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PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS EQUIPMENT

PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS EQUIPMENT

Do you know what pressure washing business equipment is needed to start a pressure washing business?  If you enjoy the outdoors and working with your hands, this is a great way to earn income.  It could be as a side hustle, but then could very well grow into your full time job.  In this video post, I provide five tools that would comprise the basic requirements for your pressure washing business equipment needs.  My passion is helping pressure washing startups and I’m excited to share this insight with you.

KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM

You will need some type of soft wash system.  We always recommend THE KINGSLINGER because we believe it is the best system available.  We have continually tested and improved the system over time, and allows you to get a higher mix ratio.  Bleach, water and surfactant easily combine or blend into one solution.  There is even a third option for another cleaning agent when necessary.  We know that the Kingslinger soft wash system is the top priority when considering pressure washing business equipment.  If your business is not ready for the cost of a soft wash system, a pump up sprayer will work until you can afford it.  If you expand services into roof cleaning, you will definitely need a soft wash system.

PRESSURE WASH GUN ASSEMBLY

Next on the pressure washing business equipment list is the gun.  This pressure wash gun assembly comes with the gun, hose connector fitting, and a mosmatic swivel. Then there is the JRODNOZZLE KIT that is number three on the list.  Be sure and watch the full video for all the details and demonstrations of how this all works together so well, saving time and effort on the job.

MODIFIED X-JET

This looks very similar to the gun we mention above.  But the modification allows you to connect a hose coming directly from the X-Jet or five gallon bucket.  The JROD nozzle kit can also connect to the modified X-Jet gun.  The final piece of pressure washing business equipment is a check valve for the downstream injector.  You might appreciate more information concerning a Downstream Injector Check Valve by checking out this post.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

Do you wonder how to BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM?  Traditional pressure washing remains effective for many concrete surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and pool decks.  But for cleaning roof and vertical wall surfaces, we always recommend soft washing.  This helps prevent damage to the surface and other aspects of the exterior property.  In this video, I teach you how to build your own soft wash system.

SOFT WASH PUMP STATION AND AIR COMPRESSOR

To build your own soft wash system, you will need a pump station and an air compressor.  We always ship the pump station separately from the compressor to prevent damage in transit.  In fact, we use an inflatable packing material to provide maximum protection.  The pump station is two 5 gallon per minute flow jet pumps stacked together.  So it’s actually a 10 gallon per minute machine.  You cannot get a higher gallon per minute machine, even though you may see advertising stating otherwise.

ATTACHING THE TWO

To BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM, you attach the pump station to the air compressor.  Be sure and check out the full video for all the tools are steps in order to complete this step.  The cam locks can be tricky so I provide in depth suggestions for some of the complications that might arise.  We always recommend putting the cam locks on before installing the full pump station plate.

DRILLING HOLES

Drilling holes can be a challenge when you build your own soft wash system.  But the simple solution is to just remove the manifolds.  So I walk you through step by step how these come off very easily.  This will allow for drilling precisely straight holes after making a mark on all four holes.  My preference is to remove the pump station after making the marks before drilling the holes.  Slow and steady drilling is a key to this project.  Then you attach all four lock nuts to the back of the bolts and tighten.

OTHER SOFT WASH SYSTEM STEPS

There are several additional steps if you want to build your own soft wash system.  Connecting to the compressor, plumbing, and how to operate the pump station just to name a few.  Here is another great video for more information on the Kinglinsger.  I provide monthly training events in Houston that includes on the job training and classroom instruction.  It’s a great time to expand your skills and get to know a few new friends in the business!

 

 

 

 

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SHOOTER TIPS

SHOOTER TIPS

One of the newer products we now offer at Doug Rucker store are pressure washing shooter tips.  The sling shot shooter tip is designed to help you reach heights of 30-40 feet without the use of a ladder.  The purpose of these are for soft washing using either downstream via a pressure washer or a dedicated pump like the Kingslinger.  So for pressure washers we have them in 2-3GPM, 4-7GPM or 8-10GPM.

