There are many reasons to validate and support why snow can and should be melted, but in the end it boils down to time and money – yours to be exact.
Delays in snow removal can indirectly and directly result in loss of revenue. With airports, shopping malls, and parking lots, a delay in snow removal can result in tremendous loss of revenues, in addition to the trucking costs. Although costs are of the utmost importance, speed of removal is equally so. Snow melting is a viable cost-effective alternative and can save property management companies, municipalities, secure facilities, and airports up to 50 per cent or even higher off their regular snow removal budgets, and the potential for yearly and future costs savings is astounding. The specific placing of portable or stationary snow melters can reclaim strategic areas very quickly and they reduce the handling and double handling of snow as well.
For example, during a typical snow storm, a property management company can spend anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000, and in most cases, substantially more. If the number of snow storms or events increases, these costs can exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars in one year alone. Snow melters can pay for themselves in as little as one to three years, and with a lifespan of 25 years, the cost savings and economics speak volumes. Consider factoring a snow melter into your particular equation.
What are you currently spending on your snow budget?
Did you know that snow melters can eliminate trucks, the pollution from the dump truck, and the cost of trucking the snow is also eliminated? This translated into massive savings.
Not to mention, when the cost and pollution of the snow dumpsites are eliminated, the cost of labour required is significantly reduced and safety is improved as snow removal trucks are not on the roads during or after a storm. For Homeland Security and other secure installations, the cost and time associated with security checks is eliminated.
Snow melters and the environment
Melting the snow will separate and contain most of the sand and other foreign materials, including pop cans and other garbage. Any oil or gasoline-contaminated snow can be captured and/or separated at an interceptor or at the sewage treatment plant. Federal, state, and provincial environmental agencies around the world have now instituted restrictive permitting and monitoring requirements, restricting or prohibiting the dumping of snow into water bodies or into land snow dumps. The difficulty in obtaining permits for land snow dumps has also subsequently diminished their availability and practicability.
In addition to the environmental difficulties and hazards linked with land snow dumps, the cost of real estate may make creating and maintaining a snow dump prohibitively expensive. In many geographical areas, where you have a very high or dense urban population, it is simply not cost-effective to use tracts of land for snow dumps or to transport snow by truck or other means to distant land tracts that may be permittable and available. There are alternatives remaining; you can continue to pile the snow and leave it to melt naturally over time, or you can melt the snow in a snow melter. Today, many savvy municipalities, hospitals, universities and property management companies employ snow contractors who own and operate snow melters.