It is hurricane season again - time for devastating rains and flooding, causing billions of dollars of property damage. One manufacturer offers tips for a fast, low-cost plan to recover water-damaged electrical and electronic equipment.



It is hurricane season again - time for devastating rains and flooding, causing billions of dollars of property damage every year. CRC Industries offers tips to help manufacturers prepare a fast, low-cost plan to recover water-damaged electrical and electronic equipment. The procedure, also available on its website, can be used any time equipment is water damaged - floods, broken pipes and fire-related water damage.
  • Clean the equipment by flushing, spraying or dipping the equipment in clean water and drain.

  • Apply a degreaser to remove oil, grease and sludge contamination not removed by water flushing, being sure to spray all contaminated areas.

  • Saturate equipment with liberal amounts of moisture-displacing precision lubricant and allow to drain.

  • Measure resistance by taking Megger readings after the equipment has drained. If readings are not up to minimum resistance levels, repeat applications of degreaser and precision lubricant.

  • When minimum levels have been reached, apply a precision cleaner to remove any dirt particles before energizing equipment. Do not energize until minimum resistance levels are obtained.
Some manufacturers may need to do more than just restore equipment -extensive cleanup can be required in the aftermath of a hurricane. Maximum performance from power tools is important after a storm, so don’t forget to address those with lubricants, belt dressings and greases to keep them up to the job.

CRC Industries, Warminster, Pa., manufactures industrial specialty chemicals such as cleaners, degreasers, lubricants, corrosion inhibitors and paints.

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