Water Softener Use In Mobile Auto Detailing

What is considered hard water and what are the degrees of hardness? Well very hard water would be 10.5 grains per gallon and 180 parts per million and above. But you need to realize that even moderately hard water of 3.5 to 7 grains per gallon and 60-120 parts per million will leave hard water spots. Slightly hard water such as 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon and 17.1 to 60 part per million will not leave noticeably hard water spots that you cannot cure with a chamois. But really as a professional auto detailer you are really looking for soft water of less than 1 grain per gallon and 17 parts per million.

What Makes The Water Hard?

Hardness in water is caused calcium and magnesium ions that form insoluble compounds; sometimes iron and even aluminum. There are many ways to soften water. Some are more complicated than others; Aeration, De-Ionization or ion-exchange, Distillation, Reverse Osmosis or Softening.

Softening by use of a water softener is the simplest concept used today; water softeners replace hardness ions like calcium and magnesium with sodium or non-scaling ions. The ion exchange resin used in the process is recharged periodically with salt drawn from a storage tank. Many water treatment experts agree and Lance Winslow concurs that softening can be most cost effective when the water has as few as one to five grains per gallon of hardness. Most mobile operators will be happy with one to three grains per gallon of hardness and probably won’t even purchase a softening unit until the hardness is five plus grains per gallon. Their theory is well taken because, if the total dissolved solids (TDS) is that low, there will be little water spotting on cars anyway.

One reason to put in a water softener even if your water is 5 gpg or less is because you wish to prevent scaling in the coils of your steam cleaner or save your pressure washing pump on your auto detailing rig. On a cold water machine, this is not as important because 5 gpg or less won’t ruin a pump. More than five can over time.

Hardness also hinders soap from doing its job. You may notice that your soaps are not cleaning properly. That’s because they are cleaning the water first and combining with the compounds in the water rather than the dirt on the car. You see, the hardness in the water has a tendency to neutralize those cleaning compounds and you have to actually use more soap to offset the neutralizing effect of the hardness minerals.

With hard water, you will use more soap and the cars still aren’t clean. I encourage you to talk to your soap vendors for helpful advice on water chemistry and treatment requirements. Your soap strategy should be custom tailored to your city and the hardness of the water you put in your tank.

Most independent auto detailing professionals agree that areas with hard water will also cause a film on cars that are washed when no softener is used. They also agreed at the annual conference that the decision to purchase a softener should be based on a real water test. You might wish to contact a water treatment dealer such as: Rain Soft, Culligan, Apollo, Calgon, Rayne water Systems or the Water Man in your area. They can help you by having the local water tested or ask city water authority for information on their supply. Once your decision is made to purchase a softener, selecting the proper equipment is easy. Softener sizes should be based upon two factors: Flow Rate (GPM) and Grains Per Gallon (GPG).

Flow rate would typically be six to eight gpm (gallons per minute) with your hose at your residence. We recommend you change your pressure regulator to 90-110 PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch). This would give you approximately ten gpm. So you need a water softener that is a little bigger than the basic model.

Water softeners are basically like refrigerators; says Car Wash Guys Founder Lance Winslow;

“They could last two years or twenty years…and a lot depends on how much goes in and how often it comes out.”

This is why you should monitor softening equipment. You can test the hardness with a testing kit or just pay attention when you’re washing cars. Steel softening tanks last for years. Fiberglass units last well also. Plastic units crack. You may need to change resin every couple of years.

Chances are you will choose to rent softeners for $30 per month and let the exchange company recharge them for you. Be careful when hiring water softener vendors. Ask us for help. You may even be able to trade services for water softening rental plus make money on the account because water softener rental companies have lots of delivery trucks. In any case think on these issues when considering a water softening strategy for your mobile car wash or auto detailing business.

What Can a Rebuilt Car Engine Do For You?

