Snow Storm Removal: What You Need To Know About Ice Melt Products
If you have a large property you can either hire a commercial ice removal company or consider using ice melt products. There are many products that you can use with the main ones being: calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and sodium chloride.
Experts recommend magnesium chloride as the safest product to use. As long as you don’t ingest it you shouldn’t worry about it damaging you.
Guide on how to make the most from the ice melting product
For you to make the most from the product you need to do a number of things. Here are some of the things that you should do:
Apply it the right way
For the ice melt product to be an effective snow removal product you need to apply it correctly. For ideal results you should apply it before large snow storms. As rule of thumb you shouldn’t apply it on top of snow as you won’t make your work or that of a snow removal company any easier.
When applying the product you should avoid overlapping large areas. The reason for this is because as the product gets into the ice, it expands and eventually fills the entire target area. To avoid overlapping you should use an adjustable rate spreader. You can also toss the products using hand or shovel.
The severity of the storm should greatly determine the amount of ice melt product that you should use. If you expect heavy storm you should use a lot of product. On the other hand if you expect light storm you should use just small amount of product.
You should take care that you don’t apply the product off the edges of your paved area as you risk the product being ingested by pets. Studies have also shown that ice melt products work best on the ice on the pavement.
If you are suspecting that the product you are using is too strong, you should consider mixing it with sand, ashes, cinders or other products.
This is what you need to know about ice melt products. If you offer snow removal services you should avoid shoveling the snow on top of shrubs. This is to prevent accumulation of the ice melt products on the shrub and other plants thus causing damage in the long run.