SHOOTER TIPS VISUAL DEMONSTRATION

In the video below, we provide both pictures and video footage of the shooter tips in action.  The 8-10GPM pressure washer tip provides spray up to at least four stories with no wind present.  This is ideal for cleaning larger homes, hotels, apartment complexes, commercial buildings and so forth.

KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM

The Kingslinger Soft Wash System is what we use frequently with an 0020 nozzle.  But we also provide video using the sling shot 2-3 GPM.  However, we prefer the 0020 nozzle over the sling shot for the air diaphragm pump.  There is very little difference, although I can sense a slight better distance from the 0020 nozzle.  The sling shot shooter tip does not come with the quarter inch.  You will need to order this separately if needed.  These awesome nozzles are priced just right!

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WEBSITE SERVICE

If you are new to the pressure washing industry, one of the first things you will need is a website.  Consider the website service we provide only for the pressure washing service industry.  And here’s some GREAT DEALS too!

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ADJUSTABLE WAND

ADJUSTABLE WAND ASSEMBLY

One of the great products we sell at Doug Rucker Store is the pressure washing gun as well as an adjustable wand.  In order to help our customers, we provide a step by step video to assist with putting it all together.  The pressure washing gun comes complete with the Suttner ST-2305 Safety Orange Easy-Pull Trigger Gun, a 1/4-inch Mosmatic Gun Swivel, a 12-inch Suttner Star-Shaped Grip Wand, a 1/4-inch FPT quick coupler, and a 3/8-inch MPT quick coupler.  This is the gun set up I use for soft washing via down streaming for house and building washing. The gun is very easy to use and the trigger is very easy to hold open.  The adjustable wand is a straight lance with better seals that last longer than other models.  This ADJUSTABLE WAND ASSEMBLY video provides detailed instructions including connectors, tools and other details.

TOOLS NEEDED

Open ended wrenches are my preferred tool in this case.  However, an adjustable wrench will also work if that is your preference.  You will also need teflon tape, thread sealant and a screwdriver.  In the video, I cover exactly which tools are needed for which parts.

MOSMATIC SWIVEL for ADJUSTABLE WAND

One of the first decisions for the adjustable wand assembly is whether to use the mosmatic swivel.  This allows you to rotate or twist the wand without having to bend the hose.  Thus, the advantage is being able to change the angle of the pattern on the end of the nozzle.  In some cases you need a horizonal spray, and in other cases you need vertical spray.  The mosmatic swivel makes this process much easier without having to stop, reach out, and turn the nozzle to the desired angle.  This saves time on the job and makes the entire cleaning process much easier and less exertion on your body. If you are looking for a soft wash gun, check out this post.  Best Soft Wash Gun – Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School

 

Adjustable Wand

 

 

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COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS

COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS

A repeat customer needs the front of her home cleaned before hanging Christmas decorations.  In this case, our COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS might come in handy for your pressure washing business.  The first tip is to clean any light fixtures.  This means removing the glass panels.  It’s important to clean these glass panels over the grass rather than over a concrete surface.  This reduces the chance of breaking the glass if one of them is accidently dropped.  This not a usual or normal part of the job, but our commitment and attention to detail sets us apart from the competition. We used a soft towel wiping down the inside of the fixture.  This type of superior customer service will help you retain customers and generate continuous repeat business.

COBWEB DUSTER

One of the main tools we use is a cobweb duster.  You can purchase these at home improvement stores or DIY pest control stores.  This approach means we reduce the amount of water needed for cleaning the surface after removing the cobwebs.  You always want to use the least amount of water possible when cleaning the entry way to avoid water intrusion into the home.  By using a towel and hand detailing certain areas and spaces, the visual result will be much better.  And you reduce the risk of causing damage because you can’t always little cracks and cervices where water can penetrate and create havoc.

