3 Ways to Care For Equipment in the Winter

Save Your Company Money and Time During Cold Temperatures

Weather has always been a factor on the logistics of completing jobs – especially cold weather. Most of us know, when the temperatures reach freezing the job is on hold. But what many of us don’t know is, what is the best way to store equipment and products during these freezing temperatures?

  1. Keep chemicals warm: It’s easy to assume that when foam or polyurea is stored in their drums, they will sustain a few hours of cold. In reality, they are chemicals and you need to treat the cold weather as a chemical reaction. If the chemicals get too cold, they do not spray and slow down the process of your job. Our solution? Chemicals should be stored between 60-80* and no more than 80% humidity. Keep the products warm inside of a heated building, rig, or place it on top of a drum heater. This will keep your chemicals moving smoothly and ready for the job at a moment’s notice.
  2. Remove equipment from the elements: Equipment is expensive and hard to replace, so we suggest treating your spray gun, proportioners and other equipment carefully. Store equipment by placing the it inside a heated rig overnight. This will prevent harm to critical components due to extreme temperatures.
  3. Care for your hoses: Hoses can be overlooked too. It is common for temperatures to drop overnight, in any location. Leaving hoses exposed to temperatures can cause chemicals to freeze inside of the hose and lose valuable hours the next working day. Clean and wrap your hoses at the end of the day and store them in a heated rig, as well.
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John Davidson is the VP of Operations at SprayWorks Equipment Group and is an SPFA PCP Certified Roofing and Insulation Installer, Roofing and Insulation Project Manager, and Supplier Rep. With over 30 years of experience in the spray foam and polyurea industry, John brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience. He has worked on commercial and residential buildings, bridges and infrastructure.

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