The basics Part #1 Starting liquid anti-icing

By | 2017-10-02T17:46:48+00:00 July 24th, 2012|

Many people over the years have asked "How do I get started in doing liquid anti-icing in my snowplowing business?" This blog will be my answer to that in moderate depth. There will be 4 or 5 postings on this topic so check back often for the next installment. The basics. Liquid anti-icing is based [...]

The business side

By | 2017-10-02T17:47:27+00:00 July 30th, 2012|

The business side is where liquids become very attractive. If you have never done any anti-icing, they are a great first step for a customer that has a problem with slick spots. If you currently use salt by the ton, and have limited ability to pretreat, then liquids will be especially productive for you. For [...]

equipment- the big ??

By | 2012-08-14T15:28:56+00:00 August 14th, 2012|

For most small contractors looking at liquids, initial startup cost is a huge hurdle. There is the spray system to get. Then there is some kind of storage tank unless you have a depot open extended hours. This is fairly unusual but a great service and value if available. Some systems need an auxiliary pump [...]

Basics #4- Make or buy your brine

By | 2012-08-28T15:29:34+00:00 August 28th, 2012|

There is much contention in the industry as to whether most contractors should make or buy their anti-icing/deicing liquid which is frequently referred to as brine. When I say buy it, I mean as a pre-mixed ready to use solution. When I say make it, I mean generally take some dry base chemical and put [...]

Basics part #5 Selling liquid anti-icing

By | 2013-06-11T14:57:08+00:00 October 4th, 2012|

Greetings and welcome to fall. The Colorado high country has had its first dusting of white and the phone if finally starting to ring. Woohoo ! The subject at hand is selling liquid anti-icing and deicing. It is a subject that can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas that I have used effectively [...]

Liquids for low snow profitability

By | 2012-11-13T15:30:55+00:00 November 13th, 2012|

Here it is November 13 in the foothills of Colorado, and we have yet to have a plowable storm. However, we will have statements going out in 2 days. What happened? We had a small snow & freezing drizzle event that was nowhere near enough to plow. However, we sprayed the night before the storm. [...]

Coverage calculations- no over application allowed

By | 2013-03-04T18:53:01+00:00 March 4th, 2013|

Occasionally I am asked about how to determine coverage with a boom, especially when we see a municipality or DOT over-applying. How do you prevent using too much? To start, take a look at the spray heads. Your spray heads are most likely marked with 2 numbers. One is a flow rate in gallons or liters per [...]

Ice Control in the Summer???

By | 2017-10-02T17:42:06+00:00 June 6th, 2013|

Well, no.  We don't do ice control in the summer.  However, we do use our ice control spray equipment year round. In the summer we do dust control.  The base liquid for most dust control is the same as anti-icing... magnesium chloride. Hence, the same equipment can be used for both.  The only difference is that [...]