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As the age-old saying goes, ‘time flies’. So, ask yourself, is the correct Winter Maintenance cover in place on your sites for the winter months?


Many Companies overlook the need for Winter Maintenance entirely. But it’s not just the highways that need to be gritted. If you don’t spread salt on your own site, you risk your business grinding to a halt. Four reasons to put a Gritting contract


in place: • In commercial businesses, you safeguard productivity levels by ensuring your employees can get into work as normal


• In retail environments, you don’t risk a drop in sales due to shoppers not being able to reach you- crucial around the Christmas period.


• You keep staff and visitors safe, by striving to prevent slips and trips due to icy conditions underfoot


• This also helps protects you from potentially costly accident and injury claims, that could affect your bottom line and your reputation.


If you’re an FM manager in charge of


sites across a large area, you don’t want to have different companies for each size of site. It is best to choose a Winter Maintenance provider that has a wide range of spreading equipment who is able


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to offer a comprehensive service to meet the requirements of all the sites in your portfolio. At The Gritting Company, our expansive


fleet of winter maintenance vehicles are strategically located at over 73 depots throughout the UK, giving a truly full national coverage. They carry around 10 tonnes of salt each, enough to cover their full route and giving the ability to spread extra salt in adverse weather! • No site is too large or small • We only use BS 3247 salt, certified for its quality


• With a 20,000-tonne stockpile of reserve salt, we’ve never run out


• We own and proactively maintain our own fleet, to prevent unplanned breakdowns or interruptions


• Flexible plans are available, we can tailor our service to you


What to expect from your gritting service


There’s a common misconception that when a site has been gritted there will always be salt visible; that’s not always the case. The purpose of gritting is to lay salt


on your sites surface to prevent ice from forming, therefore companies endeavour to service sites before temperatures reach 0 degrees Celsius. The salt that is applied will mix with air/surface moisture, break down into a saline solution (brine), and thus lower the freezing point of the grounds surface. This process prevents ice from forming on your site. So rather than seeing grains of salt and patches of ice, you would notice damp patches where the brine is sitting. Spreading salt after ice has already


formed is effective, however it takes much longer to break the ice down.


Different types of frost


People are sometimes shocked or confused when they see frost on the grass or have to scrape their car windscreens but didn’t see any gritters out and about overnight. This can be down to the difference in air versus ground temperature and if there was moisture on the ground. Sometimes you may have very cold temperatures but because there is no moisture present in the air then there is no risk of a frost and therefore no need to grit.


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