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The Basics of Rust Removal: Learn How a Pressure Washer Can Help

The Basics of Rust Removal: Learn How a Pressure Washer Can Help

Rust is more than an ugly addition to a surface – it can be a sign that what’s under the surface is damaged. At Hydro Tek we offer a wide range of water pressure washing equipment and accessories that can make it easy to remove and prevent rust. Keep reading to learn more about it and then reach out to us at 800-274-9376 if you have questions about rust removal.

There are many places rust can come up and not all of them are great choices for pressure washing

If you have rust on your sidewalk, on the side of a building, or another hard surface then water pressure is likely the fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to remove it. However, we do not recommend pressure washing for softer surfaces. This would include new cement, wood, or vinyl siding. If you use high pressure on any of these surfaces then it’s likely to do more than just get rid of the rust – it can cause serious damage.

You may have ingredients in your home right now that will remove rust

You may be surprised to discover how many ingredients you may have in your home that can get rid of rust. For example, a paste made out of water, baking soda, and vinegar can get rid of rust. However, this is just a solution for a small item you may have in your home, such as a tool or a frying pan, but it is not a solution for a building or larger area.

Removing rust from larger projects

If you have something larger than your own personal tools or a frying pan to clean, then we recommend that you get professional cleaning agents. Remember that these agents are for industrial use and can be hazardous if not used correctly. We recommend closely following the directions to ensure that you’re safe and that you’re keeping the area safe.

Most of the chemicals used to remove rust are made of acid. They basically work by eating away at the rust, but can do a lot of harm to a person’s skin or eyes if they come into contact with them. That’s why safety gear, including goggles and gloves, is a must. It’s also why only those who are confident with these types of jobs should handle them.

We can help you find the right pressure washer for your needs

The good news about working with Hydro Tek is that we have extensive experience in all types of pressure washer projects. Whether you need an industrial washer to remove rust from a building, or you need a pressure washer for cleaning a residential driveway, we can help. While not every job is right for a pressure washer, many are. If you’re ready to learn more about the equipment, accessories, and more then give us a call at 800-274-9376 .

Do You Need to Clean Your Tile Roof? A Pressure Washer is Just What You Need

Do You Need to Clean Your Tile Roof? A Pressure Washer is Just What You Need

If you have a tile roof and don’t want to pay someone else to clean it, then there’s good news for you: There is another option. At Hydro Tek we offer a wide range of pressure washers, many of which are up to the task of cleaning a tile roof. Read on to learn more and don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to learn more about our products or get expert advice on what will work best for your needs.

The tools and equipment needed for cleaning a tile roof

We recommend using a pressure washer to clean off your tile roof. It’s the best way to get rid of debris, mud, and other issues. That said, we also recommend not using a high pressure as it can eventually erode the roof and its protective layer. In additional to a pressure washer, some of the tools and equipment you’ll need include:

  • Chemical roof sprayer. If you’re going to use chemicals to clean your roof then you should have a chemical pump that can spray the roof from the ground. You never want to transport the chemicals up to the roof as the weight can be an issue and any accidents could lead to chemical burns.
  • Cleaning chemicals. You have options. Some of the most popular choices are sodium hypochlorite and sodium peroxide. The right solution depends on what you need and the type of tile roof you have.
  • A pressure washer. We suggest setting it to 1200 – 1500 psi to get rid of any visual debris and twigs.
  • Respirator. If you’re spraying chemicals then you should have a respirator to avoid breathing said chemicals in.
  • The right clothing. Remember that you’re likely to be out in the sun for hours. Bring clothing that protects you from chemicals and the sun.
  • Ladder with ladder legs. This is the most stable option and we also recommend tying it to the gutter for added protection.
  • Eye protection. You need eye protection both to protect your eyes from chemicals and also to protect them from debris.
  • Fall safe protection. If you’re spending time on a roof then you should have a harness and fall safe protection. A fall, even from a short distance, can be devastating and life-changing.

These are the tools you’ll need to clean the average tile roof. Note that your roof may require more or fewer tools and resources based on the type it is and the type of damage that has been done to it.

We can help you get the tools you need

We know that you may have questions about what equipment you need. That’s why we’re happy to take your call at 800-274-9376 . Hydro Tek is proud of the products we offer and the experience and expertise of our employees. If you have questions about pressure washing then we are here with the answers.

How to Clean Your Driveway or Sidewalk with a Pressure Washer

How to Clean Your Driveway or Sidewalk with a Pressure Washer

Both your driveway and your sidewalk are high-traffic areas. They get abuse not just from people and cars, but from weather and other elements. As a result, pressure washing is a great way to keep them clean. This is important not just to make them look nice but to keep them safe. Read on to learn all about it and then contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you need help selecting the right pressure washer.

