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The best way to safely clean Gutters

Friday, 4 March 2016 12:20:09 Europe/London

KIAM GUTTER VAC POLE SYSTEM

The traditional method of gutter cleaning was dangerous & foolhardy at best... climbing a ladder and to scoop the debris from the gutters using one hand while standing on the ladder holding on with the other, also trying to hold a bag or bucket.

The new Kiam Gutter Vac & Pole system is recommended for Safe, easy cleaning of gutters.

The system comprises of the Triple motor - Super powerful Kiam KV80 wet & dry GutterVac; offering 3600 watt of suction power for the effortless removal of moss, sludge, leaves & roof debri from gutters. Inorder to reach to those scary heights - theres no need for a dangerous ladder... simply couple the Kiam gutter pole together to the required length, and attach the 135 degree silicone bend & suction tool - to easily scoop up the debri inside the gutter.

The poles are made from aerospace grade aluminium weighing just 715 grams each, and come complete with Kiam "Twist & Lock" clamps to hold the poles in place. The 40' gutter pole kit allows the operator to clean gutters up to 3 storeys high - all from the safety of the ground.

The vacuum kit comprises of... Removable Washable Easyclean Dust Filter (Dry Use) - Heavy Duty Suction Hose (40mm Ø X 5000mm) - Chrome Plated Metal Tube - Dry Floor Nozzle - Wet Floor Nozzle - Crevice Tool - Dust Brush AND the pole system includes... includes 9 * 1.2m aluminium poles,

1 * 135 degree u bend

8 * clamp connectors

1 * wide nozzle attachment

1 * narrow nozzle attachment

1 * 40 - 51mm hose adapter

2 * large jubilee clips

With this pole set combined with your Kiam wet and dry vacuum you can now access areas that where previously inaccessible and clean gutters safely and effectively.

The Kiam Gutter vac pole system is used by contractors and direct labour to clean Gutters, Ledges and Beams at Airports, Universities, Schools, Local Authority Properties, MOD Properties, Government Buildings, London Underground Stations, National Rail Stations, Hospitals, Industrial Estates, Housing Estates, Blocks of Flats, Detached, Semi Detached and Terraced Houses.

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

Manchester Cleaning Show 2016

Friday, 4 March 2016 12:20:09 Europe/London

Manchester Cleaning Show

On April 6th & 7th Edward & I exhibited all the Kiam Cleaning Equipment at the inaugral Manchester Cleaning show 2016. The doors opened at 9.30am, with lots of people flooding in. The Show had been featured that morning on BBC Breakfast with the host; Steph McGovern driving around on a scrubber drier, and speaking to various exhibtors about the Cleaning Industry.

From 9.30 - 3.00pm Ted & I were speaking to customers one after another - with no time to get a cup of tea, let alone lunch!

I must apologise to those of you that hung around waiting your turn to discuss the equipment and the great show offers we had on the day.

(You'll note from the website - that weve reduced our website prices to that of the advertised Show Prices for the foreseeable future.)

Most popular items been discussed were the new 40' gutter poles & vacuum systems. On viewing the kit in the flesh it was obvious to customers - that the Kiam equipment is well built, and offers much better value for money compared to the neighbouring competition. We also received many sales of the petrol & diesel pressure washers to Professional patio cleaners too.

It was good to see so many of our old customers to discuss their current & future cleaning needs.

The next show is in London - then back to Manchester in 2018 - so make sure you come along - or checkout our kiam website for the best deals.

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Posted By Jonathan Paxton

Which Diesel Pressure Washer?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016 13:50:00 Europe/London

 

Which Diesel Pressure Washer?

Which Diesel Pressure Washer.

Choosing a Diesel powered pressure washer offers you the ultimate power & performance available from a high pressure cleaner.

