Does ice melt really work?


As the temperatures go well below freezing, ice melt becomes a popular product at the hardware store.

At Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Springfield, Alan Whitney provided an education how these products work and the costs involved.

The store’s supply of the less expensive rock salt product was nearly gone on Monday. People who want their ice to melt more rapidly pay more for it.

“If you’ve got an ice melt that goes down to 15 below [zero degrees Fahrenheit], that’s going to work a lot slower than the stuff that goes to 30 below,” Alan Whitney explained. “It’s more dependent on how much ice you have; if you just have a layer of black ice on your driveway, very thin, it’ll work in 10 or 15 minutes.”

Whitney told 22News that when you put ice melt that’s rated for -30°F, it takes an hour to dissolve a 1-inch thick chunk of ice.

Rocky’s customer Leonard Perry said he’s had a positive experience using ice melt.

“All you do is sprinkle a little bit and in about 15 minutes your problem is solved,” Perry told 22News.

And there are animal-friendly ice melt products for people who want to protect their pet’s paws. The less expensive, slower-melting rock salt, however, is not animal-friendly.

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