A new line of more effective and environmentally safe ice melt products is available for the pet industry from ARB Distributing. For pet owners there is the added benefit that they are safe for pets’ paws and digestive systems. Pete Vercouteren, a chemist by trade, has created Happy Paws ™ to fill the need for an ice melter that is very effective, good for the environment, and safe for application by pet owners and veterinarians. 
Safest ice melter for the environment
Tests show Happy Paws is the safest for the environment

Presently, the most frequently used products in the winter to keep our sidewalks and parking lots safe and clear of ice and snow are salt and chloride based ice melters. Rock salt or halite is the most common and is corrosive and harmful to vegetation as well as dangerous for children and pets. Recently, calcium chloride products have become popular. This is a particularly harsh chemical that heats up and can actually burn skin and kill vegetation, is extremely harmful to children and pets.

Tests show Happy Paws is the safest for the environment –  Happy Paws ™ is a derivative of Calcium Magnesium Acetate, which is the safest deicer on the market–safe for concrete, lawns, shrubs and other vegetation. No more corrosive than tap water. It is safe for lakes and streams runoff under normal usage, and safe for animals.

Urea is a bio-degradable chemical that is most commonly used in fertilizers. While urea may not harm your pet’s paws, it also won’t melt your ice very well. An over application of urea is inevitable as you struggle to melt ice with it. This will have damaging effects to the surrounding vegetation and contamination to water runoff. Urea is basically fertilizer, and large amounts of nitrogen from fertilizer is harmful to vegetation, lakes and streams – causing high algae growth and low oxygen. Also the price per pound of urea makes it a very expensive due to the amount needed to try to melt ice. It is a highly impractical ice melter.

 Our product, Calcium Magnesium Acetate, is safe for the environment. Now that we are all thinking “green” we realize the importance of caring for the environment. Happy Paws™ biodegrades to carbon dioxide and water. It is essentially non-toxic to aquatic species, thus safe near lakes and streams. Calcium and magnesium in Happy Paws™ increase soil permeability causing slow mobility and is unlikely to reach groundwater. Happy Paws™ does not contain nitrogen or chlorides making is safe for vegetation. Our tests prove that 100 percent Happy Paws™ is the safest for the environment. Happy Paws™ works at lower temperatures than standard rock salt, but with a lasting effect, longer than either salt or urea, so it requires fewer applications, saving money in the long run. No other ice melter on the market today is as safe and effective. Testing information is available upon request.

Happy Paws Ice Melt - safe for pets, people, plants

Happy Paws Ice Melt - safe for pets, people, plants

 

 

So with the added advantage of being pet friendly, Happy Paws ™ should be the deicer product that pet owners can feel comfortable using to keep their pets healthy and happy and at the same time doing the responsible thing for the environment. Happy pets make for happy people!

 

Happy Paws™ is available as a solid granular ice melter (pictured), or in a liquid spray form, which works as an anti-icer, as well as a de-icer. The liquid Happy Paws™ works down to even lower temperatures, and there are no granules to be tracked indoors, so many customers will want to pick up both products.

 

Happy Paws ™ Ice Melt, and other environmentally friendly snow and ice melting products are available at fine pet stores and local hardware stores.

 

 

Salt Saver is a liquid treatment that is sprayed on and mixed into your standard rock salt. This makes it far more effective, requiring only about 50% as much salt to do the job. Snow removal companies should give it a try, ask us for a discount small sample to test it out, we know you’ll love the performance of your salt, and the money you save ! http://www.greenicemelt.com/products-saltsaver.htm

Salt Saver saves money for snow removal companies

Salt Saver will save money for snow removal companies this winterSalt Saver saves money, saves the environmentSalt Saver saves money, saves the environment

Posted by: greenicemelt | January 25, 2010

Green Earth Ice Melter – higher performance at lower cost

An eco-friendly ice melting product, Green Earth Ice Melter, from Icex is the best performing deicer we have found, at a reasonable price.
Testing has shown that compared with standard rock salt, and the popular alternative calcium chloride, Green Earth Ice Melter out-performs.
Compare with calcium chloride, and magnesium chloride – at a much lower cost. Each crystal granule of ice melter is blended with a liquid de-icer, which gives Green Earth Ice Melter superior performance. A unique blend using the latest technology in anti-corrosion gives this de-icer increased corrosion protection to equipment, and reduced environmental impact. Green Earth Ice Melter also has less bounce and scatter when applying which reduces application rates, resulting in fewer chlorides being released in the surrounding earth.
An environmentally friendly ice melter that is also affordable.

At only around $17 per 50 lb bag, you can reduce your salt usage by up to 50%.
  • Extremely cost-effective, high-performance de-icer
  • Safer roads and sidewalks
  • Low toxicity (LD50)
  • Less damage to concrete and vegetation
  • Quickly penetrates and dissolves snow and ice
  • Green color makes spreading the material easily visible
  • Non-staining to concrete, asphalt, and shoes when used properly
  • Non-tracking
  • A unique blend uses the latest anti-corrosion technology

 

Green Earth Ice Melter is a brand new product available a fine hardware and landscaping stores, or online and GreenIceMelt.com. Try some today and compare for yourself.

Posted by: greenicemelt | November 12, 2009

Roofers – get dealer pricing on safe roof ice melters

Icicles hanging down off of your building make look pretty in the winter, but beware, they can build up and cause ice dams on your roof, which in turn can back up water, and causes thousands of dollars in damage !

