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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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Best Soft Wash Gun

Best Soft Wash Gun

There are a few different soft wash guns available on the market today.  A soft wash gun is a gun used for applying your house or roof wash mix through your dedicated pump. In the video below I discuss the various one’s available and what I consider the Best Soft Wash Gun that I use.  Be sure to subscribe to my You Tube Channel so you get notifications of new educational videos I post.

Choosing a Soft Wash Gun is more of a personal preference thing, than someone telling you this gun or that gun is the best out there.  I can only tell you what gun works best for me.  Most often times you have to try them all to figure out the Best Soft Wash Gun for you and your business.

I personally don’t like the type with the long sprinkler riser coming off the ball valve.  But many people do and that’s fine, because it works for them.   I do prefer using a ball valve type gun though, as it won’t cause restrictions, loss of distance and flow like trigger guns.  Trigger guns are much safer though, because if you drop one, they immediately stop spraying.  My favorite ball valve gun is the one HERE.  Remember this is the not the type of gun you can use on a pressure washer.  It’s only for use with a soft wash dedicated pump.

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Be sure to check out our training opportunities if you are starting a pressure washing business.  I have multiple options available from hands on training to a couple different online video schools.  I am here to help you become successful, and any student that pays for my training is considered a student for life. If you have any questions about our training options, please feel free to email me at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com

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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 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.

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Houston Pressure Washing Training

Houston Pressure Washing Training

Kingwood Texas is the site of my annual FREE Houston Pressure Washing Training Event.   So join us February 18th and 19th at the Courtyard Marriott, Kingwood Texas.  Thus, this event is FREE to all contractors to attend and will have classes and equipment demonstrations designed to help you take your business to the next level.  We will have educational classes that will benefit your business model, whether commercial or residential focus.

So please go to UAMCC EVENTS to get registered for this two day FREE event.

EVENT SPEAKER SCHEDULE

Houston Pressure Washing Training Event

Houston Pressure Washing Training Event

Our keynote speaker once again will be Mitch Beckman leading it off the first day with another great inspiring and challenging talk about the “YouTudes”.  Thus, you don’t want to miss this.

Our second day will start off with Jeffrey Blackman “Trusting and believing in Dark Times”, if you missed Jeffrey at the UAMCC National Convention, here is your opportunity to hear his inspiring story of going from living under a bridge in New Orleans, to now operating his very successful Houston Tx Pressure Washing and Striping company.

Other speakers and trainers will be Craig Harrison, of F9 Restoration Products, Jerry McMillen, with Sirroco Vacuums and owner of www. pressurewasher.net, Jerry is one of the foremost and sough out leaders on Environmental Compliance for Pressure Washing and other exterior cleaning/interior cleaning companies.  Gerald Vess, owner of Roman Roof Cleaning, Ron Musgraves on Commercial Sales, and more.  Here is the full agenda:

February 18

9:00 AM Mitch Beckman- “You Tudes”
10:15 AM Craig Harrison  – Building the  F9 Team
11:15 AM Paul Ballard  – Unger Water Fed Pole Cleaning
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Gerald Vess – Roof Cleaning Process
2:30 PM Circuit Training – / Soft Wash / Window Cleaning / Sidewalk/ Restoration Event
4:30 PM Circuit Training – / Soft Wash / Window Cleaning / Sidewalk/ Restoration Event

February 19

9:00 AM Jeffery Blackmon- Never give Up

9:45 AM Doug Rucker  – “Don’t Compete on Price”

11:00 AM Jerry McMillen – Wash Water Control Certification Environmental

12:15 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Doug Mineart   – Hard Surface Sealing

2:30 PM Expert Panel – Ask Anything

3:00 PM Ron Musgraves & Kristy White  – Commercial Sales Residual Income

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HOW TO CLEAN UP YOUR START UP

HOW TO CLEAN UP YOUR START UP

There is so much to think about when starting up a new pressure washing business.  Thus, it can all get very messy in your mind. Perhaps you have wondered what to call your new business. Maybe you have wondered precisely what services you should offer that are most needed in your area. So where will you get your equipment? Will you work alone or hire others? Maybe you have asked yourself how you would advertise?  And most importantly, how are you going to afford to do any of this? It sounds like you may need a little help in How to Clean Up Your Start Up first.

