Sweeping Can Reduce the Harmful Effects of Road Salt

Reilly Sweeping

Winter is right around the corner, which means ice and snow are coming too. These weather elements not only create the most dangerous conditions to travel in, but also require a great deal of manpower to combat.

One of the most efficient ways to manage roads in these conditions is by using salt, which helps by lowering the melting point of ice. While this is great in the short run, using salt on surfaces such as sidewalks, roads, and paved surfaces also has some long-term drawbacks if proper cleanup is not conducted.

Interestingly, in the US, only about 6% of the consumption of salt is used in food while roughly 17% is used each year to treat road surfaces in icy conditions. While extremely effective in combating dangerous road conditions, salt requires proper cleanup in order to avoid material breakdown.

Road salt has a propensity to break down materials that are commonly used in road surfaces such as concrete, pavement, and parking lot striping. Because of this, it is imperative that salt is quickly and efficiently removed from road surfaces in order to mitigate negative effects on these surfaces. Additionally, salt removal is crucial to the protection of our environment because it reduces the amount of salt that can seep into water catchment areas and aquatic ecosystems.

Reilly Sweeping uses the latest equipment and the most up-to-date techniques to efficiently remove salt from road surfaces, which is hugely beneficial to water quality protection. As sweeping technology has evolved, new machines have emerged that allow for the removal of smaller, fine-grained particles, making the removal of salt from road surfaces more efficient than ever. Reilly Sweeping employs the use of power sweepers, regenerative air power sweepers, and vacuum filter power street sweepers to meet all of your specific needs. With timely removal of salt, you can protect the longevity of your roadways as well as the community’s water sources. Ready to discuss your salt removal plan?¬†Let our trained professionals¬†work with you to determine the best plan to meet your goals.