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From working in the road repairs industry, it soon became apparent to me that the rock salt put down on our roads does an unbelievable amount of damage.
This damage isn’t just to the roads. Rock salt corrodes and rusts any metalwork it is in contact with, as well as any vehicles which use them. It puts high levels of salt back into the watercourse and damages most living things, including plants and animals.
Rock salt has long been a common choice when it comes to clearing away ice and snow from outdoor surfaces due to its affordability, availability and ease of application. However, the longer-term effects of using it are far from ideal and can outweigh any short-term benefits considerably.
De-icing products are vital in many settings, such as pavements and driveways, so people don’t slip. We know a fair bit about rock salt – a common choice that can negatively affect concrete surfaces.