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How to make a brine for melting ice | RMBA

Ice ice melt

Winter sure took its time getting here to Colorado this year. With its arrival comes one of the least pleasant tasks associated with snow: shoveling and melting driveways and sidewalks. When the snow flies, we all know what needs to be done, but there are steps we can take to make the job easier.


Chemical ice melts are incredibly effective, and not all of them are harmful to concrete, pets, or the environment. Rocky Mountain BioAg offers a variety of ice melt products that are gentle on soils and storm water; plants and microbes; as well as people and pets. Check them out here

Spreading ice melter before snow falls make it drastically easier to shovel snow. It prevents the snow layer from adhering to the ground. This works by creating a brine, or a salty liquid solution, at the bottom of the snow, thawing it as it falls.

You can also make your own ice melting brine! An ice melting brine is easy to apply, and can help get coverage in areas where dry ice melter gets washed or swept away. The first step is to choose an environmentally friendly ice melt from the Rocky Mountain Bio Ag collection. There are several to choose from.

For those of us that live in snowy climates where the temperature doesn't sink too far below zero, GroundWorks Natural™ Icemelter is a great choice. Groundworks Natural™ is incredibly gentle on soils and storm water systems, and it wont hurt pets who walk on it. For those who live in very cold climates where temperatures drop well below zero, Arctic ECO Green Icemelter is a great choice. Arctic ECO Green works great at temperatures below -20°F, but it can burn pets paws, so get those boots on the doggies.

Once you have selected the best eco icemelter for your needs, making a brine is very simple. Just dissolve the icemelter in water. Different products will reach different saturations, so take the measurements with a grain of (ice melting) salt. For most applications, using 25% ice melter, and 75% water. The granules of ice melting salts are rather course, so it may take some time for the solids to dissolve, stirring helps. Mix it up in a watering can, and application is easy or you can use a variety of other tools to ensure the best ice melter coverage possible. It is best to mix up a brine well before a storm, so it can be used as the first flakes start to fall.

Once a brine is made, you can apply it with most any tool. Flowzone sprayers are a great option. Flowzones are battery powered, and powerful, ensuring good coverage to keep ice from forming. A bucket or a cup to splash the brine across a sidewalk or a driveway is also a great option. Professional snow removal companies can get a step ahead by per-treating areas before a snow, making shorter work for the shoveling teams. Airports even have great success liquefying Winter Warrior Runway Control Deicer, and applying with sprayer trucks to keep busy airports open through the toughest storms.

The most important thing to remember about using an ice melting brine is that it works best before the snow falls. A brine will ensure good coverage, and it will keep the bottom layer of snow from adhering to surfaces below, but it the snow is flying, and the shovel is scraping, dry ice melters are the best option. Using dry product allows the ice melter plenty of time to work, but it also provide a good traction surface so people are less likely to slip when walking on icy surfaces.

However you prefer to use ice melter, Rocky Mountain BioAg has a curated collection that offers only the highest quality, and safest ice melting products on the market. Bags are ready t ship from our facilities and be at your front door in just a few days. RMBA has bulk quantities available at warehouses around the country, so even large orders can be at your business right when you need them.



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