Bare Pavement, More Often

De-Icing Program

  • 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



Program Overview:

Anti-Icing (Pre-treatment):

Liquid Application

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. 


De-Icing (Post-treatment):

Granular Spreading



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 Diagram

  • 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.




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