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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.

Posted by Dennis Blauser, October 30, 2023
Silo inspections are an essential part of maintaining safety and efficiency. Regular, professional inspections can help identify potential risks before they become more serious or costly, and can save time and money in the long run.
With professional silo inspections, businesses can stay safe and efficient while ensuring quality control. Investing in silo inspections is a smart decision for any facility looking to protect their bulk storage investments and ensure the highest standard of safety.
Our sister company Marietta Silos performs professional silo inspections for numerous industries and has over a century of silo experience. Read the latest Marietta Silos blog to learn more about the importance of silo inspections.

January 30, 2023
Avoid Silo Disasters
Modern silos have been used since the late 19th century. Yet since that time, their design, construction, and recommended maintenance services have undergone drastic changes to improve safety. Here are the top ways facility owners and managers can help prevent storage silo disasters.
Do address material flow issues as early as possible.
If you've noticed decreased production in your silo, it's best to schedule a professional silo cleaning. Material flow issues cause strain on silo walls that can result in cracking and even structural failure.
Do schedule regular silo cleaning through a trusted professional like USA Silo Service.
Through their proprietary cleaning method, The Boss, USA Silo Service moves more material per hour, saving time, money and downtime during silo cleaning.
Do conduct regular in-house inspections.
It's easy to take your silos for granted, but it's a good idea to get in the habit of inspecting your silo for any changes, including cracking of concrete or peeling and chipping of roof-top coatings.
Do follow up with recommended silo repairs, restoration, and maintenance.
Following a thorough, professional silo inspection, you receive a detailed list of recommended silo repairs. Implementing the recommended silo repairs and preventive maintenance sooner rather than later helps keep your silo healthy and can prevent larger, more expensive silo restoration later.
Don't attempt to clean your silo in-house.
Using unskilled workers to break up material buildup is extremely dangerous for your workers and your silo. Falling materials can cause severe injury or death, damage silo cones, and even cause silo-wall failure.
Don't enter the silo.
Using untrained, in-house workers to enter a storage silo puts workers at risk of injury or death from falling materials as well as toxic fumes and potentially unsafe oxygen levels.
Don't use in-house inspections to replace a professional silo inspection, which should be completed at annual, two- or five-year intervals.
Professional silo inspection is the only way to identify essential preventive maintenance needs. Trained silo inspectors or silo engineers examine your silos in-depth to look for serious issues and provide preventive maintenance suggestions that can help keep your silo in the best shape possible.
Don't attempt to save money by ignoring problems.
When it comes to silo repairs, the earlier they're caught, the better. If you have a crack and it's starting to move and expand, this is a sign of silo failure. Call in the experts.


Is your silo in need of repair or restoration? Contact us today for a quote.



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