SHOOTER TIP

We use the SLING SHOT SHOOTER TIP from the Doug Rucker Store.  At $22, this newly custom manufactured tip for us comes in three gallon per minute options.  This is for down streaming with your pressure washer.  In the picture below, you can see how this tip reaches higher then the third floor dormer window.  I spent several years testing this tip and finally got it perfected after several modifications.  It has a hex end which tightens easily into a quarter inch coupler plus.  Another one of our COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS is using RAP, which is an all purpose cleaner and surfactant at a 24-1 mix ratio.  So no bleach was needed for this project.  Consider coming to Houston for one of my two day training events this year.  It’s a great opportunity for continuing education and meeting new friends in the business.

 

Cobeweb Removal Tips

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KINGSLINGER UPDATES

KINGSLINGER UPDATES

At Doug Rucker Store, we have made several quality improvements on the Kingslinger Soft Wash System.  In this video, we cover these upgrades extensively.  In fact, some of the concepts could help with any soft wash system you might be using presently.  These KINGSLINGER UPDATES are changes and modifications we have made over the Fall months of 2020.

MOUNTING PLATE UPDATES

We transitioned the pump from a 5 GPM to a dual 10 GPM pump, which in reality is two 5 GPM pumps working together.  The original plate was not sufficient to secure the pump rightly, so we have upgraded to a stronger plate.  This new plate is all set up for both the 5 GPM or 10 GPM pump, and will improve performance either way.  It is a wider plate and much more stable, which enhances the entire mixing system.  These Kingslinger Updates are covered in detail in the video below.

HOSE UPDATES

Another one of the KINGSLINGER UPDATES is the hose we now use for it.  We switched to a new poly braid hose, which is transparent.  This is very nice to able to see the amount of water present in the lines.  Previously, the yellow curly hose was a harder and more brittle hose.  In addition, the look was less than appealing, and hooking and unhooking was more challenging.  On the back, you find all stainless steel hardware attached for securing the Kingslinger to the compressor.  Another great update option is the GF valves.  You will have the option to choose between pentair or GF valves.

 

PLUMBING KITS

Plumbing kits are now available as an option.  It’s always a great idea to have extra hose because you never know when it might come in handy.  You can choose between 1/2 inch or 3/4 for the inlet fittings.  If you plan to use a soap tank, you can choose between 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch.  They will come with a bulkhead fitting which goes to the tank.  Also, here is a link to the soft wash gun I always recommend along with these Kingslinger Updates.

Kingslinger Upgrades

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KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

Many potential customers inquire about Kingslinger Distance through the Doug Rucker Store.  The Kingslinger Soft Wash System can be connected to a 5 GPM or 10 GPM pressure washer.  There are options with the Kingslinger such as with or without the compressor.  Also, hose or hose reel options can be considered.  One of the variables to evaluate when considering  any soft wash system is distance.  We provide a video demonstration of with a measuring wheel.  This allows you to see what you’re actually getting in terms of distance.  Here is more information when considering pressure washing start up business equipment.

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE VIDEO DEMO

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE 45 Feet

Upon measuring in no wind conditions, we were able to get to approximately 45 feet.  This was while using an 0020 nozzle, and then an 0040 nozzle.  Adjusting the ball valve vertically will obviously affect KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.   This is extremely handy especially for roof cleaning projects.  Some distance will be lost from the ground when cleaning straight up on vertical walls.  Our estimate would be around 2 feet.  Wind will also be a factor for distance with Kingslinger, or for any soft wash system in use.  We also discuss in detail the importance of evaluating the actual dedicated pump for any product you are considering.

KINGSLINGER GF VALVES

Another option available is GF valves, which we have found to help improve flow.  You can choose between the GF or Pentair valve system.  The three valve system allows you to control the mix for water, bleach, and any other cleaning solution you might be using.  Regardless of the mix ratio or detergents used, you can still count on approximately 45 feet for KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.  There are several more Kingslinger product videos available on the product website at the bottom that might interest you as well.

