Frequently Asked Questions

t SDS Sheet >> Download HERE

What is Liquid Snow Shovel

LSS is a formulated blend of calcium chloride and a proprietary stabilizer that is used to help keep sidewalks, parking lots, and roadways free from the adverse effects of ice from -25 degrees F.

LSS is a "stand-alone" alternative to rock salt with much less harmful effects on the environment.

How do winter anit-icing/deicing liquids such as Liquid Snow Shovel work?

Anti-icing is the newest snow and ice control practice. It was pioneered in Europe and involves preventing the formation of bonded snow and ice by timely applications of chemical freeze-point depressants. Relatively small amounts of a liquid chemical applied before or immediately at the start of precipitation. This strategy either eliminates the need for further action or reduces the task of clearing roadways, parking lots and side walks to bare pavement conditions. At the same time, it requires smaller chemical amounts than would be required under conventional deicing practices. As a result, anti-icing is quickly becoming a vital strategy for many end users.Liquid

Snow Shovel is hygroscopic and deliquescent. This means it attracts moisture from the air and its surroundings and goes into a solution quickly as it attempts to return to, or remain in, its natural liquid state. Liquid Snow Shovel retains this ability even under conditions of very low humidity. For dry forms of calcium chloride these properties allow rapid brine creation for faster deicing action. For Liquid Snow Shovel it means longer- lasting effects as the solution resists evaporation to remain an effective brine even as dilution occurs. Generally, anti-icing techniques are more efficient than deicing, because it requires far less energy to prevent a bond from forming than to break it.

Think of holding two magnets close together but not joined. It takes little energy to keep them apart. But once the magnets are linked “like ice bonded to the pavement ” it takes a lot of energy to break them apart. And so it is with anti-icing versus deicing techniques. Less chemical is required to prevent the bond than to break it. In a typical winter storm, both techniques may be necessary to provide safe working conditions. Pavement surface temperature, ambient temperature and pavement chemical concentration levels are all variables that affect pavement refreeze. Refreezing occurs when ice control chemicals dilute sufficiently that the brine solution turns to ice. Monitoring the variables closely allows for timely reapplication before refreeze.

Why is Liquid Snow Shovel right for me?

– Applying LSS before the storm will eliminate the need for salting
– Active immediately and works to -25°F
– More cost-effective than any granular product
– LSS is 70% less corrosive than rock salt
– Residual effects to aid in future additional snowfall
– Bare ground every time you plow or shovel
– Now you can have a known salting budget for the year using our 24 application rate
– Less storage needed for Liquid Snow Shovel totes
– Inexpensive application equipment
– Cannot be displaced by shovels or plows giving you longer melting ability
– Easy pick up or delivery
– No product shortages

Is Liquid Snow Shovel used for de-icing or anti-icing?

Liquid Snow Shovel is both. However, we have found that it works best for anti-icing. The reason is due to the fact that it takes more energy to break a bond (deicing) than to prevent a bond from forming (anti-icing), meaning it will take more product to break down ice than prevent it. Traditionally, salting occurs after the storm and plowing.

By using LSS as an anti-icier, you apply the product either weekly or before the storm, and it creates a melting barrier between the pavement and snow. This barrier prevents a bond from occurring so even hard packed down snow plows or shovels off easy. Bare pavement every time you plow or shovel.

What quantities of Liquid Snow Shovel are available?

– 5 gal Bucket-Ideal for residential driveways, sidewalks, or people who just want to try the product out without a large volume commitment.
– 55 gal Drum- Ideal for those with larger residential driveways or small parking lots.
– 275 gal Tote. Ideal for those with medium to large parking lots such as churches, shopping centres, and restaurants. Also for those plowing contractors with small fleets of trucks.
– 9,200 gal. Tanker Truck Load. Ideal for those larger contractors or municipalities with large fleets of trucks.

What type of applicator should I use to apply Liquid Snow Shovel?

Customized units to fit your ATV, tractor, or small pickup. Ideal for small to medium parking lots.Drop in Bed Units- Fits into short or long bed pickups. 100, 150, and 200 gal units depending on your pickups payload capacity. Perfect for all types of parking lots and obstacles. See next page for more info.Whatever your need may be, we can custom design a unit to fit your situation up to 3000 gallons.Click here for our LIQUID SNOW SHOVEL APPLICATORS page.

We contract out our snow removal & salting, and I'm not able to apply the product myself.

