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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 using the contact form HERE.

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Ball Valve Installation

BALL VALVE INSTALLATION

All of our trucks and trailers now have a ball valve installation that we recommend.  It is a three way valve that allows us to make a switch.  We can switch from the tank fill to a garden hose quickly and easily.  Some of examples for using this include filling a bucket, or the need for a high wash station.  If we need light pressure for anything like rinsing off the truck or anything else, it’s much easier than using a drain hose.

HOW BALL VALVE INSTALLATION WORKS

Water arrives to our rigs through the garden hose reel.  It then flows directly into the ball valve.  It can easily switch from filling the tank to a rig mounted garden hose.  With several different nozzles, you are able to use it in different ways.  For example, we have a fireman’s nozzle that can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowe’s.  This nozzle provides a wide range or garden hose pressure from a pretty long, straight stream to nothing more than a trickle if needed.  It’s ideal for filling a soap bucket without creating a lot of splashing suds.  In addition, we have a second nozzle that provides stronger pressure and a longer stream.  It’s the same nozzle that we use for just rinsing houses using a dedicated pump.

TRAILER VIEW

In this video, we also provide a quick view of the entire trailer.  I have been testing a booster pump, but eventually concluded it’s not really worth using.  I was not impressed at all!  So if you have any questions about this ball valve installation, just shoot me an email and I’ll answer as quickly as I’m able.  Be sure and subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL for more helpful videos.  Perhaps you would enjoy another post about a newer pressure washing truck rig.

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Downstream Injector Check Valve

Downstream Injector Check Valve

For about the last eight months to a year I have been using a Downstream Injector Check Valve for Soft Washing. These not only help the injectors last longer, since we are removing the ball and spring, but they also actually make the mix a little stronger. We have been able to clean some porous surfaces that have the black algae stains on them, a little faster than using the injectors how they come. They are available on my store HERE .

Very easy to install, you simply remove the hose barb from the Downstream Injector.  Then you remove the ball and spring, which will pop out anyway. Attache the check valve where the hose barb was, and you are ready to attach your hose and start downstreaming.

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For the last few years there has has been a lot of mis-information about what soft washing is and isn’t.  As long as y9u are using low pressure to apply your chemical mix, and rinsing under low pressure, you are Soft Washing.  The use of a dedicated pump does not dictate that you are soft washing.   Downstreaming is the original soft wash method that I was taught to use way back in 1979.

While a dedicated pump will allow you to apply a stronger mix than downstreaming,  just like a pump up sprayer will.  In fact, thats all a dedicated pump is, a pump up sprayer on steroids.  If you want to clean buildings and houses faster, then using a downstream injector check valve is the way to go.  Your mix will be much stronger than a traditional injector.

I always encourage people starting a pressure washing business, to learn how to downstream first. This will help you learn to clean in a traditional way, and help prevent damage to landscape.

For more educational options, be sure to check out our online video school.  You can also check our class schedule page.

 

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Pressure Washing Hose Care

Pressure Washing Hose Care

How you take care of your Pressure Washing Equipment plays a big factor in how long it will last.  One of the most often overlooked is Pressure Washing Hose Care.  We all try to prevent cars from running over them, dragging them through rough terrain, and other obstacles that our hoses face. One of the easiest ways to prevent damage is in the rolling up of your hoses onto hose reels.

In this video I show you a kink I found in one of our pressure washing hoses that was caused by the hose not being stretched out straight as it approached the hose reel. When at all possible always make sure the power washing hose isn’t twisted or kinked when rolling them up.

On our residential rig’s we install the hose reels on the passenger side of the trailer or truck.  This makes it easier to roll out and roll up because we position the reel to feed down the driveway.   When parking in front of a house, we always block the driveway with the trailer or truck.  The hose reel can then easily feed down the driveway.  Blocking the driveway also prevents cars or trucks from rolling over our hose.

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On our commercial rig, our hose reels feed off the back of the trailer.  With wide open parking lots, or areas to park, this makes it easier.  Especially if you are cleaning large concrete areas or need to move the truck and trailer while working.  Disconnects at the hose reel allows us to drop the hose from reel before moving.  Dragging a hose while moving the truck or trailer can cause damage to your hose.

