ComboTherm does an excellent job of quickly making snowy and icy areas accessible by generating heat even under severe winter weather conditions. It’s a great alternative to more expensive commercial products, and our clients that choose ComboTherm calcium chloride ice melt are consistently pleased with its ice melting power.
While many ice melting formulas stop working under the coldest conditions, this unique formula is effective when you need it most. Our difficult northeastern weather conditions require a reliable product. When you can’t take the chance that someone will slip and fall or get in an auto accident on your property, ComboTherm is worth a closer look.
Here are a few things you should know about the product:
ComboTherm calcium chloride ice melt is at least 70% Calcium Chloride. This is the highest concentration of this powerful ice melting material of any competing product on the market. Calcium chloride is derived from limestone or from purification of brine. It also contains small amounts of Potassium Choloride and Sodium Chloride, which are simply naturally occurring impurities from the brine solution that makes up less than 20% of this product.
The ComboTherm pellets, also called prills, are just a few millimeters in diameter, making them ideal for fast and even broadcasting. When using ComboTherm, you’ll notice that some of the pellets are green. This doesn’t indicate that they are a different material than the white pellets. The green pellets help with visibility and reduce product waste by making it easy to see where the product has been applied on a white surface. The green color fades as ComboTherm works to melt ice and snow, serving as a performance indicator.
How ComboTherm WorksThis economical alternative to more expensive ice melting products generates heat on contact with ice and snow. While ice melting products blended with rock salt start to lose their melting power at temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the high concentration of Calcium Chloride in ComboTherm allows it to keep working even when temperatures plunge to as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit.
Calcium chloride, the main ingredient in ComboTherm, works to melt ice by rapidly forming brine which lowers the point at which water freezes. This formula is superior to rock salt for melting ice because it is made up of two chlorine molecules and one calcium molecule. Most salts have only two molecules, which reduces their power to lower the freezing point of water. Calcium chloride’s hygroscopic properties allow it to attract moisture. When ComboTherm makes contact with snow and ice, it absorbs moisture, which activates the temperature lowering properties of calcium chloride.
Calcium chloride also works to prevent ice formation, so spreading ComboTherm before an ice storm or snow event is a viable preventative measure that will help keep walkways, driving, and parking areas safer.
This product is generally considered environmentally friendly and safe for use on all surfaces. However, it’s always a good idea to keep deicing products away from vegetation, lawns, and gardens. Repeated and prolonged exposure to ComboTherm can cause premature corrosion of metal. So be sure to ask for more information about use with reinforced concrete.
If ComboTherm comes in direct contact with skin, it may cause mild irritation depending on the individual’s tolerance to salt products. If the product comes in contact with broken skin, it may cause pain, redness, and itching. Rinsing the affected area thoroughly with water will bring some relief. In the case of a severe reaction, it’s important to contact a medical professional for advice right away.
As with all ice-melting products, it’s a common-sense safety precaution to keep ComboTherm calcium chloride ice melt away from the eyes. This product may produce a small amount of dust that should not be inhaled. Because ComboTherm is harmful if large amounts are swallowed, it is considered a Hazardous Material by OSHA. It is actually a common food additive in very small amounts and is generally recognizes as safe (GRAS) by the FDA in the United States.
If this product comes into direct contact with broken skin or eyes, thoroughly washing the area with water will likely prevent problems. Be sure to contact a physician right away if serious irritation occurs.
When using ComboTherm, prevent irritation or injury by wearing appropriate eye protection, protective clothing, and gloves. Continued or prolonged exposure to ComboTherm dust can cause problems with mucus membranes or chronic dermatitis. If ComboTherm dust gets on clothing, simply launder them before wearing again.
ComboTherm Storage Tips
ComboTherm produces heat when it comes into contact with moisture. It’s important to store the product in a dry place. Pay attention to the atmospheric moisture of the storage area, as well. In humid conditions, seal ComboTherm calcium chloride ice melt in an airtight container to prevent it from generating heat and clumping, and to retain its ice-melting power.
ComboTherm should be stored in an area with good ventilation for the safety of people and animals in the area. This product is stable under normal temperatures and pressures, so it does not require any specific precautions when in storage.
ComboTherm is just one of the many products we offer for effective snow and ice removal under extreme conditions here at Snow & Ice Salt & Chemicals Unlimited. We’re here to help you choose the best option to keep your customer’s walkways, driveways, and parking lots safe and clear.
Contact us today for more information about choosing the best snow and ice clearing products for your snow removal company. We are open 24/7; before, during, and after the storm.
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