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Ask a Deicing Salt Supplier: A Buying Guide

Ask a Deicing Salt Supplier: A Buying Guide

If you own a business, chances are you’ll be buying deicing salt in large quantities once the winter hits. But with all the different ways to purchase deicing salt, it can be confusing to figure out what to buy.

To help you determine which product best fits your needs, we’ve asked a deicing salt supplier to break down a few popular options:

Bulk Treated Salt

This variety is treated with a liquid called magnesium chloride, which makes it much stronger and more effective than salt alone – so you’ll be using 20 to 30 percent less salt. If you have environmental concerns or are worried about causing damage to your concrete, this is a good option as it is less damaging to vegetation and less corrosive than traditional salt.

Winter Sand & Bulk Salt Mix

With 75 percent winter sand and 25 percent bulk salt, this hybrid is best for traction on thick, icy surfaces, or snow-covered roads. Depending on your needs, you could alter the ratio to your liking as the salt can be added in very small amounts if desired since it’s added to sand to prevent it from freezing.

Bulk Salt Sacks

If you are looking to purchase exceptionally large quantities of deicing salt for your commercial property, bulk salt sacks are a great option. The sacks generate less waste and are easier to work with for large spaces since your deicing salt technician won’t have to constantly open small bags.

If you have questions about which deicing salt product is best for your business, or if you want to explore additional options, contact Draglam Salt in Oakville.

Bulk Road Salt in Oshawa

Bulk Road Salt in Oshawa

Oshawa has a long association with cars, so it’s only fitting that Draglam Salt, Canada’s largest bulk salt distributor has two locations in the city. The Oshawa Docks salt distributor provides bulk orders of salt to people and businesses in the area.


Oshawa Docks salt provider is located a few minutes south of Highway 401, and just north of Oshawa Harbour. For their hours you can refer to their locations page on their website. Currently the Oshawa Docks location is closed, but it will be open for the winter season which runs from November 15th to April 15th.

The Advantages of Bulk and Delivery

Since the Oshawa Docks location only provides bulk orders of salt, we’d like to tell you a little about the advantages of having a bulk order of salt delivered. Bulk orders are available from 1 tonne, up to 42 tonnes. Ordering from Oshawa Docks salt provider can save your business money. Having the salt delivered streamlines your winter maintenance routines and makes it more convenient.

Excess Salt

One concern you may have ordering in bulk from the Oshawa Docks salt provider is whether or not you will have excess salt at the end of the season. If you do not want to store remaining salt you can return it to several of their locations.

So if you need bulk salt in Oshawa, consider ordering from Oshawa Docks salt provider.

De-Icing with Experts at Oshawa Yard

De-Icing with Experts at Oshawa Yard

Draglam Salt has two locations in Oshawa, but unlike their Oshawa Docks location, the Oshawa Yards salt provider remains open all year long, and provides a variety of products. A notable de-icing product our Oshawa Yards salt provider carries is Landscaper’s Choice Ice Melter.

The Difference between Road Salt and Ice Melter

I recommend you speak to their expert staff at the Oshawa Yards salt provider to determine whether road salt, or Landscaper’s Choice Ice Melter is right for your needs. But here are a few reasons why you might choose to use Landscaper’s Choice:

  • Environmentally friendly. Landscaper’s Choice is Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) rather than salt and has less of an effect on the environment.
  • Less Harmful to Vegetation. When used as directed Landscaper’s Choice is designed to work without harming trees, grass, or other plant life.
  • Won’t corrode metal. Landscaper’s Choice creates a bond between the surface and ice to prevent corrosion, eliminating corrosion – one of the frustrating aspects of using road salt.
  • Safer to use. A less corrosive formula also means that you don’t need protective clothing in order to use it.
  • Easier to use. The formula is designed to resist clumping so it disperses more easily.

When Road Salt is Your Preference

The Oshawa Yard salt provider still specializes in road salt because it combines economy and effectiveness that makes it indispensable for many businesses.

Visit Draglam Salt’s Oshawa Yard salt provider to learn about what de-icing products will best serve your needs.

