IsoGlaze: The only anti-icer and de-icer
The UK’s Local Authorities are currently experiencing many problems with rocksalt and it’s effect on infrastructure and the environment. Many organisations have concerns over the dichotomy between their often highly publicised environmental policies and their continued use of rocksalt with its toxic and damaging effect on natural environments and wildlife. Let’s look at the indirect costs associated with the damage rocksalt has on infrastructure and the environment;
- Corrosion (metals and concrete) – Costs associated with infrastructure are based on damage to infrastructure and maintenance and replacement costs associated with this damage. One ton of road salt results in £1,864 in corrosion damage to bridges, and indirect costs may be much higher.
- Plants – Empirical studies have estimated the aesthetic damage to trees due to road salt at £101/ton.
- Groundwater – The cost to clean up or replace a drinking water supply is substantial. According to a 1991 report, £13.64 million is spent nationally each year on mitigating impacts to groundwater from rocksalt. The United States uses approximately 20 million tons of deicing salt per year. This equates to a cost of about £0.40/ton for mitigating groundwater impacts. The EU is now imposing fines on companies who contaminate waterways because there is growing evidence that highly soluble and mobile chlorides impair water bodies both chemically and biologically.
- Surface Water – A rough estimate of economic impacts on surface waters and forests is approximately £53.8 million. Using the full amount of tons this converts to a cost of £154/ton of salt if a country or region uses approximately of 349,000 tonnes.
- Vehicle Corrosion – Some estimates that vehicle depreciation due to corrosion from road salt costs in the region of £153/ton of salt.
Benefits of IsoGlaze for Local Authorities
IsoGlaze outperforms rocksalt in all the key customer requirements.
It has the following specific benefits:
- Starts working on impact with snow and ice by producing an exothermic reaction thus heating up the immediate area and melting faster, making access areas safer for the public
- Anti-icing properties for up to 48 hours helping to maintain de-iced areas for longer and thus reducing re-applications
- Reduced corrosion of at least 80% against rocksalt
- No messy residue
- Less toxic than rocksalt
- Less caustic than rocksalt
- 1 bag of IsoGaze melt the equivalent of 6 bags of rocksalt, thus you use 6x less IsoGlaze saving on storage and labour costs.
- Works to minus 25⁰ against rocksalt’s effective working temperature of minus 6⁰
The inherent problems with rocksalt
The damaging and corrosive effects of rocksalt have been covered already but we will summarise these for completeness:
- It is corrosive to metal structures, equipment and component parts and will therefore cause damage to bridges, infrastructure, car parks and equipment.
- It is destructive to concrete
- It is highly toxic and will cause damage to plants, vegetation and waterways.
- Its caustic properties cause harm to pets’ paws and skin and can be fatal to small animals.
- Its messy residue will degrade both natural and synthetic fabrics and requires additional cleaning costs whenever used.