Do you know the difference between deicing, salting, liquid deicer or granular deicer?
There are so many terminologies and they are used interchangeably, not to say incorrectly, season-in and season-out. So we'll bring order to chaos.
Let's start by defining deicing. Deicing is the term using to describe the process of removing snow, ice or frost from surfaces, be it roads, driveways, walkways, cars, airplanes or anything else
- mechanic methods such as scraping, blowing or pushing
- use of heat
- application of liquid or solid chemicals that lower the freezing point of water, or
- combination of the methods above.
So you see, scrapping the windows of your car is deicing as much it is to apply salt to a parking lot.
As per the definition, deicing can be accomplished by using a combination of deicing methods. Pre-treating the surface before the snow starts which will make now plowing easier.
Salt is the traditional deicer, but the type of salt used depends on ground temperature and contract requirements.
There are several types of chemical salts, these are the three most used by the snow removal industry:
How about liquid deicers?
Liquid Deicers has been in the market for a while now, but it's not requested very often for commercial properties. The advantage of liquid deicer is that it's cheaper per application, it can cause less damage and lower labor cost. However it does take longer than traditional salt melt ice, so it's best as a pre-treatment.
There you have it!! Salting & deicing demystified!
As always, the ADR Snow Management team is here to help. Call us at 914.371.5245 to talk about your commercial property snow management needs.