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Diesel Engines

Engine sizes vary from 7 to 10 HP units, the 10 horse power unit being the most popular in the UK. They are 4 stroke engines which means, they need oil in the engine sump. Diesel engines give much better torque than petrol engines and are widely used where longlife & heavy duty use is required. Diesel engines are also more economical on fuel; so where long periods of use are involved this can be a cost advantage. Sometimes they are coupled directly to the high pressure pump, though some can have a reduction gearbox in between.

reduction gearbox kiam A Reduction gearbox is usually found on the more powerful models where the intended use is for long hours and heavy duty work. The other benefit of a reduction gearbox is that the pump runs at a much slower rpm (1400 rpm) meaning that it is easier for the pump to suck water from a standing source ( water tank)  - so theres no need for a mains supply.

Pump Types.

Industrial Pumps are normally made from Brass, and are of two types... the Axial design ( on smaller machines) and the popular crank pump, featuring 3 pistons that are normally fitted to heavier duty diesel machines.

The power of the pressure washer pump is determined by the operating pressure and the amount of water it can pump. Pressure is measured in either Bar or PSI (pound per square inch) with one Bar equal to 14.5 psi. Water flow is measured in L/m (litres per minute). The combination of the pressure & flow rate is what gives you the cleaning power. One is no good without the other.

Starting Methods.

Diesel engines can be started by a pull cord, or usually by electric key start. It is normal to hold down the compression lever for a few seconds whilst turning the key over, inorder to spin up the engine off load, to help it start easily.

Uses.

For Industrial cleaning jobs... as the saying goes .. " the bigger the better". So the 10 Hp engined units will give the best performance; up to 3500psi @ 15 litres per minute. At these pressures - they'll shift heavy dirt & debri from agricultural plant, boats, HGV's & industrial equipment. Their most popular use would be for Professional Driveway Cleaning; where the pressure washer will be used for up to 8 hours a day, giving reliable, powerful performance.

The other benefit of greater performance is the fact that any accessories you connect to the petrol pressure washer - such as a drain cleaner, turbo nozzle or rotary cleaner - will work far better on a more powerful machine. This means you'll get the job done a lot quicker too.

 

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

Which Petrol Pressure Washer?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016 12:09:00 Europe/London

 

Which petrol Pressure Washer?

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Choosing a Petrol Pressure Washer.

If youre considering purchasing a petrol driven pressure washer, you've probably already used an electric machine in the past, and realised you need more power or greater independence from a power source.

Petrol Engines

Most petrol engined power washers will give you just that. Engine sizes vary from 6.5 Hp, 7, 9, 13 & 14 HP units. They are usually 4 stroke engines which means, they need oil in the engine sump. Usually they are coupled directly to the high pressure pump, though some can have a reduction gearbox in between.

A Reduction gearbox is usually found on the more powerful models where the intended use is for long hours and heavy duty work. The other benefit of a reduction gearbox is that the pump runs at a much slower rpm (1400 rpm) meaning that it is easier for the pump to suck water from a standing source ( water tank)  - so theres no need for a mains supply.

Pump Types. axial pump  petrol washer crank pump

Industrial Pumps are normally made from Brass, and are of two types... the Axial design ( on smaller machines) and the popular crank pump, featuring 3 pistons that are normally fitted to heavier duty machines.

The power of the pressure washer pump is determined by the operating pressure and the amount of water it can pump. Pressure is measured in either Bar or PSI (pound per square inch) with one Bar equal to 14.5 psi. Water flow is measured in L/m (litres per minute). The combination of the pressure & flow rate is what gives you the cleaning power. One is no good without the other.

Uses.

For general cleaning around the home, or for cleaning cars, bikes & garden machinery; a 6.5 or 7 HP model will be sufficient - giving pressures of 2800 - 3000 psi @ around 12 litres per minute.

For Industrial cleaning jobs... as the saying goes .. " the bigger the better". So 9, 13 or 14 Hp engined units will give the best performance; up to 3500psi @ 15 litres per minute. At these pressures - they'll shift heavy dirt & debri from agricultural plant, boats, HGV's & industrial equipment. Their most popular use would be for Professional Driveway Cleaning; where the pressure washer will be used for up to 8 hours a day, giving reliable, powerful performance.

