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What do you use to eliminate freezing in a truckmount carpet van?
Tuesday’s Answer:Here are some suggestions for frigid daytime on-the-job protection:
- Leave your van running with the heater on high, initially at each job.
- Transport the solution hose inside the facility or home to keep it warm until you are ready to start cleaning. If needed, run the solution hose inside of a spare vacuum hose to protect from freezing. Never leave wands and sprayers outside as they can freeze in just a few minutes.
- Get your fresh water supply hooked up and the water moving. Make sure you have sink adapters as most outside faucets will be frozen or under snow.
- You can install thick black foam insulation made for water pipes over the feed line or at least in the places where it would touch frozen surfaces.
- Immediately run hot or warm water through the hoses and try to keep the flow going. Better yet, install a water supply tank in your van. Once you are set up, start your truck-mount, close all doors possible, and shut off the van engine.
- Preplan the entire job so solution is always running thru the water supply and solution hoses.
- When finished, reverse the process ... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.
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