Snow Management Industry Articles

Ice Melt Season is Over…Now What?

At long last, winter has come to an end. Snow blowers are being replaced with lawn mowers, and sandals take the place of snow boots. Swimming pool salt becomes more popular than road salt and ice melt. However, ice melt suppliers like Cope Salt don’t just kick back and take a vacation during the summer. There is a lot to be done to prepare for the next ice melt season. Here are some ways that companies prepare for next winter during the summer.

Clean up

One of the first things that is done after ice melt season comes to an end is cleaning up. Here at Cope Salt, we make sure to take time to clean up and organize our entire warehouse. Things get a bit hectic during ice melt season, so in addition to our regular cleaning and maintenance we undertake a more thorough approach to make sure that everything is where it should be and accounted for.

Another aspect of clean up is taking care of our equipment. We always wash our equipment on a regular basis however post season all equipment is washed down meticulously to remove any excess road salt. This ensures our vehicles and forklifts are in tip top share for the next season, preventing unnecessary breakdowns and maintenance which allows us to keep orders flowing to our customers.

Develop a forecast for pre-season ice melt purchases and place orders

Long before winter begins, we must develop a proper forecast for our pre-season ice melt purchases. This is done by looking at data and sales from past ice melt seasons and making predictions on how much ice melt we will need for the next season. Then, once April rolls around, we place our orders for the pre-season. It may seem early, but when it comes to ice melt, it’s important to place orders as soon as possible to make sure we’re fully prepared. The better we understand our customer’ anticipated volume needs, the better we are able to stock needed quantities of each product. If volume changes are anticipated next year, let us know in April or May so we can accommodate.

Bring in pre-season ice melt and inform customers

Starting in June or July, we begin to bring in our pre-season ice melt orders. It’s crucial that our ice melt arrives during the summer so we can inform our customers of pricing very early on. Some of our customers like to place their orders as soon as they can, so we aim to share the pricing information with out customers in July or August.

Deliver pre-season ice melt

After the customers place their orders for the pre-season ice melt, delivery begins. From August to November, much of our time is spent making safe, on-time deliveries to our customers. For ice melt customers, it’s never too early to stock up for the winter. The sooner you purchase your ice melt products, the greater the chance that you’ll receive the quantity and type of ice melt that you want. Waiting until the fall or winter to order ice melt may mean longer delivery times and not being prepared for those abnormal Oct/Nov storms that occur every few years.

5 Important Advantages of Ice Melt

It may be March, but it’s never a bad time to consider the benefits of using an ice melt product for winter safety. The advantages of ice melt appeal to homeowners, business owners, and renters alike.

Advantages of Ice Melt

1. It’s affordable

Too often, people make the mistake of choosing not to buy ice melt as a means of saving some money. However, this mistake can be costly. The consequences of not using ice melt during winter weather are much more expensive than the product itself. Stay on the safe side and invest in ice melt each winter season.

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Liquid Deicer vs Salt | What’s the Difference?

Liquid Deicer vs Salt

For years and years, the country relied solely on salt to treat roads during winter weather. However, as salt supply becomes more and more limited, some people are starting to turn to an alternative: liquid deicer. How does liquid deicer compare to the traditional road salt? Below, we’ll outline some of the key differences between liquid deicer vs salt along with some benefits and drawbacks of each.

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Liquid Deicer

It’s clear that liquid deicer isn’t the go-to when it comes to treating unsafe roads in the winter, but it’s becoming increasingly popular. Liquid deicer can be applied to surfaces before snow accumulation, or it can be applied to surfaces that are already covered in snow. So, it works as both an anti-icing product and a de-icing product.


  • Liquid deicer tends to stick to roads better than salt, meaning that it embeds into the icy surface and results in less bounce and scatter. It also remains effective for a longer period of time.
  • Overall, it takes fewer people to apply liquid deicer than it does salt. This is a huge benefit for those who are concerned about labor costs.
  • Liquid deicer is kinder to the environment. Since it can be applied with precision, liquid deicer causes less damage to roads and foliage than bulk salt.