The other benefit of greater performance is the fact that any accessories you connect to the petrol pressure washer - such as a drain cleaner, turbo nozzle or rotary cleaner - will work far better on a more powerful machine. This means you'll get the job done a lot quicker too.

 

 

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

Hoses Leaking?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016 09:50:00 Europe/London

 

Hoses Leaking?

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Theres nothing more infuriating than getting soaked, and losing pressure due to a leaking coupling on the trigger gun or hose. A leaking coupling can also cause no end of damage to an electric pressure washer thats fitted with shutdown... as the machine will be constantly switching on & off and "surging".

Theres usually an easy solution to this problem...

If you pressure washer is leaking from a coupling... turn off the water & disconnect the coupling. Have a look inside the female quick release connector - as this houses an internal O Ring that forms a water tight seal. If this is split, perished or missing, the coupling will leak, and can cause the pressure to drop at the nozzle. Make sure you have a close look inside as sometimes theyre difficult to spot.

You will find these quick release couplings on the outlet of the high pressure pump, on the high pressure hose, and also at the end of the lance - where the nozzles attach into.

You can purchase a set of replacement O Rings from the website... Always handy to have; to avoid such problems.

o ring kit

 

12 Piece O RING KIT for pressure washer coupling on trigger gun, lance coupling, pressure pump outlet coupling & high pressure hose coupling.
Includes TWO of each of the following...
Yellow = OD14 / ID 8.6mm
Green = OD14 / ID 9.8mm
Red = OD15.6 / ID 10mm
Blue = OD18 / ID 12.7mm
Pump inlet filter washer steel mesh washer

 

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

Using a Drain cleaning Hose

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:47:00 Europe/London

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Using A Drain Cleaning Hose

How does a Drain Cleaner work?

The Kiam drain cleaning nozzle has three rear facing high-pressure jets that push the hose smoothly through the drainpipe and clear the blockage. The flexible 15 m high quality hoses are reinforced with textile braiding and are highly flexible to ensure they can go around tight bends. The hose is designed to connect to your trigger gun via the univeral male M22 coupling (22mm) giving you hand control of the drain cleaning hose for added safety.

Why do I need a Drain Cleaner?

When unpleasant odours are found in the bathroom or around the kitchen sink, there is sometimes a problem with your drains. The odour begins to form in the vicinity of the plughole, but can spread throughout the whole house. In the worst case, the pipes are so blocked that the water or waste water stops draining completely.

Drain cleaners can also be used to clean gutters - this can be done from the top of the gutter down - or push the hose up the gutter outlet; sitch the pressure washer On - and watch the hose disappear vertically up the gutter drainpipe; cleaning as it goes.

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Posted By Jonathan Paxton

How to bleed air from a high pressure pump.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:36:00 Europe/London

KIAM PRESSURE WASHER PUMP

How to bleed a pressure washer pump?

 Sometimes it is necessary to bleed / prime a high pressure water pump - in order to make it suck water from a standing source ( water tank)

If you are wanting to suck water from a tank; you must ensure the following...

Firstly,ensure that the high pressure hose, trigger gun & lance is disconected from the high pressure pump.

Connect the water supply to the inlet of the pressure washer, and turn On the water supply.

Pointing the outlet away from anything you dont want to get wet, start the pressure washer, and any air trapped in the pump should be pushed out. This may take a few minutes.

It will help if you can also raise the water tank above the height of the pressure washer inlet to ensure the unit is gravity fed.

Once you see a steady stream of water coming from the pump outlet, turn off your machine and connect the high pressure hose, gun & lance to the pump outlet, and restart the pressure washer.

The unit should now pull water from the tank.

If the unit is run out of water - you may have to blled the system again.

