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ICE MELTING: Overcoming Frost Obstacles in Cable Installation

By March 7, 2024No Comments

Ice melting is a product used when cables become obstructed during winter and below-zero temperatures. If water enters the conduits at temperatures below 0°C, it forms a layer of ice, which would otherwise hinder the normal functioning of the cables. Ice melting dissolves the ice, making the passage usable again.


It is typically used in micro-ducts, cables with a diameter ranging from 3 to 20 mm, and fiber tubes. Its application is facilitated by the bottle cap, which can be used for product dispensing. Alternatively, pipettes or funnels can be used depending on the needs and convenience.

Any product remaining outside can be removed with any cloth. The quantities and methods to be used vary depending on how much the affected conduit is blocked.

Partially Blocked Conduits

In this case, there will certainly be a way to force air inside, and it will be sufficient to proceed as follows:

Take 500 ml of product and add it to the end of the micro-duct. If necessary, use an air jet to directly flow the liquid towards the ice block.

Performing these operations from both sides of the tubes is recommended for a faster and guaranteed success, but if it’s not possible to access both sides, one side will suffice. Doing so allows the Ice Melting product to act more immediately on the ice block, covering it from both the upper and lower sides.

If there is a lot of ice inside the conduit, add more product. Manage the amount of product to be used based on both the amount of ice present and the possibility of covering both sides or not.

Once the ice has completely melted, it will be necessary to blow to allow the conduit to dry. Ensure that the parts are thoroughly dry, possibly using a sponge for cleaning.

Completely Blocked Conduits

Generally, when facing completely frozen micro-ducts, it is very difficult to act or easily melt all the ice that has formed inside. However, if it is necessary to clean a completely blocked conduit, the technique just described can be used by applying the product to the end, preferably from both sides.

However, there are two differences to be applied: the first is to use more product—obviously, the more ice there is, the more Ice Melting will be needed; the second is that the step where air pressure is used cannot be performed.

This last step must be replaced with waiting: it will be necessary to let the product act for about 6 hours. Additional time may be required. Once the necessary hours have passed, the ice, which is then melted, can be blown away. Thoroughly dry the conduit, if necessary using a sponge.


The product comes in a cardboard box containing the product bottle. Internally, the product is a translucent liquid and has no odor.