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Posts filed under 'The Power Washing Industry'

Hotsy Undercarriage Cleaner

When caring for your car, truck, or fleet, if your washing method is to wash only from the wheels up, you’re missing the most important area when it comes to preventative maintenance.

July 20th, 2012

Tips for Power Washing

We have shared other posts with general knowledge on power washing, but thought that this recent article we found is a good quick read. If you have more questions on a specific power washing application, our staff is here to help. Call or stop by our 6,000 square foot facility located at:

2625 E. University Drive, Suite B, Phoenix, 85034.
Phone: 602 304-9988

If you are starting to spend more time outside or you are preparing to sell your home, you may start to notice the layer of grime on your home or decking. To save time and energy, power washing might be a good option. Matt McMillan of Greenfield, MA has worked in contracting and construction for over 25 years and offers up some helpful tips. McMillan suggested renting a power washer instead of buying. “You don’t usually use a power washer that many times a year,” he said. Most towns and cites have hardware stores that rent power washers.

Safety
McMillan emphasized the importance of safety when operating a power washer. “It may sound foolish, but wearing safety glasses is important,” he said. He also suggested wearing gloves and never using a power washer on a ladder of any size. McMillan told the story of a friend who recently got a hose caught in the ladder he was on while power washing his home. His friend fell from the ladder and is now a paraplegic. In 1995, a San-Francisco-area painting contractor impaled himself on his pressure washer wand when he fell off a ladder. “Wash everything from the ground. If you can’t do the job from the ground, hire a professional,” said McMillan.

What can and can’t you wash with a power washer?
McMillan said that most people just want to get the layer of grime off of their home or clean off mold and mildew. “You can also use a power washer to get off loose paint or clean out cobwebs that are stuck in places you can’t really brush out,” he said.

McMillan added that a power washer can be used to clean any exterior that is wood, vinyl, concrete, or asphalt. “But no windows or shrubbery,” he said. McMillan said that it’s important to understand how powerful a power washer is, and to be especially careful with wood. “With a fine-point nozzle (on a power washer), you can basically write your name in the wood with it,” he said.

Using a power washer
McMillan said that there are usually four different sizes of nozzles for power washers. He recommends that you experiment and “work your way up” to see which size nozzle would be best for the cleaning job you are doing. “For example, if you use too strong a water stream, you can really damage vinyl,” he said.

There are a number of detergents that can be added to the water for an easier cleaning job. McMillan said that in most cases a weak solution of bleach works just fine.

Types of power washers
There are two different ways to power a power washer. One type is fueled by natural gas, propane, kerosene, etc. The advantage to fuel-powered equipment is more mobility. The downside is that they are noisier and create fumes, so you need to take care to have enough ventilation where you are using the power washer.

The second type is an electric power washer. The pluses are less noise and no fumes. However, you need an outlet and you have less mobility.

Hot vs. cold water power washers
Cold water washers are good for simple dirt-cleaning projects on decks, porches, driveways, siding, etc.

Hot water washers are better if you are trying to clean off oils or any greasy/sticky material. Keep in mind, the water in a hot water power washer can heat up to 200 degrees.

General terms relating to power washers
GPM means gallons per minute, or how much water will flow over a period of time. The greater the flow rate, the faster the cleaning time.

PSI means pounds per square inch, or the amount of pressure created per square inch. Greater PSI means greater efficiency.

Do you have tips for power washing? Share them in the comments please!

Original Post in Nexworx.com

May 9th, 2012

News: Hydro Engineering Inc. Helps a Remote Mine Site Stay in Environmental Compliance with the Installation of a Hydropad Turn Key Wash Rack

The following press pelease explains the many benefits an installation of Hydro Engineering Inc. technologies provide in a mining project. At Az cleaning equipment, we retail, install and service these products because we value their usefulness and reliability.

(PRWEB) February 28, 2012

Hydro Engineering’s breakthrough green technologies are leading the way in which equipment is cleaned in remote environments. The Hydropad portable wash rack is perfect for companies, large or small, who are looking to comply with EPA rules and environmental laws but have neither the time nor money to construct a wash rack.

The Hydropad wash rack and its Hydrokleen recycling system captures 100% of wash wastewater and recycles it. These above ground, steel wash racks are extremely durable and environmentally friendly. All wash water captured by the Hydropad is filtered through the Hydrokleen filtration system and reused. Hydrokleen systems use state-of-the-art materials of construction and manufacturing techniques to exceed vehicle and equipment manufactures requirements for performance, durability and corrosion prevention. The recycled water is then reused in the Hydroblaster pressure washer equipment making cleaning of large or small equipment quick and easy. This technology has proved to be particularly useful in remote locations that don’t have an available sanitary sewer connection.

