Proper storage is crucial for many businesses to keep unused machines and equipment safe. By storing them in a secure area, you avoid the risk of getting them damaged by weather, dust, dirt, and grime. To protect your machinery and save money on maintenance, here are some “best practices” to follow:
- Handling Flammable Materials – Highly flammable materials must be handled properly. Store them in pressure-safe containers with appropriate labels in a separated and well-ventilated area. Machines that run on gasoline or kerosene must be emptied to prevent fire hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Association recommends storing flammable liquids and gases in approved containers, away from other flammable materials.
- Clean and Lubricate Moving Parts – Before moving unused machines to a storage area, thoroughly clean the equipment’s moving parts to prevent dirt or debris from hardening on the surface and causing a major blockage. Consult the owner’s manual and check how to properly lubricate the moving parts before storing the equipment.
- Repair Any Damage – Any minor damage on your machine that occurred over its operating season requires to be repaired before storing it. Minor damage, when left unattended, can become a serious problem.
- Storing Machinery – Turn off all machines and equipment before moving them in the warehouse. Drain the oil, hydraulic fluid, and other liquids from the machine using a drip pan to catch any spills. Check for any signs of leaks and clean them up to prevent slip-and-fall hazards.
What to Look for in a Storage Warehouse
Choosing the right storage facility can prolong the life of your equipment. Before signing up to store your machinery, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Space – Large and heavy machinery needs an amply-spaced warehouse where professional movers can easily receive, store, and stage the equipment.
- Safety – Unused machines can become damaged and may pose potential hazards. Place them temporarily in a warehouse that takes proper precautions and safely stores machinery.
- Security – Choose a storage facility with a 24/7 security camera, excellent indoor and outdoor lighting, security alarms, and has security guards and/or onsite management.
If you value safety and convenience, hire professional movers to transport and store your heavy machines in a secure warehouse. Do some research about the company before hiring a moving and storage contractor. Knowing that the company you hire is trustworthy will help you make an informed decision.
Call Ready Machinery Movers in Toronto and the GTA at 1-800-211-2500 or use our online quote form. We have an over four-acre warehouse and an expert team to handle all types of large and heavy machinery. Whether you need to move and store a single piece of equipment or relocate an entire plant, we can handle all your needs.