Reasons to deep clean your driveway and sidewalk

First of all, you’ll find that many people don’t realize just how important it can be to deep clean sidewalks and driveways. As time goes on, your driveway and sidewalk can end up slippery and dangerous due to car tire marks that darken and slicken the surface, foot traffic that tracks dirt and causes wear and tear, organic materials from plants that can turn into moss, which is extremely slippery when wet.

The most important steps involved in pressure washing

Though the specific steps you’ll follow will depend on your particular driveway and the type of machine you’re using, here are the basic steps to follow:

  • Get rid of large debris. If there are sticks, pine cones, grass, etc. on the driveway or the sidewalk then we encourage you to get rid of it. Depending on what it is, you may need a leaf blower or a broom or shovel could do.
  • Pre-clean the surface. To pre-clean the surface, use your pressure washer with a 40-degree tip. If you want a faster result and have access to a turbo nozzle, then you can use that just make sure you’re staying back an appropriate distance. Remember that these turbo nozzles are very strong and should be used with caution – and only on driveways or sidewalks that are extremely dirty.
  • Apply a fungicide. This will prevent fungus, mold, and mildew from growing. There are products on the market to do this, but you can also just mix 2/3rds household bleach with 1/3 water. Then add a little dish soap to help it stick to the surface. Make sure to avoid getting any of the mixture on plants or garden beds as it can damage them. Leave the bleach and water solution on your driveway and / or sidewalk for half an hour.
  • Do a final pressure wash. Once the fungicide has had half an hour to work, get out your hot water pressure washer and do a final wash. When you’re done, your sidewalk and / or driveway should look incredible and the results will last for much longer than if you’d simply swept and hosed it down.

Remember that this technique is not just for your sidewalk and driveway. You can also use it on your patio, pool, and anywhere you have concrete. If you’re ready to get the equipment you need to get this job done, reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 today.

Spotlight on Industrial Vacuums: Learn About the Completely Self-Contained Gas-Powered Vacuum Recovery System

Spotlight on Industrial Vacuums: Learn About the Completely Self-Contained Gas-Powered Vacuum Recovery System

There are many potential applications for pressure washers, both hot and cold. The addition of accessories for these machines adds even more applications. Today at Hydro Tek we’re going to go over industrial water vacuums and their potential applications.

What do industrial vacuums do?

Put simply, an industrial water vacuum allows you total control of where the waste water goes after you use your pressure washing equipment. This is very important if you’re cleaning hazardous materials or oil, or if you’re using cleaning chemicals that have the potential to harm the environment. These industrial water vacuums are capable of both vacuuming up waste water and pumping it into a bulk tank, sewer, or landscape at the same time. That’s right – there are no frustrating delays in the cleanup process.

We offer two models of gas-powered vacuum recovery systems

One of our top sellers is the RGV Gas Vac. It’s powered by an engine and has a water recovery system with pump out. You can use it with one or two separate pickup devices, whichever works best for you. It’s a top choice by facilities maintenance contractors who want to collect their wash water, and it’s a top choice for restoration contractors too, when they need to pick up water after a flood, fire, or other disaster.

Our unique options offer all the services you need

Our vacuum recovery systems feature special polyethylene separation tanks. This is a huge advantage because they aren’t corrosive, they weigh much less than the typical 50-gallon steel drums, and they offer easy access so you can clean and maintain them by simply lifting off the lid. You can also open the large 1.5-inch valve in order to purge all sludge and solids that may settle at the bottom of the tank.

Each of the separation tanks also has its own automatic transfer system. This pumps water out to your bulk tank, your sanitary sewer (if permitted), or your landscape. Why deal with heavy tipping to dump your tanks when we’ve made it so easy for you?

Features of our products

The list of features is long and if you really want to know which options are best for you, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . We can answer your questions, send spec sheets, and offer whatever type of assistance you need. In the meantime, check out the fantastic features:

  • These vacuum recovery systems are entirely self-contained, which means you don’t need a generator or even a 110v plug for your transfer pumps. Instead, your transfer pumps connect directly to an on-board 12v battery.
  • A lift-out strainer basket gets rid of large debris before its emptied into a separation tank that protects transfer pumps.
  • Quick-plug connectors work for high-water shutdown and transfer pumps.
  • An air throttle valve on the vacuum tank, which allows for precise control of air flowing even when using different pickup devices or hoses of different lengths.

If you’re ready to get started, reach out to Hydro Tek today!

