Proper forklift battery care extends the life of the cells and cuts replacement costs. One frequently overlooked maintenance task is battery washing. Fleet managers may not realize how important washing is to keeping batteries in good shape, and even those who do properly wash batteries may not realize that industrial wastewater treatment costs are offsetting the financial advantages washing provides.
Why Do I Need To Wash My Batteries?
Forklifts use lead-acid batteries, an old but reliable technology. Over normal use, the terminals build up corrosion. This is a natural side effect of the electrochemical process that allows batteries to provide power. If left unchecked the corrosion will eventually cause the batteries to provide less power, short out the cells so they drain even when not in use, and can even cause damage to forklifts or injury to workers.
Washing forklift batteries isn't hard but you can't just take them outside and hose them down. Battery wash water contains acid as well as heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Without proper industrial wastewater treatment, you will pollute the job site and expose your business to substantial fines.
Should I Wash My Own Batteries?
You can find companies that will provide battery washing services, though you will probably find it is more cost effective to do it yourself. For a very small fleet you could wash them manually without the need for extra equipment as long as you are careful to gather the wash water for proper disposal. For most fleets, battery washers are an inexpensive and easy to use alternative to manual washing.
However you chose to clean your batteries, you need to consider how to handle the wash water. If you dump it into the drain or out in some field by the site, then you will quickly have federal environmental inspectors banging at your door. More importantly, the pollution caused, especially the environmental damage from heavy metals, is devastating. Again you can find outside companies to provide industrial wastewater treatment but you might want to consider cleaning your own water.
Do-It-Yourself Industrial Wastewater Treatment
One problem with dealing with an outside treatment contractor is they have to regard every gallon of wastewater as though it's deadly, and that quickly becomes expensive. You will still need to find a vendor who can deal with materials such as lead, but if you treat the water yourself on site then you pay only for the disposal of a tiny amount of heavy metal rather than many gallons of water.
Multi-Shifter industrial wastewater treatment systems neutralize the acid and separate out the dangerous heavy metals. They work automatically and leave you with a small amount of waste material for proper disposal. Not only that but the cleaned water is fed back into your wash system, cutting your costs even more.
Contact a Multi-Shifter sales agent and find out more about our battery washers and industrial wastewater treatment systems. A small investment in quality equipment will quickly pay off in lower operating expenses for your fleet.