New Year’s Resolutions for Your Equipment

We’ve entered a new year, and for many of us, that comes with resolutions to do better in 2019. Whether that’s a personal goal like quitting a bad habit or being more active or a professional goal to improve your skills or hit new sales or profitability goals, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to strive for a better and more productive year.

Your equipment could benefit from a resolution for 2019, too. Why not resolve to take better care of your gear this year? Make sure your machines are always ready to clean with the CLEAN Accountability Plan from WET.

Being Accountable to Yourself

When deciding on your own resolution, you look at what you feel could stand to be improved. That’s the same approach we use with our CLEAN Accountability Plan.

It starts by performing a comprehensive tune-up of your equipment and cleaning systems to make sure they are running well. This includes a full equipment evaluation, designed to identify the existing condition of your cleaning gear and identify any pressing repair or component replacement needs. We also work with you to discuss your routine usage to understand the kind of wear, tear and stress your equipment experiences throughout the year.

Scheduling Maintenance and Upkeep

Once your equipment is refreshed with our tune up and we learn about your usage, we will work with you to create a scheduled maintenance plan that will ensure your machines are properly maintained and ready to go whenever you need them. Our scheduled maintenance is planned based on your level of usage, and designed to adapt to your schedule, helping minimize downtime and any interruption to your work routine.

With each appointment, your machines will be thoroughly assessed and re-greased as needed to ensure all moving parts are running smoothly. Our technicians will also have additional lubricants, fluids, filters, parts and other accessories to handle filter changes or other tasks that may be called for depending on the maintenance schedule.

When you set up scheduled maintenance, you can worry less about your upkeep and trust that whenever you turn on your pressure washer, you’ll be working efficiently, effectively and safely.

Accessories to Work Smarter

The third step of the CLEAN Accountability plan looks at your operations to see how accessories, additional equipment or newer components may help you save time and money with your work. If you frequently work within a wash bay, for example, hose reels can help reduce the wear on your hoses while extension wands could help clean underneath vehicles more quickly.

We’ll discuss your routine cleaning jobs with you and understand what challenges you face with your operations. With hundreds of accessories available, we may be able to recommend a solution that can help you work smarter, safer and more efficiently

Determining the Best Detergents

In addition to reviewing your equipment and accessories, we’ll also take a look at your detergent and chemical usage to identify any inefficiencies or opportunities to save on your costs. Some detergents don’t work well in cold weather or can benefit from foamers that help prolong the exposure time on surfaces. In other instances, choosing a concentrated formula could save on both costs and space within your working area. Let us take a look and see if there’s a more cost-effective way to approach your detergent use.       

Staying Safe with Training

Finally, working efficiently and effectively are only two of the three tenets of CLEAN – the third is safety, which is why WET offers opportunities to ensure your team is using your cleaning systems properly and in a safe manner. We can conduct operator training and maintenance classes to your team members to provide a comprehensive education on pressure washer safety, including proper operational precautions, required maintenance, correct storage and cleaning and other best practices. With this knowledge, your team will work safely every time and help prolong the life of your equipment.

Keep Your Equipment Like New this New Year

With scheduled maintenance and the CLEAN Accountability Plan from WET, you can make sure you’re always working efficiently, effectively and safely on each and every job. Let our team help you get the most from your equipment every time you pull the trigger. Call us today at 865-525-1515 and request your CLEAN Accountability Plan today.




Avoiding Illness with Vital Oxide

As we close out the year, we celebrate the holidays, look back at the year and prepare for all there is to new in 2019. However, lurking in the shadows this season is the constant threat of illness. December marks the start of the typical peak months for cold and flu season, and this year there are other threats, like food-borne pathogens and adenovirus, on people’s minds as well.

While the annual flu vaccine can help reduce the likelihood of contracting the flu, there are countless strains of the disease in circulation, and the vaccine has no impact on colds, bacteria or other viruses. That’s why it’s important to be proactive and CLEAN in other ways – for your health, for your employees’ health and for the health of anyone else impacted by your operations. One of the best tools in the anti-illness arsenal is Vital Oxide.

Why Vital Oxide?

At WET we talk a lot about the benefits of Vital Oxide, but it’s with good reason. Vital Oxide is unlike many traditional cleaners that use harsh chemicals or solutions like chlorine bleach, ammonia or other solvents that can be harmful to use and pungent to the nose. These other solutions leave behind residues that may be unsafe for handling, use cancer-causing chemicals, or may trigger an allergic reaction. Vital Oxide, on the other hand, is odorless and nontoxic, and so harmless that there are no risks with it coming into contact with your skin. In fact, the active compound in Vital Oxide has been used as a water sanitizer for decades, and has a proven track record of being perfectly safe for use.

Beyond these benefits, Vital Oxide also is noncorrosive, meaning that it can be used on nearly any surface without any risk of staining or unwanted reaction. This includes metals, wood, concrete and even cloth and fabric. Plus, with misting or spraying, Vital Oxide penetrates into porous surfaces, rooting out environmental threats like mold spores or bacteria that can hide beneath the surface.

