Ice and Snow Pre-treatment in Charlotte, NC
The winter season brings ice and snow to the Charlotte area, resulting in businesses needing to invest time and resources for ice and snow removal every year. A good way to reduce costs and time associated with ice and snow removal, though, is to perform anti-icing treatments.
Charlotte Snow Plow provides snow and ice pretreatments for local businesses. Be smart and prepare for the winter mix with our help.
Benefits of Snow and Ice Pretreatment
Rainstorms and snowstorms are some of a business’s biggest enemies. These storms can give rise to thick snow and ice dams, making it all the more difficult for businesses to continue operations. Ice and snow can be slip hazards, both for your employees and customers. Eventually, you will need professional snow removal services in order to maintain a safe and accessible place.
- Faster Snow Removal. Pretreatment doesn’t necessarily repel snow, but it does prevent frost and ice from forming. This allows for easier and faster snow removal after a storm.
- Minimize Costs. Removing thick ice and snow can be a costly affair, not to mention time-consuming. In addition to expenses associated with commercial snow removal, you can also incur losses by having to stay closed while you remove snow and ice. Because pretreatment makes for a faster snow removal process, you can maximize your savings.
- Safety. Pretreatment is also a safety precaution because it retains traction in parking lots, driveways, and walkways following a storm. This reduces the risk of slips and falls
Ideally, pretreatment must be done before a storm hits. But, you can also apply pretreatment in the early stages of a storm or immediately after a snowfall and arrive at similar results.
Types of Pretreatment We Use
Charlotte Snow Plow makes use of a wide selection of ice and snow pretreatment solutions designed to melt and prevent ice from forming.
Potassium chloride is best used on concrete surfaces, particularly those with rebar or wire mesh materials. This pretreatment solution melts ice and snow in low temperatures, as low as -12 degrees Fahrenheit. It also doesn’t harm plant or animal life. On the downside, potassium chloride isn’t as fast-acting as other treatments, so it’s best used on areas with a minimal amount of ice or snow.
Potassium acetate is a non-corrosive, biodegradable ice melt best used on steel surfaces. It has a very low freezing point of -76 degree Fahrenheit and is friendly towards the environment. Though, potassium acetate is known for its high price tag.
Calcium chloride is a hygroscopic compound, which means it absorbs moisture and then begins dissolving soon afterwards. The dissolving process can generate heat of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, speedily melting ice and snow. It’s also less corrosive than other treatments and more environmentally-friendly, though it does cost more. Calcium chloride is best used on concrete surfaces.
Magnesium chloride is perfect for concrete surfaces with a high volume of vegetation nearby. It’s non-corrosive and, like calcium chloride, is hygroscopic. Magnesium chloride is a good option for a fast and effective ice melt. Though, it’s also more expensive than calcium chloride.
Calcium Magnesium Acetate
Calcium magnesium acetate is best used on concrete surfaces that are two years old or younger. It doesn’t harm plant or animal life, which is why it’s often used as an overlay with other ice melts. CMA can melt ice and snow in low temperatures of up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Instead of forming a brine, CMA stops ice and snow particles from adhering to one another. It’s widely used to prevent re-freezing, though slushes may form after application.
Choose Charlotte Snow Plow Today
Charlotte Snow Plow provides fast and reliable snow pretreatment services in the Charlotte, NC area. In addition to pretreatment, we also offer snow removal, ice removal, and salting services. With years of experience and a team of highly trained technicians, we are your business’s best bet to fight the winter mix. Keep your business open and your customers safe with our help. Contact us today at 1-844-327-1986 or fill out the contact form.
Cities We Serve
Charlotte Snow Plow caters to properties in the following cities:
- Indian Trail
- Kings Mountain
- Lake Norman
- Mint Hill
- Mount Holly
- North Lake
- Rock Hill