How to Apply a Dust Suppressant: Calcium & Magnesium Chloride

Professionals applying dust suppressants

There are many different dust suppressant options; including water, petroleum products, non-petroleum products, electrochemical stabilizers, synthetic polymer products, chloride products, and more. Each dust control solution will have a slightly different application method and rate, and the most popular dust suppressant products are chlorides. Chloride products such as Magnesium Chloride and Calcium Chloride prove to be the most effective dust suppressants due to their less frequent application rate and hygroscopic properties. These chloride products absorb moisture from the air and keep the road surfaces damp, thus limiting excessive dust production. Read more to find out how to apply these chloride chemical dust suppressant products.

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Dust Control Solutions: Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride

Calcium Chloride Dust Control Product Maryland

There are many negative consequences from dust production, such as environmental concerns, vehicle damage, and health and safety hazards. Products such as Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride help to simplify dust control effectively. These chlorides work to maintain and stabilize unpaved roadways and large dust-producing areas.

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Choosing The Right Ice Melt Material

various ice melt chemicals

Ice may be the perfect ingredient for a family outing: Ice Capades, ice skating, ice hockey being among the first things people think about.  But in our business, ice is a serious matter.  Every year approximately 900 people are killed and 76,000 injured due to snow and ice-related vehicle crashes. So how do you choose the right ice melt material?

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Ice Melt Safe for Concrete

ComboTherm Calcium Chloride Ice Melt

Concrete, especially concrete less than a year old, does not respond well to rock salt getting dumped all over it.  The truth is, most ice melts react with concrete to some degree, but some ice melts will react less with the concrete.  The problem is that salts react with the calcium silicate hydrates in the cement of the concrete.

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What are Deicing Chemicals?

various ice melt chemicals

Deicing chemicals are any chemical used to remove ice… but they aren’t as bad as you think. Rock salt is a “deicing chemical” and you likely use rock salt all the time, you just call it table salt. So why is it called a “chemical?”

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Ice Melt Comparison Chart

ComboTherm Calcium Chloride Ice Melt

We created a handy ice melt comparison chart of the most popular ice melts (see below).  Descriptions of the characteristics are below the chart.

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Is Calcium Chloride Safe?

Peladow Calcium Chloride Pellets from Snow & Ice Salt & Chemicals Unlimited, LLC

Calcium chloride is generally considered safe for human consumption and for environmental control, but there is more to the story.  With normal use, you will be perfectly safe.  Yet, there are dangers in using Calcium Chloride in high concentrations in medical settings.  Calcium chloride in pure form can also cause burns, so you need to practice safe handling when you come in contact with high concentrations of calcium chloride.

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What is Calcium Chloride? What is Calcium Chloride used for?

Dowflake Xtra Calcium Chloride Flakes from Snow & Ice Salt & Chemicals Unlimited, LLC

Calcium Chloride is a salt made up of one calcium molecule for every two molecules of chlorine.  You think, “Great! Why should I care?” Well, we are glad you asked because Calcium Chloride does some cool stuff with ice removal, food preservation, generating heat, and more!

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