Using de-icing salt - alsocommonly known as rock salt or grit salt - on roads and paths is an essential way of keeping mobility going during the winter. With the 'Beast from the East' in the UK in early 2018, it seems we're more frequently experiencing extreme weather which leads to chaotic conditions across the country, particularly with snow and ice which causes disruption to all modes of transport.
De-icing salt works by lowering the freezing point of water which causes the ice to melt. The more ice that's present, the more salt needs to be added. As well as using on main roads, grit salt can be just as useful outside homes on paths and pavements.
Easy to store
De-icing salt is a natural mineral and so it will never go out of date or lose its ability to melt ice and snow. Often a very small amount of anti-caking agent is added to ensure it doesn't form a hard block when stored in cold or damp conditions; this allows you to store de-icing salt easily for a longer period. To avoid lumpy salt, it ideally should be stored indoors. Unlike some de-icing liquids, unless the packaging is damaged or gets wet, de-icing salt won’t leak and damage shelves or other products stored nearby. Containers and bulk bags can easily be stacked on top of each other and will take up less room than more bulky packaging types.
Excellent bulk buy options
De-icing salt in bulk bags or larger quantities of small handy pack sizes is generally reasonably priced compared to many other ice melting products. For residential or small business properties, it's often a good idea to check with neighbours to see if they have any salt requirements as it's often more economical to buy a bulk bag and split the cost.
Reduces risk of accidents
An additional benefit of spreading rock salt on the ground rather than de-icing products in liquid form, is that it produces a natural grip under foot, as opposed to some de-icing liquids that can feel slippery.