 

Beneath the Hood

Vital Oxide is efficient, effective and safe – everything we believe in as part of CLEAN – so it’s easy to see why we recommend it. But how it works is impressive in its own right.

At a molecular level, Vital Oxide’s active ingredient, chlorine dioxide – not to be confused with chlorine bleach – attacks germs chemically. With bacteria like E. coli or staphylococcus aureus (the bacteria that causes staph infections), Vital Oxide’s chlorine dioxide attaches to RNA and amino acids, destroying cell walls and the bacteria. For viruses – such as the adenovirus which has infected dozens and played a role in at least 12 deaths this year, according to NBC – the approach is similar. Vital Oxide oxidizes the amino acids to prevent the virus from reproducing. Whether bacteria or virus, the reaction between chlorine dioxide and germs results in a 5-log kill rate of these contaminants and leaves behind only simple table salt. 

Illness and Your Operations

Sicknesses are more than a pain for the person who has to deal with the sniffles, sneezes and shivers associated with colds and flus. They’re also a drain on your bottom line. As employees miss work to recover or work at less than full capacity while suffering symptoms of a cold, flu or other illness, your work can suffer – and other employees can be put at risk of infection.

According to the CDC Foundation, roughly 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu annually. That means if you have 10 employees, the odds are good at least one person is likely to get sick. Each year, this loss in labor across all employers is estimated to cost $16.3 billion in lost earnings – that’s Billion, with a B. All of this can be prevented with a flu shot and some attention to CLEAN using Vital Oxide.

 

Safe: For Food, for Animals, for Children

As we’ve covered, Vital Oxide is incredibly efficient and effective, but it’s also quite safe. It’s why Vital Oxide is a great option for sanitizing in a variety of different situations.

For businessowners in food preparation or handling operations, Vital Oxide is wholly safe and commonly used to treat surfaces used in holding or processing different types of raw ingredients or staging finished food products. Vital Oxide is also ideal for use on the farm, where it not only is harmless to animals and feed, but can help reduce odors by attacking the bacteria that produces foul smells and eliminating the stench at the source.

Vital Oxide is also safe to use around children, the population that is perhaps most prone to colds and flus. It’s why it’s a common disinfectant choice for preschools, child care programs, elementary schools and other environments. It can be sprayed by teachers between classes, sanitizing desks, tables or even children’s backpacks, helping to reduce the spread of disease and keeping everyone healthier and happier all year long.

A Vital Tool for Your Operations

With the threat of flu, bacteria and viruses always an ever-present concern, it’s time to make sure you’re armed and ready to keep diseases at bay. WET offers Vital Oxide in a variety of ready-to-use options, and can help you with sprayer and fogger equipment to make application a breeze.

Add this vital tool to your cleaning and disinfection regimen. Call WET or stop by your local branch today to learn more.




Changing Seasons, Changing Approaches

There’s starting to be more of a nip to the morning air. The leaves are changing colors and falling from trees. All the telltale signs are there – fall is coming and that means winter’s not far behind. That also means that now’s the time to make sure that you, your team and your equipment are ready to take on dirt and grime in the cooler months ahead.

Changing Temperatures and Equipment Operation

As the thermometer dips lower, pressure washing machinery often seems to run slower. It might seem that it takes a little longer for your Hotsy to warm up or it may seem to be running sluggishly. Most often, this slow down isn’t from freezing temps, but instead the result of your lubricants. Before conditions get too cold, now is the time to check over your equipment and make sure all moving parts are well oiled and lubricated. Pay particular attention to the cylinders and carburetor to make sure winter doesn’t put a freeze on your operations.

Another consideration is your fuel. In cooler weather – and especially during transitions from warm storage to cold operating conditions – your fuel quality can suffer, making your engine run harder or even introducing contamination or dilution that can wreak havoc on your pump. Consider using a fuel stabilizer to help and allow the motor to run for a few minutes when starting operations to make sure treated fuel is in the system.

Removing Oil and Grease

Getting rid of oil and grease is hard in warm weather, and during the colder months it can seem almost impossible. We all know heat is the key to getting rid of these organic grimes. That means that during cooler conditions, you may need more time to allow your pressure washer to warm up or spend more time heating up frozen-on grease and oil. Using a portable heater may help in certain situations, and evaluating your detergent selection may help you find something that’s a better fit for cold weather.

Soap and Detergent Efficiency at Cooler Temps

Some chemical solutions don’t handle the change in temperature well and may not work as well – or at all – in some situations. Most notably, acid cleaners and aluminum brighteners tend to have reduced effectiveness in temperatures below 60 degrees. Other detergents may not be rated for use in cold weather at all and you might need to take a different approach to ensure your surfaces are completely clean.

