Spray foam has been a revolutionary advancement in insulation. Due to the way that this type of insulation is installed, it is essential for contractors to have special equipment to be able to offer this service. Unfortunately, it is still a fairly new technology, which can cause some contractors to be unsure of the maintenance steps needed to care for their new spray foam rigs. Luckily, you can use the following couple of tips to help ensure that your spray foam rig avoids some particularly common problems.
Properly Clean The Nozzle After Each Use
The nozzle of the spray foam rig is one of the components that may be most likely to encounter problems. During use, it is possible for small pieces of spray foam to become stuck around the tip of the nozzle, and this can eventually lead to a serious clog forming. Combating this problem will require you to immediately clean the nozzle after each time using the rig.
To clean the nozzle, you will need to follow the owner's manual instructions for disassembling the sprayer because each rig can be designed slightly different. Once the pieces have been disassembled, you will want to vigorously scrub them with a microfiber cloth. After the nozzle has been disassembled and scrubbed, you will want to place it in a special cleaning solution. This cleaning solution will dissolve any remaining spray foam residue. Failure to do this part of the cleaning process can leave sticky areas on the nozzle, which can cause spray foam to rapidly accumulate.
Service The Motor On A Regular Schedule
In order to inject the spray foam, these rigs will require a powerful motor, but it can be easy for individuals to overlook the service needs of this motor. Failing to maintain the motor can lead to problems, which may cause the pressure of the foam coming out of the nozzle to decrease to the point where the system is not usable. By scheduling to have the motor serviced at least once a year, you can help to avoid this problem because the technicians that perform this work will thoroughly inspect the numerous internal components of the motor. When problems, such as excess wear or warping, are noticed, they can be repaired before the system experiences problems on the job site.
Contractors that are looking to offer their clients the latest in insulation technology may decide to buy spray foam rigs. Unfortunately, failing to appreciate the maintenance needs of these rigs can cause problems to develop which can slow your clients' projects. By making sure to thoroughly clean the spray nozzle and to have the motor serviced at least once a year, you can help to ensure that these devices are always ready to work when you need them.