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Liquid Brine Application

Liquid Application

Feeling reluctant about the world of liquid brine? SnowEx is clearing up doubts and hesitations so you can gain confidence in this anti-icing approach.

Liquid Application / Business Advice

In the commercial snow and ice industry, the most common push-back for investing in liquid technologies is that the average service provider has no need for liquids as long as salt is cheap. Recent events are causing many to reconsider that position.

Liquid Application

The many benefits of liquid strategies for snow and ice control have been well documented in numerous, wide-ranging field studies spanning two decades. Expanded use of liquid strategies by DOTs across the U.S. Snowbelt has resulted in a significant decrease in accidents and operational costs, with improvement in a variety of performance indicators.

Liquid Application / Business Advice

With any project, a variety of essential tools is required to effectively and efficiently master the job. The same holds true with snow and ice control. Liquid materials and the strategies for their application are integral tools that offer versatility, capabilities and efficiencies that solids simply cannot duplicate. They are not intended to replace solid deicing strategies, but rather to complement them.

Liquid Application

When the snow flies, I can’t waste time mixing cocktails: Salt brine is made in advance of the storm and stored for use. It is not only much more effective to do it this way, but it is also more efficient and costs less. Be prepared in advance. Make the salt brine during non-storm-event weather conditions and be ready to go when the storm arrives.

Spreader Tips / Liquid Application

There are three fundamental snow and ice control strategies in winter maintenance: Anti-icing, Deicing and Snow Removal…all of which seek to address the safety issues that result from the buildup of snow and ice on pavement.

Spreader Tips / Liquid Application

Sidewalks have always been among the most challenging applications for snow and ice management professionals. Although the industry has made tremendous advancements in clearing more snow using less labor and de-icing materials, many facility managers and contractors still struggle with their walkways. For The Henry Ford complex, however, the grounds maintenance personnel decided it was time for a change. And finding a better solution meant having them drop what they were doing…literally.

Spreader Tips / Liquid Application

Located in Warren, Mich., Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. is one of the snow and ice management firms that is taking a proactive approach and adapting to salt supply challenges. Originally founded in 1982, the company began extending its offering in 1986 to include snow and ice management. Jim Berns, founder and president of Berns Landscaping Services, takes great pride in his commitment to learning the newest technology. And one of his most recent advancements began while investigating ways to combat the salt shortage.

Liquid Application

For years, manufacturers have anticipated a higher use of liquid solutions among snow and ice management contractors. What wasn’t anticipated, however, was the winter of 2013-2014, which literally took the industry by storm and created immediate demand for liquid equipment. That’s because, as temperatures dropped and salt supplies dwindled, liquid solutions became the only option for many contractors to still make money and fulfill the ice control obligations in their contracts.

Liquid Application

If you’ve been considering whether or not to add anti-icing to your snow and ice management operations, you’re not alone. Many other contractors have been debating the same question. In most cases, the answer is straightforward: Anti-icing is an essential tool of the trade, allowing snow professionals to optimize their storm management and deliver level of service goals in the timeliest manner. Used appropriately, anti-icing will increase operational efficiency, reduce material cost and boost profits.

Spreader Tips / Liquid Application

In the old days, contractors kept winter maintenance simple. Take a pickup, add a snowplow, throw in a spreader with deicing material and you were in business. Wait for a snow event, push snow around and put down rock salt to melt any ice. And if one layer of salt isn’t enough — no problem — just put down more. It wasn’t exactly scientific, but it was accepted practice.

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