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where drivers can simply purchase another car engine rather than having to buy a whole new vehicle or brand new motor? Wait a minute; we do live in this world! Rebuilt car engines are a fantastic alternative to purchasing a new motor, or an entire vehicle when your car or truck breaks down.

To make things even better, you can still make a worthwhile profit off of your old, broken motor, and then use this money to towards a rebuilt motor! Continue reading to learn more ways a rebuilt car engine can be your best option for automotive engine repair, and how you can sell your old one for fast cash in your wallet!

Remanufactured Engines

Rebuilt car engines are also referred to as remanufactured engines or motors. They are used automotive engines that have been taken apart, cleaned, reconditioned, upgraded, and restored by licensed mechanics, and then put back onto the market for resale. There are two major advantages of choosing to install a remanufactured motor, both of which can change a person’s mind about purchasing rebuilt auto parts! But the most obvious reason that many car and truck owners opt for a repowered engine is because they are much cheaper than purchasing a brand new engine or a new vehicle.

The top reason for choosing a rebuilt engine is price. Not only are they cheaper than new models, they are easy to find. This makes them more attainable for anyone looking for cheaper alternatives to auto repair or engine repair. Toyota, Honda, and Ford are popular choices for rebuilt car engines. They can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $500 and more, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Online vendors are known to offer the best deals for remanufactured car engines, however, it is suggested to do your research and find a reputable vendor or retailer to work with. You can get a good representation of the retailer by reading customer reviews.

The other great advantage of using rebuilt engines is that they are finally up to speed, and in compliance with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications. In fact, the Automotive Repair Counsel (ARC) is in the process of informing consumers about all the advantages of rebuilt motors. When meeting OEM specifications, you can trust that your engine will run smoother and experience less complications in the future.

What To Do With Your Old Motor

A broken motor is not useless. The metal components are highly valuable and can be reprocessed into new commodities and materials. For this reason, it is wise to sell your old auto parts to a junk car buying company. Most junk car buyers accept vehicles and auto parts, and pay cash on the spot for them. Just like choosing a vendor for your new part, be sure to do your research and find a reputable junk car buyer to work with. Experience and years in business are good signs to look for when choosing a junk car buying company.

A Comprehensive Guide In Choosing Used Vans For Sale

When it comes to vehicles, vans are one of the most popular options since it provide numerous benefits for individuals. For one, vans can be used in different purposes. Next, vans are very reliable. And, vans have good value in case that you plan to sell it in the future. However, buying a new one can be very costly. That is why, more and more individuals are opting for used vans for sale. To help you the best used van, below are some factors you need to consider.

Model

First and foremost, when searching for used vans, it is important for buyers to check the model. This is important since there are numerous models to choose from. And, each model offer unique features that can match a driver’s need. Plus, older van models are cheaper than new ones, which can benefit individuals who have low budget.

Engine

The next factor that individuals need to consider when searching for used vans for sale is the engine. Apart from interior and exterior features, van models also differ in the engine. Some engines are equipped with more advanced technology for better response, while some engines are built to provide you with power. Not to mention, you may also find used vans that use gas or diesel engines. So, it is important that you consider these factors in order to help you make better buying decisions.

Space

It is also best that you check its space. Some vans have larger interior space than others. And, these vans are commonly used by individuals who are looking for a vehicle that can be used for private as well as business purposes. Other than that, space is crucial especially if you want to provide comfort for the whole family when travelling.

Maneuverability

Individuals must also consider its maneuverability. Vans are quite huge. Thus, driving on tight spaces can be stressful. This gets even worse if the van you purchased does not have good maneuverability. Vans with good maneuverability can also help you reduce the risks of accidents.

Parts availability

Finally, it is also best that you check the availability of parts of the van before purchasing. Surely, you can find used vans with low mileage or even vehicles that are in pristine condition. However, with regard to parts, finding one can be hard. So, make sure that you choose a van that have accessible parts. In this way, you can maintain the vehicle easily and properly without spending too much.

These are some of the most important factors that individuals need to think of when searching for used vans for sale.

