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Taking care of you and your home in winter

Local authorities take on the mammoth task of keeping communities safe during winter months. Renfrewshire Council, for example, purchase in excess of 5000 tonnes of rock salt to support their 24 hour commitment to dealing with the effects of snow and ice. Over 500 km of roads and 800 miles of pavements are treated, with priority given to bus routes and access to schools and emergency services. There are a number of ways that we can personally prepare for winter, by taking care of our own surroundings and knowing what to do in an emergency. Identify your nearest grit bin, or keep your own supply of rock salt handy Keep a shovel nearby to assist in clearing paths NEVER use boiling water to melt snow or ice - this can quickly turn into black ice Pay particular attention to d

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The true cost of not gritting your property

Who is responsible for gritting roads, car parks and pavements? The majority of major roads in the UK are the responsibility of local councils, whereas car parks and access ways are the responsibility of the land or property owner. There seems to be a bit of ambiguity surrounding the decision to use de-icing rock salt or not. One well known newspaper published an article a number of years ago, as follows: ".... householders and companies open themselves up to legal action if they try to clear a public pavement outside their property. If they leave the path in a treacherous condition, they cannot be sued." After trawling through the internet it appears that there has never been a successful case of someone being sued from slipping on pathways that have been cleared. If you are 'invitin

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Keeping our roads safe in winter

Each year over 1000 people are seriously injured or killed in the UK to bad weather such as ice and snow on the roads. This is a grim and unpleasant fact, however it is good to know that steps are taken every year to help reduce this number and keep people safe. Over a whopping 2 million tonnes of rock salt are spread onto UK roads each year by local authorities. The bulk of this is concentrated on main roads and motorways, helping to keep the nation connected and the traffic flowing with relative ease and minimum disruption. Of course there are other areas treated where access is paramount - hospitals, care centres and airports, however this service is often outsourced to a dedicated winter maintenance team rather than a local authority.  Two main types of salt of salt are used on

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Preparing for winter in the UK

 In the UK we are quite lucky with our winters. Temperatures drop, and we experience ice and snow but rarely is there a need in the built up areas of the UK mainland for snow ploughs, so the most common method of de-icing is using de-icing salt. The application of salt on our roads is an integral part of every local authority’s strategy to make winter's passage a safe one. Rock salt works by melting snow and ice and essentially forming a liquid brine. The salt seeps downward to contact the ground underneath, and spreads outward breaking the bond between ice and cold surfaces. In cases of severe weather the application of de-icing salt makes it possible to physically loosen and remove whole sheets of compacted snow and ice. Used in advance of icy conditions salt can also prevent i

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Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd launches micro-website to support a new arm of the business.

Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd has recently launched a new website to support another subsidiary of the business – Sandbags for Sale. Along with importing and distributing de-icing salt throughout the UK, Salt and Grit has been manufacturing and distributing filled sand bags for some time. It certainly seems that the UK is experiencing more flooding than ever before, and following on from the success of the product last year the management team made the decision to develop a new brand for sandbags. The website, www.sandbagsforsale.co.uk will help drive sales UK wide and grow the company into a more prominent player within the market. The website provides lots of useful information including flood warnings and alerts, along with helpful guides on how to use sandbags properly for flood pro

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What is frost?

Frost is formed when a solid surface is chilled below the dew point - that is, the atmospheric temperature below which water droplets begin to condense and form water droplets. If a surface is colder than freezing - ice and frost will form on it, even if the air temperature is humid and not as cold. To put it simply, when water vapour in the air condenses into liquid water, you get raindrops and dew, and when it condenses in colder conditions you get frost and ice. Ground frost A ground frost refers to the formation of ice crystals on the ground, or any items outside such as garden furniture, wood, cars and trees. Ground frost occurs on items that have a surface temperature that is below the freezing point of water. It is not unusual for ground frost to be present without an air fro

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Gritting companies are at the ready

There is no denying the UK has experienced an exceptionally mild December – mean temperatures have not been this high since records began in 1910! The mild temperatures are no cause for complacency – UK residents know only too well how quickly the weather and temperature can change. Snow and icy conditions can cause serious disruption when it arrives and this is why there are dedicated teams of public and private sector winter maintenance companies always on stand-by. Deciding on when to grit roads is not as straight forward as one might think. Unnecessary gritting can use lots of salt and prove to be costly. Failing to grit roads when severe weather takes place is dangerous and can prove even more costly – in terms of monetary value and in some cases, lives. The main aim of gritt

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Rock salt or white salt?

Red Rock Salt and White Rock Salt are both as effective as each other at doing their main job -  they both act as a de-icer and stop ice forming, help thaw existing snow or ice, and make pavements and roads safer. Rock Salt is the name generally given to red salt. Rock salt is mined from huge ancient seams of rock salt that were formed from old ancient sea beds that have since dried up and become locked into rocks underground. The reason why the salt is red or brown in colour is because when it is mined small deposits of other minerals are also collected from the rocks underground. These minerals don’t affect the effectiveness of the salt. Red rock salt is generally cheaper than white salt in the UK, possibly because it is mostly sourced from the UK White Salt is made from e

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Christmas Opening Hours 2015

We have monitored the weather forecast and decided that Salt and Grit Solutions last day of work will be Christmas Eve. The office will remain closed until Monday 4th of January 2016.  As we are committed to providing salt when it is most needed we will closely monitor the weather and open again if we feel there is a need. Should this happen please be aware that our deliveries will be affected, although we will have salt available to uplift from our yard in Paisley. We urge you to place your salt orders in advance to avoid disappointment. Wednesday the 23rd of December is the last delivery day for pallet networks – so please place orders before the Friday the 18th. Any orders placed after the 18th of December may not arrive until the New Year. Bulk loads should also be booked in

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Can we really predict the weather for winter?

  Every year at the end of autumn we see lots of news posts online proclaiming that the UK should prepare for the worst winter in 50 years. Should we believe the hype? The truth is there really is no way of accurately predicting the weather and providing a genuine long range forecast for a whole winter period. The Met Office puts it nicely in the following statement, “…the outlook is not like a normal weather forecast. It’s an experimental and complex outlook based on probabilities which is designed specifically for those who plan ahead for various contingencies based on possible likelihoods.” The article which can be found here goes on to sum it up nicely by saying, “It’s a bit like the science-equivalent of factoring the odds on a horse race and like any horse

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