All Water Pressure Washers Aren’t Created Equal: Learn the Hydro Tek Difference

All Water Pressure Washers Aren’t Created Equal: Learn the Hydro Tek Difference

You may be one of the many people who assume that one pressure washer is the same as any other pressure washer. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, at Hydro Tek, all of our products, from pressure washers to steamers to accessories must meet very high standards. We use stainless steel when appropriate to ensure that our products are durable, look great, and can perform.

When you keep reading you’ll discover just a few of the reasons that we offer the best products in the business. Give us a call at 800-274-9376 if you’re ready to learn more.

We follow ISO 9001:2008 Certifications

We use the strictest requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standards. We do this so that you can trust that every product we offer is of the highest quality. From our handling of paperwork to the design of our products, from our exhaustive 47-point final inspection of every single pressure washer we sell, from the way our company is focused on quality, you will appreciate how serious we are about offering you the best possible products around.

We offer the best coil on the market

The Spiralast Coil, which offers a lifetime warranty, is manufactured by us directly, which means that we have total control over the quality of the products. It has several advantages over other options:

  • It offers excellent performance. When the coil pipe gets bent at a tight radius, it will stretch the pipe. The result is that the wall thickness is less and a weak point is created. The inside diameter of the pipe is shrunk as well, which can further restrict flow. This is not an issue with the Spiralast, as it uses a unique cold-rolled process and has a much higher bend radius. The result is a stronger coil that ends up with less flow restriction.
  • Efficiency. This spiral design also means higher efficiency, which translates to less pollution and less fuel consumption.
  • It’s safer and stronger. It’s been tested and certified to have burst at 40% higher than the industry standard.
  • It offers incredible precision. We use robotic welding which results in super-precise welds and means an end to joints acting as weak points.

We offer lifetime corrosion resistance

One of the main worries of many people when they think of the longevity of a pressure washer is how to keep it from corroding. We use a stainless-steel coil housing and inner wrap that’s unmatched for protection. This double-wall option helps keep the heat where it needs to go, while ensuring that the burner works well for years to come.

As you can see, at Hydro Tek we take our jobs seriously. We create the best possible pressure washers and pressure washing equipment. Are you ready to learn more about your options? Call us at 800-274-9376 with any questions.

The Myth of Wasted Water: Learn How Much Water a Pressure Washer Actually Uses

One of the reasons that consumers often think that pressure washers aren’t right for their needs is because they assume that they use a lot of water. The truth is that many people are surprised that not only do pressure washers often use less water than would be used via other methods, but there are ma

The Myth of Wasted Water: Learn How Much Water a Pressure Washer Actually Uses

ny industrial wash water recycle systems that can help reduce wasted water even more. Keep reading for more information and then contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you need assistance.

You’ll find a wide range of benefits of using pressure washers compared to garden hoses

Many homeowners will use their garden hose to complete tasks that could be more efficiently performed by a pressure washer. However, there are a number of ways in which using a pressure washer is better. First, you’ll cut down on water. Consider the increasing price of water, and the environmental reasons for cutting back, this can be a huge advantage.

Another advantage is that you save time. Why spend twenty minutes hosing down and scrubbing an area of your driveway that can be cleaned in just seconds with a pressure washer? When it comes to water savings and efficiency, the pressure washer has the garden hose beat.

Pressure cleaning equipment saves water in two ways

There are two ways water is saved when pressure cleaning equipment is used. First, the pressure washers use fewer gallons of water each minute. Consider that the average garden hose faucet gives eight gallons of water a minute. When outfitted with a spray nozzle, it uses an average of five gallons per minute.

Not only is the amount of water being used reduced per minute, but pressure washers take fewer minutes to work. Consider that the average garden hose gives about 10 pounds per square inch of pressure (PSI) and when fitted with a spray nozzle gets 50 PSI. The more pressure that’s there, the faster, more efficient your cleaning will be.

Now consider that the pressure washing systems from Hydro Tek only uses two to three gallons of water a minute. You’re already saving a ton of water with that, but then consider that the pressure gets much more intense. In fact, it can be as high as 2000 PSI. The steam from the washer allows the user to quickly and easily get rid of dirt, debris, grime, etc., which means that the job take less time overall. And this all translates to less water being used. Your water usage could down 75%.

Are you ready to save money and water? Call us today!

Why waste water? Why waste money? Why take hours to get a job done that could be done in minutes with the right pressure washer. If you’re ready to move on to the future of cleaning then you’re ready to contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . We look forward to helping you find the right options for your needs.

