Techniques & Technology


DANGEROUSLY SALTY FRESH WATER? IT IS HAPPENING.

There is no denying the urban sprawl in America is spreading. Researchers found startling data in freshwater lakes of the Northern United Sates. Too many chlorides in salt can do damage to many areas of life, from killing off plants and trees or stunting reproduction of beneficial animal to environmental catastrophes like Flint, Michigan. Researchers… Read more »

Preventing Chloride Damage To Your Landscape

Snow and Ice management costs money to keep your patrons, residents and clients properties safe. Aside from the costs associated with ice melt and snow removal there are hidden costs. One potential big expense we see often is vegetation damage from salt, ice melt applications and snow melt runoff. There are procedures you can follow… Read more »

Application Rates Based On Temperature

Packaged ice melt generally has a “works to” temperature written on the bag. While bulk salt doesn’t have a label, anyone in the industry knows that bulk rock salt will melt to, at best, +5°F. Do you need the same amount of salt per area to melt ice at +25°F that you would for +5°F?… Read more »

Conversions, Measurements and More

1 Acre = 43,560 sq ft 1 Lane Mile = 63,360 sq ft 1 Lane Mile = 12ft x 5,280 ft 1 Cup of Rock Salt = 0.6 lbs 1 Ton = 2,000 lbs

Application Rates – Rock Salt

Salting parking lots is the most profitable aspect of snow management. Getting the most melting out of your salt while having less over-salting, will increase profitability and will reduce harmful chloride emissions.  There are ways to reduce contractor created hazards that require extra salting and labor. We have compiled data from the most in depth… Read more »

How To Properly Store Your Salt Stockpile

By the time salt is spread on roads, it can already be millions of years old. Thankfully for motorists and snow removal companies, intact salt never loses its ability to melt ice, which means salt does not have to be used immediately. Salt that has been stored is just as effective as the salt that… Read more »

Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Manual 2010

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Fortin Consulting, Inc., and University of Minnesota, among numerous other contributors have compiled a huge amount of research outlining the most effective ways to maintain parking lots and sidewalks in the winter. Also, the manual shares numerous environmental impact reduction tips AND cost-saving tips. The most impactful parts of the… Read more »