When to Fill Your Shed
A Winter Preparation Timeline
Putting off thoughts of fighting winter snow is a risky gamble. Just last year, the western United States learned a valuable lesson in winter preparedness. In October 2019, when fall had just barely started to show its face, a plunging cold spell enveloped the west. Temperatures plunged and shattered multiple records. Here in Utah, the lowest recorded temperature reached -43° F! Anyone who left their deicing decisions until the mid fall was left scrambling to get supplies quickly. Let’s look through our recommendation for how and when deicing decisions need to be made to help you prepare for the winter.
Midsummer is the perfect time to utilize good weather to make changes and adjustments to your layout, storage needs, and winter supply infrastructure. Spend some time looking at your winter plans from last year and ask yourself some questions:
- What went right? / What went wrong?
- Did we run out of supplies? / Did we have leftover deicing materials?
- Were we ready for surprise fall and spring storms?
- Was our stockpile easy to access, even in the middle of winter?
- Are we satisfied with the performance of our equipment and deicing supplies?
- Do we need to research/budget for a more efficient snow fighting arsenal?
- Does our storage area need to be expanded to make room for more product?
- Are we prepared for the worst case scenario?
As you ask yourself these questions, formulate a plan for the following winter.
- Plan to repeat the successes / avoid the shortcomings from the previous winter
- If you were unprepared for surprise fall and spring storms, adjust your current purchasing and shipping timelines accordingly
- If you ran out of deicing product, budget for more supplies
- If you have leftover deicing product, ensure it is protected during the summer
- Organize your storage so leftover deicing materials are used first
- Perform storage area maintenance to make sure paths and roads are clear and structures are secure
- If you are dissatisfied with your previous deicer selection, thoroughly research available product choices to help you better equip yourself for the coming winter
- If you plan on purchasing more supplies, ensure you have ample storage for new product
Late Summer/Early Fall
After making the needed plans and preparations, late summer and early fall are the best time to stock up. Too many people don’t give a moment’s thought to winter stockpiles until snow appears on the doppler. Here are a few deicing purchasing and storing tips to help you acquire and manage your stock to stay ahead of the weather.
- Acquire your own onsite stockpile that can be readily accessible for surprise fall storms
- Avoid waiting until the first storm hits (that is when deicing vendors get hit with panic ordering and it can be difficult to get the supply you need as quickly as you hope)
- Closely follow your deicing manufacturer’s guidelines for storage (for outside stockpiles, use a layer of sand to help reduce surface crust on your deicer, keep deicing bulk totes stored away from the sun to reduce hardening)
- Place older product in a location where it can be used before new product
Ice Slicer is at the ready to give you peace of mind this winter by helping you with your preparations. Contact us today to secure your stockpile and be ready to roll when the first storm hits!