Bollard maintenance is often overlooked. By nature, bollards are a hardy piece of kit – but without routine inspection and maintenance, even your bollard system can fall into disrepair and compromise your factory or warehouse security.
Your bollard system should be inspected around every six months. While the system shouldn’t have gained any significant wear and tear in this time, a frequent inspection will ensure that any problems are spotted and resolved as early as possible. During these inspections, you may find loose or missing parts which should be tightened or replaced immediately.
Depending on the environment in which the bollards have been installed, you may come across wear and tear that relates directly to those specific conditions. For example, in cold areas or areas by the sea, bollards may be exposed to high amounts of saline through salts from seawater or de-icing solutions. High traffic areas are likely to attract high particle and pollutant levels which will damage the bollards over time.
As with inspections, cleaning should be undertaken every six months to maintain the condition of the bollards. A simple mix of soap and water will do just fine to remove any dirt that’s been accumulated over the previous six months. We recommend brushing the loose dirt off the bollard with a soft nylon brush, washing the bollard with a mild mix of soap or detergent, rinsing it off with water and wiping the bollard dry with a soft cloth.
Unfortunately, heavy damage may occur. Heavy damage refers to anything that affects the structure of the bollard such as visible dents, cracks, breaks or rust that fundamentally compromises the integrity of the bollard. These should be removed from service until they have been repaired or replaced – prolonging use could cause the damage to worsen between inspections.