Guest Blog: Does Environmentally Friendly Ice Melt Exist?

This year, we are partnering with Eco Snow Removal over the winter to provide our customers with a snow removal service that is both trusted and safe. To introduce you to this local and ecologically friendly business, we invited owner and founder, Martyn Church, to offer some insight into ice melt:

The snow season is upon us and we’re looking for a safe product to melt the ice that won’t harm our children and pets, nor kill our plants.  The are several products on the market, labeled with phrases such as “Salt Free,”  “Pet Friendly,” and “Safe for the Environment.”  Can we trust them? The ice melt industry has no FDA-like regulations regarding honesty in statements on packaging.

Our advice is if you don’t need to use ice melt, then don’t!  Let the wonderful sun do its magic!  If you do have some shady areas where only ice melt will do the trick, then buy the ice melt products that are at least labeled with details.  If the package does not clearly display the contents, then put it down and find one that does. Try to buy a blended product with a mixture of salts and corrosion inhibitors.  If it has something called CMA (calcium magnesium acetate), that is good.  See if it has at least 20% CMA.  You might pay a premium for these, but a little goes a long way and you’ll be better off in the long run.

If you chose to use ice melt, apply it at the application rate found in the directions.  A big mistake many people make is thinking that the more you put down, the faster it will work.   Don’t do it!!  Not only does this slow the melting process, it will most likely leave ice melt residue behind.  Just apply the recommended amount and let the product do its work.  I hope it has helped you in keeping your property and your loved ones safe for the winter season. Let It Snow!

 

We are excited to be able to offer our wonderful customers

this service over the winter!

If you are interested, lease give John a call at the office: 303.444.3456


2 thoughts on “Guest Blog: Does Environmentally Friendly Ice Melt Exist?

  1. Agreed! One should only use deicers as a last resort; however, human safety is very important. FYI, I have tried Bare Ground liquid deicing solution/anti-icing solution with little success, so now I use a product could Safe Paw Ice Melter as the next best choice, which happens to be salt-free.

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