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Service of mast and tower, why should I bother?

Servicing masts and towers is essential due to the high-risk nature of these constructions. Damage or failure could result in property loss or even endanger lives, making regular maintenance crucial.

For aluminum masts, while they are resistant to corrosion, they are susceptible to frost cracking. Therefore, it’s advisable to have qualified personnel check for signs of frost damage annually, preferably in spring. Any cracks found should be welded, poles replaced as needed, and drainage systems inspected. Altruss masts are equipped to handle water efficiently, reducing the risk of frost cracking.

When it comes to guy wires, older installations often used zinc-plated wires that have become fragile due to corrosion. We recommend using high-quality guy wires, preferably 1×19 type with a minimum diameter of 4 mm, made in Europe, even for smaller masts. Additionally, guy wire tension should be periodically adjusted due to natural wear, and it’s important to consult with the mast producer regarding the appropriate tension level.

Aluminum towers are generally more robust and require less maintenance. However, it’s still important to check for signs of frost cracking and corrosion on bolts periodically. A verticality check by a land surveyor is recommended every 5-10 years, as settling ground can cause the tower’s center of gravity to shift, which can be corrected with adjustment rings.

For steel constructions, an anti-corrosion check is necessary, and any stained spots must be repaired promptly. During component replacements, such as u-bolts, it’s crucial to consider the electrochemical potential of the materials used to prevent rapid corrosion, which could compromise the structure’s rigidity. Regular servicing helps ensure the continued safety and reliability of mast and tower installations.