Hydraulic Equipment And Breakdown Machinery Insurance

Every time hydraulic machines in your warehouse break down, your mind starts calculating the amount of money you’ll have lost by the time the “break-down” is dealt with.

There’s no foolproof way to prevent mechanical damage on hydraulic equipment. Thus, investing in machinery breakdown insurance might be the best that you can do to put the above losses in check. This article highlights three things that you should know about machinery breakdown insurance.

Insurance Increases The Need For Maintenance

You might be tempted to believe that you won’t have to service hydraulic machines as frequently as you used to once you get breakdown insurance. You’re covered after all, right? Wrong.

On the contrary, having this type of insurance may require you to adhere to a more stringent maintenance schedule for your hydraulic equipment.

When it’s time to make a claim, you will need to prove that the hydraulic machine did not break down as a result of negligence. Failure to stick to the maintenance schedule (as recommended by the equipment manufacturer) will often be interpreted as negligence by an insurance agency. This is sufficient grounds for the insurer to deny your claim(s) for compensation.

You Can Make Money From DIY Repairs In Case Of Breakdown

In order to minimize losses, your hydraulic equipment should be back in operation as soon as possible. Many times, the practicalities involved in hydraulic equipment repair (e.g. importation of spare parts and transportation of equipment to and from the repair shop) delay the repair process.

For this reason, insurance service providers will often agree to finance in-house repairs to hydraulic equipment if you or your employees have the required expertise. In such cases, insurance companies often pay for the cost of purchasing spare parts, the cost of labour and the partial cost of overhead charges during the duration of repairs.

Insurance Might Get You Stand-in Equipment In case Of Breakdown

Machinery breakdown insurance policies differ considerably from one insurer to the next. However, many insurance companies will pay for the cost of leasing hydraulic equipment that you’ll use until repairs to your equipment are completed. This is in addition to paying for the cost of repairs to your equipment.

For example, if contaminated hydraulic fluid causes the simultaneous failure of several machines, operations in your warehouse may grind to an impromptu halt. With a machinery breakdown policy, the impromptu halt is likely to be a temporary situation.

For more information about the repair process for your machinery, contact a company that specializes in heavy machining.

Understanding Different Types of Boats for Your Next Purchase

If you’re lucky enough to be in the market for a new boat, you would do well to ensure you know the difference between the most common boat types. As with vehicles, there is a big difference in the overall space and even handling of various boat types. Knowing a little bit about these differences will ensure you start shopping in the right place and know what to look for online or in person.

Fishing boats

The term “fishing boat” can be applied to a number of different models, but note that they are often without a front windscreen in order to make it easier to fish off the front of the boat. This can make it uncomfortable if you’re looking to cruise, as no windscreen means more water splashed in your face. An inboard engine on a fishing boat will usually be smaller and more lightweight than other engines, as anglers need it to be quiet so as not to scare the fish far away.  

Some fishing boats are called walk-arounds, meaning they have a small platform at the front for standing and accessing all areas of the boat; this is a good choice for when you’ll have many anglers on the boat at once. Game boats will have tall cabins in the middle so the captain can easily spot game fish that are seen on top of the water, such as swordfish and marlin.

Ski boats / Wakeboard boats

Ski boats usually deliver the most power so that the boat can gain the speed needed to pull skiers. Their hulls are pointed for breaking through the water easily without creating much wake behind them, which would interfere with a water-skier. However, wakeboard boats are different; someone using a wakeboard actually wants a larger wake so they can slide up the side of it. These boats offer lower speeds but a wider, deeper hull than a ski boat. Be sure you understand these differences so you get the right boat for your chosen water sport.


Pontoons are often called party boats because they have a flat deck that is attached to airtight flotation tubes. These are good for large crowds, but note that the flat deck area and the flotation tubes do not allow for gaining much speed on the water so they’re not typically used for racing and sporting. They can be used for swimming off the boat as the wide, flat bottom makes it easier to climb up a side ladder or set of steps onto and off of the boat. Talk to a company like Coastal Pontoon & Jetty Repairs for more information on pontoon boats.

