|Camion's Ice Master®️ T-Series (above) is perfect for spraying liquid brine onto parking lots, roads, and other surfaces where snow and ice accumulate.|
Snow and ice are, obviously, immense obstacles when we're discussing winter season. They are even larger hurdles if we do not prepare ourselves.
Liquid brine is the unrivaled solution to warding off the elements.
Not only is it more effective from a long-term perspective, it saves time and money, too! (Which is somewhat of a preference to consolidate nowadays.)
Camion sat down with snow contractors Charles and Alex Glossop of Hantho Outdoor Services to discuss their usage of salt brine and how it has aided in their efforts to tame the winter vermin.
1) In speaking of being ready for the storm, what are the benefits when it comes to pre-treating the concrete surfaces?
Charles: "One of the major savings with pre-treating is you don't have to run over the same surface multiple times with a blade."
Charles (cont'd): "The fact you're pre-treating, there's less wear-and-tear on blades. Poly ages... metal ages... because you're not having to run over that same piece of ground. Whether it's a sidewalk or a parking lot multiple times, you get one clean scrape and you move on [with liquid brine]."
2) The idea of pre-treating, what does that do for any clients you may have when it comes to inclement weather?
Alex: "We're being pro-active, instead of reactive for an event."
Charles: "And the fact that we are managing the event, we're able to let our clients know what we're doing, that we will be going out to pre-treat and then they have the comfort of knowing that we're on top of the storm."
3) Let's talk about the savings we can have by coating the road with liquid brine.
Charles: "The savings on the backend of an event, you don't have to use as much granular, or liquid, or pre-treat salt because you're not trying to melt frozen ice that's sticking to the pavement. So, that's a huge savings."
Alex: "And the other aspect of that is less salt on sidewalks, therefore, leads to less cracking of granular salt into the building. So, the property management companies see less cleaning costs."
4) How long have you been using brine and what do you like most about what Camion has to offer?
Charles: "We've actually been making and using brine for our... this is our 36th year. We started many years ago with a 55-gallon barrel and a sub-pump... so we've used a lot of different brands. What we like about the Camion is the fact that it's all electric. No. 1, there's no gas engine -- there's no having to refuel in the middle of a run."
Alex: "The key is that it's simple, anyone can operate it, [and] you don't have to get a gas engine started for 20 minutes."
5) How does one get started with using liquid brine?
Charles: "You can get start so easily with brine. You can start with a 275-gallon tub. There's plenty of supply places that will sell you the product. You just need to understand what product you're buying and you need to explain to the person from whom you're buying the product what your application is."
Charles (cont'd): "You just need to make the decision that you are going to use liquids. And if you make that decision, I'll guarantee you'll never turn back."