REPARING SHIPPING CONTAINERS Older containers can be prone to rusting as they take a few knocks and lose some of their protective paintwork. They are made of steel after all. Even though brand new containers are very well protected due to their nice shiny new coats of paint, over time they start to lose some of this protection. Just one small dent from a forklift tyne or any other cause and some of that paint will be chipped away. Once rust starts to develop it can actually grow beneath the paintwork. All it needs is a starting point. Flaking paint on older containers that have spent years exposed to the sea and sun will develop rust patches. Generally, this is just surface rust. Both the rust and flaking paint is best removed with sandblasting. Then the container can be primed and repainted. Deep rust and holes will actually need to be cut out. Generally, a new piece of steel is welded into the container to patch the hole. Another method of patching is using a fibreglass reinforced polyester patch. After exposure to UV light, the patch hardens like metal. SHIPPING CONTAINER FLOORING The flooring of shipping containers is made from one-inch-thick marine grade plywood. It’s very durable and made to last but even this quality marine timber will suffer from wear and tear. The floors of shipping containers endure far more punishment than practically any other part of the container. After all, it’s the floor that sees all the foot traffic, machinery traffic, and withstands the load contained within. There’s lots of gouging and scraping, pressure, weight and more placed on the container floor. Over time the floor may suffer damage, and this could also come in the form of water damage if the container is not sealing properly and is therefore not watertight. The good news is that it’s not that hard to replace the flooring, nor is it mega expensive. Replacing the floor will have the interior of the shipping container looking like new again. If the floor rotted due to water damage, it’s important to check the seals on the container doors, as well as search for any other possible source of water leaks; whether it be rainwater or seawater. Without patching these leaks, the floor will eventually suffer the same fate again. REPLACING THE DOOR SEALS If you are transporting or storing goods in a shipping container, then ideally you want it to be both airtight and watertight. Not only does this protect the contents from the elements, it also keeps out dirt, dust and vermin. While the rest of the container might be in perfect condition, if the rubber seals for the doors are old and worn and not sealing efficiently, the container is compromised. Replacing the rubber seals is a task that can be done quickly and easily by a professional and it won’t cost a lot. In fact, it’s one of the most important repairs you can carry out on a shipping container. Another key thing to check apart from the seals is the doors themselves. If they’ve taken a few knocks and have a few dents in them, they could be slightly warped, making it impossible for them to seal the entrance to the container, new seals or not. Warped doors will either need to be repaired or even replaced with a new or a good quality second-hand set of doors. Another thing that can happen with old doors is they become very stiff. Removing the old grease from the hinges and applying fresh grease usually resolves this problem.
Sterilization Inc.             Offices /  Warehouse            17 E. Lucy Street             Homestead, Fl 33030            clo2sterilization@gmail.com 305-760-9889
REPARING SHIPPING CONTAINERS Older containers can be prone to rusting as they take a few knocks and lose some of their protective paintwork. They are made of steel after all. Even though brand new containers are very well protected due to their nice shiny new coats of paint, over time they start to lose some of this protection. Just one small dent from a forklift tyne or any other cause and some of that paint will be chipped away. Once rust starts to develop it can actually grow beneath the paintwork. All it needs is a starting point. Flaking paint on older containers that have spent years exposed to the sea and sun will develop rust patches. Generally, this is just surface rust. Both the rust and flaking paint is best removed with sandblasting. Then the container can be primed and repainted. Deep rust and holes will actually need to be cut out. Generally, a new piece of steel is welded into the container to patch the hole. Another method of patching is using a fibreglass reinforced polyester patch. After exposure to UV light, the patch hardens like metal. SHIPPING CONTAINER FLOORING The flooring of shipping containers is made from one-inch-thick marine grade plywood. It’s very durable and made to last but even this quality marine timber will suffer from wear and tear. The floors of shipping containers endure far more punishment than practically any other part of the container. After all, it’s the floor that sees all the foot traffic, machinery traffic, and withstands the load contained within. There’s lots of gouging and scraping, pressure, weight and more placed on the container floor. Over time the floor may suffer damage, and this could also come in the form of water damage if the container is not sealing properly and is therefore not watertight. The good news is that it’s not that hard to replace the flooring, nor is it mega expensive. Replacing the floor will have the interior of the shipping container looking like new again. If the floor rotted due to water damage, it’s important to check the seals on the container doors, as well as search for any other possible source of water leaks; whether it be rainwater or seawater. Without patching these leaks, the floor will eventually suffer the same fate again. REPLACING THE DOOR SEALS If you are transporting or storing goods in a shipping container, then ideally you want it to be both airtight and watertight. Not only does this protect the contents from the elements, it also keeps out dirt, dust and vermin. While the rest of the container might be in perfect condition, if the rubber seals for the doors are old and worn and not sealing efficiently, the container is compromised. Replacing the rubber seals is a task that can be done quickly and easily by a professional and it won’t cost a lot. In fact, it’s one of the most important repairs you can carry out on a shipping container. Another key thing to check apart from the seals is the doors themselves. If they’ve taken a few knocks and have a few dents in them, they could be slightly warped, making it impossible for them to seal the entrance to the container, new seals or not. Warped doors will either need to be repaired or even replaced with a new or a good quality second-hand set of doors. Another thing that can happen with old doors is they become very stiff. Removing the old grease from the hinges and applying fresh grease usually resolves this problem.
Sterilization Inc.             Offices /  Warehouse            17 E. Lucy Street             Homestead, Fl 33030            clo2sterilization@gmail.com 305-760-9889
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