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Our quick guide to security bollard maintenance
Our security bollards are a vital part of physical security systems used to protect property and people from potential threats such as vehicular attacks. However, like any other piece of equipment, they require a little bit of regular maintenance to ensure that they remain in good working condition and can perform effectively in keeping your property safe and secure. Thankfully, this maintenance isn’t particularly intensive, and it’s very easily done! So, here at Bollard Security, we’ve compiled a helpful list of tips you can use to keep your bollards in top shape.
How to maintain your security bollards
It’s mentioning up-front that it’s highly unlikely that a security bollard from us will need any kind of extensive maintenance. Most of our products are forged using the finest galvanised steel to ensure they last for years to come, so consider these tips more as supplementary, rather than a necessity.
- Regular Inspection – regular inspections are key to ensuring that your security bollards are in good working order. A thorough inspection should ideally be carried out at least once a month to check for any signs of wear and tear, damage or malfunction. Pay attention to the bollard’s base, the locking mechanism, hydraulic system (if you’ve opted for automatic bollards), and any other components that may be visible. Ensure that the bollard is fully extended and retracted each time it’s used, and that it locks in place properly.
- Lubrication – automatic security bollards use hydraulic systems to raise and lower. These systems require regular lubrication to prevent wear and tear and ensure smooth operation. Lubricate all moving parts, such as hinges and pivots, with a suitable lubricant, and be careful not to over-lubricate, as this can cause excess build-up and attract dirt and debris. If you’re not sure what lubricant to use, feel free to contact us and a member of our helpful team will be happy to guide you!
- Cleaning – security bollards are typically exposed to the elements and can accumulate dirt, debris, and other contaminants over time. Regular cleaning is essential to keeping them in good condition. Use a soft brush and mild detergent to remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated on the bollard’s surface, and rinse thoroughly with water. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as these can damage the bollard’s powder coat finish.
- Testing – in addition to regular inspection, it’s important to test the bollard’s operation regularly to ensure that it’s functioning correctly. Conduct regular tests on the bollard’s locking mechanism, hydraulic system, and other components to identify any potential issues before they become bigger problems. Check the bollard’s control panel and ensure that it’s functioning correctly and that all safety features are working as they should. For a thorough guide to testing your security bollards, get in touch with us today.
Why is bollard maintenance important?
Regular security bollard maintenance is essential to ensure that your physical security systems are working at maximum efficiency. If you follow the tips above, you can help to keep your bollards in top shape. Remember, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to security, so take the time to inspect and maintain your bollards regularly, and if you’re yet to add some security bollards to your premises, you’re in the right place to change that.
Here at Bollard Security, we carry huge stock of all types of bollards including parking posts, parking bollard and telescopic bollards. Check out our products online to find out which ones could be the best fits for your business. And if you ever need any guidance or you’ve got questions that need answering, you can call up one of our in-house experts on 01535 509001 – we’re always happy to see how we can help!