Ozone Generator Buying Guide

If you’re a homeowner and your home has recently suffered water damage, smoke damage, mold infestation, or the dreaded “smell of death” from an expired rodent in a crawl space, then you’ve probably read that an ozone generator might just be the answer to your problems. However, with so many different types of ozone machines on the market, how is one to decipher between fact, fiction, and pure unadulterated BS? I have a few tips that will help you avoid getting ripped off and help you make a wise ozone generator buying decision.

The first thing you have to realize is that the ozone generator industry as a whole is not regulated by any government agency. More than half of the so called ozone generator manufacturers are nothing but Internet opportunists trying to cash in on a high priced, somewhat in demand product. These unscrupulous vendors make their overpriced ozone machines in their own garages, set-up a website that makes all kinds of outrageous claims as to the output capabilities of their ozone machines, then advertise their website in the Search Engines. A sure fire way to weed out a few of these vendors is to do a Google search of their business address then use the “street view” feature by dragging and dropping the “little man icon” onto the street right in front of their business address. If you see a residential home, you might want to steer clear of that vendor. Why? It’s easy to shut down your operations when you’re doing business from home. When you invest in a business location, it shows you’re in it for the long haul and it’s harder to walk away from a “brink and mortar” location than it is from a home run business. Why should you care that the vendor is in business for the long haul? Because ozone generators are prone to fail due to the very corrosive nature of ozone and the damaging effects it has on the metal components within switches, timers, relays, etc. Same goes for eBay vendors who buy a lot of ozone machines without also investing in replacement parts. When their supply runs out, they’re out of the ozone business, and you’re left with an expensive door stop when your machine fails in due time.

Once you find an ozone machine that tickles your fancy and you’re ready to invest your hard earned money, the next question one must ask themselves is “How do I know if this machine really puts out as much ozone as the vendor claims? Ozone generator manufacturers don’t have to validate the ozone machines they sell to ensure they are producing the amount of ozone being claimed. I’ve seen some vendors claim 16,000 to 20,000 milligrams per hour yet when we tested those machines in our shop with our ozone meter, they produced 3000-5000 mg/h. That’s quite a big difference between what is actually being produced and what is being claimed. How then can you make sure the ozone generator you purchase is actually producing the amount of ozone being advertised? Simple! Ask the vendor the following questions in an e-mail (future fodder for a 100% money back should you test the machine and find the information provided was incorrect)

QUESTION #1. How Many Volts is the Power Supply! An ozone generator creates ozone by creating an electrical spark that splits oxygen in the air. In order to accomplish this feat, you have to create a high voltage electrical spark. A simple rule I’ve observed in the lab and well recognized in the ozone industry is that a 3000 volt transformer can produce around 3000 mg/h of ozone per hour when attached to a high voltage ozone element or six or more MICA plates at 40% humidity or less. Each Mica plate can produce a maximum of about 400 milligrams of ozone per hour IF it is properly installed due to the weak electrical spark it is capable of generating from the wire mesh. If you own a MICA plate ozone generator, view the plate in the dark. It won’t light up very bright, very dimly as a matter of fact. The types of ozone plates that turn bright purple in the dark are called “High Voltage Ozone Elements” and they can produce around 3000-4000 mgh per plate when fed with a 3000-4000 volt power transformer. These types of plates glow purple, almost like UV lamp, in the dark. They create a very strong electrical spark that is much more efficient at producing ozone vs the old fashioned MICA plates. As a matter of fact a 4000 volt transformer and ozone element only uses about 35 watts of electricity, now that’s efficient! Therefore, Tip #1 is to ask the vendor to e-mail you in writing the exact voltage, amps, and watts used by their power transformers and how many and which type of ozone plates their machines use. If a vendor claims for instance their machine produces 16 to 20 thousand milligrams of ozone per hour but their machine only uses one 5000 volt transformer, then you’ll things just don’t add up.

