Overhead Booms Work Wonders

Washing cars can be time consuming, costly and physically demanding. There are plenty of “gimmick” car washing systems out on the market today and it can be hard to distinguish a heavy duty quality system from the copy-cats.

One of the most important components of a good car wash system is a dependable good quality pressure washer. A pressure washer saves time by covering more surface area with pressure to wash dirt and grime off quicker. A pressure washer also saves money by limiting the amount of water used when washing.

Having a good quality pressure washer is key for a good car wash system as stated above. Having said that, there is one necessary component of a good quality pressure washer that can’t be overlooked.

Overhead booms are rotating hoses attached to brackets and springs that allow perimeter washing while eliminating hoses dragging on the ground. Having an overhead boom will increase productivity by allowing a worker to wash faster and more accurate because the hose follows the worker above them and doesn’t interfere with any other components of the car washing system. Overhead booms also greatly reduce the risk if injury from tripping over hoses on the ground and help to prevent back injuries by allowing the worker to stay standing up straight and taking the weight of the hose off the worker and putting it on the spring system above them.

US Hydrotech has been installing overhead booms with their car wash systems for decades and has found the perfect combination of components to create a great quality, affordable and safe system that will last while being put to the test in harsh high volume car wash applications.

Call or email US Hydrotech for more information on your overhead boom system.

The Importance of Pressure Washers

Although we had a very wet winter, as the summer months approach, water conservation will again be a topic of discussion among business owners and city inspectors.

The wet winter presented a fantastic opportunity to get ahead of any potential drought by containing the rain water we’ve had so far and reducing the water we use throughout the summer.

Some things to focus on this summer are:

  • reducing water usage
  • increasing washing efficiency
  • reducing liability

Pressure washers can reduce water use 4 times, 8 times, even 10 times the normal rate. by pressurizing it, then discharging it through specially designed wands and tips that produce different types of spray that fit in line with whatever the job may be.

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A standard garden hose discharges water at an average rate of 10 gallons per minute.  Lets say that a business uses the hose water for 5 minutes per application, five times a day.  That’s 250 gallons per day of water use.  Using simple math, one can determine that a business can use easily 65,000 gallons of water per year.   Now using the same starting point, compared with a pressure washer, the results are dramatically different.  A standard pressure washer uses about 3.5 gallons of water per minute.  The pressured water cuts the work time from 5 minutes to 3 minutes (conservatively) but still washing the same amount of times, five.  That’s 52.5 gallons of water per day.  Using the same calculations we come to a total water use of 13,650 gallons of water used per year.

Using a pressure washer on every day chores will dramatically reduce water consumption and increase efficiency. For more information on pressure washers, visit www.ushydrotech.com

Flood Clean-up

Damage from a flood can be extensive and expensive. Using the proper tools can help facilitate the job and get you back up and running quickly.

Try and not let furniture sit in water for any amount of time if it can be helped. the sooner it’s removed from the water, the better chances you have of saving it. If you live in a flood plane, try to consider floods when purchasing furniture and arranging it in your house. If it’s possible, keep furniture with metal/steel legs downstairs which can withstand water longer than wood can.

Keep a pump in your house for emergencies such as a flood. If you have a basement, keep the pump down there as it’s likely the first place you’ll need it. dig trenches outside your house to help divert water away from it and keep sandbags handy for flood prevention and also afterwards to stand on as to not be wading in water.

A large floor squeegee can help push gallons of water off smooth floor surfaces in a matter of minutes and will allow surfaces to dry quicker.

After all water has been removed, an good industrial fan is a good tool to help dry out damp areas. These can be rented from most local hardware stores or rental companies.

 

Flood Prevention in the Community

The recent rainstorms have taken their toll on the entire Bay Area. Cities such as Guerneville, Rohnert Park, and Healdsburg were hit hard by this last storm causing millions of dollars in damages and the clean-up process has begun.

Flooding is an issue  that starts small and rapidly grows exponentially until there is nothing that can be done except get out of the way and wait for the water to subside. Before a rain storm that could potentially lead to flooding, there are some relativity simply steps that can be taken on an individual level to help reduce the risk of flood damage.

