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Posted by Dennis Blauser, February 18, 2021
Conventional silo cleaning, uses a high-powered pneumatic system to remove product buildup. One of the key issues with conventional silo cleaning is the time needed on-site. Typical compressed air systems are slow and have difficulty removing hardened material buildup. This can lead to increased downtime and a higher cleaning cost.
 
For the most effective silo cleaning, the market's leading solution is The Boss, an enhanced pneumatic system combined with a proprietary cleaning head. The Boss is 50% more powerful than conventional high powered compressed air machines. The specially designed cleaning head has various attachments, selected by our expert crew while in the field, that match the material buildup type and consistency for more effective cleaning. Silo cleaning professionals use the remote, dry cleaning system to remove even the toughest buildup while remaining safely outside the silo. This silo cleaning technique includes operating in a prescribed pattern to clean silos and storage vessels of any design and in any industry both safely and quickly.
 
It's called The Boss for a reason - when compared to conventional methods, it removes buildup more quickly and more effectively.
 
The Boss silo cleaning services are offered by USA Silo Service throughout the United States. As a division of the Marietta Group, which also includes Marietta Silos and Marietta Inspection Services, cleaning services can be bundled with silo inspection and maintenance to ensure economical silo care.
 
Wondering why you should have your silo cleaned? Watch our video, "Why is it important to have your silo cleaned?"
 
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Posted by Dennis Blauser, January 7, 2021
All silos should be regularly inspected whether they are old or new, rarely or frequently used. Identifying potential problems early on through routine inspection can save you big. Silo issues that need to be remediated only become more costly to repair and more dangerous the longer you wait.
 
Silo Inspection Cost Savings:
  • Planned downtime is always far more economical than unplanned downtime.
  • Routine repair of a silo will cost you much less than an emergency repair.
  • Small repairs are quicker and cheaper than a silo failure.
 
Ideally, silos should be professionally inspected a minimum of every two to five years. There are, however, conditions that may require more frequent silo inspection, so it's important to know when to schedule a silo inspection.
 
Professional silo inspection covers more areas of the silo than an in-house inspection. Trained silo inspectors or silo engineers examine your silo(s) in-depth to look for serious issues and provide preventive maintenance suggestions that can help keep your silo in the best shape possible.
 
When combined with silo cleaning, the inside of the silo structure, including roof beams and beam pockets, cones, floors, shelves and tunnels, can be thoroughly examined for signs of wear or damage.
 
Sticking to a regular inspection schedule with a trusted professional silo inspection company pays for itself. Through inspection and maintenance, you increase the useful life of your silo, reduce unplanned downtime, and uphold production goals. What's more, the lack of silo maintenance is a leading cause of failure. The costs of keeping up with preventive maintenance are significantly lower than the price of major repairs or construction after a structural failure.
 
Marietta Silos and USA Silos are the leading industry experts when it comes to silo inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and repair. Contact us today to schedule a silo inspection. To learn more, be sure to check out our full library of silo videos on silo maintenance, inspection and repair on .
 

 
December 7, 2020
Steel silo construction is widely applicable to both industry and agricultural uses. Whether storing grain or fly ash, steel silos — like all storage silos — must keep stored materials safe until they are needed for use. As with other silo designs and stored materials, steel silos are likewise susceptible to material flow issues, leaking or other failure and require regular, routine maintenance.
 
When it comes to maintaining your bolted steel silo, it's essential to check for corrosion and leaking issues. Over time, all steel silos are susceptible to corrosion. When evaluating your steel silo, it's important to check the amount of corrosion on the wall at the joints to identify potential leaking. Because moisture can accelerate corrosion, it's also important to examine the silo foundation or base for signs of stagnant, sitting water.
 
Leaking steel silo joints can also be caused by weak spots in the seam as a result of an aging gasket. The gasket, located between the flanges on bolted steel silos, tanks or vessels can become dry and brittle over time, allowing moisture in or stored material out. Temperature and pressure differential from pneumatic loading or negative pressure from dust collection systems can also compromise the integrity of the seam.
 
Our Solution
When you have corrosion and leaking issues present, it's essential to have the bolted seams professionally repaired. Following inspection, Marietta Silos' repair consists of caulking all the seams, both vertical and horizontal. Once the caulking has dried, a rubberized coating material is sprayed over the caulking at the joints. This resilient coating bonds directly to the steel to restore the efficacy of your storage silo. Unlike other coatings that act as a floating membrane, the rubberized coating withstands the normal fluctuations encountered at silo seams, protects against corrosion and withstands temperature and weather extremes. The repair process offered by Marietta Silos reduces or eliminates leaks in bolted panel seams.
 
This recent case study examines two corroded bolted steel silos that were in need of repair to avoid leaking and other failures. For this repair, the silos suffered from extreme corrosion and risked leaks due to a compromised gasket.
 
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