Unlike most permanent wash racks for heavy equipment, all that is needed to set up and use the Hydropad wash rack is electric power, water, and a solid, level surface to place it on. Hydro Engineering Inc.’s products meet the requirement of secondary water containment, and do not require an architectural design. Hydropad instant wash racks rarely require a permit, never require construction, and are seen as equipment rather than a capital construction project.

“Hydro Engineering Inc. was very good in changing the design to meet changing environmental permit requirements. Was able to adapt to our changing schedule and met our start-up needs and requirements on a fast track project”, Said Todd Fayram of American Bonanza .

About Hydro Engineering Inc.

Hydro Engineering Inc. is based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and is now in its 32nd year of operation. The company is ISO9001 certified and prides itself in a top quality management system. They provide the finest in washing, collection and wastewater treatment/recycling systems to thousands of customers worldwide. Hydro Engineering Inc.’s innovative products include Hydroblaster pressure washers, Hydrokleen waste water and filtration equipment, Hydro-biodigester odor control products, and the Hydropad above ground washing pads.

February 28th, 2012

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Contact AZ Cleaning Equipment’s Greg Goebel &  Raf Amavizca.

Phone: 602 304-9988
2625 E. University Drive, Suite B,
Phoenix, 85034 .

December 14th, 2011

Hotsy’s Soap of the Month

Save With Hotsy’s “Soap of the Month” Feature Item. The highly effective cleaning power of Hotsy pressure washer soaps allows you to clean faster and better. Each month between now and the end of the year, Hotsy is featuring a detergent at a special lower price.

The detergent special for the month of October 2011 is:

Hotsy Breakthrough!

Hotsy soap is designed specifically for hot water, high-pressure cleaning, and actually become more effective as temperatures increase. Hotsy soaps are super concentrated, and they are biodegradable, making them safe for the environment.
If you’d like to buy Hotsy Breakthrough at a 15% discount contact us.

This highly concentrated detergent is extremely popular and effective for tackling crude oil and caked-on buildup of fifth-wheel grease . . . yet it’s gentle enough for fine finishes on cars and to use for general cleaning purposes. Helps restore all types of oxidized paint surfaces.

October 6th, 2011

Wild Fires and Other Natural Disasters – How can a pressure washer business help?

It’s disheartening to see the many families that are being affected by The Wallow and the The Horseshoe Two fires in Arizona. According to Az Central, The devastating Wallow Fire remains completely uncontained with more than 230,000 acres burned as of late Monday evening. Fire officials report that four structures have been destroyed by the flames in the Wallow fire while 348 structures remain in harms way. The Horse Shoe Two fire has destroyed six structures, and is estimated that  65 others are in danger.

At this point is difficult to know when this disaster will cease, but we know that our fire fighting forces will do  their best to help during and after this unfortunate event. When this is all over, there will be much to rebuild and restore.

The following is an article by Carlos Gonzales from Fairfield, Ca. about clean-ups after a natural disaster published on Cleaner Times Magazine.

Aiding Clean-Up Efforts After A Natural Disaster

Over the years the pressure washing contractor has explored many ways to market their services to almost every imaginable opportunity out there.  It may come as a surprise to some but pressure washing after a natural disaster could very well be the next frontier for our industry.  My experience with working in natural disasters areas are two fold:  I spent many days and nights as a firefighter on the fire lines protecting homes and business’s from fast moving wild land fires throughout California before I owned a pressure washing business.  As a pressure washer, I traveled to southern California after the infamous L.A fires in early 2000 where I spent several days pressure washing homes that accumulated soot and embers carried by the drift smoke.

Unfortunately, natural disasters and natural disaster clean-up is big business.  According to the ISO/PCS Insurance Information Institute, in 2007, insured loss or damage cost due to wild fires was 1.6 billion dollars.  And this was just for the state of California.  Hurricane damage cost and clean-up during the ‘05 & ‘06 hurricane season in the southern region of the U.S. reached a staggering 58.8 billion.

Flood damage and clean up cost in the mid west and northeast also reflect staggering figures in which billions of dollars of aide from the federal government is funneled to these locales to assist communities and often time entire states get back to some semblance of normalcy.

