Calcium Chloride FAQ

For as common as calcium chloride is in our everyday lives, there are many questions and misconceptions about it. We put together some of the most common questions about calcium chloride, the uses and other important information to give you a better idea of what calcium chloride really does.

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CALCIUM CHLORIDE FAQS

WHERE CAN I FIND MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS?

Download the LIQUIDOW™ MSDS here.  We also have other helpful resources in the links below for handling guides, information sheets, and other helpful guides.

Calcium Chloride Property Guide
LIQUIDOW™ Information Sheet
Calcium Chloride Handling and Storage Guide
OxyChem Sales Specifications
Calcium Chloride Calculation Tools

WHAT IS CALCIUM CHLORIDE?

Calcium chloride, CaCl2 is a salt comprised of calcium and sodium. There are a variety of forms and uses for calcium chloride. From food preservation, to ice and dust control on roads, calcium chloride is perfectly safe and is around you every day!

WHAT IS DRY CALCIUM CHLORIDE?

Dry calcium chloride is CaCl2 in its natural state. It releases heat as it reacts with moisture. It melts ice at much lower temperatures than rock salt (sodium chloride). It is very useful in the ice melting process in all ranges of winter conditions. Including harsh, negative temperature.

WHERE DOES CACL2 COME FROM?

Calcium chloride can be produced by either reacting with acid and limestone or as a by-product of the Solvay chemical process. However, our calcium chloride comes from the purification of a naturally-occurring, underground brine.

CALCIUM CHLORIDE USES FAQS

HOW IS CACL2 USED?

Calcium chloride is used across industries in many ways. It can be used in snow and ice control to prevent ice from bonding to the concrete. It’s also used in cheese and other food items as a source of Calcium.

HOW DOES CALCIUM CHLORIDE WORK?

Calcium chloride is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air.  It will absorb moisture until an equilibrium is reached between the vapor pressure of the solution and that of the air. It retains the moisture it absorbs for long periods of time, which is what makes it so good for dust control.

WHAT IS CALCIUM CHLORIDE'S SHELF LIFE?

When properly stored to protect from moisture contact, the expected shelf life of all OxyChem calcium chloride packaged products is 36 (thirty-six) months.

CALCIUM CHLORIDE SAFETY FAQS

IS CALCIUM CHLORIDE SAFE TO USE?

Yes, calcium chloride is safe to use. Food grade calcium chloride is often found in common foods like pickles, fruits, vegetables, and cheese.

WILL CALCIUM CHLORIDE KILL MY PLANTS?

Under typical application conditions, calcium chloride will not damage grass or vegetation adjacent to the surface being deiced. As with fertilizer and any other deicer, it is possible for grass to be damaged if the chloride-based deicer is over-applied or large quantities are directly applied to the grass or vegetation.

WILL CALCIUM CHLORIDE DAMAGE CONCRETE OR VEHICLES?

Calcium chloride products are recommended for deicing asphalt and concrete surfaces. Calcium chloride will not chemically attack asphalt or concrete and is less damaging than applying rock salt. It also does not contain any properties that will damage or rust vehicles.

DUST CONTROL FAQS

WHY IS DUST CONTROL IMPORTANT?

Dust is not only a nuisance for enjoying the outdoors, it also negatively impacts your home, and could potentially be bad for your health. Managing dust control yearly is important for keeping your home happy and healthy.

HOW DOES CACL2 WORK IN CONTROLLING DUST?

Calcium chloride is hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture from the air and surroundings. Therefore, calcium chloride assists in keeping surfaces damp and dust down. Calcium chloride also resists evaporation, which means a single application will last a long time. Tests have proven that 38% LIQUIDOW™ calcium chloride outperforms other dust control products.

HOW LONG DOES DUST CONTROL LAST?

Depending on environmental impact, calcium chloride dust control should last a year. However, yearly application does contribute to better performance year after year.

FULL-DEPTH RECLAMATION FAQS

WHAT IS FULL-DEPTH RECLAMATION?

Full-depth reclamation is a process in which the existing surface of deteriorated asphalt roads and the underlying base are pulverized and mixed together to form an upgraded, homogenous new base.

WHY CHOOSE FULL-DEPTH RECLAMATION?

FDR offers advantages over other reconstruction techniques including:

  • Energy is preserved, because FDR is a cold process that requires no heating fuel, and involves minimal hauling and handling of materials
  • Non-renewable resources are conserved since all existing materials are reused
  • In-place construction and high production rates reduce traffic disruptions
  • Fewer workers and less equipment are needed, resulting in lower costs and better traffic flow
  • The process is more cost effective over the long term, because the structural integrity of the gravel is increased, adding years to road life and improving the ride quality
  • FDR can provide cost savings as high as 50% in some cases

WHAT DOES ROAD STABILIZATION DO?

Road stabilization utilizes an additive to bind and eliminate voids, moisture, and air that all contribute to unstable roads.

CACL2 MYTH FAQS

IS CALCIUM CHLORIDE GOING TO BE BANNED?

Calcium chloride has been in use for over 100 years. GLC’s calcium chloride originates from an underground ocean of natural brine beneath northwestern Michigan.  It then is processed and concentrated.  Calcium chloride is widely used for dust control and base stabilization.  It is also used in many food products such as olives, pickles, bottled water, canned potatoes, sugar-free jelly, to name a few.  Of note, it is also used as an actual component in many plant fertilizer blends

WILL USING BEET JUICE SAVE ME MONEY?

At quoted prices of over $2.00 per gallon, beet juice products are more than twice the cost of calcium chloride products. Additionally, beet juice products when mixed with sodium chloride brine have nearly 40% less active ingredient than calcium chloride (23% vs. 32%).  

IS CALCIUM CHLORIDE DANGEROUS?

Calcium chloride is necessary for plants in all stages of life. Calcium and chloride are both naturally occurring elements and do not damage the plant or human lifecycle.

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