The snow removal industry has seen a big shift toward using pretreated salt and liquid salt brine for spreaded materials. The pretreated salt increases the amount of ice melting at the deepest surface levels. It is also becoming a best practice in states like New York to apply a pre wetting brine solution to the pavement before snowfall. Then when snow does fall, it often results in less repeated plowing work to keep the pavement clear. Many snow removal customers are increasingly demanding that their parking lots, driveways and roads be completely cleared of ice to minimize the chances of slip-and-fall and other accidents. There is also a growing demand for more “green” practices.
The use of brines is known as anti-icing or pre-wetting measures. Using salt brines, which is any liquid salt mixture, before anticipated snowfall was discovered to be more effective than using solid rock salt. Brines have the same melting characteristics of solid rock salt, but since it is applied in liquid form, the salt can begin to work immediately. The brines are also more effective in lower temperatures.
Using salt brines proves not only to be more effective on roads, but it is also cost effective. It takes four times less salt to prevent ice accumulation than to remove ice after it has formed. "Anti-icing is currently recognized as a pro-active approach to winter driver safety by most transportation agencies. Pre-wetting [using salt brines] has been shown to increase both the performance of solid chemicals and abrasives, as well as their longevity on the roadway surface, thereby reducing the amount of materials required
Snow Pro has the chemicals and the sprayers needed to implement these solutions. We can also sell pre-treated bulk salt. Contact Snow Pro St. Louis for any of your chemically treated salt or liquid salt brine needs.