QUESTION #2. What type of ozone element does the ozone machine use? Believe it or not, some vendors will try and convince you that the ozone elements in their machines are “permanent” and will last forever. Folks, there’s no such thing as a permanent ozone plate! If used in 90-100% humidity, even the expensive high voltage ozone plates will only last 20-40 hours. Ozone generators are not made to be used in 90% plus humidity! In humid areas, you must run the air conditioning or a dehumidifier in order to perform a shock treatment. Tip #2 therefore is to think twice before buying an ozone generator from a vendor who doesn’t offer replacement ozone plates or makes a machine that utilizes “MICA” plates.

Once you have those answers in writing, save the e-mail in case you need to use it to obtain a refund in the future. When you receive your ozone generator, have a local electrician friend of the family (or hire someone) to open your ozone generator and give it the once over and test the strength (in volts) of the power transformer. If you discover the stated voltage doesn’t match the advertised voltage, ask for a refund. After all, what you’re buying when you buy an ozone generator are high voltage power transformers, not a slick sales pitch! The honest vendors will clearly state their machines specifications on their websites and via e-mail if asked. They’ll also provide you with a picture of the inside of their units and disclose the amount of plates, type used, etc. You should be weary of vendors who hold this information close to the vest or refuse to go on the record with this information.

Now you know what questions to ask an ozone machine vendor before making a purchase. I want to close out this “Ozone Generator Buying Guide” by giving you a few tips on how to save money on your purchase:

Tip #1. Ask the vendor if they sell any used units or any “bare bones” ozone generators. Many ozone generator vendors will have spare parts on hand from returned or fixed units they can sell “on the down low” for a mere pittance of the retail price. Others might be able to sell you a “bare bones ozone generator” without any of the bells and whistles you can easily use to make your own ozone generator, especially if you’re the “do-it-yourself” type. You might also want to check eBay to see if anyone is selling high voltage power transformers in the 3000-12,000 volt range or high voltage ozone elements that can be easily attached to the power transformer. Some ozone vendors want $1000 or more for their ozone generators, however, the fact of the matter is that ozone machines are pretty basic electronic components and they shouldn’t cost as much as a used car, especially if you buy the main components and “Do It Yourself.”

Tip #2. Don’t buy an ozone generator with too many “bells and whistles”. Ozone as I’ve already mentioned is very corrosive over time to all metals except stainless steel. Unfortunately, all electronic switches, relays, etc needs to use regular metal in order to be conduce electricity. What we have therefore is a dilemma. The solution? Don’t buy an ozone generator with all the bells and whistles! This would include an internal timer, ozone output dial (to turn the ozone up and down), etc. Just realize that if you do buy an ozone generator with these parts that eventually the ozone is going to destroy those parts and all it takes to shut down an ozone generator is to have one of the electrical components fail. If you want a timer, buy an external timer for $5 at Lowe’s. If you want to be able to turn the ozone output up and down, buy a “repeat cycle timer” that can turn your ozone generator on for a few seconds ever x amount of minutes, and repeat that cycle indefinitely. Both of those items can be connected via an extension cord in another room to your ozone generator. Less is more when it comes to longevity in shock treatment ozone generators.

Tip #3. Don’t over do it when performing shock treatments! There is a reason the trained professionals that administer ozone shock treatments command thousands of dollars to perform shock treatments; they know what they’re doing and how to safely and effectively perform a shock treatment without leaving your home smelling like ozone for weeks after the shock treatment! Besides being an ozone generator manufacturer, I also run a restoration business that employs ozone in some of our work. For mold remediation, ozone only plays a small role in riding the house of toxic mold for instance. Sheet rock has to be taken down and replaced, super high CFM air cleaners make sure the mold, when disturbed, isn’t re-distributed throughout the structure. Wet wood has to be dried. Leaky pipes have to be fixed, etc etc. Yes, shock levels of ozone will kill the mold, but that’s just a small part of mold remediation, regardless of what some ozone vendors might advertise to help hawk their units.

