Commercial Ice Melt for Commercial Ice Removal

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Commercial Ice Melt is essential for any serious contractor.  You know that rock salt is great, but it just does not do the trick in all situations.  Like when you get an ice storm followed by really cold temperatures, you need something that can cut through the ice today, not when the weather warms back up.  This is where a large arsenal of commercial ice melts come in really handy.

Some of the best ice-melts are considered “hot melt.”  The difference with hot melt is that it is exothermic, rather than needing heat to melt ice, it creates its own energy.  This means that the hot melt works at much lower temperatures and can be really effective against ice.

Rock salt is not going away any time soon.  The inexpensive cost to get rock-salt in bulk makes rock salt the primary weapon of choice for melting ice and helping tackle snow.  When the temperatures get really cold, most ice melts use a blend that is about 80% rock salt and 20% something else like magnesium chloride.  The blend helps keep the cost down while the magnesium chloride starts the melting process and the rock salt finishes off the job.

If you are a contractor, you likely already knew all that.  The problem becomes, where do you get commercial quantities of ice melt?  Should you pay way too much at a big box store?  Should you get it from a chemical supply company that primary sells cleaning agents and knows little about which ice melt to use when?

How would you like to buy your commercial ice melt from guys who started a company dedicated to commercial ice melt, guys that have experience pushing snow themselves?

At Snow and Ice Salt and Chemicals, Unlimited, you get the price you need and support from people who have experience doing your job. We always keep plenty of inventory in stock and during winter weather events, we keep the doors open and the lights on so you can keep serving your customers.  We have several locations in Maryland and we ship to your location as well.

So if you need commercial ice melt or any other snow and ice removal products, give us a call or stop by today.  We would be happy to serve your needs.

Snow, Ice, Salt: The Three Sisters of Winter

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Snow, Ice, Salt and Winter

It is hard to think of winter in the Northeast without thinking of our friends: snow, ice, salt. Snow falls on a regular basis. Ice comes from ice storms or from melting snow. Salt follows the other two to keep us safe. The frustration for some people is, with other alternatives, why is spreading rock salt still the primary method for attacking snow and ice. We are glad you asked.

Rock Salt is “Dirt Cheap”

At about $50/ton for bulk rock salt for deicing, it is hard to come close to the cost of rock salt when it comes to fighting ice and snow.  Some other products costs more than 10 times as much to produce compared to what it costs to mine and prepare rock salt for spreading.  Don’t get us wrong, many contractors would be happy to spread the more environmentally friendly products, but their customers want the cheaper product.  So in the end, it is the clients that say price is an important factor in which deicing product is chosen.

Brine Doesn’t “Cut-It”

Brine is great as a pre-treatment or on ice, but when you are dealing with a lot of snow, brine solutions and even some of the dry rock salt alternatives don’t seem to cut through the snow like a good spread of rock salt.  When you have to load your salt spreader with one ingredient to work in the changing situations of a large winter weather event, rock salt continues to be a great, versatile product.

What About Rock Salt’s Bad Reputation?

Rock Salt gets a bad reputation not because it is evil, but usually because it is over-applied.  Contractors that learn to apply the proper amount of salt save money, the environment, roadways, and the properties of clients when they use just the right amount of salt instead of going with the “more is better” theory.  Rock Salt can be combined with other products to be less corrosive and to work in lower temperatures than it does when applied with no treatments.  Leveraging the strengths of rock salt while adding the strengths of other products creates a real benefit where everyone can win.

SIMA has been doing a lot in the industry in order to help contractors know the best spreading methods to minimize use of deicing products, but also to explore how we can do even better in reducing any negative effects of rock salt.  You can learn more about SIMA’s sustainable salt initiative here!

Calcium Magnesium Acetate Supplier: Get Eco-Friendly Ice Melt

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It’s no secret that most ice melt products can be hard on the environment, especially if they are not properly applied. Run off from harsh products or over-spreading can be damaging to plants, animals and even people. But if you are a commercial snow contractor looking for an eco-friendly ice melt, look no further – we are happy to be your Calcium Magnesium Acetate Supplier. Why use Calcium Magnesium Acetate? Let’s take a look.  Read More

Find the Best Ice Melt Distributor & Snow Removal Tools Supplier

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The success of a snow removal company hinges on how quickly urgent needs can be met by their team and product suppliers. Snow & Ice Salt & Chemicals Unlimited, LLC has become Maryland’s most trusted source for snow removal products. Through our accessibility, scalability, and ability to serve as a one stop shop for our customers, we have separated ourselves from other snow removal product suppliers as the best Ice Melt Distributor. Here’s how: Read More

How Three Calcium Chloride Ice Melt Products Compare

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There are several categories of ice melt products to choose from today. Calcium chloride ice melt products are intended for snow and ice removal in extreme conditions. These work best in climates like ours here in Bethesda, MD and the Washington DC area. Most of the time, calcium chloride ice melt products come in three basic varieties: pellets, flakes, and blends. Read More

The Best Winter Work Gloves for Preventing Frostbite

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If you own or work at a snow removal company you know the risks that every one of your workers take during each winter storm. But aside from safety training, are they equipped with the best snow removal tools on the market? Winter work gloves are something not to overlook. Professional grade winter work gloves can make a big difference in making the job safer and more efficient. According to the popular website WebMD, over 11,000 people show up at the nation’s hospitals each year for treatments of injuries sustained while clearing snow. Read More