Snow plow contractors or landscape professionals are on the front line battling the winter weather elements. Snow plow contractors and landscape professionals work all through the night to ensure our roads are clear and safe for the morning commute. They handle de-icing solutions, machinery, and equipment to ensure our roads are clear and safe for the morning commute. Suppose you are thinking of getting into the field, just starting in this line of work, or you are an existing snow plow contractor/landscape professional looking for information. We are here to provide you with the top three things a snow plow contractor or landscape professional should know.
Know your material
There are many aspects to consider before tackling snow and ice. De-icing solutions come in many varieties. Product, temperature, surface, environmental damage, and equipment knowledge must all be taken into consideration. Bulk salt, bulk sand/salt mix, and calcium chloride are just a few of the standard solutions to fight snow and ice. The more research on each de-icing agent, the better it is to make a clear decision on which to use and when. It is also essential to know the price point for each material. With this understanding, you are able to gauge which product has the most impact, with little waste to save your pockets. Another helpful tip is to look for a de-icing solution with a low bounce rate. For example, a product such as Bulk Thawrox Treated Salt, which adheres to surfaces. Therefore, less is used, saving the environment and your pocketbook.
The purchase of de-icing salt or de-icing solutions should be made well before the winter season starts. Placing your order off-season may even help with the price. It is always best to ensure your supply; therefore, you are never short on the amount needed to complete a job. There will never be a delay when you are called to action if you plan ahead.
Know how to store your bulk de-icing material
Weather elements such as wind, rain, humidity/moisture can ruin your stockpile and could potentially cost a significant amount to replace. Proper storage of de-icing material needs to be implemented. Storage containers, a well-covered area, and a material skirt will help keep bulk salt in place and prevent environmental damage. Salt that is not well maintained can be drifted into storm drains or washed into the surrounding ecosystems. It is in your best interest to invest in proper storage solutions.
Know your equipment and application methods
Just like a car, the salt spreader truck should be well maintained. All mechanical components should be checked. Consider checking the following: engine, oil, hydraulic systems, electrical plugs, spinner, hopper, bearings, and belts. Salt has the capability to corrode machinery. Therefore, it is vital to wash your compartments thoroughly. Failure to do this can result in caking materials leading to damage and rust.
Knowing how much de-icing salt or de-icing material to fill your spreader depends on a few key factors—the weather, area coverage, how many contracts need to be addressed, and your equipment. The machinery being used is significant. Many are designed and designated to the particular material it can distribute, varying in size and features.
When in doubt ask the professionals at FSI Landscape Supply, providing snow plow contractors and landscape professionals with the best winter advice on de-icing salt and de-icing material.