Windsocks are instruments designed to measure aspects of the weather, so it’s ironic that some weather conditions can actually cause damage to them. Windsocks are built to last and can withstand most weather changes, however, a strong storm can cause excessive damage to a lot of buildings and outdoor systems – including windsocks.
Here are some prevention tips to help your windsock weather the storm, and a checklist for after bad weather to ensure the windsock is working as it should. If it has suffered sufficient damage, it should be replaced as soon as possible as safety could be compromised.
Protecting your windsock equipment
First of all, it helps to invest in state of the art windsock equipment which is sturdy and of high quality. Industrial grade heavy duty windsocks are available, which are the most durable and resilient on the market. If you’re installing a windsock in a place which suffers from regular or strong storms, then you should choose a heavy duty model.
It’s also important to maintain your windsock and pole, and check it regularly to see if any upgrades are required. Good suppliers are able to offer professional installation and maintenance advice to help you get the most out of your equipment.
Stormy weather conditions can wreak havoc on a windsock. If it is safe to do so, for example, if you are closing an airfield due to the bad weather, you may choose to take down the windsock in order to protect it. If there was no time to do so or it has to be in operation 24/7, this is what to look for once the storm has passed:
Mast and fittings
Firstly check that all of the fittings and screws are still in place. Bolts which are holding down part of the equipment must be secure. You should also check the mast has not become off-centre. It’s also very important that the swivel system is still working correctly – the windsock should be able to rotate freely at 360˚.
Next, it’s time to check the windsock itself, which is more prone to damage. Have a look if it has become frayed or damaged in any way. The windsock should be properly secured to the swivel system, and be able to move freely without becoming tangled. If it is not fully operational then it needs to be replaced.
Windsocks can be critical for safety in many situations, so it’s important they are working correctly and any damage is repaired as quickly as possible.