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Strategies for Dealing with Roof Ice

Strategies for Dealing with Roof Ice

roof iceNo, that is not the sound of reindeer on your roof making an extra stop on their way back to the North Pole.  That creaking sound may be sign your roof has too much weight from snow and ice on it.  We are often asked by customers if our products are safe to use on their roof.  The answer is yes.  Products like Mountain Organic Natural™ Icemelter & GroundWorks Natural™ Icemelter  are both safe to use on most roofs.  Some key points to keep in mind when deciding which product to use are to consider where the melted run off will going.  If the run off will be going into plants & vegetation, concrete, or an area where children or pets are, you will want to use a safe, proven, and effective product such as our GroundWorks Natural™ Icemelter  If sensitive metal is at risk of corrosion, then using a chloride free product like Winter Warrior Runway Control® is an ideal product to use.  For more info on how to apply the product and some important tips, please see this article – ICE DAMS & ROOFS – in the XYNYTH Ice Melt Resource Center.

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Which Icemelter to use outside/inside food processing/storage facilities?

Which Icemelter to use outside/inside food processing/storage facilities?

IMG_0752Many people are aware that ice builds up outside food processing/storage facilities but; many people may not be aware that there is build up of ice inside as well.  The ice builds up in doorways, doorframes, shelves and even on freezer floors.    With the ice build up it becomes a slip / fall a hazard for employees moving in and around the area which can cost the owners a great deal of money due to injury.

Companies have limited options of what can be used as the products need to be approved by the food inspection agency.  Many companies turn to rock salt to help with the ice build up.  In the end traditional rock salt is very costly as it is very corrosive to metal.  Companies will have to replace shelving and any metal in and around the door frames.  Also rock salt is toxic if food comes into contact with it.

Our Mountain Organic Natural  Icemelter  which is a fertilizer based icemelter that is used in outside many companies as it is environmentally friendly and does not track into buildings. For use inside food processing/storage facilities and our Winter Warrior Runway Control® that is completely chloride and urea free, it also contains a corrosive inhibitor and is environmentally friendly.  Since food processing/storage facilities can only use food inspection agency approved materials, we have had both our products tested and are approved by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

Ice melter and protecting our water systems

ICE MELTER AND PROTECTING OUR WATER SYSTEMS

 It has long been established that the use of rock salt has negative effects on the environment.  In fact there are documented cases of contamination to drinking water and complete destruction of aquatic Eco systems due to excessive salt use.  Samples from a storm sewer near Toronto had recorded levels 140 times over the limit set by the provincial Government. Both Environment Canada and the Environment Protection Agency in the U.S. have done studies and are working on solutions to manage this problem. The salt and other chemicals get into the water system through a number of direct and indirect ways.  Once the salt gets into the Eco system, there is no way of removing it.  It can only be diluted over time.  This can be very problematic for sensitive Eco systems that have a slow turnover of fresh water such as natural and even artificial ponds.

The best solution for this matter is to take preventative measures. XYNYTH Manufacturing has developed 3 products that are ideal to address this issue.  GroundWorks Natural Icemelter and Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter were among the first environmentally friendly ice melt products to be introduced. These are fertilizer based icemelters, making them an ideal alternative for Eco sensitive areas.  Because they contain potassium chloride, the run off will actually feed the plants. This ultimately means less sodium chloride will get into the water supply.

Fish-and-saltIt should be noted that icemelters containing urea should be strictly avoided around water ways.  Urea contains nitrogen and breaks down to ammonia in the environment, which is extremely toxic to aquatic life, even in small doses.

XYNYTH has recently introduced a new product called Winter Warrior Runway Control™. This product is completely chloride free and urea free.  While it was initially designed for runway use, being that it is completely non-corrosive and federally approved, it is also ideal for use around sensitive water systems.
It is important to not associate all “pet friendly” icemelters with fish friendly products. Some products like Safe-t-Pet™ or Safe Paw™ are made with urea.  While urea is usually safe around animals, it is deadly to aquatic life.

A little chloride is not so bad, as it seems to be well known by owners of fish ponds that adding some chlorides can be beneficial to act as water softeners and help reduce parasites.  Some experts also recommend using potassium based chlorides as they have some benefits to fish.   For best results consult your local expert.

GTAA – Largest Airport in Canada chose Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter!

GTAA – Largest Airport in Canada chose Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter!

XYNYTH is very excited to hear that the GTAA (Toronto’s Pearson Airport), the largest airport in Canada, is now using Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter.  Airports, for obvious reasons, have extremely high standards as to the icemelting products that are used around their facilities.  The GTAA was no exception, they spent months testing and evaluating our Mountain product and have decided it was the best solution to their needs.  Our Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter has replaced several of the other icemelters they were using to melt the ice around the sensitive entrances to their facilities.  Important to note, they are not using it on their runways of course.

Mountain continues to be the leading choice of many large government institutions, and this is only yet another example.

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Winter Warrior Runway Control™ – a new icemelter and a new direction.

XYNYTH has had many requests over the years for an icemelter that is completely safe to use at airports, including the runways and taxiways. This means, an ice melter that has no chlorides and no urea: a tough request.

Winter Warrior Runway Control™ is just such a product. It is made from sodium acetate that has been treated with a sodium formate solution. It meets all the FAA and Transport Canada approved specifications, (SAE AMS 1431B) that
covers all solid runway and taxiway deicing / anti-icing compounds. It is a great product to also use around delicate commercial institutions that are close to sensitive aquatic life.

Many airports have been using Urea in the past to melt the ice on their runways. The problem faced with using urea, however, is the fact that urea contains nitrogen, and breaks down to ammonia which is very toxic to aquatic life, and thus airports are looking to switch to some other form of solid deicer.

This opens the door to a very large opportunity for XYNYTH and its distributors, so they are very excited about this.  More details about this product are available from XYNYTH’s website, www.xynyth.com so check it out!

Green Ice melter

Be Green with our New Environmentally Friendly Ice melter:

Arctic Eco Green Ice melter™ is a powerful all natural deicer that is gentle on the environment, the surfaces it is applied to and harmless around children and pets. This ice melter was designed for the organically inclined.

Green ice melter
Green Deicer
  • All Natural Ingredients
  • Gentle on the Environment
  • Harmless around children and pets
  • Fast acting & powerful to -29° C (-20° F)
  • Safer on concrete
  • Cost effective green color
  • Easy to handle
  • Anti-corrosive formula

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