When it comes to getting your worksite ready for winter, shovels, ice melt, and snowblower maintenance are all likely at the top of your list. To help save yourself potential trouble when springtime rolls around, winterizing your sealcoat equipment should be a high priority for you as well. To avoid costly repairs and lost time, here are some winterizing tips from the experts at Von!
One thing to remember with sealcoating equipment is that the sealer needs to be taken out of the machine. Once it’s frozen, it’s no longer useable, even if it’s thawed. Leftover sealer should be stored inside above freezing temperatures so it can be reused when you start up again for the season.
Once the sealer is removed, make sure to flush and drain the lines. Any sealer that’s left inside has the potential to freeze and cause your pipes and/or filters to break. Once the pipes and filters are clean, open up any valves so they can dry out.
Over time, sealer will dry inside the tank of your equipment. When winterizing, be sure to remove any dried on sealer, as it has the potential to fall off on its own, and clog filters when the unit is put back in service.
Finally, make sure that the spray wand is removed and placed in a warm area. If it’s left outdoors in the cold temperatures, it may cause it work less efficiently come spring, or it may break.
Do you have questions about sealcoating? Or are you thinking about a paved driveway in the spring? Reach out! We’d love to hear from you!