The maintenance of transmission towers is generally quite difficult. It needs to be done by a professional who is trained to climb up transmission towers, and knows how to properly carry out maintenance work. Due to the risk of injury on transmission towers, it’s very important that you hire someone who is trained to carry out detailed maintenance. Of course, there’s a big risk of falling as well, so it’s important that companies take all precautionary steps in order to ensure that the work is done properly. Usually, the maintenance crew needs to wear protective straps and ropes in order to ensure that they don’t lose their balance.
Many companies that have transmission towers throughout New Zealand, or specific regions of the country, do not have their own maintenance divisions. Instead, they hire other companies that specialise in offering maintenance to get the job done. These companies take a variety of different steps in order to ensure they offer a superior maintenance service to their clients. Here are just some of the specialised services that these companies provide to customers.
- Water jetting at high pressures – this technique is primarily used in order to get rid of the grime and dirt that’s gotten stuck to the surface;
- Abrasive induced water jetting – small particles are added into the water before using pressurised water at a high pressure on the surface. Abrasive induced jetting is primarily used in order to get rid of solid items that might be stuck to the transmission tower.
- Applying a protective coating – they also offer application services for protective coatings. Because these towers are constantly exposed to different atmospheric elements, they can get dirty quite easily. To prevent surface corrosion, the transmission tower maintenance company will apply a protective coating on the surface of the tower.
These companies also offer inspection services to check whether the surface of the tower is properly protected or not.
Request Quotes from Different Companies
Now that you know about the many different services that tower maintenance companies offer, you should start asking for quotes from different companies. Depending upon the number of towers that need to be serviced and maintained, the company will give you a full price quote for their services. Of course, before you start requesting quotes from different companies, it’s important that you check whether the company is reputable enough or not.
Insurance and Bonding
You need to make sure that you hire a transmission tower maintenance company that is fully insured and bonded. You can ask the company to show you relevant documentation regarding their insurance papers and bonding before making a decision. As a company, you don’t want to be liable for the injuries caused to the tower maintenance guys. Make sure you discuss all of these things with the company executives before signing a contract with any company. The company will then create a maintenance schedule so that you can make arrangements accordingly for the maintenance work.