How-To Guide: 8 Ways to Keep Your Pressure Testing Kit in Top Condition This Winter

We wanted to share with you some really easy ways of making sure you protect all your equipment from the harsh and often sudden changes in outdoor temperatures. Here in the UK, the wide variations in temperature we experience, from one day to the next, can have a detrimental effect on your equipment and even the briefest of cold spells can cause problems for your equipment, especially if it is exposed to water.

Your Pressure Testing equipment is a prime example of a piece of equipment that can suffer from freezing when water begins to change from a liquid to a solid at around 4° Celsius. To avoid water damage and the inevitable repair charges, we’ve put together our top 8 tips to help you protect your kit from the winter elements:

  1. Ensure that any excess water is removed from any of your equipment, prior to storing for any length of time – even short storage periods (e.g. overnight)
  2. Run any pumps dry for a short period with the suction hoses removed
  3. Whilst running the pump, be sure to change the direction of the flow with all the valves in an open position
  4. Make sure the test gauge is free from any excess water by shaking it and/or wrapping in an absorbent material before storing
  5. Remove any hoses from the data logger and tip the box upside down, so the pressure nipple is facing the floor and shake out any excess water
  6. Remove all the hoses from the main equipment when not in use
  7. Leave the valves open on all the equipment when storing it overnight or for longer periods
  8. Protect from frost where possible – leaving it in a van may not be the right solution as cold metal storage can act like a refrigerator and further damage your equipment If possible, take your kit indoors or leave it in a drying or utility room.

If followed, the above steps can make a huge difference in protecting your equipment from the elements, saving you both time and money by potential repair costs and machine downtime!