Maintaining Your Equipment
by: Wayne Tracy
You or the owner of your company have invested a substantial amount of money in the equipment and tools you need to provide air duct cleaning services. Below is a brief summary of care and use instructions for different pieces of equipment.
Occasionally, equipment is returned to us for repairs or service; we are truly amazed at times of the poor condition some of this equipment is in. It’s not because of equipment failure; it’s due to poor care and maintenance. We find plugged filters, missing wheels, severely damaged cabinets. Sometimes it’s strictly cosmetic issues that could easily be resolved with a little cleaning effort.
1. Turbojet Negative Air Machines and Ductmaster Systems
a. Care should be taken when loading and unloading this equipment from your vehicle. You don’t want to scratch or dent the cabinet or damage internal components.
b. Be careful that wheels are clean and dry prior to entering the customer’s home; pebbles, rocks and other debris can cause damage to flooring.
c. You are selling a cleaning service and our equipment must always look clean and presentable.
d. Filters should be cleaned and replaced on a regular basis.
e. Clean the outside and inside of the turbojet cabinet.
f. Be sure your 12″ hose is cleaned frequently. If it has duct tape patches sealing holes; order a new hose and discard it. A patched up hose looks very unprofessional and customers will notice. We stock low cost 12″ Mylar hose that’s very lightweight and easy to handle.
2. Cobra Power Brush Systems
a. Be sure cables are cleaned on a regular basis and bristles replaced as needed.
b. Keep the drive box clean and free of dents and scratches.
c. Follow operating instructions so unnecessary damage can be prevented.
d. Keep cables stored properly so they do not become kinked or damaged.
a. Keep exterior and hose clean
b. Drain and rinse frequently.
c. Keep hose from kinking.
d. Be sure power switch is not turned on or off unless the valve on the nozzle end is fully closed.
4. Pogo Pole Assembly
a. Inspect the rubber foot frequently and replace when necessary. There’s pressure on this foot when you set it up and you don’t want to damage someone’s floor.
b. Replace the ceiling pad when it becomes tattered or full of dust.
c. Keep the poles from being bent and scratched.
5. Air Hoses
a. Inspect frequently for leaks and weakened fittings. Bad fittings can break free under pressure and injure someone or damage property.
b. Keep them looking clean.
c. Replace them when severely kinked or damaged.
6. Air Compressors
a. Like all other equipment customers see this in your truck and it needs to be kept clean.
b. Change Motor Oil and Compressor Oil on a regular basis – According to Manufacturer Specifications.
c. Check fluid levels on a regular basis between changes, leaks can develop anytime.
d. Check for air leaks in fittings – this can create added operating costs by the unit running at full speed more often than necessary.
7. Sidewinder and Forward/Reverse Air Whisk Systems
a. Keep these hoses coiled properly to prevent kinking or other permanent damage.
b. Keep them clean.
c. When in use keep the cable coiled so it does not get stepped on or run over by wheeled equipment.
d. Be careful on flooring since these products have brass fittings and valves that could damage tile, hardwood, or linoleum flooring.
8. Ductmaster & Truckmaster Systems
a. Keep the exterior of these units clean; image is extremely important in any cleaning business.
b. Keep the hoses clean and periodically blow the inside of the hose clean with compressed air.
c. When in use keep the hose assembly from causing damage to home furnishings as you move it around the home.
d. Change the bristles on brushes as required.
e. Periodically take the unit apart and clean the inside control area very carefully with compressed air or soft bristled vacuum devices.
f. Change the filters as needed on the Ductmaster.
In addition to the above products, all tools, vacuums and other equipment has to be maintained in clean condition. You are selling a “Cleaning Service”; customers cannot see the quality of work you do inside ducting. You have to portray an image of clean so they will be comfortable with the work you are doing they can’t see.
Don’t forget your vehicles. It’s equally important to keep these clean not only for your company image, but you’ll work more efficiently with a well-organized service truck.