One of the major important factors about structures such as vessels, silos, storage tanks, pits etc. is that it is essential to keep them clean. This is important not only for the company and for the operation of the vessel, but also for the safety of the personnel.
Here are some of the reasons why vessels should be cleaned:
- Betters general hygiene
- Keeps insects and other contaminating substances from entering the vessel
- To hinder contamination in general
- Reduces the risk of spoilage
- It’s cost effective
- To keep mould from appearing
- So that material does not stick to the sides of the vessel
- To hinder material blocking the base of the vessel
- To keep the vessel from overflowing
- Improves storages capacity
- To hinder blockages
- To hinder build-ups
- To make sure emergency exits from the vessel remain open
- Creates a safer environment for workers as there will be less matter such as dust
- Receiving help from a professional cleaning company may help recover material
Keeping a silo or a vessel clean will ensure the smooth running and production of the vessel and material.
In the food industry, food material and other perishing substances are kept in the vessel for a long period of time there is a chance it can draw insects and other creatures. This would mean the material inside would be spoiled and it would also create a bad working environment. This could also lead to mould and cross-contamination. Places where food is kept needs to be cleaning more often in general, and also, making sure it doesn’t get spoiled is cost-effective.
In the plastic industry mould and insects are not as much of a problem, but contamination can cause defects on the products in general.
Also, in the cement industry, the build-up of material can cause real problems. Rat-holing is a concept that can happen if the material in the silo does not have free movement, or if the vessels are not cleaned properly. When this happens the material adheres to the sides of the vessel. If a silo or vessel is not cleaned properly, material may block the base of the silo, which is called bridging.
Keeping a vessel clean from the beginning also reduces the time spent on cleaning as a result of bridging and rat-holing, which takes a considerably longer amount of time. Prevention is key.