Protecting Your Investment

Protecting Your Investment

Wayne’s Service Tips

Protect Your Investment
by Wayne Tracy

cleaningYou or the owner of your company has 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,and 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 of equipment. We find plugged filters, missing wheels, severely damaged cabinets. Sometimes it’s strictly cosmetic issues that could easily be resolved with a little elbow grease and touch-up paint. If the cabinet is looking bad, just call us and you can purchase new decals, we’ll even give you the paint color codes so you can go to a local Home Depot and get paint to repaint the cabinet.

1. Turbojet Negative Air Machines and Ductmaster/Vent Vac Systems
a. Care should be taken when loading and unloading from your vehicle. You don’t want to scratch or dent the cabinet.
b. Be careful that wheels are cleaned prior to entering the customers home, pebbles, rocks and other debris can cause damage to flooring.
c. You are selling a cleaning service and your 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 is very unprofessional looking 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 that require oiling are oiled on a regular basis.
b. Keep the drive box clean and free of dents and scratches. Like our negative air machines, paint codes and decals are available.
c. Follow operating instructions so unnecessary damage is not allowed to happen.
d. Keep cables stored properly so they do not become kinked or damaged.

3. Foggers
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.

In addition to the above products, all tools, vacuums and other equipment have 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.

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