After considerable research and investment, Executive Snow Control has taken a major step in procuring the most advanced Henderson brine system in the north east. Coupled with two custom propose built brine trucks, equipped with industry leading VSI spraying systems, we are now the full-service solution our clients are looking for. As a company, we want to combine state of the art snow removal techniques with tried and true methods to not only create unparalleled service, but also to do our part in reducing environmental damage.
The Executive Difference: Proactive vs. Reactive Approach
Rock salt, while successful in many scenarios, will erode concrete and asphalt surfaces, pollutes freshwater retention ponds, water tables and degrade landscaped areas over the course of time. It also requires precipitation before effectively acting to control icy conditions. Because brine is a liquid mixture of salt, water, and other additives, it therefore reduces the amount of sodium chloride used, making it a more environmentally friendly option. Brine also lowers the temperature at which water freezes, thereby preventing the formation of ice under typical conditions. Since bring is a liquid, it is much easier to keep salt on the road thereby preventing those layers of ice closest to the road (which are the hardest and most time consuming to remove) from forming. This anti-icing pro-active approach to storm preparation decreases the likelihood of snow and ice sticking to road surfaces.
Preventing surfaces from freezing rather than attempting to melt accumulated snow and ice saves time and resources, and cuts sodium use by 25%. Allowing snow to bond and freeze to roads and then applying rock salt to break those bonds is more difficult and time consuming. Brine is easier to transport and distribute due to its liquid state, and is far less wasteful, as up to 30% of rock salt can be lost by bouncing off of roads or being blown away with the wind, which results in constant reapplications. This requires increased time, (redoing what was already done) and man hours (roadway maintenance calls for dangerous road conditions and post storm clean up). Since brine is far more efficient, it can cut 2-3 days off post-storm clean up, thereby reducing the cost of operations, reducing fuel expenditures, and making it safer and easier for the public to travel. It is also important to think about the reduction of potential slip and fall cases and transportation related accidents.
Rock salt has a considerable environmental impact. It contains contaminants such as lead, iron, aluminum and phosphorus. Tracking rock salt into buildings can ruin carpets and floor finishes, and negatively affects elevator door jams and escalators by causing corrosion and equipment malfunction. Lastly, there is the added impact on the infrastructure and corrosion to automobiles. Conversely, one truckload of brine is as effective as four truckloads of rock salt, and by using less salt there are fewer pollutants to harm freshwater resources and their eco systems. Moreover, since it is difficult to control where the rock salt will land, there is an increased possibility of contaminating ground water. Executive Snow Control wanted to address these very real environmental concerns shared by many of our clients, and actively works to reduce environmental impact while still maintaining safe and efficient conditions.
Across our portfolio, Executive Snow Control is answering the call for a more economic and environmentally friendly solution by designing and installing own state of the art brine batch plant.
Two purpose-built brine trucks outfitted with cutting edge VSI equipment designed to incorporate liquid brine from a onboard remote controller, making it simpler to protect our clients and our environment.
Our trucks will be equipped with different nozzle tips to be used at various times depending on desired results. For example, some tips will be split into 3 sections allowing for more coverage during pre-storm application. Other tips will be used to get a concentrated volume in one stream while a fan tip can handle post storm application to keep the brine reaction time moving along. Understandably as brine melts snow and ice, it becomes diluted, and therefore needs reapplication at times to prevent dangerous refreeze.
With Executive Snow Control’s access to our own resource of brine, as well as the ability to outfit our own trucks to apply it, gives us tremendous agility to make quick adjustments to rapidly changing weather conditions. Further, we can meet shifting customer needs as each weather event takes place – meaning our customers receive the highest level of customer service, all while saving money and staying environmentally conscious.