Be sure to watch the Pressure Washing Hose Care video, and subscribe to our You Tube Channel  and hit the like button.  Leave a question or comment and I’ll be sure to respond as quickly as I can.

Starting a Pressure Washing Business?  I have a great online pressure washing school with over 215 videos.  I also have monthly Hands On Pressure Washing Training here in Houston that also covers Soft Washing and Roof Cleaning.  If you have any questions bout our training please contact me at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com or HERE.

 

 

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Pressure Washing Equipment Oil

Pressure Washing Equipment Oil

When owning pressure washing equipment it is very important to properly maintain your equipment.  Using the correct Pressure Washing Equipment Oil for your machines is very important.  I have switched all my equipment and trucks to the High Performance Lubricants brand of oils.  My equipment and trucks run much smoother and I also have more time between changes.  This saves me time and money.

There are many options out there to consider for Pressure Washing Equipment Oil, and most of us do like I have done.  Go to the auto parts store and get the oil that we feel is the best value.  That’s all well and good, but those oils are not really the best for the equipment we use, and how much and often we run them.

The High Performance Lubricant brand of oils do exactly as they say, give you High Performance.  I stock and sell them in our store, because I feel so strongly about them. You can find the ENGINE OIL HERE.

Also available on the store Site is Pressure Washing Pump Oil as well as Air Compressor Oil if you use an AODD pump for Soft Washing like I do.

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These oils are competitively priced, only a little bit higher than the store bought brands.  The little extra you spend, you will make up on extended equipment life, less failures, and more time between oil maintenance changes.  Always remember to change your oil filter when changing engine oil.

If you have any questions feel free to email me or use the contact form on this site.  You can also text me at 281-883-3630.  Be sure to check out our online pressure washing school if you are starting a pressure washing business.  With over 200 training videos you will drastically cut your learning curve.

 

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February Difference Maker School

FEBRUARY DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL

Invest 2 days at our FEBRUARY DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL with Doug Rucker and Gerald Vess.  You’ll gain practical, useful information and benefit from Doug’s and Gerald’s years of experience as roof cleaning and pressure washing contractors. Total price for both days is $359.00 and you can register and reserve your spot below.

We will meet at the Country Inn and Suites located at 20611 Highway 59 North, Humble, TX 77338.  We have a special room rate of $70.00 per night.  Call (281) 446-4977 to reserve your room.

difference maker school

We want to share with you proven methods that will help be Difference Makers in your new businesses.  Please come prepared to learn about:

  • Residential Cleaning Processes and Procedures
  • Residential Sales Techniques
  • Job Pricing
  • Soft Washing VS Pressure Washing
  • Window Cleaning and Pricing
  • Setting Customer Expectations
  • Identifying Surfaces, Stains, and Application Methods
  • Following Up With Customers
  • Managing Customer Data Base
  • Creating Residential Proposals
  • Property Protection
  • Chemical Mixes and Ratios
  • Saving Time on The Job Site

And much more! This school is designed for those that are wanting to start a pressure washing and roof cleaning business or have been in business for 3 years or less.

Register for The Difference Makers School, being held February 8 and 9, 2020, at the Country Inn And Suites, Humble Tx.

Be sure to register and check out our FREE  community bulletin board 

We also have an online video school available

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December Difference Maker School

DECEMBER DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL

Invest 2 days at our DECEMBER DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL with Doug Rucker and Gerald Vess.  You’ll gain practical, useful information and benefit from Doug’s and Gerald’s years of experience as roof cleaning and pressure washing contractors. Total price for both days is $359.00 and you can register and reserve your spot below.

Location is the Country Inn and Suites located at 20611 Highway 59 North, Humble, TX 77338.  We have a special room rate of $70.00 per night.  Call (281) 446-4977 to reserve your room.

difference maker school

We want to share with you some things that have been the Difference Makers in our businesses.  Please come prepared to learn about:

Residential Cleaning Processes and Procedures

Residential Sales Techniques

Job Pricing

Soft Washing VS Pressure Washing

Window Cleaning and Pricing

Setting Customer Expectations

Identifying Surfaces, Stains, and Application Methods

Following Up With Customers

Managing Customer Data Base

Creating Residential Proposals

Property Protection

Chemical Mixes and Ratios

Saving Time on The Job Site

And much more! This school is designed for those that are wanting to start a pressure washing and roof cleaning business or have been in business for 3 years or less.

