Snow Melting

How Melters Work:

Although there are different Melter manufacturers with differing technology, the basic principles of the machines are the same. Each Melter has a large-volume tub of water that is heated by large, but efficient burners. The snow is loaded into the tub and the heat of the water along with the turbulence provided by jets melts the snow. The melted snow displaces the existing water and exits the tub via an overflow pipe. The water then drains away as it naturally would by way of storm sewers.

Benefits of Melting Snow:

Although there are many benefits to melting snow, it is not meant for every application. The benefits of Snow Melters are realized in situations dealing with large volumes of snow such as large parking areas. These areas tend to be very busy with cars and pedestrians. Cars, pedestrians and many pieces of heavy equipment moving from one end of the parking lot to another is a recipe for disaster. Traditionally, the only safe way to remove snow under these conditions would be to wait until after hours when cars and pedestrians are safely out of the way. Snow melting, on the other hand, requires only a melter and a loader, substantially reducing the amount of equipment needed to accomplish the same job. Melters are stationary units that can be loaded close to the pile by a loader, allowing the rest of the parking lot to operate as usual, safely free of construction traffic. The absence of heavier machinery convoys also eliminates heavy loads across parking lots that can lead to high maintenance costs.