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

Choosing a high pressure Nozzle size

Monday, 14 December 2015 15:20:38 Europe/London

 

Choosing a Nozzle size QR nozzlessteel nozzle Turbo nozzle

Choosing the correct size nozzle.

To choose the correct size nozzle for your pressure washer - you will need to know the flowrate of the pump - this is usually rated in litres per minute, and can be found in the hand book or on the silver specification plate on the side of most pressure washers.

You'll also need to know the maximum operating pressure of the pump too. This is noted in either PSI or Bar ( if its noted in PSI; simply divide by 15 to get it into Bar)

Refer to the Nozzle Chart linked here to choose the correct nozzle to suit your pressure & flow.

As an example a pressure washer of 150  bar @ 15 litres per minute - should be fitted with an 055 nozzle size.

Wrong Nozzle Size.

 If the nozzle fitted is too small - it can put back pressure on the pump and cause damage to the pump, unloader valve & put extra strain on the motor or engine. This inturn can cause fuses to be brown on motors, and engines to excessively vibrate. So it is very important to ensure the correct size nozzle is fitted.

If you are unsure which one to order - call us on 0151 548 5500, with your pump pressure & flowrate to hand, and we can advise.

Fan width.

 The first two digits marked on the nozzle usually determine the fan width. For instance a 15055 nozzle would be a 15 degree fan jet with a 055 jet size.

With the Quick release nozzles - some are colour coded - for instance...

Red = 0 degree needle jet

Yellow = 15 degree fan jet

Green = 25 degree fan jet

White = 40 degree fan jet

Black = 80 degree detergent nozzle ( low pressure)

 

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

Turbo Nozzles

Monday, 14 December 2015 10:14:54 Europe/London

 

Turbo NozzlesTurbo nozzle

 

 

 How does a Turbo Nozzle work?

A turbo nozzle is usually made from a brass housing with a ceramic nozzle, that produces a fine needle jet. The body of the housing is designed so that the jet of water rotates on exiting the nozzle, and produces a very powerful spinning jet.

Specification.

Most Turbo nozzles will fit all standard lances with 1/4” male threaded end, (and includes a 1/4" male quick release coupling too) AND ALL KIAM petrol & Diesel pressure washers, and most other American & Chinese, Snap=On connectors. (If your connection is different, call us on 0151 548 5500, and we can supply an adaptor for you)

Rotary nozzle with rotating pencil jet, not switchable. 85 C - 185 F

The unit comes in a ribbed rubber cover for added protection against damage

There are several different nozzle sizes depending on what size you need for your specific machine. This is determined by the flowrate of you pump & maximum operating pressure. Please see Nozzle Chart here. If you are unsure which one to order - call us on 0151 548 5500, with your pump pressure & flowrate to hand, and we can advise.

Uses.

Turbo nozzles are widely accepted as one of the most useful accessories to add on your pressure washer. They give much improved performance with up to 50% increase in cleaning power - or put simply... they can Half the cleaning time as opposed to using a standard fan jet.

They are used by professional driveway cleaning companies in removal of moss & grass from between block paving & paving stones. In industry for knocking off loose paint from steelwork & brick, by plant & machinery dealers in shifting heavy mud & muck from tracked vehicles & equipment. In the marine industry cleaning boats hulls, removing barnacles, and where ever extra power is needed for the heaviest cleaning jobs.

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

The Importance of a Thermal Safety Valve

Monday, 14 December 2015 10:14:54 Europe/London

 

Thermal Safety Valve

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 The importance of fitting a Thermal Safety Valve

Its always adviseable to fit a thermal safety valve to your commercial high pressure pump for peace of mind and pump reliability. This inexpensive valve is designed to bleed warm water out of a pump once the internal pump temperature goes above 50 C.

This can easily happen if the operator leaved the machine running with the trigger gun closed, and water recirculating around the pump. Due to friction the water temperature will increase and if left, can damage the pump seals - allowing the water to penetrate the oil, so damaging the pump.

