Silo Inspection, Cleaning & Repair
IA Mechanical provides services for several different aspects of plants and facilities. Many facilities have silos to hold bulk material. At the ground level, IA Mechanical can provide silo maintenance, install or repair liners, and perform nondestructive testing (NDT). We work with each company to determine the best plan for their silo.
Preventative maintenance is an effective way to ensure a long life for your silos while protecting the material inside it and facility workers. Over time, silos will begin showing small signs of distress. Regular maintenance and attention can alert you to these warning signs early, so they don’t progress to large structural issues. Several factors can expedite silo wear and tear, such as time, weather, and environmental exposure. Regular silo maintenance and cleaning can stunt any foundational issues as it keeps it in the best shape possible, while also allowing for cleaners to notice any warning signs.
It is recommended to have regular silo inspections on 1-, 2-, and 5-year schedules. From there, IA Mechanical can determine appropriate maintenance to avoid bigger issues and costly repairs. Between inspections, factory workers should keep a regular eye out for issues in common areas, such as roofs and exterior surfaces.
Liners are used with protective coatings to protect from the elements. From being exposed to violent weather to temperature swings and constant immersion, liners for silos add an extra level of protection to prolong the life of a silo. Not only do they elongate the life of a silo, but they also protect against corrosion. IA Mechanical can help install or repair liners to ensure that your silo is as protected as possible.
Nondestructive testing (NDT)
Nondestructive testing (NDT) is used to determine the structural integrity of silos without destroying the structure or system. These tests are often performed at the beginning of pinpointing an issue, or with routine maintenance. Due to its nondestructive and noninvasive nature, many people opt to go with these methods first. IA Mechanical performs several types of NDTs, such as:
- Visual Testing – the most popular method
- Liquid Penetrant Testing
- Magnetic Particle Testing
- Ultrasonic Testing
- Radiographic Testing, and
- Electromagnetic Testing
Silo Repairs With Minimal Downtime
All the above-mentioned tests help to identify and determine the severity of any issues a silo may encounter. At times, several methods may be used together to gather a better idea of the severity of the structural issues. After the issue is pinpointed, a course of action can be determined – whether that is repairing a small issue or creating an appropriate maintenance plan.
If you are interested in learning more about maintenance services, lining options, or NDT methods offered for silos at your plant or factory, call IA Mechanical today. We value minimal downtime to save you money and time but provide an expert experience never sacrificing our quality of service. Make sure to keep up with regular silo checks and maintenance at your plant or factory to avoid timely and costly situations in the future.