How and When is Road Brine Used?
Brine road salt is used differently than traditional rock salt. Typically, during or after a snow event, your parking lot is plowed if needed and then rock salt is applied. There may need to be several applications throughout a storm of traditional rock salt, as it bounces and rolls as it is applied sometimes ending up in gutters, landscape beds, or tracked into the doors of your commercial business. Let’s look at the main ways that road brine is used.
Pre-treating Roads with Brine
The best quality of road brine is that it can be put down prior to a snowfall. The road brine will help prevent a small accumulation, and it helps the snow and ice not bond to the pavement. Because the snow and ice are not stuck to the pavement, it is easier to remove and less salt is needed after plows finish clearing a larger accumulation. Pre-treatments also help give trucks more traction and prevent refreezing, which can be a major issue.
Liquid Road Salt After a Snow Event
Just as rock salt or sidewalk ice melter is used, liquid road brine is applied after a snow accumulation. It helps to prevent the recently cleared pavement from getting slippery or icy. Liquid application not only leaves your lot and walks looking cleaner, but it also is faster acting after applied (sometimes up to 3-4 times faster than rock salt!!).