Tips for Selling Snow Removal Services

DIY snow removal - shoveling snow

If you are reading this post, it’s likely that you provide snow contractor services and one of the everyday battles you face is customers wanting to do DIY snow removal instead of hiring a professional. There is no doubt that you already have a long list of reasons why customers should hire a professional snow and ice management company rather than doing their own snow removal, but here is our list. Hopefully it will help you as you move forward and continue to grow your business!

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How Do Ice Melt Chemicals Actually Melt Ice?

car on snowy road

No one likes thinking about winter ice on slippery roads and surfaces. All we want to do as ice melt suppliers and snow contractors is ELIMINATE ice and snow. But if you’ve ever thought about just HOW ice melt chemicals melt ice, this is the article for you! Let’s take a closer look… 

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How Unhealthy are Ice Melt Products?

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One of the biggest concerns during those winter blizzards in the mid-Atlantic regions is what to do to eliminate them. The obvious question is finding the right ice melt chemicals supplier and having a heavy snow & ice management regime to handle the snow. Whether it’s a combination of ice melt, rock salt, or other deicing supplier needs, this is that first line of defense to eliminate the snow that piles up, melts, and eventually re-freezes into dangerous ice.

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How to budget and resupply on an annual basis

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Snow & Ice Management can be a great business model. You have consistency and seasonality, and snowstorms will hit the mid-Atlantic. Whether it’s the Washington DC area, Virginia, Baltimore, or Southern Pennsylvania, it’s time for Snow removal companies to get their gear and hit the road when that snow hits.

To maintain costs, some annual planning can go a long way for those working with an ice melt supplier or a deicing supplier in general. There’s a flow and some historical reviews that can help predict what the following snow season will look like. Early planning and purchasing can get you the best pricing and also ensure that you have the tools and materials you need when the storm hits.

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Best Ice Melt for the Worst Weather Conditions

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Even with talk of global warming, the winters in the Mid-Atlantic don’t seem to be letting up. Year after year we get dumped on with massive amounts of snow and ice. That may mean more significant business for ice melt or rock salt suppliers, but it also means endeavoring to keep up with the new level of demand. Not all types of ice melt chemicals will handle the job for all kinds of weather conditions. This is undoubtedly the case when the temperature goes below freezing.

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How Liquid Brine Melts Ice

Liquid Brine Tractor

As you know, ice is not our friend when it comes to walkway and road safety and it is one of the biggest culprits of avoidable danger and unnecessary lawsuits. That’s why it’s always an excellent idea for those in charge of cleaning up the ice and snow to know how their ice melt or rock salt works and to get a jump start on it even before the storm hits.

Likewise, a supplier of ice melt chemicals for commercial businesses, government properties, or municipalities will always have the correct information and explain exactly how everything will work and possibly affect certain materials or plant life in the area when using some of these products. Keep reading to learn more!

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Ice Melt Usage When it’s Not Snowing

Construction Dust Control

It may be rare and not a great time of the season to even think about it, but IF we ever have a mild winter in the Mid-Atlantic Region, it will most likely lead to the need for some extra dust control during the Spring, Summer or Fall. That’s right, ice melt in its various rock salt forms, from Calcium Chloride to Magnesium Chloride, have practical uses beyond simply being a de-icer. When the region doesn’t have a white blanket of snow over it which leads to ice formation, there’s still plenty to do with that leftover road salt you weren’t able to use up this season.

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Rock Salt vs. Combotherm™ Calcium Chloride

Icy roads needing rock salt or calcium chloride

Sometimes, in the deicing world, many terms get combined into the same category. Such as, “all snow removal products are harmful to the road or the environment,” or if you’re in the snow & ice management business, “your products are filled with ice melt chemicals and are essentially dangerous and toxic.”

That’s a big misunderstanding within the industry, and there are many different types of deicer products out there. Some are not even for deicing but are actually used as a preventative measure before the ice comes down through anti-icing practices.

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Best Ice Melt for Different Scenarios

Liquid Brine

As the winter seasons come and go, it’s essential for those in the business of making sure our roads are clear of snow and ice and essentially keeping us safe to know which ice melt products to use in each scenario. It may be tiresome or even inefficient to handle a variety of different ice melt solutions in your repertoire. Some have more effect than others, and some are better for the environment or a client’s property. Unfortunately, when you ask which is the best ice melt product overall, there isn’t one that works explicitly as a wonder-all in the ice melt business.

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