Snow removal isn’t just about hitching a plow to the front of your vehicle and driving out to your clients as soon as the first sign of that big blizzard rears its head. There’s much more that goes into keeping your snow removal business functional, just as there is more that goes into removing snow than just plowing. A successful snow removal business needs to be proactive; plain and simple. And the easiest way to get in front of a big storm and make your customers happy is to lay down your salt before things get too hairy. But in order to use salt, you need to store bulk salt, and you need to store it somewhere safe and accessible for when the next big winter storm rolls in. Storing ice melt and rock salt are an often overlooked component to the business of snow removal, and there are special precautions to take before you make the investment.
Store Your Rock Salt Somewhere Within Reach
There is no use in having a sturdy shelter for your supply of rock salt if it’s not within easy reach any time you need it. And if you’ve been in the snow removal game long enough, you know that certain storms can come hard and fast. So fast, in fact, that a few miles may be the difference between a productive night of snow removal that will make your clients happy, and a disastrous night with minimal progress.
With that said, you’re going to want to ensure your salt placement is strategic. If you can store it in a structure on-site at each client’s location, then that’s your best bet. And keeping some at your home base is ideal so that you can load it into your truck and be ready to go at a moment’s notice. If for some reason, your home and your client’s property will not accommodate any salt reserves, or accommodate too little, then think of triangulating your clients and your home on a map and finding a central location that you can store your salt at so you’re never too far from it when you need some.
Invest In Bulk Salt Storage That Is Weatherproof & Legal
The worst thing you can do is invest in rock salt as well as a storage area for your salt, only to realize that your supply has been ruined due to the weather. It may be true that salt is a hardy substance and you’re literally going to throw it on the ground but a little TLC goes a long way toward keeping your salt in good shape until you’re ready to use it. You’ll want to ensure that your salt is stored somewhere out of the rain and snow where it can remain dry. Many professional snow removers use “instant garage” pop-up shelters that are easily erected and act as simple storage sheds. A cheaper alternative is to corral your salt with cinder blocks and secure a large tarp on top to keep out moisture.
However, no matter how you decide to store your salt, ensure that what you’re doing isn’t breaking any laws. For instance, some counties have ordinances prohibiting the storage of rock salt in situations where the salt is in constant contact with exposed earth. You’ll want to do your research and choose a storage solution that works for you and is ultimately a legal and safe method of storage. Above all else, keeping your salt dry is your biggest concern with regards to storing bulk salt.
Make Sure You Can Easily Transport It
If your snow removal business is big enough that you require a dedicated storage solution for your rock salt reserves, then you’re more than likely going to want to buy your salt in large quantities, and thus you’ll find yourself with a lot to store at once.
Rock salt is incredibly heavy, especially in bulk. Ensure that, wherever your salt is stored, you can easily transport it to your snow removal sites. That may mean loading it into the back of your truck or investing in a salt spreader. Either way, make sure you have the ability to get it where it needs to go.
Don’t Forget That Needing Bulk Salt Storage Is A Sign Of Success
It may feel overwhelming to get caught up in the details of your business. Surely you remember a simpler time when you didn’t have to worry about so many intricate components. But that’s because you didn’t have the clients that you do now. At the end of the day, the need to store bulk salt is a great thing—it means business is booming and you’re doing something right.
But part of running a successful business is in crossing your Ts and dotting your Is. And storing ice melt and bulk salt are an important component to keeping your clients happy. As long as your bulk salt storage solution is central, weatherproof, safe, and easily transported then you’ll rest easy knowing you’ll be one of the first fleets out before the next big storm.