When it comes to winter weather, having a solid game plan in place is critical. Our crews not only perform snow removal but take proactive steps to prevent and minimize the effects of snow and ice on our clients’ properties. Understanding the difference between anti-icing and de-icing is an important first step in the process:
The major benefit of anti-icing is that it breaks the initial bond of snow and ice to the pavement. This will ultimately provide a cleaner clearing of the surfaces and will require less materials in the de-icing process. In some instances, the anti-icing treatment is all that’s required. When anti-icing is not performed, snow will bond to surfaces and clearing will require more time and effort. In addition, it will require more de-icing material to get to clear surfaces. Not every storm should be treated with an anti-icing application, but when done, typically delivers the best results and helps manage overall costs, providing a better final product.
There are several factors that we consider when deciding the correct course of action:
Both methods of ice control can be accomplished using traditional granular materials or a liquid solution. There is a wide variety of products available, each with different benefits and cost points.
Using a granular application method should typically occur closer to the start of the event. This will prevent unnecessary tracking or displacement of the material from vehicles and pedestrian foot traffic. Types of granular materials include:
One benefit with a liquid application is that it can be applied 48 hours in advance of the storm. It also doesn’t create a messy situation if the forecasted event does not materialize. Types of liquid solutions include:
Selecting the right approach for each storm is a science and can vary greatly on a storm-by-storm basis. No two storms are the same, nor is the same storm similar in a different location across town. We educate our teams on the latest products, equipment and techniques to make sure our snow tool bag has plenty of options when it comes to attacking a winter weather event. Applying a scientific approach to material applications will allow for the best approach, which ultimately provides a safer environment for tenants and customers.
The type of material and application that we choose depends on the weather and surface conditions, as well as our clients’ preference and budget. If you are interested in adding anti-icing or de-icing treatments to your snow contract, reach out to your field manager or area manager, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.