by Doug Rucker Doug Rucker

SLUDGE SUCKER

SLUDGE SUCKER

There are some occasions on pressure washing projects where having the SLUDGE SUCKER is very handy.  It’s usually a commercial property parking lot, but can also apply for some residential driveway cleaning jobs.  In low lying areas usually water is gathers, puddles up, and isn’t able to adequately drain off with the rest of the property.  It will generally be filled with mud and dirt because the water sits there and has nowhere to go.

HOW TO MOVE IT

The usual attack for standing water is to just use a pressure washer to spray it away.  This can be frustrating, time consuming, and sometimes makes the property look worse than when you started.  So sometimes its best to break out THE SLUDGE SUCKER.  Also known as the sludge pump, this is an easy way to turn your pressure washer into a water pump.  With it, it becomes very easy to move, displace, or relocate large amounts of standing water.  There is no filter so dirt, leaves, debris and such is sucked up into the large hose and relocated quickly and easily.

HOW OFTEN

The sludge sucker is not something we use often.  It does tie up some space on your truck or trailer, and we do not keep it with us for every job.  It’s a tool that I know I have and as I do estimates for commercial properties, I can see if it would be important to have.  But the last thing you want to do is leave a big puddle behind on a commercial parking lot.  This is a poor reflection on your business so you’ll want to have a strategy in place to remove low lying standing puddles of water.

ONLINE VIDEO SCHOOL

If it interests you, take a look at my online video school with over 250 videos.  You can drastically cut your learning curve and get set up for success right out of the gate as you start your pressure washing business.

 

by Doug Rucker Doug Rucker

Commercial Building Wash

Commercial Building Wash

Does your pressure washing business offer COMMERCIAL BUILDING WASH as a service?  If not, you should definitely consider adding it.  And if you do, you’ll want to consider including window washing as well.  Here are some important tips to remember if you ever end up pressure washing commercial properties.  With over 25 years of experience, I have learned a thing or two and enjoy passing these lessons along to others.  My hope is that what I share will greatly reduce your learning curve.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The first thing that we clean when providing a commercial building wash is the sidewalks and the entry way area.  This way after the building wash, rinsing both the sidewalks and the building at the same time saves time.  Also, cooler concrete cleans up better.  So the earlier the concrete is cleaned, the better!  In addition, pushing a surface cleaner in the hottest part of the day is least desirable.  Streamlining your work to cut down on steps saves time, makes you more profitable and conserves your effort and energy.  The doors for the entry way into this building were exposed by missing some of the gasket and insulation material.  So we taped the door way to seal it off so water does not intrude into the building.  Always remember to pressure wash in the direction of away from the doors and the building.  In case of wood flooring, you have to be extra cautious to prevent water intrusion.  And don’t use high pressure directly on the doors.  We hand detail doors and windows, which is a high level of superior customer service than what most companies do.

EXTRA MILE

Even in cases where we are not cleaning the parking lot, there is a little some extra special we do.  We always cleaning the handicap parking spots.  This makes the area just a little big safer and a little less slippery as people are getting in and out of their cars.  For this particular job, we also cleaned the dumpster area and mailbox at no extra cost and which was not part of the original written proposal.  Be sure and watch the entire video for even more COMMERCIAL BUILDING WASH tips!  Here is the link to my online video school if you are interested in learning more.

 

Commercial Building Wash