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Let It Melt: 4 Guidelines for Using Liquid De-Icers


Managing ice and snow can be a difficult task. However, by using anti-icing methods, a lot of time and cost of operations can be reduced for those responsible for managing ice and snow.

By using liquid de-icers and applying it on pavements before a storm hits, it can really make a big difference. It could make things easier in a difficult situation and prevent a lot of hassle. Let’s take a look at some of the things about liquid de-icers you should know about.

1. Save Money, Time & Materials

Liquid ice-fighting material can penetrate road surface pores and it is not knocked away by vehicles, as is the case with rock salt or sand. Because of this, less material is needed. This means that a contractor does not have to spend as much time or money on more materials. However, the key is to apply it before a storm hits.

Liquid de-icers are effective at melting ice and snow when applied before the event when compared to applying it after a layer of snow has accumulated. Another huge advantage is the residual life it possesses. For example, since liquid de-icers penetrate the pores of the road surface, it pretty much remains there.

So, if it doesn’t snow, it’s already there and is still effective if it snows a day or two later. However, it can be washed away if it rains.

2. Reduction Of Plow Time

Anti-icing can save on plow time because the liquid is applied before a snow event. The chemicals in the liquid helps to prevent the snow forming a bond with the pavement. This makes removing the snow a lot easier and quicker, saving loads of time and effort. As they say, work smarter, not harder.

3. Knowledge Prevents Improper Use

When using a liquid de-icer, a little knowledge helps to use the product properly, otherwise it will be pointless to use it as it won’t work in the way it is intended. For example, you need to know when the product will be most effective.

There is a certain period for this and if it is used outside of this specific window of opportunity, then not only will it not perform well, but you will be wasting time, effort and money. The liquid chemicals will only work at certain temperatures and concentrations. The manufacturer can provide contractors with these tables which can then be easily followed for maximum effect.

Even when it melts the water, the chemicals now become diluted, which also changes its effectiveness. In order for contractors to adapt to the changes, the knowledge of how it all works will allow contractors to respond appropriately.

4. Start Slow

One way of getting things right is to start on a smaller scale. This allows contractors to gain valuable experience as they document the activities and learn what is effective and what is not. Keeping a record of the air and ground temperature, the rate of application, the product being applied and what results occur will help in achieving successful results eventually.

The customer too needs a little bit of education. Unlike salt, where it is visible, with a liquid de-icer, there is virtually no evidence that anything was applied. This can help avoid petty squabbles. Once a customer understands, then they too can realize how effective liquid de-icers can be, especially before a storm hits.


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