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Salt for Soft Water

Dissolved magnesium and calcium minerals make water hard, affecting the taste and feel of water. It also can reduce the efficiency and longevity of plumbing fixtures and rendering soaps and detergents less effective.

To eliminate these impurities, the most common technique involves passing the water through a water-softening unit. The water softener contains a resin tank that is filled with a bed of resin beads and a brine tank that holds a salt solution.

In a process known as an “ion exchange,” the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions in the hard water pass through the resin bed and exchange places with positively charged sodium ions that are on the beads. This leaves water that is “softer,” meaning the impurities have been detached.

As the resins attract more and more calcium and magnesium minerals, the beads begin to lose the ability to soften water. At this point, the softener needs to be regenerated. A brine solution is used to flush the calcium and magnesium minerals from the resin tanks and the beads, enabling the water conditioner to resume its full function.

Kissner hSolarSaltas two professional grade water softener salts, Solar Salt and Solar Salt with Rust Remover

Highest Purity Water Softener Salt

  • Evaporated naturally by sun and wind
  • Ultra high 99.6% purity softener salt
  • Minimizes brine accumulation in tank
  • Resists bridging and mushing in tank
  • White, opaque appearance
  • Low insoluble content
  • Available in 40 lb., 50 lb., & 80 lb. bags

 

 

Contact Kissner Group Inc.

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

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

 

Ice Melt 101: What you need to know about ice melt

When used correctly, ice melt is a powerful tool that can help keep ice from forming and reduce the risk of slips and falls.

Keep these key points in mind when using ice melt:

  • Ice-melt compounds are only effective down to a specific temperature
  • The temperature of the air, pavement, and the type of ice-melt compound used will affect the rate at which snow and ice meltsslick-sidewalk

Knowing what to use

It’s important that your organization assess your needs for application of ice-melt compounds.

Consider:

  • Where around your facility to use ice melt
  • Whether the area has access to traffic and sunlight, which affects the overall effectiveness of ice-melt compounds
  • All the methods for treating areas
  • Cost

What’s the science behind ice melt?

Ice-melting compounds lower the freezing point of water. These products attract moisture to themselves to form a liquid brine solution, which can generate heat and melt the ice. The amount of ice that is melted by a given quantity of ice-melt compound will decrease as the temperature of the mixture is lowered. As the ice melts, the compound solution’s concentration is reduced and the freezing point of the water starts to increase until such time that more ice-melt compound is spread on the ice and water.

The lowest melting point of the water and ice-melt compound solution is termed the “eutectic” temperature. At this limiting eutectic temperature, solutions of the ice-melt compound aren’t effective and the melting action on the ice will cease.

The quantity of ice-melt compound needed to lower the freezing point of ice to the eutectic temperature is called the “eutectic concentration.” At this lowest temperature, the rate at which ice melts is very slow. When this melting action slows, adding more compound has no impact on lowering the eutectic temperature, thus, the ice melts no faster.

salt-vs-snow

Tips for using ice melt

  • Do not use on concrete less than two years old. Freeze-thaw damage may occur.
  • Know what product to use by understanding its composition and lowest surface temperature at which it remains effective. Use an infrared heat gun to determine the surface temperature.
  • Apply in advance of a winter storm. Early attention before a storm will help prevent the formation of ice. When snow starts falling, the ice melt will create a brine solution, helping to prevent ice from bonding to the surface.
  • Disperse ice melt properly. Contrary to popular opinion, using large amounts of ice melt does not affect the speed which ice and snow melts. Using too much product can damage surfaces and harm the environment.
  • Use a mechanical spreader for accurate coverage. The proper coverage rate is about one cup per square yard. This coverage will fan out and undercut the ice, so that you can shovel the walkway clear.
  • Continue to disperse ice melt during a storm.  This helps to prevent snow from becoming hard-packed on surfaces.

Ice melt plays an essential role in many winter safety programs. Select the right ice melt and apply correctly to reduce the chance for slips and falls this winter.

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