Imagine yourself on a cold, crisp winter morning. You’re bundled up from head to toe with a warm and fragrant cup of coffee. In the distance the rays of the morning sun are creeping over the limbs of a row of steadfast trees as the chirps of birds provide the signal of daybreak. Flashes of light dance across the frozen lake. The beauty is mesmerizing – hypnotic even. But suddenly, you’re pulled from your winter wonderland, as you realize you haven’t winterized your equipment! Maybe that frozen lake looks pretty, but a busted water line sure doesn’t.
It’s common knowledge that water expands as it freezes. That’s why it’s critical to winterize equipment. When water freezes in pipes on equipment, it raises the risk of damaged parts and pieces. There are only a few pieces of Ledwell equipment that utilize a system that includes water. Here’s how to maintain those units through the winter:
Close the water intake valve, located on the inlet side of the pump on the driver’s side.
Open the 3” cam lock.
Open the water intake valve.
Open the primer tank valve, located above the cam lock.
Open all drain cocks.
Note: To ensure that the system is drained of all possible liquid, leave these valves open. Do this after each use if continued throughout the winter, or once after its final use of the season before storing.
Locate all valves and drain cocks connected to any water system on your specific vacuum unit.
Remove any caps or loosen any drain cocks and allow remaining water to flow from the system.
Clean any leftover residue from the system.
Note: All vacuum maintenance procedures for water systems is the same and should be performed daily to avoid any type of residue build up. During colder weather, this will also reduce the risk of freezing.
It’s always a good idea to make sure your equipment is suitable for the weather conditions present. As a side note, always make sure the type of hydraulic fluid used is appropriate for the climate. Colder weather might call for a lighter, synthetic, or an all-weather fluid. Always make sure to allow for a warm-up period when turning equipment on. Remember to always read your operation manual to ensure that you are well educated on your equipment’s needs. If you need to replace your manual, please give us a call. We would be happy to send you a replacement.