3 Tips for Effective Winter Salt Storage
As the temperature continue to drop, it is crucial to be mindful of freezing weather conditions and the formation of ice on your parking lot or other areas of your property. Should any ice form on your property, it is crucial to use the right ice-melting salt as soon as possible to minimize the risk of slips or falls. While ice-melting salt never expires, it can easily be ruined if it is exposed to moisture. Knowing how to store salt for the winter will help keep it safe and secure throughout the year, ensuring that you will have enough salt stored for the next winter storm. As a leading provider of salt and sand containers for various operations, Commander Warehouse Equipment knows how important it is to keep salt stored in a secure space. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 tips for effective winter salt storage to help you keep your facility safe and free of ice.
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3 Key Considerations When Storing Salt
To ensure that your salt is ready to use whenever it is needed, you will need to:
1. Be Mindful of Temperature and Humidity
When storing salt, make sure to pay attention to humidity levels, as salt can absorb moisture from the air if the humidity gets too high. Salt should also be stored in a cool, dry place that only experiences slight changes in temperature throughout the year. It is always a good idea to keep salt in an airtight container to prevent moisture from damaging it, causing it to clump, or creating a hard crust on the outer surface of the pile. Since salt should never be exposed to rain or snow, either from below or above the stockpile, it is also a good idea to keep salt stored on waterproof pads.
2. Choose the Right Storage Container
Salt and sand storage containers provide the perfect solution for storing road salt throughout the year, as they are water resistant, double walled, lockable, impact resistant, and forklift accessible, making them easy to transport and relocate if needed. While salt and sand storage containers are water resistant, it is still important to keep them stored inside a building or under cover to minimize the chances of any spilled salt contaminating groundwater.
3. Ensure You Have Enough Salt for the Season
The amount of salt that your operation should store throughout the year will vary depending on how much salt you typically use. In most cases, it is a good idea to store more than you think you would need to spread throughout a typical winter. Storing enough road salt in the off season will help save you time and money in the long run, as you will not need to worry about trying to replenish your stockpile when salt is in high demand. This will also ensure that you always have the supply needed to keep your property safe, eliminating the need to go and purchase more salt while leaving your property icy until you return.
To learn more about effective salt storage or to inquire about one of our plastic bin products, get in touch with the team at Commander Warehouse Equipment. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.