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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.

Three Fast Facts About Pressure Washing That Most People Don’t Know

Three Fast Facts About Pressure Washing That Most People Don’t Know

Whether you have decades of experience pressure washing or you are considering buying your first pressure washer, there are some things you likely don’t know. Keep reading to uncover three fast facts about pressure washers that could be surprising. If you are ready to find out more about how to buy the best pressure washer for your needs, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 for help.

  1. Pressure Washing Can Be a Solution for Allergies
  2. When you think of wellness options and ways to fight allergies, finding a pressure washer dealer is not likely the first idea that comes to mind. However, using a pressure washer regularly can actually help prevent and fight allergies along with other illnesses. Consider that, throughout the world, mold and pollen are two of the most common allergens. Siding, roofs, and other parts of the home often catch pollen. If you can wash your home on a regular basis, you can get rid of these allergens that would otherwise make it into your home.

    Mold and mildew are other common allergens that can cause serious reactions. The best way to handle these potentially life-threatening substances is to clean the surfaces and then disinfect. A pressure washer is an integral part of this process.

  3. A Pressure Washer Helps You Say Goodbye to Algae, Lichens, and Other Irritants
  4. Since most people don’t spend much time walking around on their roof, they have no idea that algae, moss, lichens, and other irritants love to live there. These may seem out of mind, but if you do not get rid of them, they could damage the shingles on your roof. These organisms actually use your shingles as a source of food – and once they start it is very difficult to make them stop.

    That is where a pressure washer comes in. All it takes is a soft pressure set with the right chemical and they will be killed and gone. You can also treat your roof and other areas with chemicals that can prevent these allergens from re-growing. Once again, the best way to do this is with a pressure washer.

  5. Pressure Washers Can Keep You and Everyone Else at Your Home Safer
  6. While the main reason people choose pressure washers is that they want to clean their home, concrete, or another area, there is a great side effect: Cleaning your concrete and wood can reduce the risk of falling. You can clean off your patio, deck, sidewalk, and around pools – all areas that can be slippery when wet. This is especially helpful for extra-slippery surfaces like those with algae or mold. You no longer have to walk on the surface to clean int.

If you have questions about how a pressure washer can help you at your home or business contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 for help.

Follow These Five Steps to Reduce or Eliminate Germs with a Hot Water Pressure Washer

Follow These Five Steps to Reduce or Eliminate Germs with a Hot Water Pressure Washer

Covid-19 might be encouraging companies and individuals to find ways to reduce germs but the need has been here all along. At Hydro Tek we are proud to offer hot water pressure washers for residential and industrial use. Keep reading to learn about the five steps we recommend you follow so that these high-quality hot water pressure washers can kill as many germs as possible. Call us at 800-274-9376 with any questions.

  1. Start with a Plan
  2. Before you get started, take stock of what you have and what you are cleaning. Will a hot water pressure washer be enough or will you need a professional water pressure washer? You can get an honest assessme6tn by contacting Hydro Tek. You should also determine what disinfectants or cleaners you will need, and how you will get rid of or recycle water once the cleaning is complete.

  3. Set the Right Cleaning Pressure
  4. Every job is unique and every job requires you to find the right cleaning pressure. You will take into consideration a number of factors including how much dirt is on the surface, if there is any oil or grease on the surface, and more. You will also consider the surface itself and how much pressure it can stand without being damaged.

  5. Set the Right Temperature
  6. The hotter you set the water, the more germs and bacteria can be killed. Generally speaking, you are looking for a temperature between 185 – 212F to get rid of much of the bacteria. If you want to get rid of all germs then you will need to go up to 311F. Consider the surface type and make sure it can handle the temperature you choose.

  7. Find the Right Detergent
  8. Depending on the surface and what you are trying to remove, hot water may be enough. In other cases, you may need to add detergent. Before making a choice, consider the local and statewide requirements and recommendations on what you can and cannot use. When you get the right detergent, soak the surface in it for the recommended amount of time.

  9. Rinse Your Surface and Apply Disinfectant
  10. Once it has had time to soak properly, soak the surface with hot water/steam. Remove as much dirt as you can. Remember that while cleaning is essential, it just part of the equation – you should also add disinfectant. Choose one that is okay to use with the material you are using it.