Specification.

The valve is fitted to one of the side connections on the brass pump head - this is usually a 19mm female outlet.

It will fit the full range of Kiam pumps - and is normally fitted as Standard from new.

It will also fir most other pumps from Interpump, CAT, AR, FAIP, Lavorwash, Kranzle too.

You can see the valve fitted to the bottom right side of the pump below.

valve on pump

http://kiamproducts.co.uk/cleaning/pressure-washer/part-accessory/thermal-safety-valve-for-pressure-washer-pump.html

 

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

How do I start my Pressure Washer?

Friday, 11 December 2015 15:36:12 Europe/London

KIAM PRESSURE WASHER

How do I start my pressure washer?

 

Petrol Pressure washers.

Check that both oil levels in the pump & petrol engine are at the correct levels. ( Refer to Manufacturers Instruction Manual)

Ensure the transport plug has been removed from the top of the pump & replaced with the breather plug. Ensure the pressure washer is on solid, level ground.

Fill the fuel tank with Unleaded petrol.

Connect the pump inlet to a garden hose & outside tap.

Connect the pump outlet to the 10m high pressure hose using the quick-release connectors.

Connect the trigger gun & lance to the high pressure hose.

Now turn the water On.

 

On the engine; move the throttle lever to full (rabbit sign), move the fuel lever to On, and move the Choke lever to On.

Switch the red On/Off switch to On.

Depress and hold the trigger on the spray wand to relieve any built-up pressure within the pump and continue to hold the trigger while pulling the engine start cord.

Using the pull starter; give the recoil starter a long, strong pull to start the engine.

On Starting; insert the preferred power nozzle in the end of the lance and pull the trigger to start cleaning.

After starting the engine, regulate the choke back down to the closed position to close off the airflow to the engine.

Helpful Tips.

It is advisable, whilst pulling the pull start with one hand, to have the other hand pressing the trigger gun. his ensures there is no buildup of back pressure in the pump on start-up, as this can make the pull starting feel stiff.

 

Diesel Pressure washers.

Check that both oil levels in the pump & diesel engine are at the correct levels. if fitted with a gearbox Reduction system check level of oil in gearbox too. ( Refer to Manufacturers Instruction Manual)

Ensure the transport plug has been removed from the top of the pump & replaced with the breather plug. Ensure the pressure washer is on solid, level ground.

If the unit is fitted with a battery (electric start) ensure the terminal connections are tight, and the battery is fully charged.

Fill the fuel tank with diesel.

Connect the pump inlet to a garden hose & outside tap.

Connect the pump outlet to the 10m high pressure hose using the quick-release connectors.

Connect the trigger gun & lance to the high pressure hose.

Now turn the water On.

On the diesel engine; move the throttle lever to full (this can usually be locked in position), move the fuel lever to On.

Recoil Start.

Pull the recoil rope fully out - and you will see the decompression lever on the top of the engine lift up. Next, hold down the decompression lever with one hand, and pull the recoil starter; letting the decompression lever go at the same time. They usually need a strong pull to start.

 

Electric Key Start.

Hold down the decompression lever, and turn the start key fully over Keep the decompression lever down for a few seconds, and then allow the decompression lever up, and start. Release the key. This allows the engine to spin up freely and then start easily.

 

On Starting; insert the preferred power nozzle in the end of the lance and pull the trigger to start cleaning.

After starting the engine, regulate the throttle back down to the required level for smooth running.

 

 

Electric Pressure Washers.

Check that the oil level in the pump is at the correct level. ( Refer to Manufacturers Instruction Manual)

Connect the pump inlet to a garden hose & outside tap.

Connect the pump outlet to the high pressure hose connector.

Connect the trigger gun & lance & nozzle to the high pressure hose.

Now turn the water On.

Depress the trigger to relieve any built-up pressure within the pump and continue to hold the trigger while switching the machine to the “ON” position.

Posted By Jonathan Paxton

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