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Winter is Coming! Break the Ice and Stay Safe

Winter is Coming! Break the Ice and Stay Safe

When the cold weather arrives in the UK, it arrives with a harsh snap and the blankets of frost and ice can cause havoc across the land on many a driveway, window or road. The morning frost is a nuisance that many people have to deal with everyday and a few minutes delay is an annoyance they could do without. There are of course local councils and businesses that cannot afford to have these moments and must be fully prepared for the inevitable downward spike of bad weather and have ice melting procedures in place.

Ice (especially black ice on the roads) can cause many problems to a local population. What are the potential problems when the cold weather arrives?

A Slipping Hazard: The most obvious problem and a danger to everyone walking in a public place. Snow and ice can become a difficult hazard to be rid of once they have set in and the cold weather decides to stay for a few days or weeks at a time. The problem will only become really apparent once people start slipping and injuring themselves, prevention is always better than cure.

Increased chances of motor collisions: Black ice on the roads can cause injury and death if left untreated. Motorway and road agencies have to be fully prepared to grit the roads and display hazard warnings in good advance of a bad weather system approaching. Motor vehicular crashes remain a problem on our roads and ice only exacerbates the situation.

Slows down transport: Transport can slow down as a result of collisions and when a solution is only offered and attempted after snow and ice has already formed. If the road networks become blocked for too long it can cause misery.

Knock-on Effect: The knock-on effect of all three problems listed is that it can cause a loss of confidence in local government if potential hazards are not prevented or at least swiftly dealt with once they appear.

When heavy snowfall settles on top of an already icy surface the problems will intensify and for those persons responsible for clearing snow and ice and ensuring the safety of the public, the work becomes even more important.

An Effective Answer to Break the Snow and Ice

We are all used to seeing the gritters out on the roads, a little too late in many cases, but there is another option that can be used to dissolve ice effectively in many areas. For use on roads, driveways, runways, large carparks, emergency exits, pedestrian walkways, railways and sewage lines, Ice Break Extreme is a proven product.

On the market today there is no other ice breaker that can match it. Developed over many years it is non-corrosive and can be used on a multitude of surfaces and materials, always to great effect. From small to larger areas, it is easy to use and is best as a preventative method should you be expecting a snow storm and large areas of ice to form in an area of heavy footfall or traffic. As hazard prevention goes there are few products that match it. It can also be used once snow removal has taken place however and is a highly effective ice melter in these situations. 

If you’re unsure about which ice melting and winter products are for you, contact APT and our customer service team will be happy to guide you through the options and help you and the passing public stay safe from the cold this winter.

Refreezing – The Nightmare De-Icing Scenario

When the deep freeze sets in it can cause untold damage to buildings, vehicles, roads and pavements. The hazards to people walking or driving by aren’t there for all to see and an ice melting product is often required in the harshest winter scenarios to ensure safety from slips and trips.

Another problem that is often overlooked is how the deep freeze can set in to every little nook and cranny, not just windscreens, windows and surfaces.

A General Ice Melting Product and Deicer

A general deicing product will perform an adequate job of melting ice in the affected areas. It might not be the fastest and could be a cheaper product on the market, but it will eventually do the job.

There are a few problems with a general, domestic use deicer however. Firstly, they are more likely to have been developed using potentially harmful substances. Harmful to you as the consumer; harmful to the surfaces being used on; and to the environment. The last thing you want is to melt ice away from a windscreen but be left with smears and damaged window seals.

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The Refreeze

Another problem with a many deicers and winter supplies is that they are reactive rather than proactive, tackling the problem at hand but not the cause of the problem. Say for instance you’ve had some problems with frozen tiles and guttering on the roof of your company building, you may be able to use an ice melting product to thaw away the ice that is there now, but then what? In a cold winter you could end up doing this day after day and this will only lead to roof damage that worsens day to day as the constant expansion and melting of ice causes cracks and fissures to appear in the surface.

A Professional Approach to Screenwashing and Deicing

In sub zero temperatures in the deepest, darkest hours of winter you need a professional de icer, something that will break through the ice and clear the way for a full and effective working day ahead.

Remember though that application is just as important as the product you are using. In any situation and any surface, whether driveway or windscreen, the best start to any ice removal procedure is to use a soft brush to sweep away the excess top layer of snow, leaving just the ice behind. Once you’ve done this, liberally apply the ice melting product and watch as it breaks the bond of ice and surface and leaves behind a safe surface for you.

Thawout Professional De Icer is one of the professional winter supplies we hold as part of our catalogue here at APT and has been scientifically developed over the years to be effective on a wide range of surfaces. From the usual windscreens down to the small areas of a car, such as the windscreen wipers, locks and hinges, you can’t afford to have freezing set in, and even worse, the re-freeze to take place.

Thawout not only clears the ice to begin with but it also has extra anti-freezing ingredients which allows it to settle in and prevent ice from returning to claim the surface area as its home once more the next night. It’s also smear free and won’t damage the surfaces.

For professional winter supplies, ice melting products and deicers, we know the best markets on the product. If you would like to speak to a member of our team before the deep freeze impacts on your fleet of professional vehicles, contact us today.