If you need help selecting the best hot water pressure washer to use or the right detergent to use with it, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . We offer not just the machines themselves but many accessories, vacuums, water recycling systems, and more.

Can You Name the Top Three Benefits of Cleaning with Hot Water?

Can You Name the Top Three Benefits of Cleaning with Hot Water?

At Hydro Tek we offer both cold and hot water pressure washers. They both have their advantages and their place. However, there are some significant benefits to using hot water to clean with. Do you know what they are? Keep reading to find out and then contact us at 800-274-9376 if you are ready to learn more about the available hot water pressure washers and accessories.

  1. You Get Better, Faster Results
  2. Put simply, hot water cleaning is more efficient than other options. Consider this: Do you wash your dishes at home with hot water or cold water? If you are like most people, you wash your dishes with hot water and for good reason – it is the best, fastest way to get your dishes clean.

    This is true with hot and cold water pressures too. One study showed that hot water could reduce the time it took to clean a surface by as much as 40%. In other instances in which the main substances to be cleaned were oils, fats, and grease, hot water was found to be four times as efficient as cold water.

  3. Hot Water Can Reduce Bacteria and Viruses
  4. You can’t turn on the news or look at the internet without being inundated with news on how you can reduce bacteria and viruses in your home and workplace. While there are many false claims being made, one tried and true option has been used for decades and continues to work: Hot water. One study showed that cleaning a surface with clean water had zero effect on the amount of bacteria on it. When the temperature was raised to 140F bacteria was reduced by 90% and at 176F the bacteria was reduced by 97%.

  5. Hot Water Requires Fewer Resources to Be Consumed
  6. There are three ways that hot water uses fewer resources than cold water. First, it is efficient, as discussed above. The faster you can get a surface clean, the less water you use. Second, it requires less energy due to its shorter cleaning time. Finally, many companies and individuals who use hot water to clean their homes or properties are able to clean without any chemicals. This is great for groundwater, the environment, and the eco-system overall. However, note that if you want to sanitize, you will need to use a sanitizer.

Get Help Finding the Right Hot Water Pressure Washer for Your Needs

If you are ready to get started then we invite your call to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . Whether you know exactly what you need or you need our expert advice, we are standing by to get you what you need. Call or email us today.

Food and Beverage Processing Plants Need the Sanitization Power That Comes with Hot Water Pressure Washers

Food and Beverage Processing Plants Need the Sanitization Power That Comes with Hot Water Pressure Washers

There may never have been a crisis that better highlights how important it is for every production facility and processing plant to take all necessary steps to sanitize their property. When you work with Hydro Tek, you are working with a company that can provide truly innovative solutions for your maintenance and sanitation needs. Keep reading for more information and then contact us at 800-274-9376 if you need advice or to place an order for a hot water pressure washer.

We Have Worked with Many Different Industries

We know you have options. We know there are other companies out there that claim they offer similar products. However, the truth is that we offer truly innovative options for those in a wide range of industries. Some of the companies we’ve worked in the past have needed equipment for their bakeries, food production plants, and processing facilities. We understand your unique needs and can help you locate the exact products you need.

We Can Help You Get Rid of Soil, Grease, and Much More

We can help with all types of food production markets, but we specialize in cleaning products for production lines, packaging machinery, and conveyor belts. Do you need to get rid of soil? Do you have grease issues? Are you looking for a cleaning solution to your overspray problems? Do you want to make sure you are doing everything possible to remove allergens – all while increasing efficiency on your processing? We can help.

Tell Us What Your Needs Are and We Can Find the Right Solutions

Other companies sell a host of machinery and while their workers may know a little bit about every one of those machines, we know a lot about every item we have. That’s because we specialize in this field. Whether you know exactly the product you need or you are stuck and need expert advice, we are standing by to provide you with the exceptional customer service you should expect.

Work with the Company That Has the Exact Experience You Need

As you consider which company to work with, remember that at Hydro Tek we understand the food and beverage processing industry. We know the language. We know the regulations and the needs of your company. You do not have to spend time explaining what is important or what you need to find – we have you covered.

If you are ready to learn more about sanitization options and you need an expert in pressure washing, then it is time to contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 .

  • 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.