Weather is continuously unpredictable. From one day to the next, we could experience sunny and clear skies. The next, we are hit with high winds, freezing temperatures, snow, and freezing rain. Always be prepared! Especially during the winter months, whether you are a homeowner, snow removal contractor, or property owner, it is better to be prepared and have plenty than none at all. Storing salt or de-icing agents is essential and simple. It secures your stockpile from damage and prevents you from running outside in the cold to beat the rush. We are here to give you the best tips and safety practices to ensure you and your de-icing salt are safe this winter.
How to store de-icing salt
De-icing salt should be kept dry and in a proper confined container or area (when in bulk). Salt has the ability to retain environmental moisture and will stick together, therefore damaging your stockpile. Small bags of household de-icing salt should be kept in an air-tight container in a well-covered area. A common question that is asked, “does de-icing salt lose its properties due to storage?” Not at all. If stored correctly, you can maintain your de-icing salt for future winters.
Environmental factors play a role when storing de-icing salt. Wind, moisture, water, and yes, even snow can wash and blow away your stockpile. Did you know that one of the leading causes of de-icing agents being leaked into the environment is not the overuse of it but improper storage? If there is bulk storage and can not be contained, it should be placed on impermeable asphalt or concrete surfaces. This storage solution inhibits any agent from seeping through the concrete pores. A material like skirt should surround the de-icing salt to prevent spills. Using material will prevent the loss of salt and contain it to its proper area. Drainage sites should also be kept well away from the pile to avoid excessive moisture. As well as prevent any remnants from draining into the water system.
A proper de-icing salt container is the best option for smaller salt quantities. Salt can corrode certain materials; therefore, obtaining an appropriate container of salt is essential.
How to handle de-icing salt
Some quick tips for handling salt would include not to overload the salt spreader. An overloaded salt spreader will result in lost salt particles, salt being thrown where it has no purpose and may damage the surrounding areas.
Salt spreader should also be thoroughly washed to prevent caking and machine/equipment damage. It is important to also be mindful of the water runoff from cleaning the machinery.
Be sure that wherever it is stored that it is easily accessible and will not ruin any surrounding materials.
Implement these strategies ahead of time. Avoid product waste, environmental damage, and save your pockets! Whether you are a snow removal contractor, landscape contractor, or property owner, be sure to practice safe de-icing storage measures. Handle your de-icing salt stockpile with care this winter.