Mezzanine decks are incredibly useful in a warehouse environment. They can be used to increase your square footage without requiring expensive construction projects and months of your time. Most mezzanine decks can be fit in a matter of a few days and are ready to be used immediately. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team has seen mezzanine levels used for storage, assembly stations, and even paired with our prefabricated offices for great space for decks and break rooms. Mezzanines levels are largely a “set it and forget it” solution to your storage needs, but they will on occasion need some attention. We’ve put together a guide to maintenance for your mezzanine deck to help make it easier.
Making Mezzanine Maintenance Easy
Why Maintenance Matters for Your Mezzanine
Like your other warehouse equipment, proper maintenance can help extend the life of your mezzanine level. Quickly making the necessary repairs and catching issues early not only makes your mezzanine last longer but can actually prevent accidents and help you save money in the long run. Maintenance is typically fast and inexpensive, too, so there is no reason to avoid this warehouse-related task.
Necessary Maintenance for Your Mezzanine Level
You’ll find that many of the maintenance items for your warehouse mezzanine are similar to those you’ll be performing for your pallet rack systems; thus, for peak efficiency, you can combine many of these tasks and inspections with your pallet rack work. Here are some of the inspection items and maintenance work you’ll want to perform regularly for your mezzanine:
- Inspect mezzanine columns for damage from forklifts. What seems like a small bump can actually do structural damage to your mezzanine. Addressing these issues immediately and getting them repaired as soon as possible can prevent a major disaster in your warehouse.
- If forklifts are operating on top of the mezzanine level, you’ll want to inspect all of the structural components up top for damage as well. Be sure to give the flooring of your mezzanine a proper inspection as well.
- Clean the aisles and floor space of your mezzanine regularly. Don’t allow items to pile up or clutter walkways. Mezzanines are generally pretty safe, but accidents can happen when trip hazards are left around.
- Inspect handrails, guardrails and safety gates for damage or weakness. Mezzanines should utilize guardrails, safety gates, and other precautionary equipment not only because it’s a good idea, but because it’s required by OSHA. Be sure these items are secure and in working order.
- Check that total weight on racks on the mezzanine are at or below the total weight limit for the shelf. Overloading shelves is a major issue in any warehouse, but especially on a mezzanine level. Allowing the improper loading of shelves can cause trouble later on.
DAK Equipment Can Help with Inspections
If the mezzanine level in your warehouse is in need of an inspection, give the DAK Equipment & Engineering team a call. We offer inspection services that can help you identify potential issues with your mezzanine deck and even help you arrange for repairs. Give us a call today for more information!