I know what you are thinking, ……. SNOW?? …….. really………………
It hit over 90 degrees earlier today so what better way to mentally cool down a bit, other than to talk snow.
Seriously, we are entering “snow mode” here at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. We are meeting with clients, going over equipment, ordering ice melt materials and preparing our team for another fantastic winter season.
We are forever finding new and creative ways to perform our work safer, more efficiently and adding increased value for our client.
Please feel free to contact us with any snow removal and/or ice control related question you may have. We would love to help you find the very best solution to your snow and ice challenge.
Thank you for visiting our site and please consider Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for your long term snow and ice control service needs. Have a great day!
When applying bagged ice melt materials to sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, etc., it is very likely that at some point along the way, once a store bought plastic bag of salt is opened, you will have unused material leftover. Since bagged ice melt material is expensive, it is very prudent to do what you can to save the unused ice melt material in a manner so it can be used at a later date. Simply rolling closed the open plastic bag is a crapshoot at best. If the contents are allowed to become wet or even draw moisture from the air (hygroscopic materials – calcium chloride in particular), it will harden, clump and become nearly impossible to apply in an effective manner.
Store your open ice melt material in a plastic 5 or 6 gallon bucket WITH A RESEALABLE AIR-TIGHT LID!
Beyond storing unused ice melt material at the end of a winter weather event, keep a few additional covered buckets pre-loaded and ready to go before the storm arrives. A bucket of salt is so much easier to handle than a clumsy, wet or sometimes snow covered plastic bag.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow and ice related service you may require. We appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being of assistance to you. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
Whenever our company considers servicing a new property for snow and ice management, we first determine what type of ice melt material will be required to properly service the site. To be more precise, will the ice melt material needed be packaged in 50 pound bags or will it be in bulk form.
Generally speaking, larger paved parking lot areas will be serviced using bulk material whenever possible. Bulk ice melt material requires suitable dry storage (short/long term, on/off-site, etc.), dedicated wheeled bucket loader and specialized truck mounted bulk material spreader powered by either hydraulic pump, gas engine or electric motor. There is no doubt that bulk salt requires a large investment in material handling equipment and proper storage, but once setup, bulk salt can be efficiently spread over large areas to quickly achieve the final outcome desired.
Sidewalks, driveways, small parking areas, etc. are generally serviced by spreading a suitable non-clumping bagged ice melt material using small pickup truck mounted tailgate spreaders, walk behind rotary or drop spreaders (manually pushed or propelled by gas engine power) or even spread by hand in glove, pulled directly out of a 5 gallon bucket, to complete the targeted application required.
BULK ICE MELT MATERIAL
- Pound-for-pound, the price of delivered bulk material is less expensive than it’s bagged material equivalent.
- Available in large semi-truck quantities (20-22 tons per delivered load).
- Can apply over large open areas quickly and efficiently.
- Requires expensive equipment to move and load material.
- Requires storage in a large dry dedicated bin or steel container to prevent material loss/run-off.
- Prone to bulk salt material shortages (limited or non-existent local area supply) during on-going heavy winter weather seasons.
- Price-per-ton of bulk salt increases rapidly (25% > 75%+/-) when material shortages are anticipated or finally realized.
BAGGED ICE MELT MATERIAL
- Available to purchase in very small quantities (50 pound bag).
- Plastic bag packaging keeps material dry and clump-free.
- Bags delivered neatly stacked on a wood pallet (49-55 bags per pallet) and wrapped in plastic.
- Less prone to material clumping or hardening if plastic bag packaging remains sealed.
- Even during times of bulk salt shortages, bagged ice melt material generally remains available for purchase albeit at a higher price.
- Amount of ice melt material used can be accurately quantified on a job-by-job basis.
- Material remains dry until bags are opened to fill spreader at time of application.
- Can stack and store pallets of bagged material indefinitely and without loss as long as material remains dry.
- More expensive than bulk material equivalent.
- Additional labor required to repeatedly lift, open and pour sealed bags into spreading equipment.
- Need to dispose of discarded plastic bag packaging and wood shipping pallets.
Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to discuss snow and ice management services needed at your local Chicagoland area property. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
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As always, please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for any lawn, landscape or snow removal services needed at your property. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and have a great day!
Here are a few fantastic websites that provide very detailed winter weather forecast information so you can prepare well in advance for winter’s worst.
1). Weather Underground
2). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
4). The Weather Channel
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow or ice removal service request you may have for your greater Chicagoland property.
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If you are responsible for winter maintenance (ice melting and plowing snow) at a northern Illinois commercial property, I highly recommend taking a look at this particular bulk ice melt material to properly service your property.
It is not very often that a material has a lasting impression on me (bulk deicing salt in particular), but this this experience is different. After many years of storing, grinding and even milling down frozen clump-prone untreated rock salt in preparation of spreading eventually, along comes a treated salt product that really surpasses all other bulk ice melt materials we have used to date. It’s called Thunder Melt and is sold by Conserv FS. It melts snow and ice very effectively and truly remains granular and machine spreadable no matter the sub-freezing temperature.
Material details for your review:
- Cut application rate by 25%-30%
- Safe surface faster and lasts longer with less product used
- Resistant to wind and bounce
- Non-caking and does not clump or clog application equipment
- Delivered in semi truck loads of 22-24 tons (only)
- More effective at lower temperatures than straight sodium chloride
- Formulated with patented corrosion inhibitor
- Sold and delivered by Conserv FS
Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for all your snow and ice management related needs. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. Have a great day!
Whenever visiting a new prospective snow and ice management property, one of the first things we quickly notice is if there are any plants, fences, sprinkler heads and/or any other obstructions located within anticipated plowed snow stacking areas.
Plentiful OPEN and UNOBSTRUCTED snow piling areas usually translate into maximum snow clearing efficiency and reduced cost of overall service.
Here are a few important details that if implemented, will further improve the quality of snow and ice management services currently performed at your property.
- Prepare a formal plan with your snow removal service provider that indicates acceptable on-site locations where any/all plowed snow can be staged.
- Avoid (or relocate) delicate ornamental fencing and non-critical signage located adjacent to plowed drives, roads, parking lot and sidewalk areas (if possible).
- Ensure irrigation system components (heads, risers, etc.) are installed properly below the soil surface to avoid shovel, snow blower or snow plow contact/damage.
- If plants must be installed within the 4′ wide (or less) areas surrounding snow plowed or ice melt treated surfaces, be sure to choose salt tolerant/hardy/sturdy plant varieties that can tolerate winter related stress.
- Be sure to install snow marker stakes (at least 2′-4′ tall) along the edges of inconspicuous parking lot and sidewalk areas targeted for snow removal.
- If possible, place mobile garbage containers/dumpsters in an area that will not interfere with planned snow piling, stacking or staging areas.
- If property has limited parking spaces available (overall), be sure to use traffic cones or other temporary markers to ensure no vehicles park within specified parking stall spaces needed for snow staging/piling.
Please remember that when hiring a qualified contractor to clear snow and ice from your site, it is very beneficial (for the property owner and contractor alike) if adequate open space is made readily available for shoveled, pushed or plowed snow.
Please contact our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for any snow and ice removal services needed at your northwest suburban Chicago area property.
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Here is a little experiment our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. did to quickly verify how much rock salt (by weight) would fit into a 1 yard loader bucket.
We started by filling the 1 yard bucket with 50lb. bags of rock salt (our known weight constant).
Bulk deicing salt generally weighs about 80 lbs. per cubic foot (1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet) which equals 2,160 lbs. per cubic yard or just over 1 ton.
The moisture content of salt will also play a part in it’s overall weight at any given time.
We filled the 1 yard material bucket with 40 bags (50 lbs. each) of deicing rock salt. Since of course 2,000 lbs. equals 1 ton, we can quickly rationalize (without the use of a scale) that generally speaking, 1 ton of deicing salt can easily translate into 1 yard of material by volume.
40 – 50lb. bags of Diamond Crystal Winter Melt (Rock Salt – Halite) placed in a 1 yard material bucket pictured.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for more information on our extremely reliable Chicago area snow and ice management services.