Silo Cleaning UK - General Maintenance of Silos

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General Maintenance of Silos

When a Silo starts clogging, so does production.

Silos are essential to several industries. They provide storage for flour, grains, cereals, sugar and animal feed. They protect the produce from the ‘outside’ and reduce the risk of spoilage. This is why silo hygiene is so important, and must be done regularly.  Microbial growth, contamination and pest infestation are all things that can destroy produce and get into your silos.

Cleaning a silo is a difficult process. Depending on your scale of your production, a silo can be anywhere from 10ft to 90ft. That’s a lot of silo to clean. The silos also have to be emptied beforehand, meaning the process must be in time with deliveries and downtime. Attempting this without a specialist company could be dangerous.

The laws and rules that come with cleaning silos are extensive, and for good reason. It is a challenging operation that could easily cause injury due to carelessness. The best way to clean a silo is to have someone winched into the main chamber of the unit and controlled by a second person. A third person stands by to supervise, intervene in case of emergency and will take readings such as gas. This is a process that should only be done by specialists. Without hiring a company to clean your silos you’re in danger of breaking the law if it’s not done correctly and damaging produce as your silos may not be cleaned properly, causing the infestations and contamination that can eat away at a production line.

The actual cleaning of a unit can be straightforward once the riggings and specialist operatives are in place. The cleaning process is similar to that of cleaning a large storage area. This includes dry brushing, removal of left over waste from the grains, or other produce, and scraping of the round unit. While it is straight forward challenges can come from the type of commodity. Flour will stick to the sides and floor of the silo, causing dust that can cause damage to someone’s lungs. To go in there without masks would conflict with health and safety. Another practise that could easily be forgotten without the use of specialists.

The teams that specialise in silo cleaning are fully trained and will have the expertise and knowledge in confined space entry, emergency escape and the correct use of appropriate equipment. Something that as a silo owner you won’t have.  Hiring a team means the job is done safely and effectively. Paying for a specialist team to come in will save you much more than having to control the damage from not hiring one.