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7 Year-End Maintenance Tips You Must Do For Your Equipment

Camille Landry posted this on Dec 27, 2016

2016 has come and gone and if you’ve been an avid DIY’er when it comes to pest control applications and lawn care or a Pest Control Professional, you may have had a busy year. Just taking one look at your equipment can make it obvious. If your equipment looks like it’s been through a lot, give yourself a pat on the back because that means you’ve been working hard and hopefully it’s led to satisfying results (especially if you’re using Solutions products and following our How-To guides). 


However, the next thing you must do--especially with the new year upon us--is engage is some much-needed equipment maintenance to ensure your equipment will be in tip-top shape for the new year. Here are some crucial to-do’s to keep your equipment and operations at it’s best:


1.  Get all the Gunk out


If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned out your spraying equipment, it’s been too long. Flush out all the solution from your sprayers and clean out the tank.  Flush the system with clean water.  You may need to use compressed air to blow out lines.  Dirt, grit, grime, oil and other buildup can minimize the effectiveness of your sprayer so this is very important and shouldn’t take you much time.


2. Perform a Personal Vehicle Inspection


This is great time to carry out some thorough vehicle inspections.  Is all of your equipment in good, working order?  Is equipment stored in the correct location?  Are baits and glue boards protected from contamination?  Is everything neat and organized?  If your vehicle and the equipment stored in it is a wreck, that is not a good look for the professional image you are trying to show off to your customers. Invest in Preventative Maintenance. We certainly can help with the parts and pieces we carry here.


3.  Invest in Preventative Maintenance

Even the best and most durable equipment can experience wear and tear so show your equipment some TLC by performing some preventative maintenance. Don’t wait for your equipment to fail to do something about it because that usually happens when you need it working the most. Slow times of the year (like NOW) are the best times to perform preventative maintenance.   Don’t wait for the busy season to perform preventative maintenance – your mechanics or equipment vendors will also be busy so the equipment will be down longer when you can least afford it.



4.  Prevent your Equipment from Getting Freeze Damaged


Ensure spray equipment is protected from freeze damage.  Store equipment in heated locations or remove components such as pumps, guns and filters to prevent freezing or otherwise protect your equipment.  Never start frozen equipment or pour hot water on it to de-ice it.



5. Out With The Old, In With The New


In the event that you see a hose, gasket, fitting or other part that is worn, don't sit tight for it to conk out on you, replace it. You most likely would need to do so anyway. Milking old equipment until the “wheels fall off” isn’t very wise since it’ll likely fail on you when you are busy and this will not only hurt your business but it’ll make you look irresponsible.  We are astounded by the amount of pros who have to interrupt their work day for a minor repair on equipment they should have got rid of ages ago.



6.  Retrain your Techs


Slow times of the year can be an excellent time for training/retraining/up-training.  Just because you showed Bob how to do something his first day on the job, doesn’t mean Bob is still doing the job properly since day 1.  Poor technician practices are a cause of a substantial number of equipment repairs.  Reinforcing safety procedures, product labels, proper equipment usage, etc., is always a good to-do for the good of your company.



7.  Ride along with your techs


When’s the last time you’ve been in a ride along with your techs? These can be a great way to see how your technicians are doing their jobs, talking to your customers and up-selling.  You can observe how the equipment is working and can use the one-on-one time to get ideas from technicians on what you can do to improve equipment, policies, procedures, equipment, and operations in general.


Carry out these vital slow-season tips and you’ll be ready for 2017 clicking on all cylinders.


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