Rock salt works by melting the snow but has to be applied at the right time, if applied too early before the existence of snow, it will simply get blown away and when the snow does arrive, it will be useless. If rock salt is applied too late when the temperatures are below -9 then the rock salt will have a hard job melting the ice and snow and will have to work extra hard. Rock salt works best at temperatures above -9 when it can successfully be melted and the road surfaces safer.
Rock salt spreaders work by spreading the snow quicker and more effectively over larger areas and are commonly used by councils in order to keep the roads safe. This spreading of rock salt on roads is done so very specifically and the correct amount is applied to road surfaces at different intervals. This ensures that the ice and snow doesn’t have chance to form and the roads are kept safe.
It is the home owner’s responsibility to ensure that their own paths and driveways are safe and rock salt can be purchased in large bags and used by home owners as and when it is needed. Snow shovels are also very useful in clearing away snow before the rock salt is applied, simply applying rock salt to snow covered areas without clearing the snow first will very often not work very well as the rock salt will have to work extremely hard to melt away the layers of snow.
Rock salt is available in large and small bags but home owners should ensure they store their rock salt correctly. Rock salt will freeze at around -6 and then will be useless. Grit bins are ideal solutions for storing rock salt but if these are not available, rock salt should be stored in a garage or a place where it cannot freeze. Rock salt spreaders are very useful if you are clearing larger areas of snow and ice, if a snow spreader is not available, many home owners use snow shovels to complete the job successfully.
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