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I generally wait until fall/winter to really push pressure washing. Everything slows down a little in the winter, especially during the holidays. In my experience at least.
Do you suggest using that in your marketing material? Saying something like 'now is the time to pressure wash your ...... things have slowed down and its a great time to cleanup and prepare for the new year?'

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Do you suggest using that in your marketing material? Saying something like 'now is the time to pressure wash your ...... things have slowed down and its a great time to cleanup and prepare for the new year?'

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Thats a great idea Steve. I get postcards from my mortgage broker several times per year letting me know of new services and interest rates and what not. I have really wanted to do this but we have had to just about cut back on all marketing other than the ad in the paper because right now we just cant afford it.
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There are two products, one is called Moss Buster which you can buy online and the other Moss Be Gone, sprayed on, both will actually fall off in the rain, we spray, give it a day, come back and pressure wash off.

Unless it's say 45 or below we will pressure wash.
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FYI for commercial jobs they will want the gum removed. Unless you know how, it will require hot water to remove. Cold water and high pressure will damage the concrete.

Go out and sell the job and then rent a pressure washer for the job. I have rented them for as little as $40 for 1/2 a day. You can also rent a surface cleaner which makes it much faster and a hot water unit if you need to.
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Not a bad idea. I would love to own my equipment but renting one might be a good way to start out.
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There are two products, one is called Moss Buster which you can buy online and the other Moss Be Gone, sprayed on, both will actually fall off in the rain, we spray, give it a day, come back and pressure wash off.

Unless it's say 45 or below we will pressure wash.

Will the moss products kill lawns. I do roofs and driveways close to lawns that always have moss on time thick.
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Will the moss products kill lawns. I do roofs and driveways close to lawns that always have moss on time thick.
No it will not hurt anything

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it will require hot water to remove.
What's the best way to created the hot water on a job site?
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not sure where your from, but in the winter here some pressure wash logging trucks, semis, etc. as the sand and salt from the roads build up on them. Check around with some local companies that use this type of equipment. Check on a rental unit and maybe you can hook up with a local company and go from there.

They have units with a kerosene heater to heat the water, just have to drain the lines and everything at night so it doesn't freeze unless you have a heated garage.
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To answer your question Steve, There are pressure washers with heaters built in and there are add on heating units that you can use for a cold water pressure washer. There is a series of tubes that the water flows through and acts as a heat exchanger because they are positioned in the combustion chamber of the burner. Most of the burners you will see are Beckett (in my opinion the best burner out there) and these are identical, except in size, to what you would find on an oil fired boiler.

I used to work on these burners daily in Alaska. You set the temp gauge and when you pull the trigger the burner fires off and heats the water. Most cleaning can be done between 120 and 180 degrees with some systems going well above 200 degrees.

Some burners require 110v AC for operation while others are totally self contained and run on 12v DC for burner operation.
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