nspecting and maintaining your greenhouse equipment carefully can save you a lot of money in unforeseen expenses.
Greenhouse maintenance entails more than just sometimes kicking the tires of your enterprise. Routine examinations of your frames, glazing, ventilation, heating and other components are included in their maintenance plans. If you hire professionals, they will do the following for you:
- Perform a visual inspection. Look for areas where ripping, broken, or slipped glass may need to be repaired. Make a note of any damaged or missing polycarbonate sheets. Look for any loose screws or attachment extrusions.
- Examine the video clips. Check that all of the clips are securely fastened to the glazing panels. To offer extra resilience against strong winds, fix loose glazing clips in place with silicone sealant.
- Inspect your poly cover. Polyethylene tape can be used to repair tiny holes or tears. You may tighten your poly by removing the lock strip inserts and pulling the plastic taut if it has stretched or loosened. Plan to replace any plastic that is more than four years old. Keep in mind to clean and inspect the inflation blower. Set the inflation pressure to be similar to that of an inflated balloon.
- Reduce heat loss. To decrease heat loss in an older glass greenhouse with cracked or slid glass, cover it with a layer of film poly. An air-inflated poly tube put midway between the ridge and eave will keep the plastic stiff and help shed snow on loose poly covering.
- Look for low spots and corners. Remember to gaze below. At ground level, remove any rust or corrosion from fasteners and frame materials. On wood frames, look for mold or decay.
- Replace any broken frame components. If you notice any damage to the frame or bracing of your structure, replace the bent or damaged elements. Even a minor dent or bend can significantly impair the strength of some structural components, increasing the risk of collapse when subjected to wind or weight.
- Adjust the collar tie and truss bolts. Excessive heat and persistent wind can cause these critical frame mechanisms to become loosened.
- Lubricate the venting components. Roof and sidewall vents are frequently used, thus they require ongoing maintenance. Bearings, rack and pinions, and vent arm hinge points should all be lubricated. Also, oil the shutter hinge points to ensure that they close tightly. Check the fluid in your gearbox drives as well.
- Repair loose vents. If your vents do not close tightly enough, you can apply weather stripping to help prevent additional permeability.
- Examine the vent position switches. Check the minimum and maximum vent placements for automated vents to ensure they stop at the correct location.
- Examine the hinges and catches. Check that the hinges and catches on manual vents, windows, or louvers work smoothly. If they don’t, grease the links.
- Examine the fan components. When inspecting your fans, always turn off the electricity. Check for loose or worn belts, clean fan blades, and tighten or replace any screws that have come loose due to vibration.
- Horizontal airflow (HAF) fans that are clean. If the fans are hardwired, ensure that proper lockout/Tagout procedures are followed. Remove the blades and guards. If the bearings are not sealed, oil them.
- Evaporative cooling pads should be cleaned. Clean and disinfect your cooling pads on a regular basis to improve airflow and reduce fungus growth.
- Before the heating season begins, service all equipment. It is critical to have your heating unit tested annually by licensed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) provider to verify that your heaters and exhaust pipes are clean and safe to operate.
- Remove any potentially hazardous debris. Blow out the burner ports and wipe out any spider webs, bird nests, wasp nests, or other debris from the heater.
- Examine heat exchangers. Examine the heat exchanger for leaks and corrosion, then clean the surfaces. Clean radiators and fan pipes with a vacuum and a wire brush.
- Examine the possibilities for combustion. Examine for indicators of fuel or gas leaks and reestablish correct clearances between any flammable liquids or combustible items and heating equipment.
- Perform a combustion test. A combustion test on the heating unit will reveal the efficiency, draught, and smoke level.
- Perform a test run. Test your heating systems to ensure they are heating your greenhouse properly. Also, operate the backup generator and inspect the fuel supply.
- Take into account floor insulation. To prevent heat loss, insulate the perimeter of a heated concrete slab floor as far as the frost line. Some farmers have installed insulation beneath the slab.
How frequently should your greenhouse equipment be inspected?
We recommend that you have your greenhouse equipment tested at the beginning and conclusion of each season. To conduct a full examination, ensure that all devices, from filters and roll-up apertures to ventilation, are functioning properly. For example, if you discover that your sunroof is not operating as well as it used to but is not broken, you will make a note of it and double-check its condition at the next inspection.
What happens if your equipment fails?
Get in touch with greenhouse restoration services, repair, and calibration. Experts will consult with you and, if necessary, visit your location. They will then make any essential repairs as soon as possible.