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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.

Urban

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.

Ice Beeter Resp

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

 

Canada Winter Forecast

Well Above-Normal Temperatures to Envelop Western Canada

Western Canada residents should expect another winter with above- to well above-normal temperatures, as a prevailing westerly flow delivers milder Pacific air across the region. Compared to last winter, there will be more snow across the coastal mountains of western British Columbia, which includes the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Farther east in the Rockies of eastern British Columbia and western Alberta, snowfall will underachieve this winter. The majority of the snow in this region will fall during the first half of the winter before a drier pattern sets up during January and February.

Drier and milder weather will be a dominant theme across the Prairie region this winter as the Polar jet stream gets displaced farther to the north. This pattern will greatly limit the amount and duration of Arctic air masses that normally impact the region. Average temperatures could be as much as 3 degrees Celsius (5.5 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal this winter in cities such as Edmonton, Calgary and Regina.

Significant snowfall events will be few and far between across the region as the primary storm track will generally remain farther south across the central and southern U.S.

Increased Risk for Ice Storms in Ontario, Quebec

This coming winter will not be nearly as cold as last winter thanks in part to El Niño. This should lead to a noticeable difference in heating bills compared to last year.

Unfortunately, the winter pattern will also favor an increased risk of ice storms, especially from eastern Ontario to southern Quebec, including the cities of Ottawa and Montreal. Much of Ontario, including the lake-effect snow belts will have less snowfall compared to normal, as the main storm track shifts to the south and east during January and February.

As the storm track shifts toward the East Coast later in January and February, there will be an increased risk for significant snowfall events across eastern Quebec, including the Gaspe Peninsula.

Stormy but Mild Conditions Forecast for Most of Atlantic Canada

The combination of a strong El Niño and warmer-than-usual sea-surface waters surrounding the region will lead to slightly higher temperatures compared to normal this winter. The winter could turn snowy again from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, especially the second half of the winter. The milder conditions will favor a greater tendency for storms that initially bring snow, but change to ice or rain, especially across Nova Scotia. Much of Newfoundland will experience a milder winter with a reduced number of major storms.

Canada Winter Forecast 2015/2016

Canada Winter Forecast 2015/2016


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

Winter is quickly approaching, are you ready for another round?

Be prepared this winter and save money and time with an effective ice melt! Keep your walkways safe this season with an ice melt that can’t be “BEET.” The Kissner Group has created a product that will outperform other leading brands by melting ice in even the extreme cold temperatures.

“We conducted a survey with a group of our customers to find out what they wanted in an ice melt and we received some interesting results,” said Tim Orleman, Executive VP of Kissner Group Inc.

Tim Orleman adds.

“We have already experienced a great deal of success with our customers by providing them with premium ice melt formulations. Our research is now revealing that our customers are interested in an ice melt that offer organic options and work in severe winter conditions and still preserve the surroundings.”

The Executive VP of Kissner Group explains.

“We realized we could serve a segment of the market that is requesting an organic and effective ice melter as well as provide them with an ice melter that will work in even the coldest conditions.”

It’s the best of both worlds, and a win, win situation for everyone.

The Kissner Group’s newest Ice Melter provides a blend of the latest ice melt innovations. Meet: The Ice Beeter™! This product is specially formulated with Beet Extract Solution. During extreme winters, salt alone just doesn’t cut it. Beet juice has become a very popular snow and ice-melting tool due to its sticky properties and organic goods.

How does Ice Beeter™ work? Tim Orleman explains the process of the Ice Beeter™.

“Our process begins with the extraction of the sugar particles from a sugar beet, leaving the molasses syrup. The organic solution is then infused with salt crystals, enabling the formulation to work at chilling temperatures.”

Tim Orleman further explains.

“Not only does Ice Beeter beat ice, it is less wasteful because it is made from a waste product that would normally be discarded into landfill. We listened when our customers requested a safer product, and by utilizing the beet vegetable it is as organic as it can get. “

Ice Beeter™ is triple-screened to provide uniform spreading with maximum results. It is color coated to ensure visible complete coverage. This helps reduce waste and prevents over-spreading, which can be harmful to vegetation and is also less binding to carpet fibers, resists tracking therefore reducing costly clean ups.

The Kissner Group takes pride in providing the highest-quality products and has further enhanced its ability to keep customers supplied at all times.” So this winter when nothing else works ask for Ice Beeter™.

 

Ice Beeter

Ice Beeter

 

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.ice-beeter.com