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Posted by on 9:50 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintenance Tasks To Keep Your Street Sweeper In Great Shape

If you have recently purchased a street sweeping machine and have acquired a bid through your town or city that allows you to clean the streets, then you are probably looking forward to your new career. You likely understand that your street sweeping machine is your best tool and investment. This means that regular maintenance is required to keep it in good condition. Keep reading to learn about a few tips to help keep your street sweeping machine in great shape. Clean Your Brushes Your street sweeper has a variety of brushes on the bottom and side of your machine. Gutter, rotary, wafer, and strip brushes are a few of the varieties that may sit on your machine. Most of these brushes will be made out of polypropylene materials. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic material that is commonly used to make products like ropes, carpeting, and other plastic materials. This type of plastic is quite strong. However, the thin polypropylene bristles of your sweeper brushes can break off over time. One way to prevent this from happening is to wash your brushes after every use. A gentle car washing solution or dish soap will work best to clear away debris. Rinse with a hose afterwards. When your sweeper is not in use, you should also make sure that your device is placed in a garage or another covered area. While most chemical substances will not cause polypropylene materials to deteriorate, the heat and the UV rays of the sun can cause damage.  Some of your sweeper brushes may have some steel bristles. This is more common for gutter brushes. These brushes should be cleaned and rinsed just like the polypropylene varieties. However, you will also need to add some lubricant to the metal to keep corrosion at bay. Silicone based lubricants are not likely to last long when placed on the metal brushes, so think about using motor oil instead. Lubricate the bristles around once a week or after every cleaning. Also, inspect the brushes for corrosion since rust can transfer to the polypropylene bristles and to the road as well. When you lubricate the metal brushes, think about adding a grease lubricant to the bearings too, that help the brushes spin.  Clear The Sprayers If your street sweeper is a variety that uses water to force debris and dirt off the street, then you will likely need to fill the back tank every week to make sure that you have enough fluids for cleaning purposes. Unfortunately, if the water in your area is hard, like it is in the vast majority of the United States, then calcium and magnesium may clog your water sprayers. This will reduce the volume and intensity of the water that you release when cleaning. To prevent issues, consider cleaning your water sprayers every three to six months. Most sprayers are the small and thin varieties that sit on the front of the sweeper, so place about two cups of vinegar in a small bucket with two cups of water. Allow each sprayer to sit in the mixture for two or three hours. Rinse the sprayers afterwards.  If possible, consider getting a water filter for your machine as well. These filters sit in or near the water pump and help to remove minerals and other foreign materials so they cannot clog...

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Posted by on 6:18 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trouble Breathing After Relocating To A Humid Climate? How Can You Find Relief?

If you’ve recently relocated to the coastal South from a drier, more arid climate, you may have had some trouble adjusting to the high levels of heat and humidity that can occasionally take your breath away. However, for those who deal with real breathing difficulties — such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), asthma, or allergies — this humidity can feel (and be) downright oppressive. Short of returning to your old climate, do you have any options that won’t leave you feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest? Read on to learn more about some of the air conditioning systems and home air treatments that can help you breathe easier in even the most humid climates.   What types of air conditioning can help improve the breathability of humid air? If you feel as though your lungs immediately constrict when exposed to humidity, you may be correct — studies have shown that asthma patients have a nearly instant physiological reaction to hot and humid air, with a level of airway restriction not seen in non-asthma sufferers. Because this physical reaction to humid air is magnified by heat, keeping your home at a cool temperature while minimizing humidity can be key to pulmonary comfort. While most air conditioners work equally well at cooling hot air, some are better than others at removing humidity. An air conditioner’s size (relative to the space to be cooled) and efficiency can be key factors in the amount of moisture it is able to remove. Whether you’re interested in a window air conditioner, a central HVAC unit, or even a swamp cooler, you’ll want to focus your search on a unit that will run fairly constantly during peak periods (rather than an oversized or energy-efficient unit that needs to run less frequently) to ensure that moisture is constantly being removed from the air.   Another key feature you’ll want to look for is a variable cooling unit — by decreasing the speed at which air flows over the compressor to be cooled, you’ll be able to increase the amount of moisture extracted from this hot air. Some newer units even include moisture control sensors that allow you to specify the household humidity level you’d like to achieve. Can an in-home air purifier bring additional relief?  Although switching the type of air conditioner you use can help reduce the average humidity level within your home, you may find that you still have occasional breathing troubles — particularly when coming inside from outside, getting out of the shower, or engaging in other activities that involve a sudden and extreme temperature change. If this is the case, you may benefit from the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier along with an air filter or purifier. If you’ve ever used a warm-mist or cool-mist humidifier to help ease a croupy child’s breathing, you’re already familiar with how this device operates. A dehumidifer operates in reverse, using a compressor to extract moisture from the surrounding air and deposit it into a canister to be periodically emptied. When using a dehumidifier in your home for the first time, you may be amazed at the amount of excess moisture this small machine can extract on a daily basis — especially when considering how much of this moisture may have previously made its way...

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