The Problem with Salt Based Snow Melting Products

Businesses have to worry more than most about the harsh wintry conditions that we sometimes suffer from in the UK. They have to consider the safety of their staff; their customers, suppliers and how an icy pathway or snow blocked road can have a negative impact on their sales. For those companies with company vehicles to content with the effectiveness of an ice melting product as part of their winter supplies takes on even more importance.

We’ve all seen the big gritters out on the roads the night before a predicted heavy snowfall and we’ve no doubt all used salt and/or sand as a home based remedy for ensuring our back yards and driveways remain clear from dangerous ice and compacted snow, but are they really that effective as a commercial ice melting product?

Of course, finding that balancing act between your budget and the best available winter products is always difficult, but the following might make you realise salt and grit based ice clearing and ice melt products aren’t the best option.

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The Right Mix

Very often salt based ice melters use a mixture of salt, sand and grit. Sand, grit and other abrasives aren’t actually a benefit to the de-icing process, only providing traction. In terms of production value and appeal to companies with a lower budget these types of ice melting products are an interesting proposition but for sand in particular you are in fact risking the environment it is being used in.

Any product that uses fillers and other materials can cause dangerous clouds of dusts once they are spread, they can also block natural basins and drains in the ground and cause untold damage to vegetation in the surrounding areas.

Danger to the Area and You

Harmful chemicals used in many de-icing products can cause harm to vegetation within the area being used, killing plants and trees and poisoning the soils in some cases. Not all products are like this of course, but traditional products will use corrosive elements within its production.

Conventional, salt based ice melting products can also be harmful to the surfaces they are used on, with long lasting residue left behind and potentially damage in the form of potholes and cracks that could lead to the necessity for resurfacing. This isn’t something you consider when snowfall is expected, but it can happen.

If a product can harm plants and wildlife, imagine the potential hazard to you, the user.  For the sake of your health it is worth looking into the alternatives as ice melting products will keep your staff and customers safe.

Choosing the Right Ice Clearing Product

It is good to remember that ice melting products are for just that, melting ice and removing the dangers of leaving it present. It shouldn’t be used as a snow removal product also. The best way to use an ice melter is to first shovel away excess snow and then look to remove the ice left on the surface.

At APT Chemicals we have years of experience in helping businesses purchase the right commercial ice melting products. Ice Break Extreme is the best on the market and ticks all the boxes. It is widely used throughout the UK, Scandinavia & Germany and is essential for winter maintenance planning. It is highly, and rapidly, effective against ice, is non-toxic so won’t damage the environment, the surfaces applied to or you, and is easy to use, forming a layer that breaks the bond between ice and surface and prevents it from reattaching.

To find out more about Ice Break Extreme and other parts of our winter supplies catalogue please feel free to contact our customer service team today.

You can purchase Ice Break Extreme from our website here or watch our youtube video for more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB5eJSQGRhc

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Keeping the Fleet Moving – Choosing the Right Screenwash

For many companies the winter months can be harsh and offer complex problems on a daily basis that have to be solved quickly to ensure a smooth running operation. For public sector services like the emergency services on the front line, highway agencies, public transport companies and refuse collectors, to private companies such as haulage contractors and taxi services, keeping their fleet of vehicles on the road from day to day is vitally important. Choosing the right tools and products to make this happen becomes more important as the cold winter months take grip.

Extreme Temperatures are Dangerous to All

If you think about a single frozen windscreen and the hassle that entails it is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. For emergency services especially this can multiply into the thousands and the tens of thousands countrywide in the worst winter storms. The impact of sub zero temperatures can lead to injury and loss of life if the vehicles in question are not running smoothly in all aspects. A frozen windscreen prevents a vehicle from beginning its journey, and for an emergency vehicle this could mean seconds wasted that can make a huge difference.

frozen windscreen

Get the Motors Running

Choosing the right screen wash and de icer can will add decrease those vital seconds and ensure that you can get the motor running without worrying about wasting too much time and money in the process. There are countless ice melting products available on the market and the best route for all businesses to take is to conduct a thorough research of what exactly you require and to scan the market for the suitable products. The worst thing to do is to be reactionary and wait for the problem to occur.

Smears and Damaged Paintwork Won’t Do

One problem that you’ll find with many traditional ice melting products and screen washes is that they take some time to break the ice and can often leave damage behind. If a window seal is slightly damaged this can have a long term effect on the vehicle as a whole and can cost in repairs eventually. Some products will also leave smears behind on the window screen, which is never ideal and can be a hazard to the driver if not dealt with immediately, cutting into precious time.

Solution 5000 Winter Screen Wash – Available with APT

Looking for that de icer that will perform consistently is difficult for the average vehicle owner. When it comes to large scale commercial and public sector fleets, having the right screen wash is one of the most important products you can have to hand on the cold wintry mornings. Solution 5000 Winter Screen Wash has been developed over many years using high quality ingredients that are able to cope with the demands and stresses of sub zero conditions (it is effective as low as -15C!). It is safe to use on any vehicle and surface, won’t damage paintwork and won’t leave smears on your windscreens. You can just use with ease and start the engines running as you won’t be hanging around for long.

 Having been used by emergency services with success for many years in Scandinavian countries, you know that it can deliver the goods.

If you’d like to find out more about Solution 5000 Winter Screen Wash, or discuss other aspects of our professional winter products range, including ice melters, please feel free to give our expert team a call. We know how to clear the ice and keep your fleet running smoothly this winter.

You can purchase Solution 5000 on our website here

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