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Which of These Power Washer Accessories Are Good Options for Your Hog Farm?

Which of These Power Washer Accessories Are Good Options for Your Hog Farm?

If you are like most agricultural companies that wisely invested in a professional pressure washer, it is very likely that you did your due diligence to make sure you found the right model. Now it is time to do the same thing when considering pressure washer accessories. Which are a waste of money and which are well worth the cost? Check out a few options and what they can do to determine the right choice for your company. Then contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you need assistance.

Get Big Results from Small Specialty Nozzles

Specialty nozzles are so small that it can be hard to believe they can make such a huge difference, but they can. Various nozzles have different spray patterns, and the pattern each one has affects both how strong and how wide the resulting spray is. For example, a 40-degree nozzle will offer a flat spray at 40 degrees. There are also 25-, 15-, and 0-degree nozzles. When you choose one, read the manual carefully to ensure you know how to best use it.

In addition to different sized nozzles, you also have variable fan nozzles that can vary the spray from zero to 40 degrees – all you have to do is twist it. This is great if you need more than one (or two) nozzles but do not want to deal with the cost of buying them all. It can also save a lot of time because you can keep the same nozzle on for all projects, instead of having to change them out between different materials.

Finally, there are specialty nozzles. They can do a wide array of things that can be helpful. One commonly sought after option is the rotary nozzle, which gives you the impact of a zero-degree nozzle but adds the fan coverage of a 25-degree nozzle.

A Variable Pressure Wand Allows You to Quickly and Easily Raise and Lower the Pressure

Known as well as a dual lance, a variable pressure wand offers just that – the ability to vary the pressure. Just twist the handle and you can raise and lower the pressure of the spray. You can then attach a chemical injector, which the power washer automatically uses to suction chemicals into the water when the pressure is lowered.

What does this mean for you? It means you will not have to stop what you are doing, change the pressure, try out a small area to see if you have the right option, and then move on. Instead, you can skip the need to change the water pressure over and over again and instead just do it once – all while the detergent is automatically injected into the water.

To learn more about the many accessories available for your power washer, contact Hydro Tek and let us help you find the best options.

Follow These Five Steps with Your Pressure Washer to Increase Your Facility’s Biosecurity

Follow These Five Steps with Your Pressure Washer to Increase Your Facility’s Biosecurity

Biosecurity has never been so important to the success of your facility. The good news is that there are effective ways to reduce germs and in turn improve biosecurity. Keep reading to find out the five steps we suggest you take, then contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to find out how to get the right industrial power washer for your needs.

  1. Formulate a Plan
  2. The very first thing you must do is to make a plan. Make sure you know what you have and what needs to be cleaned. Can you get by with a standard power washer or do you need a professional model? Do you need pressure washing accessories to make the job easier? The good news is that we can make it easy: just call us and let us know what your situation is. We will provide an honest assessment of your situation and suggest the right tools.

  3. Find the Right Cleaning Pressure
  4. Every job you do is unique and will require its own pressure level. You must consider a number of factors to determine the right pressure. For example: how much dirt is there on the surface? Are you dealing with oil or grease? What type of material is the surface made of? How much pressure can it stand? Your pressure washer’s manual will give you advice on how to set the right pressure for various situations.

  5. Set the Temperature Correctly
  6. When you set the temperature, it is important to know that the hotter the water is, the more successful it will be in killing germs and bacteria. If you want to get rid of most types of bacteria, you should plan to heat it to between 185 – 212F. If you want to get rid of 100% of germs, then the temperature needs to reach 311F. However, most surfaces cannot handle this heat, so choose the temperature that is safe but gets the job done.

  7. Select the Right Detergent
  8. Next, you will choose the detergent that is best for your project. Which one you will choose depends on what you are attempting to remove. In some cases, hot water is enough. However, you might need detergent to get rid of harder stains or specific substances. Make sure that you are consulting the local and state guidelines on what you can and cannot use, and that you are using the detergent per the manufacturer's recommendations.

