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Selecting the Right Deicer

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Snow Removal Albany NY Tips | 0 comments

There are lots of different options when it comes to using a deicer, or ice melter for ones Albany New York home or office. We understand it can be confusing and intend for this article to explain some of the differences among deicers. For example, are there potential dangers of young children or pets with potentially eating them. And, when it comes which product is the best, it will depend on where it is to be applied.

Even though there are literally hundreds of different brand names and types of deicers available to consumers, the easiest way to group them in deciding which one or ones would be best is by price, performance and chemistry. With this in mind then, the chemistry of them will be the easiest to use in separating them all.

First let us look at exactly where it will be applied. What is that surface made of. Is it wood, concrete, asphalt. . . each will respond differently. Next look at where the melted ice, mixed with the deicer, will runoff into or onto. If it is to run into a water source, this certainly needs to be taken into consideration, that of any environmental impact to that ecosystem with the chemical deicer. Or, does it lead to an area where well water used for drinking can be impacted? Another consideration too is if the deicer will be tracked into a home or office and cause harm to the floors or carpets.

Types of DeicersSodium Chloride Albany NY deicer

A majority of the different types of deicers available are of these types:sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and acetates.

Sodium Chloride
This is commonly called rock salt. It is the most used because since it can be found all over the world, it is the least expensive deicer the buy. It works well on temperatures down to 16 degrees.

Magnesium Chloride
Magnesium chloride is also found pretty much worldwide, but is a little more expensive than sodium chloride. However, it is much safer to use than sodium chloride! It will not get tracked into the home which is good, and its environmental impact is minimal. It is effective down to -13 degrees.

Calcium Chloride
This type is also naturally occurring too, though not as readily found worldwide as they the previous two types are. It is the most expensive of the three discussed so far too. However, it has been widely used in the United States for over 100 years as a top-of-the-line deicer product because it works down to -25 degrees. A downsides are that it is the most toxic of the other chloride products and it can be messy indoors.

Potassium Chloride
This is the most environmentally friendly of the chlorides discussed. Though, that is because it has the lowest amount of chloride in it, usually around 37 percent. It is used a lot in fertilizers because of the large amount of potassium. It is not used too much anymore and mostly because it only works down to about 25 degrees.

Acetates
These are organic chemical compounds that will almost no impact on the environment once they bread down. They are mostly harmless to surfaces since there is no chlorides in them. However, they are very expensive still. There three forms are sodium acetate, calcium magnesium acetate, and potassium acetate. They are used in parking garages and where chlorides are banned, like in airports.

The following video explains how deicers work:

Do not hesitate to let us know of any questions you may have!

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Albany Snow Shovel Choices

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Snow Removal Albany NY Tips | 0 comments

It is easy to assume something that is bigger is going to work better. Though that might be true for some products, but for snow shovels, the one with the larger shovel scoop might not be the one that Albany homeowners should purchase. Loading a snow shovel up with wet, heavy snow will put a lot of stress on ones back and shoulders. Never think of it as a race to get the snow removed from ones driveway and walkways as fast as possible. On average, snow shovels that are 19 to 22 inches wide are a good choice.

Snow Removal Albany NY wants to look at some tips on shovel selection here. There are three main materials that snow shovels are made of that are compared first.

Albany Snow Shovel ChoicesSnow Shovelling Albany NY

Plastic
Plastic shovels are very light and strong at the same time, which is nice. It is more difficult for a plastic shovel, than a metal one, to freeze which makes it easier for snow to release off of the shovel. The main downside is with a lot of scraping on concrete the leading edge can waer down in just one winter season’s worth of work. A second disadvantage is that plastic shovels do not work the best to scrape ice off of walkways or driveways.

Steel
Steel shovels will last the longest, no doubt about that. Because of their durability, they are excellent at getting ice scraped up. Drawbacks are steel shovels usually cost the most, they are the heaviest to lift, and therefore will require the most energy to use.

Aluminum
The last choice of shovel material is aluminum. These are a stronger material than plastic, and also lighter weight and less expensive than steel shovels. The main drawback is that an aluminum shovel can bend when scraping ice or if a crack in the walkway or driveway is hit. One can attempt to bend the shovel back into shape, but it will be very easy for the shovel to bend in the same place again then.

