Sunday, November 22, 2009

Snow removal companies save money on rock salt

Snow and ice removal contractors are in high demand during the wintery months. As a contractor, you are up at all hours of the day, plowing, and salting roads and parking lots. Your job is extremely important to keep our economy running. Without snow removal companies, we wouldn't be able to get to our jobs and live our lives for, at the very least, 5 months out of the year. With some of the harshest winters in the last few years, rock salt is used by the ton. Last year there was even a shortage of rock salt and many companies found themselves out of salt and nowhere to find any, with the winter still raging on !

A new liquid solution just hit the market that will save snow removal companies, cities, counties and municipalities thousands of dollars in salt costs, and is less harmful to the environment. Salt Saver is a unique solution that is used as a rock salt stockpile treatment. It will make the standard rock salt much more effective, significantly reducing the amount of salt required to effectively de-ice your location. It makes the salt work faster, longer, and to colder temperatures. You use less salt, saving you money, and reducing the harmful effects on the environment.
By applying a small amount of Salt Saver liquid, only 7 gallons per ton of salt, you will be able to spread up to 50% less salt, cutting your salt expense in half. Depending on how big of an operation it is, this can add up to thousands of dollars ! Salt Saver can also be added to salt in tailgate spreaders and effectively hand-mixed in seconds. With a small 23 oz application, it can even be added and mixed in with general consumer sized 50 lb bags of rock salt.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Roofers - can make extra money with roof ice melting products

Icicles hanging down off of your building make look pretty in the winter, but beware, they can build up and cause ice dams on your roof, which in turn can back up water, and causes thousands of dollars in damage !

Background information

When ice dams occur, water backs up behind them. As it backs up, it can work its way through cracks and under shingles. You can see it running out of soffets or through ceilings and /or walls. Additionally, it flows over the dam, forming icicles. Water can drip onto sidewalk areas and refreeze when it hits the cold surface. Ice dams do their damage when there is running water (melted snow) on the roof. This same running water is needed to activate the deicer to form a brine and work through the ice dam.

How Ice Melters Work

When ice melters dissolve in the running water, they lower the freezing point of the water. Every ice melter acts differently. The key is to use the correct material to match the intended performance. Roof ice melters must be non-damaging to the roofing system and the vegetation below (where it runs off). It should not stain the roof and must be easy to put in place.

Roof Melters

Ice Dam Blaster - (timed release)

When to use: Before ice dams form (early winter) or after they have already formed.

Where and how to place: The two-pound sleeves of ice melt can be placed above and near where ice dam forms. They can be thrown onto the roof from the ground or placed by hand. The sleeve can lay in any direction.

How much to use: Place a blaster in valleys where there is a lot of water flow (and large ice dams can build) or along the roof approximately every 20 feet.

How fast does it work: Will work quickly initially with water flow, then time release action will allow it to work slower and last longer.

How safe is it: It is extremely safe and non-corrosive. It biodegrades at temperatures above 50 F.

Package size: Blaster is 2" in diameter x 24" long. They are available individually or in cases of 15.

Sodium Acetate - Solid Roof Ice Melter (fast release)

When to use: Use on large roofs or large ice dams and when quicker reaction is desired.

Where and how to place: Pour two to three pounds in a pile behind or above the ice dam.

How much to use: each pound of material will dissolve approximately two pounds (one quart) of water at -8 F, or ten pounds (five quarts) of water at 23 degrees F. (This shows that this de-icer is most effective as the temperatures get warmer. It gives an idea of how much to use depending on the amount of ice and the temperature)

How fast does it work: It works faster than the Ice Dam Blaster, but doesn't last as long.

How safe is it: It is extremely safe and non-corrosive. It biodegrades in warm weather.

Package size: 6 lbs bags (shipped individually or 8 per case) - convenient and safe size for roofers to just throw in there pocket when they are doing their job. Also available in 25 lb pails, and 55 lb bags.

Potassium Acetate Liquid Ice Melter (immediate release)

When to use: Use to cut through ice dams fast and at cold temperatures. It will cut the ice and help create flow in gutters and down spouts.

Where and how to place: Pour concentrate above ice dam.

How much to use: A half-gallon will lower the freezing point of 3 quarts of water to 0 degrees F, 8 quarts of water to 22 deg F, and 4 gallons of water to 30 F.

How fast does it work: Immediately goes to work.

How safe is it: Do not use on galvanized steel. It is safe on other materials, and it biodegrades at warm temperatures.

Package size: 1 gal bottles (6 per case), 2.5 gallon bottles (2 per case), 55 gallon drums, and 275 gallon mini tote tanks.

All of these are the safest available roof ice melting products on the market, for general consumers, commercial locations, and at special dealer pricing for companies in the roofing industry.