Why Is My Shower Leaking?

A dripping sound coming from your shower can be very irritating. Some of the signs of leakage include damp spots and stains on the ceiling and walls. All leaks need to be addressed; even the seemingly insignificant ones have the potential to waste a lot of water. Shower leaks are not always easy to pinpoint. To find the source of the leak, you will have to investigate. Begin with the most apparent signs.

Old Caulk

If you notice a wet floor after you shower, the likely culprit is the caulking. Bathroom caulking makes showers, tubs and sinks impervious to water. Over time, caulk tends to wear, shrink and crack. To find the source of the leak, you can fill the bathtub with water. The water will weigh down the tub and the gaps will expand, making it easier for you to spot them. Caulking can be removed using a putty knife. To re-caulk, use a caulking gun to apply the silicone or clear caulk.

Clogged Shower Head

A leak from the shower head is easy to diagnose. The leak can be as a result of clogging from lime scale and other deposits. Once the shower head is clogged, water is forced out using other openings. To clean any mineral deposits, you can use vinegar. Vinegar works by breaking down the lime scale. Remove the shower head, and fill a plastic bag with vinegar. Tie the bag around the shower head and fasten it using a rubber band. Ensure that all the affected areas are covered in vinegar. If vinegar does not work, you can buy a commercial lime scale remover, it will work fast with minimal effort. Leave the shower to run so as to clear the entire lime scale remover.

Cracked Grout

If your bathroom is tiled, the tiles could be hiding a cracked grout. To identify the source of the leak, take a careful look at the corners of the wall and follow that line to the top. If you notice any cracks, it could mean that these cracks may be allowing water to seep. Newer showers are fitted with waterproof membranes, which safeguard against leaks. However, most showers do not have these guards. If you notice the leak is coming from the cracks, you need to replace the grout.  A silicone or tile caulk can replace the grout. The good thing is that, nowadays, caulk comes in different colors to match your bathroom decor.

If you need help with leaking shower repairs, contact a local plumber or bathroom renovation company. 

How To Restore Crushed Carpet

When you move a piece of heavy furniture and discover badly crushed carpet beneath it, you might think that the only way to deal with the eyesore is to cover it up again, or make a hefty investment in a brand new carpet.  However, there’s usually no need for such drastic action.  You can restore crushed carpet fibres quite simply.  Read on to find out more.

Before you start

Before you begin the restoration process, it’s important to establish whether the carpet is just crushed or if it’s actually damaged.  If there is discolouration around the crushed area, or if there are bare patches where you can see the carpet’s hessian backing, it is highly likely that the carpet is actually damaged and will therefore need professional restoration. However, if the carpet just appears flattened, you should be able to revitalise it easily yourself using items that you already have in your home.

Before you use this method, always test a small inconspicuous area of carpet using just one ice cube, as some dyes will run if exposed to moisture.  If you have wood flooring beneath your carpets, always test first, as moisture may cause damage to the wood.

If your carpets or rugs are very valuable or are hand-dyed, it’s recommended that you contact a professional firm of experienced carpet restorers to carry out this job.

What you’ll need

  • ice cubes
  • vacuum cleaner
  • stiff brush

How to do it

  1. Begin by vacuuming the carpet to lift any bits of dust out of the fibres and to aerate them.  
  2. Next, use a stiff brush to gently brush the carpet to try to lift the pile.  Don’t get too vigorous here; your aim is just to begin the process of fluffing-up the fibres.  
  3. Now, place the ice cubes a few centimetres apart along the crushed areas of the carpet.  Leave the ice in place overnight until it has melted.  
  4. Allow the carpet to air-dry completely.  
  5. When the carpet is dry, vacuum it again.  You should find that the crushed carpet pile returns to its usual, upright position.  If a few patches still appear slightly squashed, use your fingers to gently ruffle the fibres and vacuum the area again.

In conclusion

In most cases, you can restore crushed carpets to their original condition by following the guidelines set out above.  If your carpets are damaged, hand-dyed or very valuable, contact your local carpet restoration contractor to carry out the necessary work for you.