  9. Rinse Off the Surface and Apply Disinfectant
  10. After you have allowed the detergent to soak as long as the manufacturer recommends, you will soak the surface with either hot water or steam. Get rid of as much dirt as you possibly can. Know that cleaning is important, but it just part of the process. You also need to add disinfectant.

For advice on the best hot water pressure washer, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 right away.

Get Answers to Your Questions About Biosecurity at the Farm Level

Get Answers to Your Questions About Biosecurity at the Farm Level

Coronavirus is just the latest wake-up call to companies in the agricultural field that biosecurity should be a top priority. At Hydro Tek, we offer equipment to help improve biosecurity, and today we are here to answer some of the most basic questions farm operations often have. If you are ready to invest in a hot water pressure washer and pressure washer accessories, we invite you to contact us at 800-274-9376 to learn more.

What Exactly is Biosecurity?

When used in conjunction with animal agriculture, biosecurity refers to a series of management practices that are in place to keep infectious agents into a herd or flock or to prevent any such infectious agents from spreading through a herd. Depending on the outfit and what livestock is present, a biosecurity plan could include screening and testing all incoming animals, isolation for new or returning animals, and a monitoring system to detect diseases early.

Why is Biosecurity So Important?

It is essential in a farm safety program because growers must be sure to keep their products of the highest quality – and that means keeping them clean. Biosecurity is also essential to keep animals healthy and productive. While the benefits of biosecurity to the agricultural community are many, the main ones are: keeping locations safe from disease and more efficient.

What Are the Steps in Developing a Biosecurity Plan?

First, you must assess your goals and concerns. You cannot create a plan unless you know what the purpose is. Determine which infectious agents you should focus on preventing and then look for the best practices as laid out by an organization you trust. Once you know the plan, implement it – and make sure everyone on staff understands it. Your plan is only as strong as your weakest link. Remember that it should be reassessed as new risks are found.

How is Risk Assessment Involved?

Risk assessments help determine the presence, distribution, and seriousness of various risk factors. Once you know what they are, you can take measures to control those risks. Of course, there is no way to get to zero risk. You must decide what acceptable risk is, and that will depend on the type of products and animals you have.

How Does Hot Water Pressure Washing Fit into a Biosecurity Plan?

Regardless of your plan, it is very likely that deep cleaning on a regular basis will be an important part of it. The fastest and easiest way to do this is with hot water pressure washing. Remember that hot water kills more germs and bacteria, dries faster, and gets the cleaning done faster. To learn more about which units might work best for your farm, talk to an experienced associate at Hydro Tek by calling 800-274-9376 .

The Must-Have in Your Biosecurity Regimen: Hot Water Pressure Washing

The Must-Have in Your Biosecurity Regimen: Hot Water Pressure Washing

If your agricultural company has made it successfully through this crisis so far, we commend you. It has been a difficult situation for everyone, and it is understandable that some companies have simply thrown in the towel. As you look for the right biosecurity regimen to increase your chances of success over the next few years, do not discount the hot water pressure washing equipment you can get from Hydro Tek.

Following the Three Increases in Cleaning

If you want to make sure your agricultural location is as safe as possible, you should be following three cleaning increases:

  1. Cleaning more
  2. Cleaning faster
  3. Cleaning more efficiently

That often makes companies worry as it sounds like all three of those will require significantly more labor. Not necessarily. The key is to use a hot water pressure washer that can do it all: help you clean more, clean faster, and clean more efficiently. From floors to carts to pens, the right pressure washer can clean virtually anywhere.

There Are Three Reasons to Clean with Hot Water

No one would wash their dishes in cold water if they had a choice because cold water does not have the cleaning power that hot water does. That said, many people don’t know exactly why hot water is better. We have made it simple to see by listing the main three reasons you will want to use hot water:

  1. You get better, faster results
  2. Bacteria and virus counts are reduced
  3. Fewer resources are required compared to cold water cleaning

Who wouldn’t want better results, faster, and in a more eco-friendly way?

