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How to Flush Out A Pressure Washer to Prepare for the Busy Season

Dirt and debris can collect inside your pressure washer when it is not in use. This debris can damage your equipment if it is not removed before you pressurize your system. Which is why you need to know how to flush out a pressure washer.

  1. The first step in the process is to run water through your supply hose.

    1. Don't connect your supply hose to your machine yet.

    2. Let the water run until it looks clean and clear.

    3. Place a screen filter on your hose to prevent any contaminates that may have collected it the pipe from entering you hose.

  2. Then connect your supply hose to your pressure washer

    1. Do not attach your gun yet.

    2. Use a screen filter or can style Water Filter Strainer to collect a debris that may still be in your hose.

    3. Let the water run through your system until it looks clean and clear.

  3. Snap your gun and wand onto the end of your pressure hose without a nozzle

    1. Let the water run until it looks clean and clear.

  4. When your water runs clear, you can start your machine and use high pressure.

During normal operation, you should use a can style Water Filter Strainer to help keep contaminates out of your system.

Are You Preparing Your Business For The Worst?

A small selection of items that you show have readyHow much money will you loose if you have to spend a day waiting on parts to repair your machine? Even if you have a strict preventative maintenance routine, you will have occasional parts failures, damage or losses. That is why it is very important that you are preparing your business for the worst. With this in mind we have compiled a list of the items that you should keep in your shop, and on your rig, to minimize costly down time and to better serve your customers.

  1. A trigger gun of your choice. This is an item that will fail or may be damaged that you can't do without. Having a backup will save you costly down time. We recommend upgrading to an easy pull gun like the YG-5000. These guns feature a trigger that is designed to reduce the amount of energy required to keep the trigger engaged. This will greatly reduce operator fatigue.

  2. Spray wands of the size you most commonly use can come in handy when one is lost, damaged or in case an adjustable wand simply fails. You may want to consider upgrading your standard aluminum wand to a Zinc Plated Insulated Steel Spray Wand. If you are looking for a dual lance variable pressure wand, we recommend the Suttner ST-53.

  3. Spray Nozzles will wear out and can be damaged or lost! Nozzles are available in many different sizes and configurations. We recommend upgrading to a nozzle with a quick coupled connection. These nozzles are easy to change and brightly color coded to make them easy to find in your tool box.

  4. Quick Couplers can fail or be damaged. Spare sockets and plugs of each size should be readily available. Consider upgrading to stainless plugs and sockets for cleaning with corrosive chemicals like V-502. Stainless steel couplers also stand up to rust and surface abrasion better than standard brass couplers.

  5. "O"-Rings can also fail and cause leaks, and they are not all created equal. The best O Rings for chemical applications are made from viton, and O Rings for high temperatures are made from silicone. For general cleaning use you can't go wrong with standard black buna.

  6. Unloader Valves can fail at any time. When this happens you are often out of business until it is replaced. When you must replace your unloader valve you should replace it with the same valve that was installed from the factory.

  7. Pressure Hoses are often damaged and fail during a job. To keep from having to leave the job before it is finished you should always carry a spare hose with you! Pressure hose is available in 1 wire braid for pressure up to 4000 PSI and 2 wire braid for pressure up to 5800 PSI. We recommend non-marking hose if you need to drag your hose across concrete or tile surfaces.

  8. Pressure Relief Valves often fail as they age! Your pressure relief valve is like an artificial weak point. It will pop off if your pressure spikes to prevent a failure in another area like your hose or trigger gun. Keep them in working order to maintain your margin of safety.

  9. Burner Fuel Filters need to be replaced at 2 month intervals under normal circumstances, but if you get fuel that is contaminated you may have to change them on a moments notice.

  10. Water Filters often fail due to freeze damage or rough handling. Water filters protect your system from debris in water that can damage your machine. We recommend the can type water filter, because it has an easy to clean screw off cup.

  11. Burner Transformers, especially the 12 volt variety can fail without notice. Often they do so when you are on the job. With this in mind you should always be prepared to replace one when needed.

  12. Burner High Limit Switches can fail due to extreme pressure spikes, from vibration or from damage. The high limit switch is installed in the flow path after the burner coil to monitor the water temperature as it exits the burner. If the temperature reaches a dangerous level, the switch will fire and the burner will shut off. This important safety device can save your life.

  13. Pressure Switches are most often used to control the fuel solenoid located on the burner fuel pump. They are part of the system that turns the burner off when you release the trigger and stop the water from flowing through the system.

