Many silos in use today date back to the 1940s. This may not seem like a problem because silos appear to be indestructible from the outside. The fact is many silos across the country have never been inspected structurally or otherwise. These storage vessels can degrade due to weather, usage, and simply the passage of time. Without an inspection to uncover any integrity issues, silos can actually collapse without warning. Not only is this a problem in terms of replacement cost; worse yet, it can cost the lives of anyone working on or around the structure. Since the 1980s, Mole•Master Services Corporation has offered professional silo inspection services to help prevent these types of disasters.
There is no reason for this type of accident to occur. Properly certified, experienced structural engineers familiar with the pressures seen by silo walls during the process of filling, storing and discharging, can evaluate a silo to make sure everything is structurally sound. An investment now can truly prevent future tragedies.
Mole•Master approaches all projects with safety and clear communication as the top priorities. Silo inspection projects are certainly no different in that regard. Part of this communication is working with the customer to develop a plan, prior to the start of the project, that clearly provides a scope of work and meets the customers’ expectations. Depending on how the silo empties prior to the inspection, a thorough cleaning might be required.
The Mole•Master Silo Inspection process includes the following steps:
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Mole•Master utilizes proprietary equipment to ensure safety and efficiency during every silo inspection.