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, 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
When properly stored to protect from moisture contact, the expected shelf life of all OxyChem calcium chloride packaged products is 36 (thirty-six) months.
Yes, calcium chloride is safe to use. Food grade calcium chloride is often found in common foods like pickles, fruits, vegetables, and cheese.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
FDR offers advantages over other reconstruction techniques including:
Road stabilization utilizes an additive to bind and eliminate voids, moisture, and air that all contribute to unstable roads.
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
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%).
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.