How much money would you lose if you were forced to spend a day waiting on parts to repair your machine? What about a week? Even if you follow routine maintenance diligently, you will always have occasional part failures or damages that could negatively impact your work flow. This is why it’s important that you are preparing your business for the worst before a problem occurs. Do you keep several spare parts in your shop or on your rig? Here are a few suggestions that could help minimize costly down time and keep you out serving your customers and making profit.
Part Failures that Could Cost You
1. A trigger gun
This is an item that, if it fails, you can’t do without. Having a backup on hand could mean the difference between staying on schedule and missing jobs.
2. Spray Nozzles
Spray nozzles will wear out after so many uses and you won’t be able to wash without them. Nozzles are available in many different sizes and configurations, so it is best to have a few extras in a variety of sizes you typically use.
Due to their thin nature, o-rings can fail at any time as they wear down. This can cause leaks and reduce pressure when they break or weaken. Not all o-rings are the same, the materials they are made with vary depending on use. For example, there are o-rings made specifically for chemical resistance and o-rings for high temperatures that are made from silicone. Be sure to have extras in your tool box should one break during a job.
4. Pressure Hoses
Hoses can often be damaged or fail during a job. To keep from having to leave the job before it is finished you should always carry a spare hose with you. Pressure hoses are available for a number of different pressures and in a variety of lengths, so it is a good idea to keep a few of your favorite hoses at the ready.
5. Pressure Relief Valves
These valves often fail as they get older. While proper maintenance can ensure they stay in working order longer, a damaged valve could lead to a failure in another part of your system, like your hose or trigger gun. Keeping an extra in your toolbox could save your system and prevent even more repairs
The parts in this article are just a few common items that could fail on your system, but any part failures could cause you to lose time on the job. What parts do you always keep a backup of? Has it ever meant the difference between lost work? Tell us in the comments! For more ways to prepare your business for the worst, just call us at 1-800-878-3808 today. We have exclusively worked with mobile cleaning contractors for 40 years and we’ve seen it all. Get a free quote or policy review to ensure your business will have the proper coverage should a claim occur and be sure to ask about any discounts you may qualify for to save you even more!