How Do You Deice a Parking Lot?

Deice your parking lot

Salt, spreaders and anti-ice methods can be applied to deice a parking lot. Snow removal contractors can also help you remove ice from your lot.

When the time comes to make sure your parking lot is cleared of snow, you probably know to shovel some rock salt on your sidewalk to make sure your customers don’t slip on their way into your business. On the other hand, the idea of deicing your parking lot can get overwhelming. Don’t worry, though—there are ways to make sure that your parking lot is safe for everyone that uses it. Command7 is here to let you in on a few deicing strategies to keep in mind this winter.

Salt

Salt and other deicers, when applied to frozen pavement, sidewalks, cement, or other areas, melts the ice or snow. This is one of the most common methods of controlling parking lot ice and something that just about every snow removal contractor will be able to do for you. However, be careful when you look at quotes for deicing. Some unscrupulous contractors will charge you based on the weight of the salt rather than how much is needed to address your ice problem. This can lead to overcharges and harm to the environment when they apply too much.

Spreaders

For commercial contractors, spreaders and salt go hand-in-hand. Spreaders can be electrically or hydraulically driven, and some of them can fit into the bed of a three-quarter ton pickup truck or be mounted onto a tailgate or even on a backhoe. All of them are designed to be filled with salt and, when turned on, spread it while the vehicle drives over the pavement rather than requiring someone to apply salt manually. Most of this equipment has features that allow operators to control how much deicing product is distributed over the surface.

Anti-icing

Salt can always be applied after the snow falls, but if it’s applied before the weather turns, it can prevent ice from forming. The process works because the salt alone doesn’t do anything until it gets wet, after which it turns into a brine solution that can’t freeze to pavement. This slush is easier to remove and leaves the surfaces of your parking lot cleaner. What’s more is that this method requires less salt than regular deicing does, which could make it a very economically and ecologically-friendly option for your business.

Hire snow removal contractors

A good snow removal company will be able to talk to you about your options. Command7 can help you get started. If you’re interested in a quote for snow removal or other parking lot maintenance, call 855-214-2168 or fill out our online contact form.

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