So after a brutal winter are you looking forward to a busy Are ya ready for spring?”spring cleaning” season? Absolutely! But are you READY for your residential rush and the spring cleaning dangers it presents?
Let’s review some spring time preparations to take (and spring cleaning dangers to avoid) before your phone starts ringing off the hook. Above all else…
Beware of the dreaded broken “freeze-proof faucet”!
Remember that a freeze-proof faucet shuts off the water INSIDE the house. So the copper tube to the hose bib may have frozen and split during the winter. (Especially if a hose was left hooked up to it!) BUT this previously broken pipe won’t be noted until you hook up your TM, are merrily cleaning and your client screams, “My basement is flooding!” (Don’t even ask me how I learned this one!)
NOTE: HERE is how to check for a broken faucet BEFORE you flood a client’s home. (You will thank me later!)
Spring is also a great time to get your equipment, truck(s) and/or you and your employees in order too! For example…
1. Change out your lead solution hose. The last thing you need is 220 degree water gushing into your client’s home from a broken hose! So every spring buy a new length of solution hose and retire your previous interior hose to exterior, “long run” status.
3. Clean, re-organize and label your truck’s interior. Put your most common tools/chemicals in the most accessible locations. (While you are at it label the tops of the bottles in your spotting kit too.)
4. Replace the belts on your truck mount. (Keep the used belts as spares on the truck.) And tighten all plumbing and electrical connections on your machines. NOTE: Loose electrical connections caused 90% of my TM problems.
Restoration HINT: Clean and repair your W/D equipment after a long winter. Even better, why not blow out, clean and disinfect your air movers, dehumidifiers and HEPA air filters immediately upon arrival back to your plant. Then shrink wrap your emergency mitigation equipment to protect it from dust and dirt. Now imagine the Positive MOT’s you’ll create when your pre-sanitized equipment is unwrapped in front of your Insured!