Degradation to StructuresDepending on the type of structures you have near your pavement, salt could be pretty harsh to brick and concrete. Over time, salt can cause deterioration for these materials. But despite popular belief, it does not harm asphalt in the same way. Although this is not often a big problem for our commercial and industrial customers, driveways often have structures that are made out of these materials.
Environmental ImpactAlthough an unintended consequence, salt runoff does have negative impacts on plant and animal life. Salt dehydrates plants and disrupts their lifecycle. Wildlife also is affected because of two things: attraction to salt on the roads and salt toxicity. Animals, like deer, are attracted to salt on the roads and can be more likely to cause collisions with vehicles, but other animals can have fatal consequences with just a small amount consumed. As the snow melts, the salt also gets into local waterways and raises the salt to water content. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says that “this leads to the bottom layer of the water body becoming void of oxygen and unable to support aquatic life”.
The RewardsThe risks listed above should not completely deter you from using salt on your asphalt this winter. Salt is a cheap and effective way to control the ice on roads across the country. This is why it is used so often despite any dangers. Salt is easy to acquire and apply to the roads. Companies like Cassidy Paving, can stockpile it and it maintains its effectiveness throughout time it's in storage. We even prefer to stockpile salt so that our customers have limited wait times for supplies as soon as the first snow falls. The biggest attribute of salt is that it successfully melts roadway ice. There is no other element that better tackles harsh winter ice and snow issues quite like salt. It makes it possible for states, like Massachusetts, to continue thriving, even during harsh winters. Salt even gives vehicles much-needed friction for travel that is often lost on slick winter roadways.. Making the roads safer and easier to maneuver is our biggest priority.
Asphalt Paving ServicesBefore the first snowflake falls, you should have a plan for snow and ice removal. Cassidy Paving offers flexible and scalable snow removal services with salt for customers across Massachusetts. If you prefer to have snow removal on your own terms, we can help. Give us a call today at 866-978-9788 to learn about our per push, per storm, and per season contracts.
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