 
Background information
When ice dams occur, water backs up behind them. As it backs up, it can work its way through cracks and under shingles. You can see it running out of soffets or through ceilings and /or walls. Additionally, it flows over the dam, forming icicles. Water can drip onto sidewalk areas and refreeze when it hits the cold surface. Ice dams do their damage when there is running water (melted snow) on the roof. This same running water is needed to activate the deicer to form a brine and work through the ice dam.
How Ice Melters Work
When ice melters dissolve in the running water, they lower the freezing point of the water. Every ice melter acts differently. The key is to use the correct material to match the intended performance. Roof ice melters must be non-damaging to the roofing system and the vegetation below (where it runs off). It should not stain the roof and must be easy to put in place.
Roof Melters
 
Ice Dam Blaster – (timed release)
When to use: Before ice dams form (early winter) or after they have already formed.
Where and how to place: The two-pound sleeves of ice melt can be placed above and near where ice dam forms. They can be thrown onto the roof from the ground or placed by hand. The sleeve can lay in any direction.
How much to use: Place a blaster in valleys where there is a lot of water flow (and large ice dams can build) or along the roof approximately every 20 feet.
How fast does it work: Will work quickly initially with water flow, then time release action will allow it to work slower and last longer.
How safe is it: It is extremely safe and non-corrosive. It biodegrades at temperatures above 50 F.
Package size: Blaster is 2″ in diameter x 24″ long. They are available individually or in cases of 15.

Sodium Acetate – Solid Roof Ice Melter (fast release) 

When to use: Use on large roofs or large ice dams and when quicker reaction is desired.
Where and how to place: Pour two to three pounds in a pile behind or above the ice dam.
How much to use: each pound of material will dissolve approximately two pounds (one quart) of water at -8 F, or ten pounds (five quarts) of water at 23 degrees F. (This shows that this de-icer is most effective as the temperatures get warmer. It gives an idea of how much to use depending on the amount of ice and the temperature)
How fast does it work: It works faster than the Ice Dam Blaster, but doesn’t last as long.
How safe is it: It is extremely safe and non-corrosive. It biodegrades in warm weather.
Package size: 6 lbs bags (shipped individually or 8 per case) – convenient and safe size for roofers to just throw in there pocket when they are doing their job. Also available in 25 lb pails, and 55 lb bags.
Potassium Acetate Liquid Ice Melter (immediate release)

When to use: Use to cut through ice dams fast and at cold temperatures. It will cut the ice and help create flow in gutters and down spouts.
Where and how to place: Pour concentrate above ice dam.
How much to use: A half-gallon will lower the freezing point of 3 quarts of water to 0 degrees F, 8 quarts of water to 22 deg F, and 4 gallons of water to 30 F.
How fast does it work: Immediately goes to work.
How safe is it: Do not use on galvanized steel. It is safe on other materials, and it biodegrades at warm temperatures.
Package size: 1 gal bottles (6 per case), 2.5 gallon bottles (2 per case), 55 gallon drums, and 275 gallon mini tote tanks.
All of these are the safest available roof ice melting products on the market, for general consumers, commercial locations, and at special dealer pricing for companies in the roofing industry.
Posted by: greenicemelt | October 17, 2009

Ice dam prevention

Ice dams can cause thousands of dollar in damage to your home !

Ice dams can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home !

Ice dams on the roofs of houses or other buildings can be a huge problem for people living in cold areas.  When ice dams occur, water backs up behind them.  As it backs up, it can work its way through cracks and under shingles.  You can see it running out of soffets or through ceilings and/or walls.  Additionally, it flows over the dam, forming icicles.  Water can drip onto sidewalk areas and refreeze when it hits the cold surface. 

There is a couple of ways to prevent ice dams from forming and causing thousands of dollars in damage.  One way is to install electrical heating coils on the roof.   This is a very expensive ordeal.  We have found an inexpensive and environmentally safe way to prevent ice dams.  There is a new product on the market called the Ice Dam Blaster

Pete, the inventor,  is a chemist by trade.

Pete, the inventor, is a chemist by trade.

Ice dams do their damage when there is running water (melted snow) on the roof.  This same running water is needed to activate the de-icer to form a brine and work through the ice dam.

How it works:  When the de-icers dissolve in the running water, they lower the freezing point of the water.  Every de-icer acts differently.  The key is to use the correct material to match the intended performance.  There are some products out there that can remove and prevent ice dams, however they use harmful chemical ingredients and salts that damage and corrode your roof, and kill the vegetation underneath.  Roof de-icers must be non-damaging to the roofing system and the vegetation below (where it runs off).  It should not stain the roof and must be easy to put in place.  That is EXACTLY what the Ice Dam Blaster does.  You should check these out if you have ice dams.  They are very inexpensive at around $12, and very effective.

GIM

Posted by: greenicemelt | October 17, 2009

Blogging about environmentally friendly, safe de-icers…

We will be discussing “green”, de-icers here.  No they are not the color green, but environmentally safe alternatives to standard rock salt that is used on our roads, driveways, parking ramps, anywhere that there is cold weather, snow and ice, and people who need to drive in it.  Salt is frequently used, and is quite harmful to vegetation and waterways.  We will try to keep you updated on the de-icers and ice melting products and techniques that are “earth friendly”.  Thanks for visiting !  GIM

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