Register for The Difference Maker School, being held December 7 and 8, 2019, at the Country Inn And Suites, Humble Tx.

Be sure to register and check out our FREE  community bulletin board 

We also have an online video school available

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PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS

PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS

Paying close attention to PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS is vital for new start up companies.  We understand that some believe simply buying a pressure washing machine is enough to start a business.  But nothing could be farther from the truth!  To be successful, PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS must be given adequate consideration before you begin investing in equipment.  Specifically, there are three PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS to vet fully and carefully in order to succeed.

IN THE OFFICE

You will need to consider who will answer the phone, and how will they convert inquiries into business.  Another factor is the process of estimating.  Each potential customer will need to provide specific details regarding the scope of work needed.  And of course, this will need to be recorded carefully and completely.  Is there a gate code?  Are there any pets?  Will the customer be home or away while work is completed? And how will you write the estimate?  Will you be using google maps street view and other online tools?  Or do you plan to see the property before writing up an estimate?  Will it be a paper or digital estimate?  You will also want to keep a customer database.  In addition, a marketing strategy is a major component of PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS in the office.  And did we say accounting?  How will you receive payment?

ON THE JOB

You will need a clear statement of policies and procedures guiding actual work on the job.  From the moment you arrive until you leave after completing the work, what are the critical, common steps to take.  How is the property prepared for work to protect from damage?  A plan must be in place for things such as light fixtures, furnishings, plants, and windows.  Not to mention electrical outlets and boxes, a/c unit and even possible existing damage to the structure itself are important considerations. PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS on the job is an immense help when it comes to completing the work efficiently, professionally, and profitably. Time for these systems must be factored into every estimate.

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FOLLOW UP

Once the job is the complete, how will you follow up?  Will you send each customer a thank you card?  Do you plan to utilize a survey to improve customer service?  Will a return visit be scheduled?  Do you provide a satisfaction guarantee?  If so, this means some customers may require a return visit to touch up any missed areas.  If the customer is disappointed with service, you’ll want to make it right.  This will help ensure future business with them and increase the chance of a positive referral.  Speaking of referrals, will a referral strategy be part of your PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS follow up?  A customer database will allow you to reach out to them again in the future.  Recording vital contact information such as name, address, phone numbers and emails is imperative for a successful PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS follow up strategy.

We are fully convinced that all of the equipment you invest in will sit idle without PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS.  These systems need to be in place for the office, on the job, and follow up before you complete your first project.  If not, you will find yourself scratching your head and wondering what to do next!

Through out the year we have several Pressure Washing Training Events that you can attend.  If you live outside the Houston area, you can also become a member of our Online Video School.  For more information on the training we offer feel free to email me at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com. Be sure to visit our You Tube Channel and subscribe.

 

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Pressure Washing Training Houston

Pressure Washing Training Houston

We are adding a different kind of school to our schedule this year.  For the past 6 years I have been offering a 2 day monthly Pressure Washing Training Houston Texas school.  This October I am teaming up with Gerald Vess, the Roof King, and we will be hosting a 2 day school October 19-20, 2019.

The last few years I have noticed that many start up companies are not comfortable with proper cleaning techniques and how to price jobs.  There are far to many that think soft washing can only be done with a 12V pump.  Because most assume a pressure washer can only be used for cleaning concrete or porous surfaces.  Knowing how to sell your services and how to create value gives way to bidding a low price just to get the job.  Once this happens your company is not profitable and therefore not sustainable for the long term.

Power Wash Training That Makes A Difference

Pressure Washing Training Houston Texas

Not only are we going to teach you proper cleaning techniques, we are also going to spend time on the Business End of your company.  Pricing commercial and residential jobs, creating value in your services at fair prices for you and your customer.  Managing Customers, Property Protection, Chemical Mixes and Ratios, How to save time on the Job Site, Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing and how to identify surfaces, stains and application methods are just a few of the classes we will be teaching on.