Review your detergents and identify any with temperature sensitivity by examining the label. Not sure if your soaps will work or need help finding a more appropriate solution for the season? Call the team at WET and let us perform a Chemical & Detergent Evaluation to make sure you have the best solution.

Add Time for Clean in Cold

Things often take longer during the cold-weather months. People move slower, it takes longer to dress for work in the cold, machines need more time to warm up – the list goes on and on. One particular aspect to keep in mind is detergent efficacy.

As mentioned above, some detergents can be dramatically affected by use in cold conditions. Just because a detergent is still safe to use in the cold, however, doesn’t mean it will still work the same way. Be aware that with some solutions, you may need to adjust the amount of detergent used or increase the length of soaking time to completely clean a surface. Make sure you know the details of your detergents and build enough time into your schedule to get the job done.

Don’t Forget Fall Maintenance

Fall is also a great time to tackle any maintenance projects. Take advantage of things slowing down to speed up your upkeep. Check over hoses for wear and replace any that are damaged or excessively worn. Take a look at fittings and gaskets for any signs of failure. Change oil and air filters, and perform a thorough visual inspection to look for any other external signs of wear.

The cooler weather can be harder on your equipment and your crew, so spending time to make sure everything is in peak condition can help prevent breakdowns and improve operations in the colder conditions. At WET we can also help with Scheduled Maintenance Plans that take the stress out of keeping your equipment ready for action with preventative maintenance that works around your schedule. Contact us today to learn more.

Staying CLEAN in Every Season

We believe in CLEAN in every season, and that means we’re always striving to make sure that your operations are as efficient, effective and safe as possible. Whether you need parts or accessories to help with your fall and winter projects or you’re looking for help with repairs and upkeep, turn to the CLEAN team at WET. We know CLEAN and we can help you tackle any seasonal challenges. Call us today to learn more.




Under Pressure: How Hose Length Affects CLEAN

How often have you been working on a pressure washing job and had to stop to move your equipment so that you had enough hose to reach the far edge of a surface? Using a pressure washer means that you’re tethered to your machinery, with the length of your hose dictating how far you can move before needing to reset your operations.

For many, it’s tempting to overcome this limitation by increasing the length of hose used on the job site. However, adding more distance for your water and detergents to travel can also present other problems.

The Science of Hose Lengths

Assuming a best-case scenario – working on flat ground and normal operating conditions – you typically won’t lose much pressure as you increase the length of hose that you use. For instance, on a 3/8-inch hose with a 3 gallon/minute flow, the loss of pressure per 100 feet is about 50 PSI. When you consider that pressure washers often operate at 3,000 to 5,000 PSI, that’s a fairly negligible loss for the increased distance.

Other factors can increase this pressure loss, however still at negligible levels. For example, if you’re spraying at a height of 50 above your pressure washer, the loss in pressure is approximately 22 PSI. That means if you were using a 100-foot hose, you’d have a net loss of approximately 75 PSI at the spray nozzle, not considering any other variables like hose interior smoothness, fitting style and even water temperature, which can all play a role in pressure.

If you think about that loss with a typical 3,000 PSI pressure washer, the pressure loss works out to only about 2.5 percent – fairly negligible and still providing ample cleaning power for most applications. It also means that, in theory, you could run a hose for several miles before losing pressure entirely – not that you should.

The Practicality of Hose Lengths

While that math all looks great on paper, in the real world there are more practical limits to hose lengths.

For example, there are few scenarios in which more than 100 to 200 feet of hose would be appropriate. Investing in the additional length of hose for infrequent use would be cost prohibitive when your Hotsy pressure washer has wheels and can easily be moved from one end of even a large warehouse building to the other.

In addition, more hose length also means more hose weight. Dragging an extra 50 or 100 feet of hose, filled with water, adds a burden of weight to operations. Let’s roughly estimate that every 100 feet of hose contains one gallon of water and, for the sake of simplicity, let’s say that with the weight of the hose that totals 30 pounds. That means if you add another 100 feet, you now have a hose weighing 60 pounds to drag around the job site. That’s not a ton, but it brings us to the third issue with increased hose lengths – wear.

With more hose being used, more hose also ends up lying on the ground. That means that as you move, you drag the hose across the terrain which can wear at the exterior of the hose and lead to premature failure. Longer lengths may also reach across access areas like driveways or vehicle bay entrances, increasing the possibility of a vehicle driving over and damaging a hose.

Less Is More – More Effective, That Is

All told, as tempting as it might seem to add another length of hose to your pressure washer, for most practical reasons it simply isn’t needed. While you may save a few minutes for projects that require you to move the pressure washer around to reach the full length of your surface being washed, the detractions and real-world practicalities of additional hose typically make it not worth the hassle.

Instead of investing in adding hose, make sure you’re using the best hose. Even 50- and 100-foot lengths of hose can suffer wear and tear, and failures in these hoses can pose a full range of problems and hazards. Find high-quality hoses and replace any worn hoses with the team at WET Give us a call today and find the right hoses for your cleaning needs.