My trip to southern California was originally prescribed as volunteer work to assist home and business owners clean up their property.  While down in the fire zone I soon realized that pressure washing was a much needed and sought out service.  Every imaginable outside fixture that fell victim to the intense drift smoke but avoided the actual fire was seemingly fair game for pressure washing.  Community after community had one form or another of drift smoke ash accumulation that required a remedy.   Insurance adjusters from different insurance companies beckoned our assistance to quickly rinse off properties and cars in quick fashion in order for them to accurately determine if any fire damage occurred, per the insurance claim filed by the policy holder.  As we jokingly say in the pressure washing industry, I was definitely redefining the term “splash and dash” during our time in this region.  No cleaning chemicals were required, just a quick rinse.  The insurance adjusters only wanted to see if there was any fire damage to the property in question.

My curiosity about the type of insurance claims prompted me to inquire in between rinsing.  I was surprised to hear one insurance adjuster reflect in saying that the majority of the policy holders file claims to have their properties repainted.  I countered by explaining that just by pressure washing the likely hood of obtaining pre-fire condition was realistic – all with a fraction of the cost it would take an insurance company to pay a painting company to repaint the property.  Beyond that I explained that if the property did indeed need painting, one must pressure wash it first.

Captain Gregory Bounds from the Suisun City Fire Department, a northern California fire department that deploys each year during wild fire season explains that ash and soot from drift smoke can blanket communities for hundred of square miles.  “With any significant wild land fire incident you can pretty much guarantee that these communities will need the services of a company to spray away the accumulation of ash.”  He further states the need of having pressure washing services at the fire base camp “De-mob (demobilization) is mandatory for the release of fire department vehicles upon that safety inspection by a certified mechanic (ICS 212 form).  For the de-mobe mechanics to inspect a dirty, muddy fire engine delays the process of inspecting that vehicle properly to get it repaired if needed and home safely.  It is not uncommon for strike teams to drive hundreds of miles for it to return home.  The power washing would allow the mechanics to visibly see damaged areas from 4×4 driving and accumulated dirt and soot that sticks to electrical components, u-joints and windows.”

Asked if pressure washing could be a viable service for natural disaster incidents such as wild land fires? Captain Bounds remarked “the need is there today, however a pressure washing company could not just show up at base camp and announce that they are there to pressure wash”. Captain Bounds recommends anyone wishing to explore this service to begin by contacting their local FEMA representative or start at their local fire department to determine who to contact to get your pressure washing company listed as a vendor during wildfire incidents. Having your pressure wash company participate in natural disaster incidents will require patience and determination especially dealing with all the bureaucratic paper work that often comes as a pre-requisite. However once you obtain the necessary clearance as a vendor you stand a good chance of traveling from once incident to the next throughout the summer months providing a much needed service to the men and women that put their life on the line by fighting these raging infernos.

Natural disasters are not just limited to wild fires in the western part of the U.S.  Take Mathew Johnson from Pressure Washing Services located in Milford, NY.  Mr. Johnson and I spoke on natural disaster clean up the summer before his service area was hit with significant floods due to the unusual amount of rainfall that year.  He put the natural disaster clean up concept to work.  “What Carlos applied in California, I did the same thing here in New York except I applied it to our natural disaster – flooding” Mathew said.  He further explains, “For our industry, it is a unique service that if you are the only one providing it today you are almost guaranteed that your phone will be ringing to provide services during a time of need.”

Now before you run down to the local fire department and ask the fire chief to give you a call when a natural disaster occurs, you must first determine whether or not this “add on” service to your pressure washing business is right for you.  There are many considerations that you must evaluate before embarking to a natural disaster area:

  • Days away from regular pressure washing business;
  • Cash on hand.  Some disaster areas will not have functional ATM’s or banks readily open in the area.
  • No pay.  Insurance claims and payments can be a long drawn out process.  Can you afford to not get paid from 60-90 days?
  • Emotional impact.  Working in natural disaster zones especially hurricane and flood incidents can have an emotional impact on you especially if you frequently in contact with casualties;

It would be a sound recommendation for you to contact your local insurance agent in your community first.  They could  have the contact information for you immediately verses you having to track it down.

Providing pressure washing services during a natural disaster will require due diligence and a lot of preparation on your part.  Today you may wish to begin on a smaller scale right in your service area.  A house fire, depending on the intensity, can blanket adjoining houses with soot and ash.  A suggestion would be to make up fliers about your pressure washing services and distribute them discreetly around the location of the house fire well after the initial shock that normally plaques home or business owners during this difficult time.  This concept also applies to local flooding, coastal oil spills and small grass fires in and around communities across the U.S.

As you continue to evaluate your company and the services it provides you owe it to yourself to do not ignore the opportunities that lay during times such as when a natural disaster strikes – big or small. As history has shown, disasters such as hurricanes, fires and floods will continue to hold communities hostage for years to come.  Could it be time that the pressure washing industry contributes to help build these communities back?

June 7th, 2011



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