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Salt before snow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by elitelandscape, Oct 30, 2002.

  1. elitelandscape

    elitelandscape Member
    Messages: 79

    Hey i was wondering does anyone on here salt like walkways and stuff like that before a snow storm so the snow will melt when it hits the side walk area.
  2. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Yes, that's the best way to prevent a buildup of packed snow. You will also use less material than if you wait and try to burn off snowpack after the fact.
  3. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    One of the challenges to pre-salting is the perception on the part of the customer that you are charging them for material that they don't yet need. On per pound, per ton, or per occurrence pricing structures the customer has difficulty comprehending the (proven) benefits of this practice.

    However..... if you're charging a seasonal flat amount and deicing is included.... it's the ONLY way to go. Studies by DOT's all over the USA have proven that you can save as much as 30% in material costs for the season (as long as you apply the material properly and at the correct times).

    Long winded answer to your question.....

    Short Version..... yes, we do... and yes, it works.

    DYNA PLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    i started doing that last year when i got the salter, no one else in my area does it, and yes it does work.
  5. elitelandscape

    elitelandscape Member
    Messages: 79


    Thanks for your info guys
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    Yes, we have been doing it for several years for the same reasons John stated. So far no problems with our customers, but I don't think we have applied and it hasn't snowed, yet.
  7. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    your crazy not to.