The main mistake I see homeowners make when doing a shock treatment is not properly removing or covering all petroleum based products such as carpet foam, sofa cushions, etc. We use Kevlar to cover carpets and foam filled sofas, mattresses, etc. Kevlar is ozone resistant and will keep the foam from interacting with the ozone. Ozone will oxidize foam and rubber and cause a chemical-ozone smell that can linger for weeks. So tip #3 is to not over do it with an ozone shock treatment! One or two hour shock treatments in furniture filled homes is advisable. You might have to perform several such shock treatments, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when shocking a furniture filled home. Some vendors tell their clients to just turn the ozone generator on and let it run for a few days. I strongly advise against that practice.

Tip #4. When you are ready to buy, call the vendor and order over the phone. Odds are at some point in time your ozone generator is going to need service. I don’t know about you but I hate buying something on-line, having it break down, then not being able to speak with a live person for support without having to wait on hold for 30 minutes or worse yet, not being able to speak to a live person at all then not having my e-mails answered! You can nip this type of situation in the bud by first calling. If you can’t easily get through and get a well informed live person to answer the phone to place your order, then consider buying elsewhere. This bit of advice goes for making any large ticket item purchase on the Internet.

If you want to save money and make a wise investment, ask the right questions before you buy your ozone generator and also consider incorporating some of my tip suggestions as well. The more you shop around, the more time you spend doing some Internet research, and most importantly, the more time you spend e-mailing and talk directly with the vendor, the more likely you are to make a wise investment and end up with a great ozone machine that lasts you a lifetime.

Before Choosing an Executive Car Service

Toronto is Canada’s capital and is known for having many immigrants from many parts of the world. Toronto leads in transportation services due to a rewarding business environment, which includes; minimal crime events and a large population. Toronto has a modern car service industry that is thriving. The main car used is limousines. These limos favor a person’s needs. One is able to read and work while riding. There are numerous limousine companies in Toronto and one has a wide variety to choose from.

There are different categories of transportation services in Toronto and their grouping depends on the service one needs. There are wedding service, airports service, casinos and night out car services. Other services include business travel, corporate meetings, conventions and trade shows.

Before choosing an executive car service, one should ensure the car is comfortable. One should make sure the service offered meets the required deadline. The qualities of business transportation services are business friendly. They allow one to conduct business matters while still riding from the airport or office.

An executive car service offers transportation service to big groups of people. They have fleets of buses and mini buses. The buses are modern and transport groups of people to their destination on time. The bus coaches carry up to fifty seven passengers while the min buses carry twenty four passengers. Other types of vehicles owned by these companies are passenger vans, SUVs and corporate limousines. Corporate limo companies have advanced limos which can accommodate many business partners. Partners are able to meet and discuss business ideas as they travel.

One may wish to have a luxury business tour. The favorite choice is executive business car services. They offer a service where one conducts business transactions while on holiday. They are time conscious and professional. Apart from offering transportation services, the executive business car service makes reservations for the next trip.

Another car service is the luxury limo. These are designed for party lovers. They have champagne cabinets, music and television sets. They are ideal for nights out, bachelor parties and theater parties. This service is available from the limousine companies and is ideal for dating.

For the casino lovers, there are transportation services that are provided by the casino. The limo chosen should provide top-notch services to the client. Some limos and buses have all leather seats and loud music for those not looking for a quiet ride. Limousine car services are plentiful and one should not struggle trying to find a good service provider.

There is also a large variety of wedding limousines to choose from. Limousine companies have diversified tastes for different customers. An executive limousine service will have a red VIP carpet that comes as part of the package. Every wedding limousine should have a big umbrella and bridal crisis kits in case of a wedding day emergency. For a wedding limo service, it is important for one to rent a limo that comes complete with chauffeur services.

Transportation services have improved a great deal; therefore, while choosing the car for transportation purpose, it is prudent to ask for quality service.