 

Kingslinger Distance

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Commercial Pressure Washing

COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING

There are several unique challenges that arise with COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING projects.  These challenges are generally set apart from an average residential home.  However, some of the challenges can be found on larger mansions and larger residential properties.  These COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING tips and tricks will help better prepare you for cleaning commercial properties.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

Any time you clean close to grass, plants, or landscaping, it is very important to PRE WET the surface and the ground below.  So as you pre wet the surface with 100% water, you also pre wet the grass, plants and landscaping.  After pre wetting, you apply your cleaning solution, which is usually about a 40%-50% mix.  Do not flood coat with this solution, but rather provide a nice medium coat of mix.  When we rinse the building, that water will also help dilute the mix and protect the plants.  You will then spend even more time watering the grass to ensure that solution does not damage any plant life.  The area will most likely be pretty soggy when you walk across it.  Special attention should be paid to any shrubbery or trees that are close to the building.  Previous amounts of rain water will also affect the amount of water needed for pre wetting to prevent damage to plant life.  If sprinkler systems are present, this would also be an important factor for commercial pressure washingGet even more property protection tips here.

PREVIOUS CLEANING SERVICE

Are there any signs of previous exterior cleaning?  In this particular case, we notice the use of a wand.  While sections closer to the ground are clean, how high they were able to reach was limited.  It’s important to document this in the event that damage was caused previously that you are not responsible for.  Commercial Pressure Washing surface damage is fairly common so be on the look out for this.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SOFT WASH METHOD

Our cleaning starts with the KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  We apply a 50% mix after pre wetting in a cross way pattern.  It’s important to apply a nice even coat to avoid dry spots on the surface.  Depending on the severity of the stains, it may take two or three coats to reach maximum clean.  Using a soft wash strategy is the best approach for commercial pressure washing jobs.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SURFACE IMPERFECTIONS

When evaluating commercial pressure washing projects, consider whether the property has been well maintained.  If that is not the case, there may be damage to the surface which exists under some stains.  In fact, some organic and biological growth may have penetrated the paint, exposing the surface.  So it’s important to document and communicate this to the customer.  This way, you are not held responsible for preexisting damage which might show after cleaning.  Again, this is why the soft wash method is critical for cases like this.

Commercial Pressure Washing

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Pressure Washing Difference Makers

Pressure Washing Difference Makers

Are you interested in or thinking about starting a Pressure Washing Business?  Have you recently started your Pressure Washing Company but would like to learn the Difference Makers that can move your business to the next level?  If so, then the Pressure Washing Difference Makers school is perfect for you. My passion is helping new business start ups with training to help you become successful and drastically cut your learning curve.

Class Room and Hands On Training

  • House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Concrete Cleaning, Property Protection
  • Soft Washing vs Pressure Washing: when and where to use which
  • Soft Washing with a Pressure Washer
  • Hot Water Pressure Washing: when and where to use it
  • Sales Techniques and Training
  • Job Pricing
  • Creating Residential and Commercial Proposals
  • Identifying Surfaces, Stains and Application Methods to Clean Them
  • Managing Customers
  • Setting Customer Expectations
  • Chemical Mixes and Ratios
  • Hands on Training in The Parking Lot of the Hotel
  • How to Set Up On the Job Site for Maximum Productivity
  • Cleaning and Work Site Procedures that Save You TIME
  • AND MORE!!!!

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Limited Seating Available

We will hold this school at the Country Inn & Suites located at 20611 US-59, Humble, Texas.  Both days we start at 9:00am and end about 4:00pm. We have a special room rate of $70 a night.  Just mention that you are attending the Doug Rucker School.  You can call the hotel directly at 281-446-4977.

If you are flying in, I suggest flying into the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).  The hotel has a free shuttle that can pick you up and take you back when the school is over.

Seating is very limited so please make sure you register quickly, and make sure you can attend.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.  If you need to cancel or your plans change, you will be able to attend another Pressure Washing Difference Makers class at a future date.  If you have any questions, please text me at 281-883-3630 or contact me using the contact form HERE.