Beet This!

Beet This!

With theApplying Beet Juice declining supply of road salt and the higher prices, many communities are switching to a more cost efficient, and yet environmentally friendly solution.
Beat juice, apparently, is a very Eco-friendly solution to deicing the dangerous winter road conditions, not to mention cost efficient as well. Although this concept isn’t new, more and more communities are adapting to this method. Road salts, originally thought to be cheap, come with many consequences such as the damage done to wildlife including poison to fish, damage to aquatic wildlife, and harmful to sensitive vegetation. Other detriments include damage to concrete and metals. On the other hand, beet juice can provide an effective performance to temperatures dropping as low as -25ºC or approximately -13ºF.

  1. Adding beet juice to salt brine — even at a 20% concentration — does not increase the salt brine’s ice-melting properties or decrease the temperature at which it is effective.shutterstock111829079
  2. Beet juice reduces the friction of a salt brine solution by 10% – 20%. This translates to slicker roads and more dangerous driving conditions.
  3. 25% beet juice concentration is required to lower salt brine’s corrosion score to meet PNS specifications. However, it will also reduce the brine’s ice melting properties. So when beet juice is used as a corrosion inhibitor, application rates should be increased in direct proportion to the amount of beet juice added. Higher concentrations of beet juice also mean higher costs.

It is important to note that beet juice is not a substitute for road salt, but serve as a complimentary resource. It can reduce the salt usage from 85kg per lane km to just 79 kg per lane km, which can effectively save about $2 per lane km. But even beet juice isn’t completely innocuous. Adding it to water can have an impact says  “Organic matter—anything from leaves to amino acids—anything carbon based that breaks down, needs to consume oxygen,” Oxygen-depleted water can also come at an environmental cost, killing animal and plant life. In one of the most extreme cases of oxygen depletion, known as hypoxia, more than 22,000 square km in the Gulf of Mexico lost much of its commercial fishing industry. The beets, which have a high concentration of sucrose, are grown commercially as a sweetener. However, the sugar must be removed for the juice to be sold as a de-icing agent. “If sugared, you are going to pull animals to the roadway,” “If it is sugared and you store it, it will ferment like beer.”

As the environment is of such importance to many cities, environmental icemelters.  Mountain Organic Natural™ Icemelter is a fertilizer based icemelter that is effective to -23ºC or approximate 9ºF.  It is safe on the vegetation, landscaping, children, pets and the water systems. Also Winter Warrior Runway Control™  is totally Chloride and Urea free which means that it will not damage concrete or metal. As opposed to Beet Juice that you need to mix with salt brine, Mountain Organic Natural™ Icemelter & Winter Warrior Runway Control™  do not require to be mixed with any other product allowing Cities to receive and begin using  the product right away.

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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.

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).

2014 Long Range Winter Forecast – from the Farmers’ Almanac

U.S. Weather Highlights – Frigid Winter with Bitter Cold and Heavy Snow

A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal.

 Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone.2014-USFA-Winter Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states,“red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather.

 And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds.

 

 

Canada Weather Highlights – Forecasts a Hodgepodge of Winter Weather

A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Great Lakes. Coldest temperatures will run south and east across the Laurentian Plateau to the Great Lakes. Only along the Pacific Coast and Maritime Provinces will winter temperatures average close to normal.

Precipitation-wise, drier than normal precipitation amounts are expected over British Columbia—an anomaly of sorts, since wet weather is usually the norm during the winter season. Meanwhile over the Prairies near-normal precipitation amounts are expected. Ontario and Quebec could be in for a snowy winter season while farther east, the Maritimes could vacillate between bouts of rain and snow.

2014-CANFA-WinterSignificant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over Quebec and the Maritimes, the first two weeks of February could be in for possible heavy winter weather. This particular part of the winter season will be notably volatile.

 And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds.­

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.

1st Annual XYNYTH Curling Championship – 2013

Xynyth curling 2013

XYNYTH Curling Championship – 2013

On October 25th, some of the staff from XYNYTH’s head office had an amazing “friendly competition” curling experience at the Royal City Curling Club. Our first Curling Championship was a fun night with a lot of laughs and healthy competition. It was initially thought that the winners might have used a little environmentally friendly icemelter like Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter, to their advantage on the ice, but it was proven to be untrue.  The winners truly won with drive and determination.  Congratulations to all the participants!! We look forward to the next XYNYTH curling championship!

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.

Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter Logo

Celebrating 25 Years !!

At XYNYTH Manufacturing we have been offering greener, safer Ice-melting choices for the past 25 years.  To commemorate our 25 year anniversary all of our customers received a “Do it yourself” party kit to join in our celebration.

For the past 25 years and the many more to come XYNYTH strives to encourage customers to help our planet go green by making  the right choice and using  all natural deicers that are not only safe for our children and our pets but are also gentle on the environment.

As we continue to celebrate the past 25 years, and to show our customer appreciation we had a draw that many who visited our website at www.xynyth.com  had a chance to enter and win an IPad2.  Congratulations to Warren from Mr. Chemical in Ontario for being this year’s winner.

XYNYTH would like to also thank our numerous customers who have put their trust in us over these years.  Helping grow your business has made us both succeed.  We are looking forward to continuing to serve our existing and new customers for another 25 years and more!

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!