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In the world of bulk material storage, silos play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth operation of various industries, from agriculture to construction and beyond. However, the efficiency of a silo is heavily dependent on its maintenance and cleanliness.

As a company with over three decades of experience in silo cleaning and maintenance, we’ve seen first-hand the challenges and solutions associated with keeping these towering structures in top condition.

Understanding the Importance of Silo Maintenance

Regular maintenance and cleaning of silos are not just about preserving the integrity of the stored materials; it’s also a matter of safety and efficiency. Blockages and build-ups can lead to material degradation, contamination, and even structural damage due to uneven weight distribution. Moreover, in industries dealing with combustible materials, the risk of fire hazards increases significantly with poor silo hygiene. Our experience underscores the importance of proactive maintenance to prevent these issues.

The Challenge of Blockages

Blockages in silos, often caused by compacted material, moisture absorption, or fungal growth, can disrupt the flow of materials, leading to operational delays and financial losses. Over the years, we’ve encountered a variety of blockage types, each requiring a tailored approach. The most common issues include rat-holing, where material flows through a narrow channel in the centre, leaving the rest compacted, and bridging, where material forms an arch above the discharge area, preventing flow.

Effective Removal Techniques

Our approach to removing blockages combines traditional methods with innovative techniques, ensuring minimal downtime and maximum safety. One effective method is the use of pneumatic or hydraulic whips, which break apart compacted material from a safe distance. For tougher blockages, we employ the cardox CO2 system, a non-explosive method that delivers powerful blasts to dislodge materials without damaging the silo structure.

Preventative Measures

Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to silo maintenance. Our experience has taught us that regular inspections are crucial in identifying potential issues before they escalate.

We recommend:

  • Regular Cleaning: Schedule regular cleanings to prevent material build-up and ensure smooth operation.
  • Moisture Control: Implement dehumidification systems or air circulation techniques to reduce moisture levels and prevent caking.
  • Material Monitoring: Use real-time monitoring systems to track the condition of the stored material and adjust storage conditions accordingly.
  • Training: Educate staff on proper filling and emptying procedures to minimise the risk of blockages.

The Role of Professional Silo Cleaning Services

While some maintenance tasks can be handled in-house, professional silo cleaning services offer the expertise and equipment necessary for thorough cleaning and blockage removal. With over 30 years in the field, we’ve developed a deep understanding of silo maintenance. Our team is equipped with specialised tools and safety gear to tackle any challenge, ensuring that your silo remains in optimal condition.

If you would like to know more about the silo maintenance and tank cleaning services we provide, do not hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team. We work closely with our clients to provide an unmatched level of service. To speak with our team simply fill in our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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