FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you offer residential snow removal services?

Unfortunately, no.  We are currently focused on commercial snow and ice removal only.

At what temperature does salt become ineffective in melting snow and ice?

The minimum practical application range for salt is a pavement temperature of 15-20 degrees F and above. While salt will melt snow and ice down to a pavement temperature of -6 degrees F, it can melt over five times as much ice at 30 degrees F as at 20 degrees F. Thus the effectiveness of salt is sensitive to small differences in pavement temperature.

What is anti-icing?

Anti-icing is a road maintenance strategy that tries to keep the bond between ice and the pavement surface from forming. It involves applying ice control chemicals before or at the very beginning of the storm. Using this strategy often reduces total chemical use and allows a higher level of service to the traveling public.

How do you melt ice naturally?

Sugar Beet Juice — On its own, or used to dilute salt solutions, the juice from sugar beets can lower the freezing point of water, and help to deice slippery roads, driveways and sidewalks. In recent years, some communities have even been using beet juice mixtures to melt ice on municipal roads. Though using beets to melt ice has caused some to scratch their heads, the odorless and virtually colorless substance is completely harmless to humans, animals, plants, cars, fabrics, and water systems. And, if you grow the beets yourself the summer before, the juice is practically free!

What's the best way to shovel snow?

Warm up your muscles before shoveling, by walking for a few minutes or marching in place. Stretch the muscles in your arms and legs, because warm muscles will work more efficiently and be less likely to be injured. Pick the right shovel for you. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. Lift with your legs not your back.

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Cedar Lake, IN 46303
Phone - 219.374.9900
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