Concrete Safe De-Icer

Concrete Safe De-Icer

Organic and Concrete Safe De-icer

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Hi All and welcome to EcoGrit, where our aim is to help protect our environment by reducing the use of rock salt and urea, whilst at the same time offering customers “peace of mind” over the winter period. We offer a safe & convenient way to reduce accidents around the home and if carried in your vehicle, the lesser chance that you become stranded in icy conditions resulting in abandoning your vehicle.

Our products are only sent direct to the consumer and are helping keep places of work, education, worship and construction open. We also supply councils, delivery drivers, taxis, logistical companies and anyone with workers out on the road. Our products are non-corrosive, safe for children, plants & animals (even if ingested), and can be used or stored year after year without any problems.

PET FRIENDLY

Thanks to EcoGrit’s natural products that do not include rock salt or urea, which are both toxic to animals, your pets can be kept safer this winter while your paths and driveways remain free from ice, frost and snow.

WALKWAYS SAFE

Slips and trips on icy patches and snowfalls is one of the most common injuries seen by hospitals in winter. Use EcoGrit to keep your surfaces free from slippery ice and you and your loved ones up on your feet.

CONCRETE SAFE

EcoGrit is safe for porous surfaces such as concrete as it doesn’t contain any rock salt or harmful chemicals. Only natural ingredients are found in EcoGrit, which can flow harmlessly away with the melting ice and snow.

DRIVEWAYS SAFE

Getting your car off the driveway and out onto the main road can be the hardest part of a winter journey when frozen ice and snow make the driveway impossible to navigate safely. EcoGrit can get you on your way.

Lets not slip and prepare for the winter!

Handheld Ice Melt Shaker – 1.2kg

Handheld Ice Melt Shaker – 1.2kg

£6.66 Excl VAT

£6.66 Excl VATAdd to basket

5kg Ice Melt bucket with scoop

5kg Ice Melt bucket with scoop

£19.99 Excl VAT

£19.99 Excl VATAdd to basket

1.2kg handheld shaker & 5kg bucket with scoop – Non Corrosive
3 x 1.2kg handheld Deicer Spreader

3 x 1.2kg handheld Deicer Spreader

£16.66 Excl VAT

£16.66 Excl VATAdd to basket

20 x 1.2kg Handheld Shaker

20 x 1.2kg Handheld Shaker

£99.99 Excl VAT

£99.99 Excl VATAdd to basket

Buckets of Ice melt

Buckets of Ice melt

£70.83 Excl VAT

£70.83 Excl VATAdd to basket

1 Tonne Deicer Salt Bag

1 Tonne Deicer Salt Bag

£875.00 Excl VAT

£875.00 Excl VATAdd to basket

Bucket Pallets – 1 to 5 layers (20 units per layer )

Bucket Pallets – 1 to 5 layers (20 units per layer )

£360.00£1,540.00 Excl VAT

£360.00£1,540.00 Excl VATSelect options

Shaker Pallets – 1 to 5 layers (120 units per layer)

Shaker Pallets – 1 to 5 layers (120 units per layer)

£640.00£2,440.00 Excl VAT

£640.00£2,440.00 Excl VATSelect options

How to choose a concrete safe de-icer

It can be all too easy to simply chuck down some rock salt on an icy or snowy drive to clear it quickly on a frosty morning or to try to make it safer for your family to walk on. However, despite its rapid results, the longer-term consequences can take a lot more time to mitigate against, as they can reach much further afield and much deeper than the initial application of rock salt, or sodium chloride.

Concrete, in particular, is open to damage and weakening as a direct result of being exposed to rock salt during the winter months. Despite it appearing to be a hard, robust and practical surface material, it can be subject to damage from seasonal temperatures, weather conditions and, above all, applying the wrong kind of snowmelt.

Why do freezing conditions damage concrete?

Concrete is a porous material, meaning that it absorbs water and other liquids easily. This is often observed during a rainy day when the falling raindrops penetrate the surface of the concrete instead of resting on its surface or bouncing off it. This becomes more of a problem, however, during colder months, especially when the temperature regularly dips below freezing. This produces what is known as the ‘freeze-thaw effect’, which can seriously damage concrete.

As water is absorbed into the concrete during temperatures that are above zero degrees C, it stays there as it is too cold for it to evaporate away. When the temperature goes below zero, the water freezes, taking up extra space as a solid and cracking or splintering the concrete around it. When the ice melts back into water, it runs off, widening the cracks and going deeper into the concrete for the cycle to start all over again when the temperature lowers once more.