This school is being held at the Country Inn & Suites located at 20611 US-59 Humble Texas.  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 2814464977.  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.

It is my desire that this Pressure Washing Training Houston Texas school will be a Difference Maker and help take your business to the next level.  The cost of this two day training school is $359.00 and you can register by CLICKING HERE.

Please check out my You Tube channel and SUBSCRIBE HERE.

 

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Pressure Washing Strainers

Pressure Washing Strainers

Hey, everybody! Real quick. I’ve see some post with people having problems
with their bleach tank getting degraded for various reasons.  Pressure Washing Strainers degrading bleach can be the biggest cause for this.

A lot of the time it’s caused by these metal strainers. Your bleach will degrade these pretty quickly.
It can cause your bleach mix to turn orange or black. All these metal shavings will get left down
at the bottom of the tank. Every time you put bleach in it, it’s going to continue to degrade it. We
use our bleach fast enough that it doesn’t have time to degrade.

Get rid of these! Don’t use them on anything that’s going to come in connect with bleach. We
don’t even use them with water. They come with the X-jet. Use the pail system on the X-jet and
get rid of this. You won’t have that problem.

PVC Pipes are great Strainers

If you’re downstreaming or using a dedicated pump, there are a couple of different ways you
can do it. These are two different types of PVC pipe. You have the female threads on the inside.
You can screw you pipe onto those. These are plastic, it won’t degrade it. I don’t like these
because I feel like these can starve your pump. I don’t think you get the flow you should. People
disagree with that and that’s ok. It’s what I feel so I don’t use these. I’ve had these sitting around
for years. If I ever did use them, I’d cut them off here.

Mainly, what we use, depending on if it’s a dedicated pump or if it’s downstreaming, we’ll use
something like this. It’s cut of and angled. We’ll actually run our dip hose or our braided hose
down through there. We’ll fasten these black strainers on if we’re downstreaming. That’s what
we use. There is a little weight in there.

I’ve never had a problem with these degrading our mix or the black causing it to turn a color.
They’re pretty safe. What you will have is the bleach will eat this cap our. The weight or
magnet will fall out. That’s why we have the pipe on there to keep it weighted down in the
bucket or the tank. We use those.

On our dedicated pumps, we don’t use a strainer. We actually use a PVC pipe and a 90. That
way we’re getting full flow.

Keep Your Pressure Washing Tanks Clean

One of the things we do is we keep our tanks clean. We have a bulk head that runs at the
bottom of the tank. We’ve been doing this for three or four years. It doesn’t hurt anything. The
bleach doesn’t hurt the bulk head fitting. At least, we’ve never had that problem. We run a hose
off of that bulk head fitting.

We use that for filling up X-jet buckets if we ever need to use and X-jet. Mainly we use it for
filling up pump up sprayers when we need to use pump up sprayers. We also use it to keep the
tank flushed out. It’ll get empty and about every 2 weeks we’ll take a water hose in there. We
don’t get a lot of grit in there. We keep it clean.

The other thing that could cause your problem is the type of soap you’re using. Sometimes
different types of soap can cause your bleach to degrade. It can cause it to turn colors. You
might switch your soap and see if that’s the issue.

Metal Causes Rust Issues

When you got a tank and bleach that’s degrading/changing colors, you’ve got to find out what is
different in that tank. What’s in my water tank(if your water tank is not doing it). Bleach will
attack anything.

I hope that helps you guys. That’s various different ways to get rid of these. You can use these if
you feel safe. We don’t sell them. I don’t recommend them. You can get them at many of the
other vendors around that sell those. This is what we use for downstreaming. Then just regular
PVC, we cut and angle or we put a 90 on it. We get our full flow. The key is keeping your tanks
clean for whenever you have a problem, isolating and figuring out what’s caused it. Using the correct Pressure Washing Strainers will help to solve this.

I hope that helps you guys!

If your just starting out in the pressure washing and roof cleaning business be sure to check out our online video school.

Also be sure to join and subscribe to my You Tube channel for more Pressure Washing Education.