Temperatures can reach extreme levels during the winter months. Protecting the vacuum truck and keeping it clean requires a basic knowledge of winterization. Here are some winter tips.
Top winterization tips
- The plumbing lines are prone to freezing during winter months. To protect the water system, winterize it before the colder months hit. Winterization should take place whenever significant seasonal weather changes.
- Keeping the tank drained and clear of sewage is important for maintaining the performance of your system. To vacuum truck, make sure that the air flow is at an ideal level. This is to prevent the pressure from building up to excessive levels where the tank could ultimately collapse. If planning to vacuum truck, a low vacuum is strongly recommended.
- Adding antifreeze to the system keeps the system from reaching undesirable temperatures. The antifreeze should be added to the tanks if the system isn’t heated. Doing this ensures that the system is never completely out of commission.
- In addition to adding antifreeze, we recommend the use of pond heaters. Placing them directly inside the waste tank and water supply keeps the tank warm. The heater should be plugged in at all times.
- Sealing all of the areas near openings prevents drafts. An aerosol foam-based solution minimizes chances of air leaks. The door to the system can be sealed with a foam tape to control leakage.
- During the colder months, the waterlines become vulnerable. The barrier keeps the snow and ice away from the trailer. Adding some wood to the lower portion of the trailer minimizes wind impact.
- Consider purchasing a breathable cover for the solution. The low cost solution will protect the coating and help with controlling the internal temperature.
- Make sure that the trailer’s tires are rotated to chances of low tread. There are some clamps that could be added to the wheels to protect the tread if the unit is going to be relocated.
- Heat trace the waterlines in order to guarantee that they are protected from the elements. The tanks and lines can both be insulated with a wrap. Duct tape may even be necessary for keeping the wrap intact.
Protecting the tank with these basic winterization tips can preserve the health of the system. Professional winterization offers customized packages based on the make of the trailer. Winterization should be done well in advance to minimize most risks.