Bidding to Pressure Wash a Sports Complex? Consider These Important Factors

Bidding to Pressure Wash a Sports Complex? Consider These Important Factors

A person who buys a high-quality, commercial grade hot water pressure can have their choice of jobs related to their new machinery. One common job you may find yourself bidding on involves cleaning a sports complex, stadium, or arena. At Hydro Tek, we’ve seen people lose money on these jobs all the time, simply because they underbid. This is a simple thing to do if you’re not familiar with everything involved in the job.

Keep reading to learn more about all the things you’ll need to take into consideration to ensure you get an accurate quote. Then reach out to us at 800-274-9376 or check out our website for water pressure washers and accessories.

The accessibility of the spaces you need to clean

Companies bidding on these types of jobs often consider only the size of the venue, but what’s actually just as important – if not more so – is how accessible it is. You need the right equipment to get into every nook and cranny, and you need to ensure you have the scaffolding you need to get under the seats, or the ladders you need to get all the way up in the rafters. Consider how you’ll access everything and include any equipment rentals or purchases with your bid.

Prep work required

Don’t just think about the time you’ll spend once you get started in earnest, think about the time and inconvenience of pre-work. For example, is there going to be debris or other things that could keep you or your equipment from getting into the structure? Make sure you understand the complex well enough that you know what your points of entry are and how to keep them clear.

Consider the workflow

If it’s a large venue you’re bidding on, and there will be numerous areas to clean within it, then you’re going to want to divide it into sections. This is simply the easiest way to clean, but it can create logistical obstacles that take up time and resources. For example, you likely account for the time to setup, but remember that if you have several work zones, you’ll be breaking down and setting up several times.

Taking chemical limitations into account

Many sports venues have certain limitations on what type of chemicals can be used. In other cases, they may have some types of equipment they don’t allow, or they may require you to choose options that are quiet. Whatever type of limitations they include, consider them carefully and then come up with your alternative solutions. Take any extra cost or time into consideration.

The factors above are only some of the things you’ll be thinking about when you place your bid. Of course, the obvious things still apply but the above are special considerations that must be taken into consideration. If you’re ready to learn more about how a pressure washer can provide new employment and earning opportunities, reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 right away.

A Simple Guide to Using a Hot Water Pressure Washer to Clean a Deck

A Simple Guide to Using a Hot Water Pressure Washer to Clean a Deck

Without a pressure washer, getting a deck truly clean takes back-bending scrubbing and hours out in the hot sun. The good news is that if you have the right tools, it can be done much faster and much better. However, it’s also important to remember that wood is sensitive. You must follow the right steps to ensure you keep it safe while getting it clean.

At Hydro Tek we offer not only the pressure washers you need but the various accessories you need as well, along with water recycle systems and much more. Read on for a simple guide on how to wash a deck with a pressure washer and then reach out to us if you have additional questions on what equipment would work best for your needs.

Begin by getting yourself and the deck ready

First things first, give the deck a good sweep. Then rinse and wet it down with your garden hose, making sure that it’s thoroughly wet and that all dirt and debris is a thing of the past. To get yourself ready, grab some waterproof clothes, some gloves, and a pair of goggles.

Find the right pressure setting

You’ll use the unloader valve to find the correct pressure setting. If you want a lower pressure, turn the unloader counterclockwise, and turn it clockwise if you want higher pressure. Which is right will depend on the type of wood you have. If your deck is made of a soft wood such as pine, then you’ll need lower water pressure. Start by picking a test spot on your deck and start at around 600 PSI. Go higher if necessary but be careful because you can cause damage if the pressure is too high.

Use the right nozzle

We recommend using a quick connect tip nozzle that has either a 25-degree or 40-degree output. Using a quick-connect option means that you can cover a much larger surface area, which means the job’s going to get done faster. Start out using a back and forth spray motion and stay about two feet above the ground. Don’t let the nozzle get any closer than that to your wood or you may damage it.

Stay safe at all times

As you’re cleaning your deck, there’s nothing so important as keeping your safety in mind. Don’t point the nozzle at another person, at an animal, or at glass. It may seem obvious, but many people have no idea just how powerful a pressure washer is. It can do real damage and cause injuries if sprayed directly at a person.

If you’re interested in cleaning your deck, or using a pressure washer for any other purpose, then it’s a good time to contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . We offer a wide range of options, any one of which may work perfectly for your needs. We’re happy to go over what you plan to use it for and what your goals are in order to find the right package for you. Call today!