Cleaning is Up to 75% Faster When You Use Hot Water

We know that our customers want facts – not just our opinion. That is one of the reasons that we teamed up with the Cleaning Technology Institute (CTI) to determine just how much time can be saved cleaning with hot water compared to cold. While cold water pressure washers have their place, when hot water can be used, it is an average of 40% faster. In situations in which oil was being cleaned up, hot water was as much as 75% faster than cold water.

As if that is not enough, hot water also dries faster. This is especially important in the world of agriculture, in which you do not have a lot of time to wait for floors, pens, and other surfaces to dry.

If You Need to Clean and Sanitize Then You Need a Hot Water Pressure Washer

If your outfit needs to clean and sanitize surfaces, then you need hot water pressure washers – it’s that simple. It’s also simple to find what you need – just contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 and we are happy to advise you on what we can do to help.

Follow These Agriculture Biosecurity Protocols to Protect Employees and Customers

Follow These Agriculture Biosecurity Protocols to Protect Employees and Customers

There is no question that biosecurity is one of the most important issues affecting agriculture today. As COVID-19 continues to infect people, they are increasingly worried about the safety of their food – and farmers are concerned about the safety of their employees. The good news is that there are agriculture biosecurity protocols that can help protect both employees and customers.

Read on to learn about some of the best protocols. If you have not yet invested in a hot water pressure washer, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . We can help determine the best machine for your specific needs.

Keep an Eye on Outdoor and Indoor Cleaning Needs

As you look to find the best protocols to keep your farm clean and disinfected, do not forget to consider all parts of your farm – both inside and out. This includes everything you use on your farm, such as vehicles and equipment for waste disposal. One simple example is using wash plates to make sure that the tires of vehicles coming in and out of your farm are disinfected.

Wash Bays and Areas Should Be Away from Livestock Areas

You need to prevent contamination that could happen if the wind and the spray get together in just the “right” way. Every time you load and unload animals, the vehicle they were transported in must be thoroughly cleaned. If you keep your wash bays and wash areas too close together, it is all too easy for cross-contamination to occur, which would only to work compound any issues you are already having.

Focus on Cleaning the Routes Between Buildings

Cleaning the routes between buildings on your property can prevent waste from building up, keep dirt and animal feed where they came from, and help prevent both vermin and dangerous feral animals. Simply following regular cleaning practices between properties could help reduce the chance of contamination, you might otherwise risk with wild animals.

Know Your Black and White Areas

It is important to keep black and white areas separate. White areas are places like walls, floors, showers, and locker rooms. These are areas that can be cleaned with steam cleaners, wet vacs, or regular vacuum cleaners. Black areas include changing rooms, stables, barns, sties, and all administration areas. These are areas that should be cleaned with high-pressure washers and a strong detergent.

Focus on Your Water Recycling System

Now might be a great time for you to use a water recycling system or it might be a terrible time – it all depends on what contaminates are in your water. If it’s possible to use it for your industry, you can save money, save time, and keep the environment safe and secure.

If you need help finding the right high-pressure washing equipment, accessories, or similar equipment, we welcome your call to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 .

How to Keep a Hog Farm Clean With a Hot Water Pressure Washer

How to Keep a Hog Farm Clean With a Hot Water Pressure Washer

Is there anything more important for a hog farmer right now than keeping their farm clean? There are so many things to protect right now, from workers to hogs to the bottom line. It might seem impossible to keep your farm clean, but with the right hot water pressure washing equipment and the right protocol, you might be surprised by how much easier it could be.

Once you have read our simple guide to keeping a hog farm clean, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to get the equipment necessary to make the job much easier.

Your Farm and Your Livestock Areas Must Be Separate

First and foremost, you want to make sure that your livestock areas and farm areas are kept as far away from each other as possible. Yes, there are surely local recommendations for the distance between these areas – and there might even be regulations to follow in your area – but remember that these are just a starting point. With today’s world, it is wise to keep these spots as far away as possible to keep your space clean, safe, and hygienic.

Natural Water Sources Are Not Always the Answer

It is not uncommon for a hog farm to use natural water. This might seem smart from a financial and environmental standpoint, but remember that having large natural water sources is going to attack animals, birds, and pests. This can lead to contamination that is impossible to contain – especially if you have free-range breeding. You might consider water recycling options as a solution.

