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Shipping containers might be big hulks of hardened steel, but that doesn’t make them impervious to damage or suffering degradation due to exposure to the elements. Cargo containers do need to undergo repairs from time to time and in this post we’ll take a look at some common shipping container repairs.

Rotten Flooring

Even though most floors in shipping containers are made from marine quality timber, they will suffer from wear and tear over time, and that’s definitely going to be the case if rainwater or sea water manages to find its way inside the container.

Another thing that deteriorates the floor is when heavy objects or machinery are continually scraped across the surface.

It’s not a difficult task to remove the rotten flooring and replace it with fresh wooden boards, and if that’s all the container needs to get it up to scratch, it’ll be almost like a brand new one once done.

Rust Removal

Areas most prone to rust on shipping containers are anywhere there is a weld, a bend in the steel, the seams and the bottom parts of the doors.

If the paint is flaking away and the container is covered in patches of surface rust, the easiest way to remove both is by sandblasting it clean and then repainting it. It takes a bit of time, but it’s not hard.

Any areas of the container that are eaten away by rust will need to be cut out and patched up, either by welding a new piece on metal to cover the hole, or by using a more modern fibreglass pliable reinforced polyester patch that hardens under exposure to UV light.

The Door Seals

For a shipping container to be considered seaworthy it has to be air and water tight. If the door seals are failing, the container won’t be either. These seals will need to be replaced with brand new ones.

Another thing that can stop the doors from sealing is if they are warped, in which case a bit of panel beating might be required to get the doors nice and straight and fitting flush against the container’s door frames.

Refrigerated and Reefer Container Repairs

Refrigerated shipping containers can require the same repairs as regular containers, only there are more things that can go wrong, such as the refrigeration unit breaking down. Problems with refrigeration units require the services of a specialist refrigeration mechanic to repair or replace them.

Ensuring the reefer container seals adequately is also paramount for proper temperature control. If there are even tiny holes in the container walls, or the door seals are not completely air tight, the container will leak cool air, possibly spoiling the contents within.

Regularly Inspect Your Shipping Container

Regular inspection and maintenance will guarantee that any issues are detected early, making them far easier, quicker and cheaper to get sorted, preventing them from becoming a much bigger problem.

If you look after your shipping container it’ll serve you well for many, many years to come.

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