Freeze-thaw damage can present as flaking, cracking and chipping of the concrete, which looks unattractive and affects the integrity of the surface. Add to that heavy vehicles driving on and off the driveway and people and animals wearing it away further with constant walking across it and the damage can quickly get a lot worse if left unrepaired.

What does rock salt do to concrete?

When you use rock salt on concrete adverse effects will only add to these problems, as the salt attracts additional moisture and so further weakens any concrete it comes into contact with. Just as water from the melting ice can pass easily into the concrete and stay there, to so can any salt that has been dissolved in it, lengthening the contact time and exacerbating the damage. Other non-concrete safe salt or ice melt products contain additional harmful ingredients such as calcium chloride or potassium chloride, which are not conducive to maintaining robust, safe concrete surfaces in winter.

Where rock salt is applied to concrete exterior surfaces such as steps, ramps or slopes, the extra cracking and splintering it can cause poses a further risk to people walking on it, as they can be more prone to trips and slips over the more uneven ground. Broken pieces of concrete can become lodged in the soles of people’s shoes and then walked inside the house to damage rugs and carpet, or even trapped in the delicate paws of any pets walking across the surface, causing painful cuts and bruises. They can also fly up into the air if hit on the wrong angle to damage passing vehicles or nearby equipment or surfaces.

What should you use instead?

The information above may leave people wondering whether there is an ice melt or salt that doesn’t damage concrete. One of the safest ice melts for concrete is EcoGrit, a naturally derived ice melt safe for pets and concrete alike. EcoGrit contains no corrosive ingredients that can cause salt damage to concrete that results in it splintering or cracking. It is eco-friendly too, meaning that any EcoGrit granules dissolved in melting water will not harm the surrounding environment or local wildlife.

EcoGrit works well on a wide range of exterior surfaces alongside concrete, and is quite safe to be applied on tarmac, paving stones and resin-based materials. It can be applied the night before and works for up to seven days, meaning that each exterior surface can be treated fewer times, lessening the impact of the materials on the concrete below.

How else can concrete be protected in winter?

As well as applying a concrete safe ice melt to melt ice and snow safely before it penetrates too deeply underneath the surface, there are other ways to help prevent it from cracking, splintering or breaking under the strain of colder temperatures and wetter conditions. In areas where the concrete is freshly laid, or particularly vulnerable, laying an insulating frost blanket over it during especially cold nights can help. Pay attention to more fragile areas, such as the sides of slabs, any existing cracks and places where the concrete is wearing thin.

Other ideas can include adding windbreaks or even outdoor heaters to remove the worst of the chill. If you can avoid driving on more vulnerable areas, do so, and never use rock salt ice melt on it for the reasons listed above. Choose instead a concrete safe ice melt such as EcoGrit to achieve effective ice and snow removal while keeping surfaces as safe and strong as possible. Get any cracks or damaged patches fixed as quickly as possible, using a waterproof sealant to fill them in and help ward off excess water ingress. Keep the general area well maintained and well-lit so you can spot any damage quickly and help people to avoid any uneven areas while walking across it. If you are at all unsure about how to repair any cracks or damage to your concrete, call in a professional company to take a look at the job for you and so save you the hassle of larger problems further down the line. Finally, always keep a container of EcoGrit close by to help protect your concrete when seasonal temperatures fall.

While sodium chloride, or rock salt, doesn’t react chemically to concrete, it does attract moisture, which then enters the concrete along with any falling rain, snow or sleet. The rock salt can melt frozen water on the concrete’s surface, but in doing so, it causes damage to the surface in other ways, including corrosion and cracking.

Moisture from rock salt exacerbates the ‘freeze-thaw’ effect, of ice and snow on concrete, which sees water absorbed by the concrete freeze solid inside it, taking up more room and cracking it, then melting away again, taking corrosive salt with it into the surrounding ecosystems. A salt-free, safer ice melt like EcoGrit will not have such an adverse effect on concrete.

Applying rock salt to concrete will melt the frozen ice or snow on top of it; however, this will also cause damage to the concrete due to the salt attracting excess moisture that cracks the surface, as well as its own corrosive properties. It is far better to use a salt-free, concrete safe ice melt such as EcoGrit to melt any frozen ice or snow on top of concrete.


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