Ways to Boost Your Snow Removal Business During Off Season

Ways to Boost Your Snow Removal Business During Off Season

For many businesses, it is normal to experience a fluctuation with the number of sales during any particular season, whether it’s due to holidays or weather related. For example, retail stores can see a peak with sales during Christmas while landscapers prepare for their busiest season around Memorial Day in Ontario. Adversely, snow removal businesses are on low season during the Spring and Summer.

If you own a snow removal business but aren’t taking on any landscaping ventures during the summer: what can you do during slower seasons? (besides waiting for things to pick up again?) Well, the fact that you do have some off time could be very beneficial for the business, the key is not to lose the momentum you gained from your busiest times.  

While your service is still fresh in the mind of your clients, use these tips for boosting your snow removal business during off-season:

  • Reach out to your customers with offers or discounts on early bookings for next year.
  • Improve your business’ efficiency by investing in a computer software program that will allow you to better manage your growing customer base next season.  There will be plenty of time during off-season to learn how to use the new software, input data, and train staff.
  • Create a referral campaign. Offer your existing customers some sort of benefit for referring another business to yours.
  • Revamp your pricing. Review your finances over the past season, compared to your competitors and consider whether or not your pricing model needs a few adjustments.
  • Restock your products and supplies. Being prepared for the following season is crucial to getting ahead of your competition. For those in the industry, they understand how salt shortages can be damaging for businesses.  

You can pre-order your supply of road salt from Draglam Salt by November 17th to guarantee supply for the following season. Draglam Salt is Ontario’s supplier of choice for bagged and bulk road salts, with strategically located depots for prompt service, including delivery.  To arrange supply of road salt for your snow removal business, contact Draglam Salt’s 24-hour service line at 1.888.907.SALT(7258).

The Difference Between”Deicing VS. Anti-icing?”

The Difference Between”Deicing VS. Anti-icing?”

Weather in Ontario can be very unpredictable and for those of us that work in the industry of snow removal, it’s a big job to manage these hazards in order to maintain safe conditions before, during, and after a snowstorm. Being extremely reactive and proactive is essential to the job.

Anti-icing is a proactive method that’s used to prevent snow and ice from bonding to surfaces on roads, driveways, walkways, and sidewalks. When the trucks hit the streets spreading road salt before we even see a hint of snow, you can be sure a snowstorm is about to hit and this would be a prime example of an anti-icing process.  Alternatively, there is a liquid calcium spread which is highly effective and currently one of the leading ways to  reduce the amount of icing and put some ease back into the job after a snowstorm.  

Deicing is a reactive method that typically involves the use of road salt or liquid calcium to melt the snow and ice after a snowstorm.  Of course road salt is the more common and traditional form of deicing that most household owners use as well. However, for those who are dealing with larger areas such as commercial properties, liquid calcium can also be used and applied to solids to speed up the process and make plowing much easier.
Draglam Salt is a reliable source and Ontario’s supplier of choice for bulk and bagged salt services. Call their 24-hour salt hotline to inquire about road salt delivery for your snow removal company.

What You Need to Know About Ice Melt

What You Need to Know About Ice Melt

Most people think that ice melt is merely an umbrella term for any product used for melting snow when in fact it refers to a liquid calcium spread used to de-ice solids. The reason for using an ice melt over rock salt is that it is the most effective method for lowering freezing temperatures of ice as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit. It is fast acting and makes plowing large commercial areas faster, saving money and time.

There are a variety of ice melts available which all serve for different purposes.  Some you’ll even find are made to be environmentally-friendly and safer for people and pets.  If you are in the industry of snow and ice removal and are dealing with home or business owners that require special consideration for children or pets, speak with a professional and get advice on the best type of ice melt for this purpose.  
Draglam Salt is a reliable source and Ontario’s supplier of choice for ice melt and rock salt services. Snow and ice melt products including bulk salt, bagged salt, and liquid deicing options are available at wholesale prices for quick pick up and delivery. Call their 24-hour salt hotline and speak to a professional who will match you with the best options suitable for the job.