If you contract out your snow removal and salting, you should either pass this information on to your contractor or give us his information and we can talk directly to them. If you are not interested in applying the product yourself, we offer this as a service. Ask your sales rep for more information.

Is this a completely new concept?

No, the use of calcium chloride for clearing sidewalks, parking lots, and roadways has been around since the 1970’s.

This is common practice in areas where temperatures are too cold to be able to use rock salt such as certain parts of Canada and Europe.

How does the coverage compare to rock salt?

Rock Salt
One Ton Coverage rate is 45,000 Sq. ft. or One Acre

Liquid Snow Shovel
27.50 gallons per 45,000 Sq.Ft. or One Acre

**Coverage rates for first application:
300 square feet per gallon (for concrete)
1000 square feet per gallon (for asphalt)
Because of LSS’ residual build-up in the
pores of the surface, coverage rates will
double when applied as instructed.**

How does the cost compare to rock salt?

Rock Salt
Cost To Apply
+Maintenance cost, Insurance and
+ fuel
$40.00 per ton applied
Rock Salt $120.00 per ton bulk
**Or plug in your per ton cost**
Profit of 20% $30.40 per ton
Total Cost per treated acre: $190.40

Liquid Snow Shovel
Cost To Apply
+Maintenance Cost, Insurance and
$40.00 equivalent per ton applied
Profit of 20% $30.40 per application
Liquid Snow Shovel $84.38 per treated acre
Profit of 20% $30.40 per application
Total Cost per treated acre: $154.78

How does the effective temperature compare to rock salt?

Rock Salt
– Not Effective below 20°
– White Residue Tracking
– Up to 60% of Rock Salt is ineffective because its plowed or shoveled away.
– No residual effects.
– Very corrosive-Deteriorates concrete, kills vegetation, and is harmful to pets.
– Applied after storm with no schedule

Liquid Snow Shovel
Effective up to -25°
– No White Residue Tracking
– Stays in the pores of aggregate and cannot be plowed or shoveled away.
– Increases square footage because of residual.
– 2/3 less corrosive than rock salt.
– Concrete, vegetation, and pet friendly.
– Can be built into budget with a 24 application process.

What's wrong with good ole' rock salt?

Cost Wise:

Historically, rock salt has been relatively cheap and abundant, so for the use of removing ice, it was relatively cost effective. However, with increased global demand for salt, the price of salt has increased three-fold over the last decade.

Currently, as you may have heard, there is an ever increasing shortage of rock salt, and distributors of it are not making commitments to have a supply of it. This is causing many municipalities, contractors, and property owners to be left without or paying high prices that have been described as “gouged” rates.

Rock salt is only effective to 20°F, making it unsuitable for many of the winter days that we see right here in West Michigan

Rock salt is also easily displaced due to car tires, being shovelled away, or being plowed away. The result is having to use more product than is necessary to get the desired result.

Displaced rock salt usually ends up in areas of vegetation such as lawns or flower gardens, causing burned vegetation and over long periods of time, contamination.

Rock Salt is not pet friendly. The salt itself can become stuck in the paws of animals which can cause discomfort and burns. Also, animals may eat the rock salt thinking it is food, and become sick.

So, by using this product, I can put away the plow, snow blower, and the shovel?

No, although the product applied before a storm can melt the first couple inches of snow, we in no way imply that our product will remove all your snow. Normal plowing and snow removal is still necessary.

Can you show me an example of a treated sidewalk?

I've heard of/used a product like this before and it didn't work.

In the past, there have been many products that have come out on the market such as beat juice, mineral well brine, and oil well brine and de-sugarized molasses to name a few. These products, although relatively cheap ,are considered “dirty” products. They come unrefined which will stain concrete and are inconsistent in their percentages of active ingredients causing variances in performance results.

Liquid Snow Shovel is a “clean” product meaning that it is colorless, odorless, leaves no white tracking residue, not harmful to pets or humans, refined, and has consistent active ingredient percentages. Call us today for a free no obligation demonstration of Liquid Snow Shovel. We can come to you, or you can come to us!

Why does MDOT use winter ani-icing/deicing liquids?

MDOT uses winter anti-icing/deicing liquids as tools to improve safety, improve the efficiency of time spent plowing, and address environmental concerns resulting from other methods of snow removal. States that use winter anti-icing/deicing liquids have had reductions in wintertime motor vehicle crashes. Additionally, the anti-icing/deicing liquids can be cheaper than sanding and will reduce the amount of time spent plowing.