Snow traction mats

Every time the weatherman issues a winter storm warning, a collective groan can be heard from anyone who is in charge of snow removal in the affected area. The early morning wakeup call and the physical work of clearing the heavy fresh snow with a snow shovel or snowblower is not everyone’s idea of a good time. What if there was an easier way to melt snow on your sidewalk?

Summerstep snow traction mats are the answer. These industrial floor mats use an efficient heating technology to safely melt snow on your sidewalk and add additional traction from a non-slip rubber tread. The mats are designed to be used alone, or daisy chained together by means of a water tight plug, so you can link several together to cover your walkway.

snow melting mat

If stair safety is an issue, Summerstep also comes in a configuration meant to fit your stairs. Simply link together as many snow traction mats as you need to fit the stairs and you won’t have to worry about any slick surfaces, or using harsh snow melting chemicals. The warm mats will melt the existing snow, prevent any re-freezing, and provide a grippy surface to step on.
snow melting mat

Summerstep snow traction mats are designed to industrial strength standards, so they will last you for years with proper use and care. Now you can melt snow on the sidewalk and stairs without the back breaking labor involved, and you’ll have peace of mind for the duration of the snowstorm. You won’t have to spend any more time and energy to keep the walkways clear- let Summerstep do the work.

How to Winterize your IBC Tote

Stacks of Different Colored IBC Totes

Fall isn’t just a time to think about Fantasy Football, it’s time to start winterizing your IBC totes. In this blog post, we’ll go over a few ways you can start preparing before temperatures drop. Better to do it now, than wait and scramble to defrost your frozen IBCs.

Stack Your Totes

Most IBC’s are designed in part to be stackable by means of a forklift. By stacking and grouping the tanks together, you reduce the surface area exposed to the cold air. This method certainly won’t keep the totes warm, but it may keep internal temperatures a degree or two higher. In subzero temperatures however, this would still be fairly ineffective.

Store IBC’s Indoors

The most obvious solution to winterizing your tanks would be moving them into a climate controlled warehouse. The obvious drawback to this is the amount of space that each IBC tank takes up, as well as the outrageous heating costs of a warehouse (more than 10% of total revenue for some businesses!). Another drawback for some, is the inability to localize the heat, or maintain a certain viscosity- if you are storing liquids where this is important.

tote heater / ibc heaterUse a Powerblanket

Perhaps the most efficient and controllable solution to winterize your IBC tote is a Powerblanket– an electrically-heated, industrial blanket that wraps around your IBC. We have ready-to-ship solutions for every popular size of tote. They come with or without an insulated lid, and an adjustable thermostat that reaches as high as 145 degrees F. If our stocked tote heaters don’t fit your application, no problem, let us make you a custom one. We have a team of engineers onsite that can design a Powerblanket to fit any size, variation, and specification of your particular totes. Drop us a line.

Whether you store liquids, chemicals, or food items in IBCs, take the time to protect them now so that you can worry about your Fantasy lineup, instead of worrying about your business materials when you wake up and see frost on the ground.

Any other concerns or questions? Ask us in the comments!

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