How much road salt do you need this winter?

rock salt estimator - how much ice melt to buy

A snow removal company will be able to spend its money more effectively if it can calculate how much salt it will need to buy. If you under or over on your estimate, you risk incurring additional expenses. It’s crucial to make sure you have enough ice melt or road salt to service your customers throughout the entire winter season, but you don’t want to store more than what is needed either. The amount of snow expected, average temperatures, and the size and type of surfaces being treated are just a few of the variables that go into this computation. It might be challenging to estimate how much road salt and ice melt is required for a parking lot, a road, or any other location, but it can and must be done to keep your snow and ice management company operating efficiently.

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Product Feature Spotlight: Colored Ice Melt

Safe 'n Sure Ice Melt Blend from from Snow & Ice Salt & Chemicals Unlimited, LLC

People who reside in areas of the nation where there are large ice and snow accumulations are well aware of the many advantages of rock salt. Rock salt was always available for anyone to help melt ice, offer footing and traction, as well as basically make slippery situations go away. But what may not be as commonly known is that rock salt and ice melts come in a variety of colors. We’ve seen it in purple, blue, green, and even pink variations. Some of these variations can be found in bags in almost any hardware shop and even in enormous mountains at snow contractor and government storage facilities. With plows and trucks spraying tons of salt across parking lots, roads, and highways, why does the color matter? Why are manufacturers even making ice melt products in different colors? Let’s take a look at some vibrant rock salt and ice melt solutions being employed.

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What is liquid deicing and how does it differ from salt or sand?

liquid deicer on road

The primary method used throughout the nation for treating endless miles of roadways during the winter months has traditionally been rock salt. But as rock salt supplies have grown more scarce over the years, snow contractors have been supplementing and replacing traditional rock salt with different chemicals. In addition, advancements have resulted in new blended products and the concept of pre-treating roads has become common as well. For pre-treatment, contractors purchase or make liquid deicer products or brine. In what ways does liquid deicer differ from conventional road salt? Keep reading to find out.

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11 Tips for Choosing the Best Ice Melt Distributor

Ice melt distributor

During winter, you will need to pay special attention to melting ice for your customers if you are a snow contractor. However, it is not something that you can do on your own. You will need to seek the assistance of a reliable ice melt distributor to know about the latest and greatest products for every situation. Not all ice melt distributors have the same experience, pricing, and customer service. This is why we thought of sharing some useful tips that you can consider when hunting for the most perfect ice melt distributor out there.

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Road Salt Storage Best Practices for Snow Removal Contractors

road salt storage

Are you a snow plow contractor? If so, you will come across the need to stock up on road salt so that you can use it when helping your clients with their winter snow removal needs. If you’ve been in the business for any length of time, you know the risk of Rock Salt shortages is high so stocking up is vital. However, you will also need to adhere to special storage methods, which can help you with storing the salt for a longer period of time while still making sure it isn’t damaged. Continue to read and we will share some of the most effective methods.

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Rock Salt vs Ice Melt Blends – What is best for your customers?

rock salt vs ice melt for ice control on roads

Snow may be lovely, lightweight, and fluffy, and the very thing that keeps a snow contractor like yourself in business – but there is a real danger associated with it for your customers. Once they hire you, you are responsible not only for keeping their property safe but also for not ruining their parking lots, walkways, and landscaping. As you know, it’s imperative that you start stocking up on snow and ice removal supplies throughout the cold winter months so you don’t run out, but with multiple ice management chemicals available, how do you decide which ones to keep larger stockpiles of on your property?

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Exploring the common de-icing materials

road de-icing pretreatment

When it comes to snow and ice removal, you can find how different de-icing materials are being used. It is quite important to stick to the best de-icing materials depending on the needs. That’s because there is no single de-icing material that can deliver positive results in all possible scenarios. Continue to read and you will be able to learn more about the common de-icing materials. On top of that, you can enhance your knowledge on how to pick the most appropriate de-icing material to be used as well.

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Learning how to control dust with magnesium chloride

dusty road needing dust control services

The presence of dust can create a negative impact on any commercial establishment, even in winter. For example, when there is too much dust present in the outdoor spaces, your employees or your customers will not be able to access them. Dust can be prevalent even in winter at construction sites and on dirt roads where there isn’t any snow or ice. This is where you need to look for an effective dust suppressant solution. While looking for such a solution, you will come across magnesium chloride as well as calcium chloride. It is one of the most effective methods available out there to minimize and control dust production, and in winter you get a two-for-one since it also melts snow and ice!

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The Dangers of Black Ice

black ice

Well, it’s that time of year again and it bears repeating to send out a reminder to all of our snow contractor customers to watch out for black ice again this year! There is generally no surface that is more dangerous than black ice and since it’s nearly impossible to see, you should know all you can about it so you know when it might be present and how to avoid accidents on it. Today we will explore all the details related to black ice.

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