One of the most important aspects of a roll tarp system is routine maintenance. If you neglect this aspect, your tarp will eventually stop working and no longer serve its purpose. Below are three ways to maintain your roll tarp system so that it continues to work correctly for years to come:
*Routinely check ropes for wear and tear, replace as necessary
*Check cables every six months for fraying or wearing down, replace if needed
*Clean tarps at least once per year with soap and water
Check the Ropes
The first thing in maintaining a roll tarp system is checking the ropes on a regular basis – typically monthly. This way, any signs of wear-and-tear can be spotted before they become a more severe problem. If you see that a rope is starting to fray or show signs of excessive wear, it’s time for an immediate replacement.
Ropes will typically last six months to a year before they need to be replaced, so don’t wait until the rope is completely worn out.
Check the Cables
The second thing in maintaining a roll tarp system is checking the cables every six months – typically monthly as well. This helps ensure that your cable does not become frayed or worn down and will keep working when it needs to be most effective during rainstorms and other inclement weather conditions.
Check for any visible damage to the cables, such as rust on metal pieces or unusual kinks in the wires themselves; if anything looks out of place, make sure to inspect it and have it repaired immediately so before any more problems occur.
Another thing people should do during routine maintenance on their roller tarps is checking all wires for corrosion. Wire corrosion can be found by looking closely at both ends of each wire; if anything seems out of place, make sure to inspect it and replace it if there are corroded wires. If you do not check your wires, they can snap and damage the tarp and its contents.
Clean the Tarps
Finally, clean your tarps at least once per year with soap and water. When cleaning the tarps, be sure to take care of any stains or mildew that may have accumulated. It’s best to get a large bucket of water and a large scrub brush, apply the soap to it, then use that to clean stains off.
Be careful when cleaning mildew spots because some could contain harmful bacteria. When finished, be sure to rinse all ground areas thoroughly with fresh water and make sure the ground is completely clean.
While the tarp is still dry, you can use a garden hose with a nozzle attached to rinse the tarp.
Repeat this process at least once per year, and your tarps will last much longer.
It is essential that when you are performing maintenance on any equipment, including tarps, to take the time to inspect it for problems or signs of wear before they happen so more serious issues don’t occur in the future. There are many easy ways to perform roll tarp system maintenance as long as you know where potential hazards may arise.
There are many easy ways to perform roll tarp system maintenance; all you need is a plan of where these hazards might arise based on how often the items are used.