chloride can be extracted from brine or sea water. In North America, magnesium chloride is produced primarily from Great Salt Lake brine.
Use in Ice Control:
Magnesium chloride is used for low-temperature de-icing of highways, sidewalks, and parking lots. When highways are treacherous due to icy conditions, magnesium chloride helps to prevent the ice bond, allowing snow plows to clear the roads more efficiently.
Magnesium chloride is used in three ways for pavement ice control: Anti-icing, when maintenance professionals spread it onto roads before a snow storm to prevent snow from sticking and ice from forming; pre-wetting, which means a liquid formulation of magnesium chloride is sprayed directly onto salt as it is being spread onto roadway pavement, wetting the salt so that it sticks to the road; and pre-treating, when magnesium chloride and salt are mixed together before they are loaded onto trucks and spread onto paved roads.
While it is generally accepted that ongoing use of any de-icer (ice melter) will eventually contribute to some degradation of the concrete surface to which it is applied, some de-icers are gentler on concrete than others. Conflicting information in regards to magnesium chloride- and calcium chloride-based liquid de-icers have left many unsure which choice is best-suited for their needs.
Past studies have often utilized high temperatures to accelerate the impact to concrete. By setting parameters that more closely represent real-world de-icing conditions, Purdue University researchers measured the impact of magnesium chloride and calcium chloride to concrete. Their study concluded that calcium chloride damages concrete twice as fast as magnesium chloride does.
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This picture was taken in July as we are just getting stocked up for the next winter’s storms to bring us snow and ice.
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