Snow and Ice Removal Techniques for Small Parking Lots

Snowy roads and parking lots create dangerous driving conditions and increase the likelihood of traffic accidents. Maintaining safe driving conditions on the parking lot and driveway of a home or business is easy if you use household items you may already have on hand. Here at Rental Stop, we have a lot of traffic in front of and around our building with customers’ vehicles and our own vehicles and equipment.  Here in North Texas we do not get a lot of winter weather, but when we do have frozen precipitation it can disrupt everyone’s daily routine. Ice is the thing that really causes all the problems. The following are a few things that Rental Stop uses to prevent the slips and falls.

Use one or two boxes of ice cream salt over the surface of the parking lot. Begin sprinkling the salt in any corner of the parking lot. Work your way through the entire surface of the lot. As the salt begins to melt the snow, you will notice some water begins to run toward the storm drain if the parking lot has one. Use a shovel or snow blower to remove large amounts of snow. Depending on the size of the parking lot you may want to rent a spreader to distribute the pellets quickly over the surface of the parking lot.

You can do the same thing with cat liter. Sprinkle cat litter across the parking lot. Cat litter begins to melt the snow while working to improve driving conditions by providing better traction. As the snow begins to melt, you may want to use a snow shovel or snow blower to remove large patches of snow to facilitate better melting of the smaller patches of snow on the sidewalk. While cat litter works to melt the snow, it is a bit of a challenge to clean up after a snow or ice melts, but your local Rental Stop store can also help you with equipment and tools to do the clean up.

In a pinch household bleach can be used to melt the ice and snow. But if you want to have someone to professionally remove the ice and snow, Rental Stop recommends that you contact Shane’s Lawn Maintenance or McKnight Yeary Landscaping. Most importantly be prepared for the changing weather and call Rental Stop for all your party and equipment rental needs.

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