When assessing your own property, a simple survey of the land can help you identify if the property slopes in any particular direction. look for low spots in your land that could fill up with flood water and make sure to remove anything of value from the area that you don’t want under water to higher ground. Digging troughs or trenches can divert water to the proper areas which won’t backup and produce flooding. If your house is in a flood zone, make sure to have plenty of sandbags on hand and build walls in front of doors, windows and any other vulnerable spots around the foundation to prevent water from creeping in.

Assessing your own property is the first step, but it doesn’t stop there. Looking beyond your property at neighboring properties and or city drainage systems can benefit everyone. Talk to your neighbors to make sure they are prepared and are not inadvertently diverting water away from their property onto yours.  One of the most common ways flooding occurs is when city storm drains get clogged with debris and prevent water from flowing down the drain. This can easily be avoided by taking a rake to the storm drains located near your property to remove loose debris. During a heavy rain storm, it’s important to check storm drains regularly because water can carry debris easily to a clean storm drain.

Although water is unpredictable, practicing these few easy steps can help prevent floods from happening. Please look to US Hydrotech for storm drain products to help prevent drains from clogging or letting contaminants enter our waterways.

 

First Flush – BMP Containment

As the rainy season premiers, we once again have to consider how it will affect our businesses and personal lives.

Businesses must take special precautions to prevent contamination from overflow. Overflow happens when land and man made structures fill up with rain water and then overflow into the surrounding areas. “First Flush” as it is called, is the most important time of the rainy season because it’s when the highest levels of contaminants are present in any given situation due to the lack of rain. The heavy metals, oils and greases found in a lot of man made structures can contaminate the surrounding area if not properly contained and disposed of.

It is important to cover up exposed areas like the ones described above or move them inside. For raw land, create a drainage system for channeling overflow water and directing it to a safe area.

Cleaning and keeping clean areas of potential contamination build-up with dramatically help reduce the risk of overflowing contaminated water.

When dealing with storm drains, it is important to assess each drain location individually becuase where some drains might benifit from a simple filter, others might need to be blocked off completely to prevent heavy loads of contamination. Conventional “witch hats” are cheap but without constant maintenance, can actually make matters worse if they get too heavy with dirt and clog, they can collapse into the storm drain. Witch hats also prevent sampling by inspectors. The best solution for this is the Triton Storm Drain Insert. It has a heavy duty cylindrical filter which is hollow and allows for sampling with ease. Below is a picture of a witch hat along side a Triton Storm Drain Insert.

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Following these simple tips and tricks can help any business and/or private residence prevent our local water from being contaminated.

For additional information how first flush and overflow prevention, please go to www.ushydrotech.com

Post Fire Clean Up – Porta-Pad

Flames and smoke from a wildlife fill the sky bedhind a Southern California Subdivision. A recent southern california brush fire burning extremely close to homes.

Wildfires have been a ruthless foe over recent years in California. They can level buildings and homes and leave entire towns in ruins.

One of the hardest parts about a wildfire is dealing with the clean-up afterwards. Fire debris can easily contaminate the environment not because of burnt trees, shrubs and grass but because of the destruction of man made items. Cars, when destroyed by fire, can leave behind heavy metals, oils, greases, sharp objects, glass, paint, rubber, etc. that have to be contained, cleaned up and removed before they can harm wildlife or be absorbed into the ground and pollute nearby streams and creeks.

The debris from houses and buildings can be especially devastating to the environment because building materials used to make it and items inside a residence or business can bring endless possibilities for potential contaminants.

The very equipment used to clean the fire could be harmful if not decontaminated properly. Firetrucks, axes, fire hoses and other equipment can pick up harmful debris and transfer them from one site to another because the crew is following wherever the fire goes.

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One way to help in the clean-up of post fire torn areas is containing hazardous material and disposing of it properly. The Porta-Pad can do just that by providing a safe, durable, cost effective pad for cleaning vehicles and equipment and dumping/sifting through debris. Ask US Hydrotech for more information about how the Porta-Pad can help with post fire clean-up.

Water Inspector “Red Flags” – How to Avoid Them

Water quality inspectors have the job of visiting local businesses and evaluating how they use water and to help those businesses use water more efficiently. Unfortunately, sometimes there is an obvious disregard displayed for any sort of water conservation and that business could receive a harsh penalty if not properly addressed.

The best thing a company can do is consistent review of their best management practices (BMP’s) to identify new areas of improvement in an ever changing environment.

