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An Environmentally Safer Alternative to Just Using Salt

Why is salt used in the winter time?

Rock salt is economical to purchase in large amounts. It is readily available and is an effective tool for keeping our surfaces clear of ice and snow.  Yet, it is very important to manage the usage in order to reduce the negative impact that rock salt may have on our environment.

Salt can have damaging costs for all of us. As an individual user, it could affect our clothes, shoes, animal friends, lawns, gardens, and vehicles.  As a community it can damage sidewalks, roads, buildings, and bridges and can lead to increased maintenance costs.

Kissner has a solution, but first let’s look at some of the effects of rock salt:

On our urban environment . . .

  • Buildings:outside structures (bricks/concrete/sidewalks), doorways and flooring may become damaged, increasing repair costs.
  • Vehicles (cars/trucks):salt can accelerate rusting, causing damage and increasing repair costs.
  • Clothing:salt can stain and potentially ruin footwear and clothing.

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On our natural environment . . .

  • Drinking water sources:damaging sodium and chloride from winter salt eventually makes its way to drinking water wells in some communities.  High chloride levels may make drinking water taste salty.
  • Vegetation (plants/trees/shrubs):if sprayed with salt, vegetation can lose its hardiness to the cold and be killed by freezing temperatures and high salt levels.
  • Wildlife:attracted to salt on or by the road, which increases the threat of collisions with vehicles.
  • Pets:salt trapped on paws can irritate and crack skin.

Environment

What is the environmentally safer alternative to salt?

The secret to creating an environmentally safer alternative to salt is the combination of Beet Extract and Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA). Kissner was proud to introduce Ice Beeter™ Responsible in 2015. Ice Beeter™ Responsible is specially formulated with Beet Extract solution and CMA.

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Here are some benefits to Beet Extract and CMA:

  • Beet Extract works down to a lower freezing point temperature of -20C, where as rock salt works down to -10C
  • Beet Extract solution gives the salt granulations a tacky coating. This allows the salt to stick to the intended surface, meaning less application of salt, which we know is better for the environment.
  • Beet Extract solution is a farm waste product, which Kissner has repurposed thus giving it an organic label

In addition to the Beet Extract solution, the granulations are combined with Calcium Magnesium Acetate. CMA is a patented chemical formulation from dolomitic lime and acetic acid. CMA is generally used in a solid form and spread on the surface like other de-icers. CMA is used worldwide to answer environmental concerns and solve problems associated with corrosion and concrete spalling.

  • CMA helps reduce damage to vehicles and equipment, as well as other metal surfaces
  • CMA works as an excellent inhibitor, reducing chloride corrosion
  • It is safe for the environment as it has a low toxicity and is biodegradable
  • CMA requires fewer applications

When looking for a safer alternative to rock salt, choose Ice Beeter™ Responsible and keep our environment healthy!

 

 

Contact Kissner Group Inc. today for all of your Ice Melter needs.

32 Cherry Blossom Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R7.

Phone: 1-800-434-8248 | Fax: 1-877-434-8250.

Email: info@kissner.com

Website: www.kissner.com

 

Preparing Your Landscape for Winter

Old Man Winter will quickly be upon us and there are a few things you can do to prepare your landscape before the first frosts and snow:

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Mulch Plants If Needed

Many homeowners think of mulching in the spring but winter mulching can be very helpful to your plants.  If you notice areas around where mulch has been removed, cover them back up.  Mulch will help protect any exposed roots from the winter weather.

 

 

 

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Piles of leaves left in lawn areas can cause unsightly brown spots and dead areas in the spring.  If leaves get in your gutters it may cause ice build up and damage to your drain systems and gutters.

 

 

 

 

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Use a professional service to drain your irrigation lines of water for the winter.  If your back flow and lines are not properly drained of water they could freeze and cause unknown issues in the spring.

 

 

 

 

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Protect Your Plants

Winter weather can be damaging to some plants.  Protect your plants using pine needles or protective fabric.  Leaves piled up around shrubs like hydrangeas and roses can also help protect soft tissue from the cold winter.  Some salt and ice melts can also be harmful to many plants.  Be careful where you apply ice melting chemicals and try using a protective fence around plants that may come in contact with salt. Kissner offers a line of ice melts that are less harmful to plants and vegetation. Check out www.kissner.com

 

 

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Ice and snow build up on plants can cause damage to plants.  Make sure to prune out weakened and overlapping branches to deter any unnecessary damage.