Website Launch

At Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School, we are committed to helping you with right from the very beginning. This is why we help pressure cleaning and soft wash companies launch their website with minimal effort and cost. Our staff of professionals can assist you in virtually every area of website development. We connect you with professional website builders, content writers, and provide high quality photos. Our graphic design team can assist with logo development and we even have a business consultant that can help you create the vision, mission, and values of your new company in written form. This will distinguish you from many of your competitors as you reveal to customers from the start precisely what is important to you, what you stand for, and values you believe are most important.

From start to finish, you could have a website up and running in a matter of days. This is a tremendous help to attracting and gaining new customers in your area and is a fantastic marketing tool that you can leverage through email, social media, and any other advertising strategies you take. With over twenty five years in this industry, including five years of training others in cleaning techniques all over the country, we can share great insights into how to get your business started up, running smoothly, and becoming profitable very quickly.

How to Clean Up Your Start Up

How to Clean Up Your Start Up

Starting a business in any industry is not easy and will require focused determination, unyielding commitment, and a work ethic far beyond average.  But with Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School providing guidance and direction as you take each step moving forward, you’re only regret could be not getting into this business sooner than you did!

Take a look at one of our web sites by clicking Clean and Green Solutions.

 

 

 

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Pressure Washing Seminar

Pressure Washing Seminar

As you prepare launching your new pressure washing business, you will find out there is much to learn.  You will be cleaning a very wide variety of surfaces that you encounter in your community.  I host a Pressure Washing Seminar in Houston Texas once a month.  We cover how to clean many different surfaces.

From Soft Washing to Pressure Washing, we have got you covered.  We teach you how to look at each substrate and determine what the best method of cleaning is.  But we will also teach the best and safest cleaning products that should be used.

Trusted Suppliers

One of the things that I love to share with my students are the products that I have found and use for just about any cleaning situation you may run across.  I do not sell any products, but I do direct you to the supplier that you can purchase from.  The suppliers I buy from are suppliers that I trust.  I know that they are not going to try to sell you something you don’t need.

Most of the time when you attend a  Pressure Washing Seminar, they are set up mainly to sell you something.  It’s usually something other than the information at the Seminar itself. Ours is not set up with the goal in mind to sell you products or pressure washing equipment you do not need.  We are strictly here to help you learn how to clean and to assist you as you grow your business. We are glad to point you in the right direction as to where to buy the pressure washing equipment and products you need, but ultimately that choice is up to you.

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Our Pressure Washing Seminar and Soft Washing School is held once a month right here in Houston, Texas. If you are interested in attending, please call or text me at 2818833630

Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School can be reached by calling or text me at 2818833630

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Starting Roof Cleaning Business

Starting a Roof Cleaning Business

One of the most important educational things you can do when starting  Roof Cleaning Business is getting actual hands on training.  You need to learn how to actually clean a roof.  And how to properly protect the property such as the plants and surrounding landscape.

At the Roof Cleaning School, we provide you with actual hands on training. This means you actually do the cleaning, under close supervision.  You learn how to clean many different surfaces, with the equipment in YOUR hand.

While sitting in a classroom for many hours going through a curriculum in a book will help you to learn much about our industry, cleaning mixes, equipment, safety, and more, you will never learn how to actually clean a roof or house without the actual hands on training, and doing it yourself with training as you go.

Our training starts off ON THE ROOF with you learning proper spraying techniques to clean a roof using LOW PRESSURE. After you have cleaned an entire roof you will then participate in cleaning other areas.  The home itself, driveway, and if available a pool deck, wood deck, and more.

Starting Roof Cleaning Business

Starting Roof Cleaning Business

Included in this article are pictures of students that attended the The Roof Cleaning School.  They received hands on training. Each student also received classroom training.  This is on the second day of their attendance at The Roof Cleaning School.

A great advantage of The Roof Cleaning School is you also get training in the Pressure Washing as well as Soft Washing cleaning methods.  Anyone Starting a Roof Cleaning Business will want to be well versified to tackle a wide variety of exterior cleaning projects.

For more information about The Pressure Cleaning School, please call me at 281.883.3630

The Roof Cleaning School is owned and operated by Doug Rucker of Clean and Green Solutions, A Houston Texas Pressure Washing Company.