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How to Remove Ice and Snow at your Business?

by Daniel Gloade on March 7, 2016

Kitchener-Waterloo is at the forefront of this issue for Ontarians.  The University of Waterloo has conducted research in this area as to what is the most effective method of ice and snow removal.

The article is a downloadable PDF.  You can find it on Google using the following information: An Experimental Study on the Effectiveness of Anti-icing Operations for Snow and Ice Control of Parking Lots and Sidewalks by Hossain S M Kamal, Fu, Dr. Liping and Olesen, Avalon J.

The conclusions are as follows:

  • Anti-icing operations, when used as pre-application, were found to perform much better than after-application (deicing) for light events;
  • Anti-icing was found highly effective in preventing bonding of snow and, improving friction level and bare pavement regain time;
  • Compared to solid salt, brine was found to be more effective under the condition that a same amount of salt (NaCl) is used;
  • The two other alternative liquid products were found to perform similar to regular brine for anti-icing treatments;
  • The performance of anti-icing operations also depends on the nature of the snow event. For long and intense events anti-icing operations were found to be ineffective in preventing the snow bonding with the pavement;
  • As it can be observed, an application rate as low as 5lbs/1000sqft could achieve the main purpose of preventing the bonding and improving the friction level;

If you wish, you can have your business accredited with the Smart with Salt Program.  If you qualify, you will be able to advertise this achievement with a sticker.  You can get further details and applicable application materials by going here.


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