What are deicing agents?
How do deicing agents work?

When we think about winter, we imagine picturesque snowy landscapes, but also inevitable traffic jams and drifts on urban roads. Changing weather conditions lead to icing, which is often a challenge for utilities and other city services. To deal with ice and its consequences, various chemicals are used, for example, traditional sodium chloride (technical salt), as well as a sand-salt mixture. These agents have some effect, but are considered detrimental to trees and soil. Moreover, they are significantly inferior to modern deicing agents developed on the basis of high-purity calcium chloride produced by ZIRAX. The common term "calcium chloride agent" does not reflect the whole essence of this excellent product. The unique properties of calcium chloride are used in many industries, including the oil & gas and mining industries, in the production of building materials, in industrial refrigeration units, and a separate grade of calcium chloride is used in the food industry, etc. Most consumers try to buy calcium chloride in bulk to ensure the smooth operation of business in the abovementioned industries. And it is quite easy to decide where to buy calcium chloride; you just need to make a request on the Internet.

In the cold season, deicing materials, which include calcium chloride, are widely used to get rid of winter slipperiness and prevent ice formation in wide temperature ranges from 0 to -31C. They can solve problems in different weather conditions: from rain with snow or frost to heavy snowfall, reaching a blizzard. As soon as treatment with a substance should be performed before precipitation, relevant services usually take a decision to buy deicing agents beforehand.

These substances represent solid granular materials based on calcium chloride, which are packed in 25 kg packages or in 0.7 to 1.2 ton big bags, depending on the customer requirements.

The particulars of the use of the agents are as follows.

These agents are used to treat potentially dangerous parts of roads and streets, bridges, overhead roads, and tunnels, as well as steep descents and climbs with a lot of traffic, and crossroads. Before the winter season, as a rule, a map, which contains the indication of areas requiring treatment first, is drawn up.

It is reasonable to complete treatment before rush hours, when the probability of traffic jams and the accumulation of a large number of passers-by is highest.

For instance, utilities prefer purchasing deicing agents in bulk, since the likelihood of icing is quite high even with little snow in winter.

More and more other consumers, such as cleaning companies, large industrial facilities, shopping and office centers, which, from their own experience, have already understood the value and necessity of using modern deicing agents to deal winter slipperiness, start to use deicing materials based on calcium chloride.

The storage and use of the substance have certain advantages.

Deicing agents based on high purity calcium chloride are relatively safe for plants and do not contain admixtures or heavy metals which could have an impact on human and animal health.

The substances can be transported by railway, road, and other conventional means of transportation.

The agents do not generate dust, they are fire-proof and explosion-proof, they can be stored in unheated storage facilities.

If you purchase calcium chloride, you may forget about ice!

The principle of action of deicing agents consists in the reduction of the temperature of water freeze-up. Under the influence of deicing agents, the composition of which includes solutions of a number of chemical substances, the water freeze-up parameter is significantly lower.

The concentration of components in such mixtures is thoroughly selected in such a way that to avoid any significant impact on the environment. Nevertheless, it is impossible to completely refuse the using of deicing materials. Health, as well as safety on roads, cannot be bought: high purity calcium chloride-based deicing agents help to maintain roads in the condition suitable for traffic and for pedestrians.