The following are some tips and tricks to help prepare for the inevitable visit from your local water quality inspector.

Don’t have employees wash without some sort of containment:

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Never let wash water run to the storm drain:

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Cheap felt storm drain inserts, sometimes called “witch hats” from their appearance placed upside down in a storm drain can fill up quickly and then have to be cut in order to remove, thus spilling all the contaminated particles directly into the storm drain:

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Agricultural nutrients can be very harmful if not contained in proper spill-proof pallets:

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Even if there is a working wash bay, water can still escape to flow freely to the lowest spot as shown here:

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These are just a few of the tell tail signs that water is being contaminated. Knowing these “red flags” will help better prepare for an unannounced visit from a water quality control inspector.

Mi-T-M Pressure Washer Accessories – From US Hydrotech

Mi-T-M pressure washers are the staple of the pressure washer industry. They are built to last through the most labor intensive jobs and now Mi-T-M has made it a whole lot easier to get the job done.

There are many accessories that can be attached to a Mi-T-M pressure washer to help do the job better, quicker and with less effort. A few of them have been listed below.

Floor Scrubbers:

Floor Scrubber

Clean larger surfaces faster and easier than with a standard cleaning nozzle. The Mi-T-M surface cleaners are equipped with strong-bristled brushes for long life and easy glide control. This cleaning accessory can be used on decks, patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, parking lots and any other horizontal surface.

Extended Reach Wands:

Extended Reach Wand

Clean hard to reach places by using extended reach wands. Can be used on siding, house eaves, farm equipment, semi-tractor trailers and multi-story buildings.
Telescoping wand belts holds telescoping wands, reduces fatigue and strain. Provides better operator control, optimizing cleaning performance.

-Works with AW-7018 and AW-7017 telescoping wands
-Includes three plastic snap-on clips that snaps to your shoulder, waist and the wand

  • Fiberglass wands
  • Aluminum wands

Power Brushes & Water Brooms:

Rotating BrushWater Broom

The rotating brush offers low pressure rotation for hard to remove debris on sensitive surfaces. Can be used on painted surfaces, fiberglass, wood or brick.

-Natural hair bristles
-Quick connect
-Adjustable angle
-3.0 to 6.0-GPM flow rate
-176°F temperature rating
-Can be used with low pressure detergent injector

Gutter Cleaners:

Gutter Cleaner

The gutter cleaner turns your want into an efficient rain gutter cleaner.  Clean your gutters from the ground and blow out dirt, grime, leaves and anything else that may be stuck inside the gutters.

-4000-PSI maximum pressure
-1/4-inch quick connect socket outlet and plug inlet
-Fits all gasoline pressure washers

 

 

Porta-Pad: Whats New!

We are always trying to improve on our technology, making it more efficient, safer and easier to use. Lately we have been turning our focus to our bread and butter, the Porta-Pad. We have made some significant upgrades that include longer and lower ramps for easier entry and exit, pump guards to prolong the life of your pump and geo-liner material for under the Porta-Pad that protect it from the ground and from moving around. Check out one of our latest installs and visit our website for more information! www.waterforreuse.com

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Lakes On the Rise

The results of El Nino were somewhat disappointing because it was supposed to produce an exceptional rainfall year when all it did was produce a somewhat “normal” rainfall year.

Lake levels are on the steady rise due to recent rain fall. According to http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/current/RES, we are on track for a steady rise in most lakes. Folsom lake is at 85%, Lake Mendocino is at 70%, Lake Oroville is at 96%, Shasta is at 93% and Whiskeytown and Lewiston are almost full at 98% and 97% capacity respectively.

As we all breath a sigh of relief for the time being, this is all but a drop in the bucket for staving off the drought coming into the summer months. The aqua-ducts deep within the ground below us are still quenched for thirst. A couple of good rain storms may look promising from the top, but underneath us, it’s still very dry and will take much longer for our water table to rise back up.

Saving water is still more important than it ever has been. Some easy ways to conserve is putting timers in the shower with you that buzz when you have taken too long, put a bucket under the faucet while waiting for hot water to come through and then use that water to water plants. Plant low-water-usage shrubs and trees and install a drip system.

This coming year is going to be a tough one and if everyone does one thing to help conserve water per day, that will make a big difference for the community.

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