"What a surprise - no hidden costs! And they were flexible regarding additional service requests. We'd use them again."R.J. Stienstra - Bridge Printing and Promotional Products
"As soon as snow hits the ground, their guys are there. We've been very pleased with the response time."Michelle Trina - Liberman Management
"The service issues we had with other snow removal services have disappeared. My parking lots are cleared, and my tenants are happy."Ryan DApril - DAprile Realty

Fighting Ice: Weapons and Tactics

May 16, 2010

As anyone whose slipped on a patch of ice can tell you - a little salt can go a long way. But basic salt is just one weapon in the war against ice. Here are some examples we are currently evaluating - and how we plan to use them.

Treated Products

Salt is great at combating ice formation - but not if it’s colder than 18°F outside. Salt that’s been pre-treated with calcium chloride-magnesium chloride mixtures can be used at lower temperatures, and will persist on the ground for longer periods of time.

Standard De-Icing

This is salt distribution at its most basic, and most efficient; a hopper with flow control attached to the back of a vehicle, covering ground quickly. Efficient salting is an important first step in ice management.

Liquid Applications

A variety of de-icing liquids exist for road and walkway applications. Generally, liquids can be distributed faster, and can make snow and ice removal less troublesome. Also – in walkways, staircases and other pedestrian traffic areas, backpack sprayers of liquid de-icers can prove ideal. If treated before a large storm, you can avoid buildup of snow and ice in these areas considerably, and removal of what remains is made easier.

Prewetting stockpiles

Spraying de-icers onto salt, whether in storage, or as part of a truck-mounted distribution system, can give the snow and ice melting process a kickstart. It will also decrease the tendency of already plowed snow and ice to refreeze to the pavement.