Have One Route for Ingoing and One for Outgoing

This is not always possible, but if you can have a separate route for incoming vehicles and one for outgoing vehicles, you will go a long way toward reducing cross-contamination. Look to avoid direct contact between vehicles and sensitize zones such as loading and unloading areas. When you do deep clean these areas, make sure you are providing a completely different ingoing and outgoing route cleaning.

Separate Controlled Access Zones from Restricted Zones and Make Those Zones Clearly Delineated

You likely have different zones at your farm. For example, you might have zones that are accessible only to employees and those that are available only to owners. Make sure these zones are kept entirely separate. One of the most important steps in doing so is to clearly delineate which is which. You can use gates, fences, signs – whatever it takes.

You Have Found Company That Can Help You Find the Right Equipment

When it comes to keeping your hog farm clean, it all starts with the right equipment. Whether you know exactly what you want and you need a company to help you get it, or you need a company to help you determine the right options, you can count on Hydro Tek. Feel free to contact us today at 800-274-9376 with any questions you have.

We Have You Covered: Hydrotek’s Cleaning Solutions for the Agriculture Industry

We Have You Covered: Hydrotek’s Cleaning Solutions for the Agriculture Industry

The agriculture industry is facing many issues in today’s world. Any one of these issues on their own would be difficult, but dealing with new requirements, sick workers, and difficulty finding people to work, it is a hard time to be in this business. However, at Hydro Tek we know there are solutions. Read on to learn about some of the cleaning solutions that could help your company, then contact us at 800-274-9376 or find a dealer near you to get the equipment you need.

Create a Detailed Plan

Before you get started, sit down and make a plan. One of the easiest ways to skip steps or not sanitize something entirely is to simply do tasks in any order and without a thought to the overall goal. Instead, you should be taking the time to create a plan before you even begin.

Make Sure You Have the Right Cleaning Pressure

Every job is unique and you will never use your hot water pressure washer in the exact same way twice. That is why you have to determine the right pressure for each job. The right answer will depend on the surface you are cleaning and what you are cleaning from it. The goal is to use enough pressure to get the job done but without putting the surface in danger of damage.

Find the Perfect Cleaning Temperature

Just as you need the right cleaning pressure, you need the right temperature too. The hotter the water gets, the more germs it is able to kill. For example, if you use water that is between 185 – 212F it can kill most bacteria colonies, but if you want to kill them entirely you will have to get up to 311F. You do not always need to kill every bacteria colony but you can see from this example that the hotter the water is, the more likely it is to be safe from bacteria.

Use the Right Detergent

You are not likely to use an all-purpose detergent when you have such a specific goal. Instead, use a detergent that is right for the job it is doing. Make sure you know what the local and statewide regulations are on what ingredients you can use. Once you have the right detergent you need, use it to soak the surface so that it can kill any layers of dirt or waste that take longer to break down.

Once it has soaked in, use hot water to rinse off the surface. Then apply your disinfectant, which you should choose based on again on the specific job you are doing, the rules in your area, and the type of bacteria you are worried about.

If you need help finding the right equipment for all your agriculture cleaning solutions, we invite you to contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to get started.

The Secret Weapon in Bio-Security During the Coronavirus is a Hot Water Pressure Washer

The Secret Weapon in Bio-Security During the Coronavirus is a Hot Water Pressure Washer

Any company that has made it this far into the coronavirus pandemic has likely done all they know to do to ensure their business is as safe and sanitary as possible. In fact, at Hydro Tek we are proud to offer many of the tools necessary to do this. Our clients have discovered what we have long known: Hot water pressures are the secret weapon when it comes to successful bio-security measures.

You Should Be Cleaning More, Cleaning Faster, and Cleaning More Efficiently

The fact of the matter is that a solid bio security response should involve a pressure washer. This is the best way to clean more surfaces, clean the surfaces you need to clean as fast as possible, and to get the cleaning process completed as efficiently as possible. Whether you are cleaning floors, agricultural equipment, carts, or anything else, hot water is one of the essential tools.

