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Welcome to the EnviroTech Services blog! Check out all the latest industry tips and tricks coming straight to you from
the experts at EnviroTech Services. Our posts will discuss ESI projects, product updates, usage tips, new technologies, industry developments, and company news. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

When to Use Sand For Winter Maintenance

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X-Hesion® Pro: Dust Control and Road Stabilization for Dynamic Roads

As an industry leader, EnviroTech Services, Inc. is always looking raise the bar by developing innovative and environmentally conscious dust control and road stabilization products, like X-Hesion® Pro.

X-Hesion Pro is an ultra-low, chloride-based dust control and road stabilization product that utilizes complex, organic polymers that reduces the overall cost of maintain unpaved roads.

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Innovative Development: Arizona's Dust Detection and Warning System

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Evaluating Snow Removal Equipment Performance

When the snow stops flying and the roads are slowing down, it is common for anyone working in snow removal to wonder how the shift went as they finish the last run of the day. 

“How could have my shift gone better?,” you ask yourself as you remember moments that seemed a little off- like how the truck jumped when the plow grabbed the snowpack or how the wing plow did not go down as fast as it did before.

When evaluating a long shift, it is important to think about the condition of your trucks and equipment.

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Best Practices and Considerations: Deicing & Anti-Icing

When implementing a deicing and anti-icing program, there are many factors to consider. What product is best for various road and weather conditions? How much product should be used? What method should be used to apply the product?

When you are planning product application and applying product, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Check out a few tips on the best practices and considerations when it comes to deicing and anti-icing: 

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The Polar Vortex is "Snow" Joke

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Ice Slicer: How Does it Compare to The Competition?

Granular deicer, Ice Slicer®, has increased power to break the bond of snow and ice from various surfaces compared to traditional deicing solutions. Ice Slicer is a homogenous (non-blended) solution primarily composed of four complex chlorides and  50+ trace minerals. Although the initial price of Ice Slicer might be higher than traditional solutions, the superior performance decreases overall costs because of lower application rates and reduced manpower. Additionally, the natural corrosion-inhibitors crystallized within each granule prevents excess damage to machinery, which decreases the overall cost of ownership.

Don't just take our word for it. Let's look at study results comparing Ice Slicer's performance to white salt, solar salt, and sand.

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How to Safely Share the Road with Snowplows

Snowplows are a vital service to ensure the safety of our community. Many drivers have adopted to snowy road conditions, yet they remain uncertain when they encounter a snowplow. Snowplows are generally equipped with a large, heavy plow on the front, which allows them to clear ice and snow from the roads.

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Friction in Winter Maintenance: A New Way to Quantify Deicer Performance

Ensuring the safety of motorists and passability of roadways in the winter months is critical in many regions of the country. Some of the most useful parts of the toolkit many municipalities use to ensure roadway safety are deicing chemicals such as granular rock salt, salt brine, magnesium chloride, or calcium chloride. These chemicals function by effectively lowering the freezing point of water. Deicers can be used before a storm to prevent snow and ice from bonding as solidly to pavement and improve the effectiveness of plowing. Typically, this is called “anti-icing” and brine's are predominantly used in this capacity.

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EnviroTech’s Lab Prepares to Measure the Influence of Deicers on Friction

As we detailed in our November Blog, EnviroTech and Redmond are working with WTI (Western Transportation Institute) to develop a test that measures the influence a deicer has on surface friction. The existing standard test, SHRP 205 doesn’t provide performance-based results that speak to the true goal of deicing – which is to return a driving surface to a safe friction level as quickly as possible for a sustained period, and at maximum efficiency. Again, this new friction test, and its resulting data, was developed as a test method using a friction analyzer, a cold plate, and simulated track to measure the true effectiveness of deicers - replicating as closely as possible real-life conditions. 

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