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Preventing the Bond of Snow & Ice with Liquid Brine [6 of 10]

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[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 26, 2019 2:34:21 PM / by Phill Sexton


The name of the game particularly when using liquids is, using it as a proactive measure to prevent the bond of snow and ice. In this MASTER TRAINING with Phill Sexton, you will learn about the importance of preventing the bond of snow and ice with liquid brine.


So let's think about this analogy that I've always loved to use. If you took a stick frying pan and did not spray some sort of a non-stick formula to that

What would happen if you took a nice juicy steak and fried it (rather than grilled it) on that pan?

You may burn or destroy the steak, but in the process you're also creating this bonding on to that pan.

That's essentially the same thing that we do as "business as usual" now on our parking lots & sidewalks.

So why wouldn't we approach it proactively, the same way we would do with a stick pan

by spraying something on it first. So that's really that proactive "bottom up" approach that the benefits are...

If you thought about scrubbing that pan clean again, how much effort would it take to do that?

With it being sprayed proactively first versus not sprayed.


and therefore also about 4X the amount of soap, scrape, a little bit more soap, scrape a little bit more

Isn't that the same thing we're doing to our parking lots now? We salt, we scrape, we salt a little bit more we scrape a little bit more until we finally get that last layer of bonding off the surface.

Let's put this analogy into a bit more of a real context here. So a scenario is this...

The name of the game particularly when using liquids is, using it as a proactive measure to prevent the bond of snow and ice.

When we prevent the bond, that allows us as snow plow operators to then achieve a clean scrape or close to it, versus if we fail to prevent the bond in the first place then any vehicle traffic including our own when we're plowing, is going to create hard pack on the surface.

So again the name of the game is prevent the bond, prevent the bond, prevent the bond.

From there what we have to think about is "what are we trying to achieve beyond that"?

What we don't want to expect is that preventing the bond is actually going to prevent snow from accumulating.

That's (many times) where I've seen this over sold. So let's not over sell the benefits of this.

That could be a benefit depending on if other conditions that have an effect on that are at play

Those factors are...

- Air & Surface Temp
- Relative Humidity

So those have a bearing on whether or not that proactive measure is going to also save you accumulation

There will be times when it does, just don't expect it every time.

If we get that clean scrape, let's think about that just like the frying pan analogy.

How much more effort is it going to take to keep that surface clean or to clean it up to perfect?


Think about now all you have to do is just spray liquid again.

Like in this particular product right here, you can take it from a pencil tip all the way to a fan tip.

If it's me I want to direct liquid apply this proactively with a pencil tip, and then move on to using a fan tip to then just maintain the level of brine on the surface and then get that nice even coverage so that any glazing effect that has occurred is dealt with immediately.

Rather than if you tried to deal with that same glaze effect with a solid material instead of an instant reaction with the liquid, you now have to wait that 30, 45 minutes, to an hour time frame depending on the temperatures, depending on relative humidity for that to react to moisture either in the air or if there's any accumulation still coming down.

Would you rather deal with it immediately or wait 30 - 45 minutes or more?


Interested in more FREE TRAINING? Here are links to the complete course:

Why is Using Liquid Brine Important? [1 of 10]

Environmental Benefits of Liquid Brine [2 of 10]

Economical Benefits of Liquid Brine [3 of 10]

Level of Service Benefits of Liquid Brine [4 of 10]

Rock Salt vs Liquid Brine [5 of 10]

Preventing the Bond of Snow & Ice with Liquid Brine [6 of 10]

What are the Barriers of Switching to Liquid Brine Deicing? [7 of 10]


What are the barriers of switching to liquid brine deicing - CTA

Topics: Using Liquids

Phill Sexton

Written by Phill Sexton

I am the founder and CEO of WIT Advisers. I am a veteran of the winter and landscape management industry. As a technician, manager, executive and company owner, my growing concern about the environmental impacts of my trade and evolving interest in sustainable best practices led me to developing my company. I enjoy sharing best practices about how to control snow and ice more efficiently.

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