The best choice in terms of shovel scoop material will be personal preference and if more snow or ice will need to be removed.

Types of Snow Shovel Handles

Snow shovel handles are made of some of the same materials as the shovel scoop itself: steel, aluminum, wood, fiberglass or resin. Again, it can be personal preference of the material choice. Fiberglass or resin handles are going to have the best strength-to-weight ratio, though they will cost more because of this.

Albany Snow Shovel Costs

As with most things it seems, the price for snow shovels vary greatly depending on the materials they are made of. One could pay anywhere from $15 to over $100 for a steel and fiberglass handle shovel. Choose one that feels comfortable to handle, seems to be sturdy, and will work on the snow and/or ice it will be used to scrape and move.

Please make sure to follow our snow shovels tips here, and of course Snow Removal Albany is here for all of your larger snow plowing needs, as well as when one isn’t up to the physical activity of shoveling oneself.

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Snow Shoveling Tips

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Snow Removal Albany NY Tips | 0 comments

Snow Removal Albany NY wants to offer some snow shoveling tips for you to use this winter season to minimize any personal injuries and to maximize your time.  For most of us, snow shoveling is not a fun thing to do we know.  Enjoy these and please be safe!

10 Shoveling Tips from Albany Snow Removal

1. Stretch initially
Don’t be in a hurry to get outside. Stretch completely using the same sorts of steps that distance runners, mountain bikers and other athletes use. Stretch your hamstrings, extend your back, and extend your shoulders. Then outfit in detachable layers, grab your shovel and withstand the desire to fly at the white stuff just to obtain the task done. Pace yourself. Start slowly and ramp up to speed.

2. Don’t move snow two timesAlbany NY Snow Removal

Before you also take your first scoop, decide where you’re going to dump the snow. Drop the first shovelful further away from where you are standing, then dump continuing to be snow more detailed and more detailed to where you are. That way, the last scoops that you shovel are moved the shortest distance. Don’t shut out accessibility to snow that should be eliminated by piling it up in a means that will oblige you to move it twice.

3. Move snow the shortest distance feasible
Consider that everything from a driveway to an outdoor patio to a walkway is truly a rectangle, and rectangles have a center point. Move the snow from the center of the rectangle to the closest edge, suggests Snow Removal Albany New York.

4. Preserve correct position
A. Use your leg muscles as much as possible – push snow when you could and utilize your legs to raise when you cannot push it.
B. Keep your back straight as you move from the squat position to the upright position.
C. Use your shoulder muscles as much as possible.
D. Hold the snow shovel as close to your upper body as feasible.
E. Keep one hand close to the shovel blade for much better leverage.
F. Don’t turn your upper body as you toss snow.

5. Keep hydrated
Take bottles of water out with you and keep them accessible, either in the car or on the front stoop or someplace else hassle-free.

6. Be extensive however not fussy
The sun is fairly sturdy this time of year. Clear a location, spread de-icer if essential and then let the sun do the rest. The reality is, any type of area color that you expose in shoveling (gray, green, brown or black) will certainly be far less reflective than a thick blanket of snow, and remaining snow will thaw more easily from that darker area.

7. Don’t overdress
You have to remain cozy, however if you overdress you’re going to be soaked in sweat in no time. Dress in loose-fitting layers that you could peel off as you heat up.

8. Go effortless on the de-icer
Once the area is clear, all you require is a thin spreading of de-icer to keep it that means. If you’re spreading by hand, toss the salt, pellets or granules reduced along the ground so they bounce and roll into a systematic layer.

9. Keep your equipment
The front edge of a snow shovel takes a beating. If it’s metal, hammer it straight when it gets bent; if it’s plastic usage a utility knife to carve off the burr that forms on its end. Tighten up a loose handle by driving a large hex head sheet metal screw through the blade socket and into the deal with.

10. Stretch when you’re done
Finally, Snow Removal Albany NY suggests to stretch carefully when you’re done and make use of an ice pack and ibuprofen to take care of irritated muscles. Rest and remain hydrated.

Here is one more tip we recent found from SMIA, “it is important to have your cell phone on you so you can make a call in event of an emergency.”  Check out the rest of the Snow and Ice Management Associations tips here.

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