  14. Fuel Solenoid Shut-off Valves attach to the discharge from the fuel pump and are used to interrupt the flow of fuel to the burner when there is no water flowing through the system. These are commonly used on mobile hot water pressure washers.

The parts mentioned above are based on you having one hot water pressure washer though some of these parts can also be used with cold water washers as well. They aren't all that you will ever need but they are the most common ones that will fail and cause you to lose time on the job!

Grow Your Business with Co-Employment

Growing a company includes hiring employees but most small companies find it difficult to make that transition. Adding employees increases daunting paperwork for payroll, taxes, insurance and benefits. Most job seekers who are dependable and enthusiastic need more than a paycheck: they need a full benefits package to ensure they can afford to work for you. Small companies end up feeling burdened, both financially and administratively, by the expanded human resource-type work growth brings, which defeats the purpose of hiring in the first place.

Co-employment companies remove the roadblocks of adding staff by handing all of the HR duties your company needs on your behalf. The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) defines “co-employment” as “the contractual allocation and sharing of employer responsibilities between a professional employer organization (PEO) and its client.” You do all the hiring and training while the PEO takes care of the HR responsibilities.

This arrangement is different from employee leasing because you have permanent staff you hire yourself. With leasing, a temporary staffing service sends you their employees, regardless of ability or interest in the industry. You take the time to train someone in pressure washing or soft washing only to have to train a new person the next day. When looking to build on your business, this kind of transiency doesn’t work.

Co-employment means you share employment duties with a PEO. You hire, train, schedule, and generally manage your staff on a daily basis: the kinds of tasks that will expand your business and increase profits. A PEO manages the areas you don’t have time or structures to deal with; personnel-related functions like providing health benefits, paying wages, managing employment tax responsibilities, workers compensation needs and the like. Because the PEO is managing many other companies’ workforces at the same time, they can offer better packages than a small business can by negotiating with insurance and workers comp companies. They also have the management systems in place that would take days for you to organize on your own, like payroll administration.

While it might seem like you lose control over you employees, the exact opposite is true. Because you are not bogged down by HR needs, you have time to manage your team the way you want. Employees prefer a PEO because they receive better overall benefits. They are not part-time employees or contractors with a PEO involved. An existing HR department is supported by the expertise of a co-employment relationship rather than being replaced by it.

PEOs often require a minimum number of employees, anywhere from three to ten. They generally charge by adding a percentage onto payroll, not including basic company overhead costs like FICA, Medicare and unemployment insurance withholding. Some rates might be steep but PEOs can bring down rates in other areas like workers comp, saving you money. Shop around for the best rates and abilities. Look for a company that has been in business a while to ensure they stay in business as they handle your company.

Professional employment organizations are an excellent solution to growing your company without having to be an expert in human resources, giving you the freedom to do what you do best: provide your customers with excellent pressure washing services.

How To Use A Construction Fire Hydrant Meter for Pressure Washing

First we need to answer the question "What is a construction meter". A construction meter is a portable meter that can be moved throughout a municipality to legally hook up to a fire hydrant. This allows the contractor to fill their fresh water holding tank rapidly. For example a 500 gallon tank can be filled in approximately 5 minutes compared to using a water hose that can take from 1 to 2 hours from a standard water hose connection. This can be a huge benefit since it can save a considerable amount of time during and between job(s).

To get a construction meter contact the local water department, set up an account and get a meter issued to you or your company. Normally there is not a cost for the meter but most cities will require a deposit from $500.00 to a $1000.00. Additionally there may also be a monthly rental charge in the range of $20.00 to $50.00. A monthly reading will be taken to assess the cost of water used. The actual cost of water is normally lower because the use of water does not include a sanitary sewer fee. Typically, this ranges from $10 to $25 a month depending on how much water is used.

There are some safety / health requirements that need to be considered when using a construction meter. The assumption is that the water from the hydrant is always under pressure but what happens if there is a loss in pressure do a break in the main, etc. This means that when connected to a hydrant a tank that is being filled can actually back flow into the water main and contaminate the municipal drinking water. For this reason two options are available. The first option is to fill the fresh water tank from above with a 4" air break to prevent any chance of backflow. The second is to install check valve(s) on the meter so that the water can only flow one direction. These requirements may vary slightly from area to area so make sure you do what the local officials require.

In closing, remember that a construction meter can be another useful tool that a power washer can use to increase profitability by saving time to increase productivity.

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