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Rock Salt vs. Other Ice Melts at Kovarik's True Value

Home and business owners can buy ice melts that are effective when temperatures are very low.
Home and business owners can buy ice melts that are effective when temperatures are very low.

Owner of Kovarik's True Value Hardware, Joe Kovarik Jr., says it has been a busy week with people buying snow blowers and ice melt. He says they knew the storm was coming. Kovarik explains why there is a difference between the kinds of ice melt that you can buy. It's important to know when temps dip below zero.

"Rock salt stops melting at 5 degrees above zero. Calcium, potassium, magnesium, doesn't really matter what the combination is, goes down to 15 to 25 below zero, which means you're going to get more of that water evaporating so there's less residue afterwards," said Kovarik.

Kovarik's is stocked with all kinds of ice melt. Kovarik also says it's a good idea to brush rock salt or other forms of it off new concrete or stairs once things dry, to make sure marks aren't left. He says if the pavement or stairs are older, not to worry about it.

Carl Crawford was at Kovarik's at the same time. He was stocking up on rock salt for the apartment complexes that he works at.

"Just out here picking up some rock salt, doing salting in the snow and keeping busy. I probably won't be done until 8 o'clock tonight," said Crawford.

We'll have a full look at the forecast coming up in weather.
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