 

 

 

 

 


Contact Kissner Group Inc. today for all of your Ice Melter needs.

32 Cherry Blossom Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R7.

Phone: 1-800-434-8248 | Fax: 1-877-434-8250.

Email: info@kissner.com

Website: www.kissner.com

 

Kissner provides the safest and best ice melt solutions.

Kissner ice melt solutions are the environmental choice when dealing with the dangerous hazards caused by ice covered pedestrian walkways, parking lots and loading areas. Our specially formulated ice melt works hard to eliminate ice with minimal harm to the environment and your property. Our products are created with your landscape, vegetation, vehicles, equipment, footwear, concrete and floor coverings in mind. Most important of all, your employees and visitors will be protected from the dangers of icy walkways.

Green-Products

If you are being asked for “green,” then our Landscaper’s Choice® or EnvironMelt® ice melt products are the right choice for you. These ice melt products are formulated with soil supporting compounds and at the same time produce the best melting power for today’s coldest climates.

CMA-ProductCalcium Magnesium Acetate

CMA is granulated calcium magnesium acetate, a patented chemical formulation from dolomitic lime and acetic acid. CMA is used worldwide to answer environmental concerns and solve problems Mag-Productassociated with corrosion and concrete spalling. CMA is generally used in a solid form and spread on the surface like other deicers. Although CMA is effective to the same temperatures as salt, CMA has many unique performance characteristics.

Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium chloride consists of over 51% water making it less harmful towards vegetation and concrete. Magnesium chloride protects concrete from spalling, is less corrosive on metal surfaces, is less toxic and is more environmentally safe than other harsh chlorides.

Beet Extract Solution

Kissner is proud to introduce its new Ice Beeter™ family that is specially formulated with beet extract solution. Meet Ice Beeter™ Treated, Ice Beeter™ Responsible and Ice Beeter™ Ultimate. Beet extract solution is an environmentally friendly ingredient that aids de-icers in melting to lower temperatures. All three of these products will help save your plant life and protect your concrete.

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If you want to protect the environment or even just your landscape, using Calcium Magnesium Acetate, Magnesium Chloride and Beet Extract Solution are “green” alternatives… all of these ingredients are less harmful towards plant life than the other harsh chlorides.


Contact Kissner Group Inc. today for all of your Ice Melter needs.

32 Cherry Blossom Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R7.

Phone: 1-800-434-8248 | Fax: 1-877-434-8250.

Email: info@kissner.com

Website: www.kissner.com

Calcium Magnesium Acetate

Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA)

  • Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) is a de-icer and can be used as an alternative to road salt.
  • This de-icer can be effective in stopping road ice from forming down to around -27.5 °C (-17.5 °F).
  • CMA can be produced from a reaction of a magnesium/calcium compound with glacial acetic acid.

Road Salt

Road salt de-icing started in the United States during the 1940s and is still commonly used today. The consequences of using road salt on the environment were discovered in the 1970s, and in 1976 the Environmental Protection Agency completed its first assessments on road salt. The results lead the Federal Highway Administration to seek an alternative to road salt.

Road Salt Alternative

Sodium chloride road salt costs less than $50 per ton to produce but is corrosive to metals in highway structures and increases the concentration of sodium in drinking water which can lead to adverse health effects. Alternative de-icing substances have been sought to alleviate these problems. CMA has been found to be an effective de-icer and environmentally benign, though its production cost of $650 per ton is much greater than the cost of road salt. On average, $615 per ton would be saved in vehicle corrosion and that $75 per ton would be saved in aesthetic damage to roadside trees when switching to Calcium Magnesium Acetate as a de-icer instead of sodium chloride rock salt: these costs also far outweigh CMA’s initial production cost.

Characteristics of CMA

Calcium Magnesium Acetate is an environmentally friendly alternative. Calcium Magnesium Acetate is biodegradable and does not contaminate the environment. CMA sometimes leaves a residue after being applied; however, this residue increases the products effectiveness and does not track easily inside. Calcium Magnesium Acetate is a non-corrosive formula that does little damage to the infrastructure and environment around it. With few problems, CMA was chosen as the most promising, sustainable solution.

 

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