Temperatures have recently dropped dramatically across the country and the first warnings of possible snowfall have been issued so now’s the time to start asking yourself; are you prepared for ice and snowfall?
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire would like to remind you that you should be prepared for the ice and snow which may be ahead of us in the coming winter months.
The team from Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire says 'beat the rush and get your Rock Salt now before it all goes.'
During the winter months of last year (2008) the Met Office issued severe weather warnings stretching from Northern Scotland right down to South-East England. The weather warnings advised people to be prepared for heavy snow and icy roads. However last year when the bad weather hit many people were not prepared and they therefore found it very difficult to cope in the snow and ice that hit the UK.
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we stock Rock Salt in 25Kg bags and in bulk bags.
Rock Salt is often used both residentially and municipally for managing ice. Rock Salt is used to manage ice because brine which is a solution of water and salt has a lower freezing point than just ordinary water. Therefore by simply putting salt on ice this will cause it to melt. It is common for people to spread Rock Salt on their paths and driveways after a snow storm to melt the snow. It is also common for people to lay Rock Salt before a frost or snowstorm to prevent ice from forming. It is not necessary to use so much salt that the ice is completely melted; rather, a small amount of salt will weaken the ice so that it can be easily removed by other means. Also, many cities, towns and villages will spread a mixture of sand and salt on roads during and after a snowstorm to improve traction and to make the road safe to drive on.
Some people may be concerned about the effects of Rock Salt on the environment however do not worry! Rock Salt is non-toxic and residual salt is gradually diluted and disposed of through natural processes.