We know that purchasing and operating your hydro-jetting equipment is a significant investment, which means it’s important to know how to prolong the lifespan of your machine. The best way to ensure its ongoing quality is with proper maintenance.Being able to take care of issues while they’re minor helps you to avoid costly repairs or replacements. It also prevents any disruptions in your work and the accomplishment of a solution for your client.
Read below for expert tips on how to properly maintain your hydro jetting machines.
Regular Maintenance Checks on Your Hydro Jetters
Hydro jetters benefit immensely from proactive maintenance checks. All jetting machines should receive inspections and maintenance at a minimum of once a year, if not more depending on usage. You may be able to do these yourself or you can bring your machine in for our jetting machine services offered at the Georgia or California office, or at various dealers located around the US.
Various components should be inspected, and below is a (non-exhaustive) guideline for what to check and how often.
Every Jet Job – Prior to Operation
- Check your hose(s) for any damage or rips. Do not use a damaged hose, this is extremely dangerous.
- Check your water filter bowl & mesh filter to ensure it is clear of any debris. Make sure you check the inside of the mesh filter as that is where debris will collect. Clear any debris you find inside the filters.
- Make sure sock filter is present and clean
- Check oil levels for the pump (using pump site gauge) and engine (using dipstick). Refill if needed.
Regularly (Approx. Every 30 Hours)
- Check your pump mounting and adjustment bolts – tighten them once a month to protect your belt from getting loose and shredding as a result
- Inspect your nozzles for wear and tear. Frequently used nozzles will wear more quickly and result in less efficient jobs.
- Check frame for any cracks
- Check brakes (when applicable) by hooking trailer to a truck and verifying they are stopping appropriately
- If you have hydraulic brakes, check your hydraulic reservoir to ensure it is still full of liquid
- Check safety chains for any weak or worn areas
Keep the Unit Clean
Professionals know that jetting services clear intense blockages from pipes and drains. These blockages consist of dirt, debris, grease, and more, which are prone to build up on your machine, nozzles, and hoses. While the day-to-day build-up may seem harmless, over time it can begin to affect your machine’s performance and efficiency. Regularly cleaning your jetter and frequently used jet tools will extend the life of your equipment and the safety of your team from any cross contamination from your jobs.
Proper Winterization for Sewer Jetters
As the colder months arrive, it’s important to take extra steps to prevent weather-related damage to your equipment. Water that’s left in your jetters can freeze, which causes significant damage. It is critical to run anti-freeze through your jetter to ensure that no frozen water damages your equipment. US Jetting provides instruction for how to anti-freeze your unit on our YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/XSEflVSRYqA
Don’t Hesitate to Consult Professionals
If you encounter issues that are out of your scope of knowledge, it’s best to consult professionals. Follow the manufacturing guidelines in your manual or reach out to US Jetting for personalized service for the exact issue you are experiencing.
At US Jetting, we help you make sure your jetting machines are maintained properly and kept in optimum condition. Let us help maximize your machine’s efficiency when offering jetting services! Call us today or request a service now.
In addition to providing jetting service across the US, we also offer sewer jetters for sales and sewer jetter rentals. Ask your USJ representative for more details.