Do You Know the Main Three Benefits of Cleaning with Hot Water?

You likely know that you should clean with hot water – after all, you would not likely clean your dishes with cold water – but you might not know why it is so important. Here are three of the biggest benefits you can experience by cleaning with hot water:

  1. Your results are better and faster
  2. Hygiene is improved including lower bacteria and virus counts
  3. You will be consuming fewer resources compared to alternative cleaning options

In short, you get better results in less time and while using fewer resources.

Cleaning Could Be as Much as 75% Faster with Hot Water

At Hydro Tek we are proud to have worked with the Cleaning Technology Institute to get answers on how much faster it is to clean with hot water than cold. Cold water pressure washers are helpful in situations where hot water might damage the surface, but in all applications hot water cleans faster. The average was 40% faster but in instances where oils were involved, the reduction was as much as 75%.

Keep in mind that the actual cleaning is not only faster, but the surface also dries faster. This means that the time from starting to clean to the time you have a usable surface again is shorter all around.

We Can Help You Clean and Sanitizing

It has become clear in today’s climate that cleaning in and of itself is not enough – we must also work to sanitize. This is the best way to stop viruses, bacteria, and germs. The best way to sanitize is to start with deep cleaning. Cold water has zero impact on bacteria but if you clean with water t6hat is heated to 140F, it reduces bacteria by 90%. Get up to 311F and your bacteria is reduced 100%. COVID-19 in particular requires temperatures of 133F to be inactivated.

We look forward to helping you find the solutions you are looking for. Contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 now to learn more.

Discover the Basic Facts about Bio Security and Why it is So Important in Agriculture

Discover the Basic Facts about Bio Security and Why it is So Important in Agriculture

It is no surprise that there is much talk about bio security in a number of industries, including agriculture. However, while many decisionmakers realize how important it is, they do not always know what best practices are or how to follow them. At Hydro Tek we are here to give you the basics. You can always contact us at 800-274-9376 to learn how hot water pressure washers can play an integral role in your bio security plans.

Defining Bio Security

First and foremost, it is important to know what we mean by bio-security. It is a catchall term that refers to a system of management practices that has the specific goal of reducing risk related to new diseases or agents that could cause new disease. Bio security is also specific to farms and stables. Currently, people are worried about general safety and particularly about the safety of the foods they are eating. This is why it is so essential for the agricultural community to step up and ensure compliance.

There is One Main Goal of a Bio Security Program

To ensure that your bio security program is as good as possible, you will need it to cover several factors, but it is important to always keep in mind that there is one thing that is more important than anything else: Doing whatever it takes to prevent diseases from entering and spreading on farms, stables, and farm homes. The program can – and should – address other issues but not at the expense of this top goal.

Examples of Procedures Generally Included in a Bio Security Plan

Of course, the specifics of a particular bio security plan will vary based on an individual organization’s needs. Some examples of included procedures are:

  • Barn sanitation
  • General farm security measures
  • Sanitation of all transportation-related vehicles and equipment
  • Specific policies for worker entry
  • Specific policies for visitor worker entry
  • Rodent control plans and implementation

These are just a few – you will know best what procedures need to be added to your biosecurity plan.

Prevention is Important but It is Not Enough

Yes, you want to prevent any disease from getting to your facility in the first place, but a comprehensive bio security plan should address the reality that at some point, you are likely to have to deal with disease. What will you do if you have disease present in one segment of your property or herd? Already having policies in place allows you to quickly address these issues when they arise.

This is a global issue that is far from new and is not going away any time in the foreseeable future. At Hydro Tek we can help you find the equipment needed to implement your new bio security procedures. Contact us now at 800-274-9376 to learn more.

Investing in the Right Pressure Washing Accessories Can Help Reduce Cleaning Time While Boosting the Results

Investing in the Right Pressure Washing Accessories Can Help Reduce Cleaning Time While Boosting the Results

You likely spent a lot of time determining the right pressure washer for your needs, and you should spend an equal amount of time finding the right pressure washing accessories. Doing so can help ensure that you spend as little time as possible washing while also getting the surface as clean as possible. If you have additional questions after reading this advice, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 for help.