Do You Need to Pressure Up High? Then a High Reach Wash Pole is Worth Your Consideration

Do You Need to Pressure Up High? Then a High Reach Wash Pole is Worth Your Consideration

If you have reason to use a pressure washer up high on a regular basis – or even somewhat regularly – then it’s worth your while to check out the best high reach wash pole for your needs. These are about more than simple convenience – they can help make pressure washing significantly safer. Learn what makes our unique high reach wash pole so special and then reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to learn about this and other products we offer.

You get more control and rigidity compared to what you’d find in other options

One of the reasons that this particular 20-foot high reach wash pole works so great is that it has more control and rigidity than your typical extendable wand or telescopic wand. It uses a standard pressure washer trigger gun so you don’t have to turn down the entire pressure washer just to switch to using this high reach wash pole.

Using it is easier than you may think

When you’re ready to use this pressure washer accessory, just put your trigger gun into the holder. Then connect the hose by using the twist connect fitting. That’s it – you’ll be good to go. When you purchase this high reach wash pole from Hydro Tek, we include a comfort brace gun holder, three sections of pole that allow you to easily and quickly adjust to the height for each job you’re doing, and a shoulder strap. You also get a full-length humper hose. This particular high reach wash pole is rated up to 4500 psi and 250 degrees.

Pressure washer high reach wash poles may be more important than you think

If you’re pressuring washing up high there is no better way to safely reach where you need to reach than with a wash pole. This particular option gives you the control and rigidity that’s simply absent from telescopic wands that can only do so much.

This option uses the trigger gun that’s already on your wash skid. You can keep your wash skidding running when you switch, and you can even change guns. Other brands are rated only to 195 F but ours are rated all the way up to 4500 psi and 250 F. As specialists in this field, we’re not interested in bringing you just another high reach wash pole – we bring you nothing but the best.

Turn to us for all your pressure washer accessory needs

No matter what your needs are as they relate to pressure washers, you can count on Hydro Tek to be here for you. We can send you our catalog, walk you through it, or streamline down to the exact parts you need. While other companies may add a few power washer accessories to their vast list of parts, we only work with pressure washers. As a result, we are more knowledgeable about what’s available and what will work best for you. Contact us today at 800-274-9376 to learn more.

 

 

 

 

Learn How You Can Turn Your Pressure Washer into a Sludge, Slurry or Water Evacuation Tool

Learn How You Can Turn Your Pressure Washer into a Sludge, Slurry or Water Evacuation Tool

Your pressure washer, whether a hot water pressure or cold water pressure, offers you or your business so many options. However, certain water pressure accessories available from Hydro Tek can help you turn your pressure washer into an entirely different tool. A great example is our muck scupper and sludge pump. It can help turn your pressure washer into a highly effective water evacuation tool – and a lot more. Read on to learn more and then reach out to us at 800-274-9376 if you have additional questions.

How it works

If you want to turn your pressure washer into a water evacuation tool, a sludge evacuation tool, or a slurry evacuation tool then all you need is our muck scupper and sludge pump. It uses the pressure and energy from the spray of your regular pressure washer wand to create suction. That suction can pull the water – up to 87gpm – through a very heavy wall discharge hose. To put it simply: It harnesses the power of your pressure washer in an entirely new way.

You don’t need other tools to use this

One of the great things about this muck scupper from Hydro Tek is that all you need is your existing one-quarter inch pressure washer wand quick connect coupler. There are no other tools or parts required. We wanted to make this as simple as possible so that as many people as possible could use it. if you have questions, contact us and reference part numbers ANS04 and ANS55.

Our products are made from high-quality materials

This scupper is made from durable stainless steel. As a result, it’s not going to break, it’s not going to rust, and it will not corrode – even when you use it for heavy-duty, commercial and industrial use. It fights tightly into corners and can be used as a scraper to loosen stubborn muck. In fact, our unique design works perfectly at an angle. Compared to other sludge pumps, it can perform 45% better.

These stats are sure to impress you

Just how far up can you extract with this? Up to two stories vertically. The extraction rate is as high as 15 times your pressure washer’s flow rate. There’s often debris left in sump pits and / or troughs, like slurry or small pieces of gravel. You don’t have to worry about that with this accessory – they will flow easily out of the discharge hose. The standard discharge hose included is 15 feet but there are additional hose lengths available from Hydro Tek.

This product has a long list of applications

The list of ways in which this accessory can be used is almost endless. Use it for cleanup and recovery after a flood. Use it to clean out sump pits, troughs, and settling tanks at car washes. When you need to clean a small pool, foundation, or pond, use it to drain them. You can even use this accessory as an alternative to a sump pump. It can suck up chemicals, mud, paint, sludge it – you name it. contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to learn more.

  • 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.