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Rock Salt vs Liquid Brine [5 of 10]

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[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 23, 2019 10:07:37 AM / by Phill Sexton

Rock Salt vs Liquid Brine with Phill Sexton

Phill Sexton with WIT Advisers will describe the different effects liquid brine and rock salt have when used for snow and ice control. Phill will discuss how you can be more efficient and save yourself time and money.

Let’s put a bit of science in to practice here on what we’re talking about with liquids. To keep it simple, that solid rock salt that we’re using now doesn’t do anything for us until it converts to a brine. That brine is the liquid form of the traditional salt that we use in the industry (sodium chloride).

There are others that we use like magnesium chloride and calcium chloride. When we think about converting that solid rock salt to a liquid, why would we want to get to a liquid quicker? So it’s all about moisture. Rather than wait for the solid salt to react to moisture


That moisture comes from either...

  • Precipitation in storm
  • Moisture in the air


If it’s grabbing moisture from the air the conversion time is going to take that much longer versus having that instant reaction with the liquid.


What that liquid is doing if it’s sodium chloride is depressing the freeze point of water at the surface so the water will actually freeze below the 32° F mark now usually at around 20° is that practical effectiveness of sodium chloride brine


With calcium chloride or magnesium chloride, that actually creates an EXOTHERMIC EFFECT versus the sodium chloride brine, that’s actually creating an ENDOTHERMIC EFFECT but in either case they must be in their liquid form.


So in order to achieve the goal of having this concept of using liquids as a no-brainer.


I think it’s really important to state clearly WITH LIQUIDS YOU’RE ACHIEVING THE SAME RESULT BUT A LOT QUICKER.




That’s what’s in the tank (liquid brine).


That’s the opportunity we have... rather than wait a period of time for that conversion to happen we are essentially removing a step or two in the process to get directly to the result which is coming out of these spray tips.


So think about solid salt coming out of this green tip. It’s just in a much more concentrated form and it’s going exactly where you need it to go. It just happens to be liquid, but it’s the same exact thing. Make sense? Instead of it going this way (outwards) it’s going this way (down).


Interested in more FREE TRAINING? Here are links to the complete course:

Why is Using Liquid Brine Important? [1 of 10]

Environmental Benefits of Liquid Brine [2 of 10]

Economical Benefits of Liquid Brine [3 of 10]

Level of Service Benefits of Liquid Brine [4 of 10]

Rock Salt vs Liquid Brine [5 of 10]

Preventing the Bond of Snow & Ice with Liquid Brine [6 of 10]

What are the Barriers of Switching to Liquid Brine Deicing? [7 of 10]

Why Aren't More Clients Asking for a Liquids Approach? [8 of 10]

How do we Make the Change to Liquids? [9 of 10]

Liquid Brine Spraying Techniques [10 of 10]


Preventing the bond of snow and ice with liquid brine - CTA


Topics: Benefits of Liquids

Phill Sexton

Written by Phill Sexton

I am the founder and CEO of WIT Advisers. I am a veteran of the winter and landscape management industry. As a technician, manager, executive and company owner, my growing concern about the environmental impacts of my trade and evolving interest in sustainable best practices led me to developing my company. I enjoy sharing best practices about how to control snow and ice more efficiently.

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