Spray Equipment - Freeze Damage Costs Big Money

Spray Equipment - Freeze Damage Costs Big Money

Posted by Andrew Greess on Feb 7, 2011

Spray equipment damage resulting from freezing temps were bigger last week than we have seen in a long time.  Here are some photos of some of the damage we saw to pest control sprayer and weed control spray rigs in our spray equipment repair shop last week.

Frozen line strainer

UPDATE - Read our article in PCT Magazine about Preventing Freeze Damage to your spray equipment

We have over 100 years of spray equipment experience in our repair shop.  None of us had ever seen anything like this spray equipment freeze damage.  This snow cone is actually a line strainer / filter that is frozen solid with herbicide and blue dye.  Unbelieveable.

Ice in fitting

Ice cracks fitting

The ice in this fititng (left) caused the bushing (right) to split in multiple places.

Ice not only splits plastic, it splits metal.  Check out this brass ball valve!

Ice cracks valve

We have reports from clients that protected their equipment overnight, but that temps in AZ were so cold, that water in the lines froze on the way to the first stop.

Key principle of frozen  power sprayers:  If it is frozen, don't run it.  Let it thaw out to prevent worse damage.

Please share your photos of frozen equipment.