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Salting Prior to a Storm

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by 715Plower, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. 715Plower

    715Plower Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 10

    I was reading through some old threads and there was casual mention of salting before storms. The idea wasn't 'fleshed out' clearly enough for me to understand the benefits. Salt here is fairly expensive and it seems like it'd be a fair expense to put it down early. Could someone familiar with this idea expand on it for me.

  2. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,720

    We pre salt a lot of our 24 hour sites and apartment complexes. 250-300 pounds an acre goes a long way in helping keep up at the beginning of a storm and the pavement scrapes much cleaner. Takes less salt after the storm is over too.

    Pre salting is a must in my eyes for ice and freezing rain, too.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    In your area where its 150 below zero ,pre salting may not be worth it. Salt is good to a certain temp after that it won't work.
  4. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,513

    Presalting is a Wonderful tool...........If the customer is willing to pay for it...:nod:
  5. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,547

    Pre salting is also helpful on our late arriving storms where you wouldn't be able to get to every property because of traffic. It is also nice to get saltdown on empty lots before cars get on them , to help plowing, but also as a safety measure for employees getting out on their cars. We might be lucky because every customer we have understands and allows us to pre salt at our discretion. I should probably mention that because sometimes it's risky to pre-salt with forecasts , I am in good communication with the properties to explain what and why . All this goes for our walks too.
    PS last year I saw salt work at 4 degrees with a lot of traffic making it a brine..I was pretty shocked
  6. StephInBC

    StephInBC Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Have you considered anti ice?

    We pretreat before every storm and our clients - mostly commercial - are happy to pay for it. I imagine it's not a viable product for everywhere in the world but if it can work in your part of the country it's a great way to increase revenue. Cheaper than salt and may give you a competitive edge on your competition.
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

  8. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,548

    It works well here, but I hear it's not so good in extremely cold climates.

    Just makes it easier to scrape up, and get a clean surface.
  9. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Its a tool you use when necessary...
  10. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    We usually sand before a storm if it's not to cold. We have found that sanding before the storm makes the roads clear up better at the end and it also gives you traction while you plow.
  11. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    I do pre-treating any time the pavement temps start out above freezing, and then drop below after the storm to avoid the snow freezing to the pavement. Also, anytime there is freezing rain or sleet, I pre-treat. Since all my accounts are per push/per app, my accounts definitely notice it when the bill comes, so I have to be careful when I choose to do it, otherwise I get phone calls.
  12. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,906

  13. groundhog

    groundhog Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Having plowed for years... Pretreating with salt anywhere above 10 degrees below freezing is worth it. Creates a barrier between the snow and asphalt so snow doesn't stick. Will take twice as much after for the same benefit.
    Apply as if it was liquid, it will be soon enough. along the tops of all slopes. As others have said... you have time before, once it starts snowing you'll be busy. Any threat of freezing rain definitely before. If the freezing rain gets a grip on your lot it will take five times as much salt to get rid of it.
    If you're finding it expensive, you're using too much. A lot that takes me a half hour to plow only needs 100 pounds of pre treat