  • When it comes to actually melting ice, liquid deicer takes longer to work than salt does. For this reason, it’s used more often as an anti-icing product than a de-icing one, and it’s not very effective for use on thick ice or packed-down snow.
  • Liquid deicer costs more to transport than salt.
  • Liquid materials require knowledge and experience to use. While it may be easy for anyone to apply salt, this isn’t the case for liquid deicer. If the product is used incorrectly, it won’t yield proper results.


Rock salt is the tried and true material for treating icy roadways, making it the most common option. Salt is extremely effective in breaking down and melting thick layers of ice and snow.


  • Salt works faster than liquid deicer. Due to its composition, salt is much quicker at melting ice and snow that’s already on the ground.
  • Salt can be applied more quickly than liquid deicer. While it may take fewer people to apply liquid deicer, salt can generally be put down in a lot less time.
  • Salt is relatively easy to handle and store.


  • Salt can easily bounce or be scattered by traffic, resulting in more potential waste. For this reason, it can’t be spread on roads too early because vehicles could displace it before the snow even starts.
  • Its price is unstable and based on supply and demand. There’s not an unlimited supply of salt in the world, so the price of it can vary depending on the amount of snowfall that occurs during a winter season.

When it comes to choosing liquid deicer vs salt, there isn’t one option that really outshines the other. Each has its benefits and drawbacks and are both effective in different situations. If you have any questions regarding liquid deicer vs salt, feel free to contact us! Also, don’t forget to check out some of our ice melt products!

The Interesting History of Road Salt

The History of Road Salt

For as long as many of us can remember, we’ve been using salt to treat our roads and keep them safer during winter weather. However, when did we start using road salt, and how did it come to be? Read on to find out more on the history of road salt.

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Road salt first appeared in the United States, when New Hampshire began to experiment with granular sodium chloride in 1938. By the winter of 1941-1942, the state began using salt on local roads and highways. Eventually, other states in the country caught on and began using salt to treat their roads. Today, the United States alone uses between 10 and 20 million tons of road salt each winter. To put this into perspective, our country uses 10 times as much salt on our roads than we do in processed food.

Where Does it Come From?

So, where does all of this rock salt come from? While different types of salt are made in different ways, most rock salt comes from underground seams of crystal salt, according to National Geographic. These crystal salt seams likely formed from the evaporation of ancient seas. To harvest the salt, miners follow underground shafts and break off slabs of the salt crystal by using dynamite or powered shoveling machines. Then, the salt is put onto a truck or conveyor belt and taken to be crushed into what we know as rock salt. There are rock salt mines all over the world, even in the United States. Believe it or not, one of the biggest mines in the country is found underneath the city of Detroit.

Road Salt Facts and Statistics

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Now that we’ve covered the history of road salt and where it comes from, let’s look at some surprising facts and statistics about it:

  • According to a study performed by Marquette University, road salt reduces car crashes by 88 percent, injuries by 85 percent, and accident costs by 85 percent.
  • Deicing with road salt pays for itself in just 25 minutes after the salt is spread.
  • During the first four hours after salt is applied, the direct road users’ benefits are $6.50 for every $1.00 spend on direct maintenance costs for the operation.
  • The use of road salt reduces crashes by 93 percent on 4-lane roads and by 42 percent on smaller, 2-lane roads.

Clearly, the use of road salt during winter weather quickly pays for itself, making it well worth the initial investment. If you’re in need of some road salt or ice melt products, check out what The Cope Company has to offer!

Ice Melt: How Much to Apply

Winter snow may look pretty, but it comes with some not so pretty and dangerous outcomes like icy roads and walkways. So, having the correct product for your needs is important. When it comes to ice melt, many people find themselves asking, “How much do I apply?” Good question. First, you need to understand the difference between ice melt and rock salt and know that different temperatures and surfaces require the appropriate product in order to work effectively. Continue reading