With repeated exposures over time, de-icing salt can cause extensive damage to vehicles. Rust forms when moisture and oxygen combine on metal, and salt accelerates that process. Corrosion usually first affects the car’s exhaust and muffler systems, coil springs and the frame of the car. Road salt can erode key safety components of your vehicle including your braking system.
The damage doesn’t end with cars. Salt also affects the metal components of large infrastructure like bridges and culverts. Salt applied to driveways, parking lots, walkways, stairs, etc. contribute to countless dollars of damages upon entrances, automatic door pads, lobby floors, escalators, railings, etc.
Salt can damage the value of your home and property with the contamination of a drinking water well. In severe cases of chloride contamination, a drinking water well may need to be replaced through the State of New Hampshire’s Well Replacement Program.