Specialty Nozzles Can Have a Big Impact

Not all nozzles are created equal. Different options have different spray patterns and those patterns can affect how wide and strong the spray is. Consider that a 40-degree nozzle offers a flat spray at a 40-degree angle. You can also choose 25-degree, 15-degree, and even 0-degree nozzles. Just be sure that you know how to use the nozzles. For example, a zero-degree option can burrow into wood and damage it.

Then you have variable fan nozzles that allow you to vary the spray anywhere from zero to 40 degrees just by twisting it. This is a great option if you have the need for different nozzles, and can save a lot of time because you will not need to stop and switch out the nozzles. Specialty nozzles can be helpful too, such as rotary nozzles that offer the impact of zero-degree nozzles but give the fan coverage of a 25-degree nozzle.

Enjoy the Speed of a Variable Pressure Wand

Also known as a dual lance, a variable pressure wand allows you to twist the handle to lower and raise the pressure of your spray. If you also attach a chemical injector, the power washer will automatically suction the chemical into the water when you lower the pressure. Instead of having to stop what you are doing, change the pressure, try out a small area to see if it’s right, and potentially change the pressure over and over again, you can simply make adjustments as you go.

This is helpful not just when you are trying to find the right pressure but when you are moving areas that need different levels of pressure. What’s even better, is that the detergent is injected into the water after it leaves the pump – which means that you do not have to worry about the chemicals hurting the seal of your pumps.

Surface Cleaners Can Get Flat Surfaces Clean Much Faster

If you add a surface cleaner to a hot water pressure washer – or even a cold water pressure washer – you can get just about any flat surface dramatically cleaner in less time. This type of surface cleaner is perfect for areas such as garage floors, deck, driveways, patios, tennis courts, and other flat surfaces. Contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you would like to know more about choosing the right pressure washer accessories.

  • Hot Water Pressure Washers

    Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers are designed to tackle the toughest messes wherever they may occur. Our products feature high-quality stainless steel construction, simple controls, and an innovative Spiralast™ heating coil that improves efficiency and reduces your fuel costs. We manufacture the Spiralast™ coils right here in our facility using a proprietary cold rolled process and robotic welds for exceptional strength and unimpeded flow. Our Spiralast™ lifetime warranty is the ONLY lifetime heating coil warranty in the industry.

  • Advantages of a Hot Water Pressure Washer

    Simply by heating up the water, a hot water pressure washer delivers dramatically improved cleaning power compared to a cold water machine. Hot water pressure washers are especially useful for cleaning sticky, greasy, or oily surfaces, because they will loosen the dirt much faster without the large amounts of soap, detergent, or other cleaning chemicals that must be used with a cold water system.

  • Hot Water Pressure Washer Applications

    A hot water pressure washer is essential for any cleanup job involving a sticky, greasy, or oily mess, as well as for applications where a surface must be sanitized. With a variety of models available, including self-contained mobile units with gas, diesel, or electric power, Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers can go anywhere and clean anything. Some common applications include heavy equipment cleaning, vehicle cleaning, graffiti removal, restaurant hood vent cleaning, and livestock facility cleaning.

Quality & Innovation Since 1985

Hydro Tek

From simple beginnings in 1985, Hydro Tek has grown to become the most trusted name in the pressure washer manufacturing industry.

How did we do it? By continually focusing on quality and reliability as the key to customer satisfaction, and by incorporating the latest technologies into our design and manufacturing processes.

By 1991, we were using computer-aided drafting systems to refine our product designs and improve efficiency. In 1997, we brought the power of computers to the shop floor by incorporating laser-cutting and other CNC manufacturing machinery, and in 2001 we began focusing on improving efficiency through the latest manufacturing techniques. The end result has been superior products delivered at a superior value to our customers. Through the next decade, we look forward to fulfilling our vision of making our products the "obvious choice" for all your industrial and commercial cleaning needs.