If there is one thing that is certain it is that weather is uncertain. It’s one of the most unpredictable things that we deal with on a daily basis. So when a cold, winter blast comes through it’s essential to be prepared with the right chemicals, materials, and equipment to make sure you are well equipped to deal with an erratic winter.
Chemical Methods For Ice Control
The first method of Ice Control that most will be familiar with is salt. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of water and in doing so melts snow that can cover parking lots and roads. However, it has its drawbacks. The first is that it loses its effectiveness once the temperature hits around 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The other issue is that once the salt does melt it cause runoff which can affect the quality of water and wildlife that depend on that water.
Potassium Chloride is another method for removing ice and snow but isn’t nearly as effective as the other chemicals on this list. It only works to about 25 degree Fahrenheit and is generally regarded as more of a fertilizer than ice control solution. The benefit is that it is not harmful to humans, animals, and water systems.
There is also magnesium chloride, which works better than salt. However, it is much more expensive to use than salt, especially when you consider who much snowfall we accumulate in the Midwest. It works effectively to about 0 degrees Fahrenheit. It doesn’t have the same effect on the environment that salt does, so it’s safer to use.
Next we have liquid calcium chloride as a means of ice control. This is a liquid that is extracted in Michigan. It is clear and odorless and most importantly, effective. It works down to negative 25 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also the safest for the environment as it has little chance of erosion. The runoff won’t harm water systems or wildlife.
Mechanical Methods For Ice Control
Snow plowing is a tried a true method for removing snow. You can move small amounts with snow blowers and even larger amounts with snow plows. However, this does not solve the problem of ice control. Moving snow can prevent ice if done soon enough but the chances are low. Using a combination of plowing and a chemical method for ice control is the most effective way to remove snow and keep areas clear of ice.
You also have to worry about the chances of damage to the street, parking lot, or walkways when using mechanical equipment. They are effective but metal on concrete with massive force behind it generally isn’t a gentle method.
Get the Best Results For Ice Control
In winter months when snow is possible it is best to pay attention to the forecast. It may not be 100% dependable but it’s the best indicator we have. If there is an important lot that you have, or walkway that is crucial to keep clear then ice control methods must be used immediately and even preventatively. Use a chemical ice control substance to keep ice from forming, if snow starts to accumulate then clear as needed. Then continue to apply ice control materials until you are sure that there is no chance of ice build up occurring. Attack the ice on all fronts to make sure you have the safest possible walkways and parking lots for your clients.
If you have any questions or are in need of services of Ice Control contact Global Outdoor Services today to see how we can help you and your company keep up with winter.