Bare Pavement, More Often
Reduce liability by reducing slip & falls
Increase traffic/usage of your facility due to safer lot conditions
Reduce gravel use and clean-up costs in Spring
Less gravel means less dust, lower cleaning costs of HVAC systems
Use of liquid salt brine in truck mounted spray unit to prevent snow bonding to pavement. Salt brine is effective down to 17°F pavement temperature and can be effective up to 48 hours before a storm depending on moisture and other weather factors.
- Other liquid products are available that are effective down to 5°F and are less corrosive.
Applying liquid salt brine, prior to a storm, will allow us to remove the most ice pack when we plow and leave a cleaner lot.
After plowing the lot, any residual snow and ice can be treated with granular rock salt as long as temperatures are above 17°F for the material to activate.
- Scrape/plow again after snow pack has loosened
- Salt/sand to prevent wet areas from refreezing until the next storm
Anti-Icing: Why Pre-treat with Liquids?
- Anti-icing returns road surfaces to pavement faster, resulting in fewer accidents and delays.
- Anti-icing can reduce airborne dust and salt particulates.
- Salt needs moisture to be effective. Applying brine jumpstarts the melting process.
- Brine sticks to the road surface. It will not be easily blown off of the lot due to wind or traffic, so the material is more efficiently used.
- If the storm is delayed, salt residue remains on the road ready to work when precipitation begins.
- Crews can begin treatment in advance of a storm because anti-icing prevents the bonding of snow and ice to pavement.
- Because compacted ice is prevented from forming a viable ice-to-pavement bond, plowing is more effective at removing the snow pack.
- According to most experts, it takes 4x more salt and 50% more resources to break and ice-to-pavement bond than to prevent it.
De-Icing: Understanding Rock Salt
- Rock salt does not melt ice, it has to form a liquid first to work.
- Salt is applied to penetrate and undercut compacted snow and ice to break an established bond.
- Once snow has accumulated and bonded to the lot or an ice storm has glazed the surface, de-icing operations must begin to restore safe walking and driving conditions. The bond between snow and/or ice and the pavement surface must be destroyed by chemical or physical means, or a combination of the two.
- Generally, all de-icers work in the same way. The depress the freezing point of water and turn snow and ice into a liquid or semi-liquid slush. Solid chemical salts infiltrate down through ice and snow, dissolving to form a salt brine solution which spreads out under the ice or hard-packed snow, breaking the bond to the pavement surface. Once the bond is broken, the ice and snow can be easily scraped off.
Don't make a slip & fall claim a part of your winter season!
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