Pressure Washing Equipment Maintenance
Perhaps you have heard the phrase “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Well at www.DougRuckerStore.com, we have a little twist on that classic line. “The main thing is to MAINTAIN the main thing!” Your pressure washing machine is the main thing in your business, and Pressure Washing Equipment Maintenance needs to be carefully and strategically planned over the years so that it achieves its maximum life expectancy, keeping your costs down and your profits up. Without proper Pressure Washing Equipment Maintenance, you’ll end up paying extra money over the long haul in repair costs, lost income during down time for repairs, and ultimately replacement cost before it’s maximum life span expectancy. In addition to providing equipment, supplies and cleaning solutions, we are committed to helping you MAINTAIN your equipment so that your profits are maximized, success is achieved, and growth is natural result for your organization.
Here are Five BEST PRACTICES when it comes to MAINTAINING your equipment for LONGEVITY!
- CHECK OIL BEFORE REGULAR USE
We realize this probably goes without saying, but for rookies in the industry as well as for veterans with years of experience that get extremely busy in a fast paced company, it is imperative to remember this extremely important discipline. If an oil leak goes undetected and the machine is used without oil, well, that’s just terrible news! So make sure you take a few seconds to check the oil before each job so that you can prevent a loss of thousands of dollars!
- CHANGE ENGINE AND PUMP OIL AS MANUFACTURER REQUIRES
Every pressure washing machine and pump is different, but on average, pressure washing machine oil must be changed every 100 hours and the pump every 500 hours. In some cases, the machine and pump use the same oil, but in other cases they do not, so it’s important to read and follow the owner’s manual carefully. Make sure you schedule reminders on your calendar so that this imperative assignment doesn’t fall through the cracks of procrastination, neglect and forgetfulness. You will also need to check and clean the filter monthly.
- ALWAYS MAKE SURE UNLOADER IS SET PROPERLY
A properly set unloader assures that your pump will serve you for many years to come. If you are not sure how to do it, make sure you have an experienced pump technician set it for you. You do not want the spike pressure exceeding recommended specifications.
- MAINTAIN HOSES, CHANGE O-RINGS, PROTECT FROM WEATHER ESPECIALLY IN COLDER CLIMATES
Make sure that you schedule regular maintenance to check hoses for weaknesses, change o-rings, and always protect your equipment from cold or bad weather. When weather get’s below 32 degrees, water int he pump and hoses can freeze, causing hundreds of dollars in repair costs. Use anti freeze, windshield wiper fluid, or blow all the lines out with air to assure your prevent this from happening. If you live in Northern States, it’s always a good idea to have fittings installed so you can easily winterize your equipment.
- KEEP MACHINES COVERED WHEN NOT IN USE
One of the things I always do as part of our Pressure Washing Equipment Maintenance, is to keep all machines and hose reels covered when we are not using them. In the picture to the left, you will see our flat bed rig with all equipment covered, and it’s actually raining. I feel this just adds years to the life of the equipment, and prevent’s pre-mature failure of small parts, by helping to minimize rust issues. Use tarps or even have custom made weather proof covers made to keep them protected.
At www.DougRuckerStore.com, we are committed to taking our thirty years of experience in this industry and using to help others succeed! If you have any questions about maintaining your equipment, or how you can grow your pressure washing business, please don’t hesitate to call or text me at (281) 612-1223. If you are interested in training for starting your new pressure washing business, be sure to check out our website HERE.