Silo Inspection Blogs
Posted by Dennis Blauser, July 23, 2024
Looking to lower your overhead costs? While it's unwise and unsafe to skip silo maintenance, inspections, and repairs, you can implement strategies that help you save.

Combined Silo Services from Marietta Silos

One of the best ways to reduce silo maintenance costs is to take advantage of combined services. Finishing small silo repairs at the same time as your silo inspection reduces additional unplanned downtime and additional trips necessary to get your silo back up and running.
Our Mobile Inspection Trailer allows us to transport necessary tools, support equipment, and other items required for our field teams to conduct silo inspections with safety and efficiency. Our standard on-site equipment package includes all materials and equipment required to maximize personnel safety per the OSHA Confined Space Standard 29 CFR 1910.146.
When you request a combined service from Marietta Silos, we can also transport equipment and materials to complete small and silo restoration and repairs on-site during the inspection. This allows us to complete silo inspections and repair quickly, safely, and efficiently in one mobilization. Finishing small silo repairs at the same time as your silo inspection reduces additional unplanned downtime and additional trips necessary to get your silo back up and running.

How can I reduce silo repair or silo restoration costs?

Although conducting a silo inspection is a positive step, its effectiveness depends on whether you actually follow through with suggested repairs, restoration, or other maintenance for the silo. Minor silo repairs are always less expensive, so the sooner you complete a silo repair, the better.
Contact us to schedule your next silo repair, restoration, or inspection.

Posted by Dennis Blauser, March 8, 2024
Sticking to a regular silo inspection schedule with a trusted professional silo inspection company pays for itself. Regular silo inspections are one of the best ways to help prevent production delays, regardless of the industry. Wait too long to have your silo inspected and minor problems can turn into serious structural issues in what feels like the blink of an eye.
When it comes to the proper intervals for silo inspections, best practices recommend professional inspections at two- to five-year intervals to help identify any issues that could lead to silo failure. While a professional silo inspection is a great first step, it's important to ensure any necessary maintenance, restoration, and repair identified in the inspection report is followed through on. To minimize downtime and further reduce production delays, silo inspections can be bundled with other silo services. Full-service companies are able to provide inspections, silo cleanings, and often repair services in one mobilization so you can get things up and running again as soon as possible.
Scheduling your silo inspection at the same time as your silo cleaning also means the inside of the silo structure, including roof beams and beam pockets, cones, floors, shelves and tunnels, can be examined for signs of wear or damage. This helps you get the most for your money and can minimize downtime and expense while ensuring your silo continues to operate safely and efficiently for years to come.
Routine cleaning of bulk storage vessels like bins, silos, and domes is one of the best ways that cement plants, cement and concrete batching plants, manufacturing facilities, and others can prevent unplanned downtime. USA Silo Service is your go-to silo cleaning company for expert silo cleaning. Check out their latest blog on Cement Silo and Dome Cleaning.

Posted by Dennis Blauser, January 31, 2024
When it comes to your annual silo maintenance calendar, it's always the best bet to get things on the schedule sooner, rather than later. The best plan will get all your maintenance booked at once. Doing so allows you to plan for necessary silo maintenance like cleaning, silo inspection, and silo restoration or repairs when you have a naturally lighter schedule.
  Silo Cleaning Silo Inspection Silo Repair and Restoration Silo Construction
January Off Season    
March   Exterior Silo Repairs  
April   Exterior Silo Repairs  
May   Exterior Silo Repairs  
June Off Season   Warm/Dry Weather
July Off Season   Warm/Dry Weather
August Off Season   Warm/Dry Weather
September Off Season Exterior Silo Repairs  
October Off Season Exterior Silo Repairs  
November Off Season Exterior Silo Repairs  
December Off Season    
Silo Inspection
Regular silo inspections and routine silo maintenance help you increase the useful life of your silo, reduce unplanned downtime, and uphold production goals. In fact, professional inspections are the most effective, preventive method to ensure concrete and steel structures, surfaces, and silos remain safe and fully operational. Best practices recommend professional inspections at two- to five-year intervals to help identify any issues that could lead to silo failure.
Silo Restoration and Repairs
Consistently monitoring the exterior of the silo can assist facilities in identifying emerging or escalating problems, potentially requiring more frequent or timely inspections. With proper design and construction, a significant portion of this damage can be avoided or reduced through regular inspections, maintenance, and a thorough knowledge of appropriate protocols. Any silo that experiences sudden deterioration or displays signs of new damage should be inspected by a professional immediately. While the end of the year is often chaotic, it's a good time to make sure silo maintenance services like restoration and repair. Minor exterior silo repairs that have been identified in a professional silo inspection earlier in the year can be scheduled during temperate times of the year, like spring and fall, as they should have little to no impact on production schedules.
Silo Construction
Jumpform and slipform silo construction methods are two of the most flexible in the industry today. So, what determines the construction approach? Jumpform construction is not as time-sensitive as slipform because it is completed in stages, rather than a continuous pour. When looking at the best time of year to schedule your silo construction project, it's often wise to book dryer times of the year, such as the summer, to help prevent weather-related delays.
Don't delay. Get your annual silo maintenance scheduled today.

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