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How to maintain centralized vacuums

Presenting the keys steps involved in making sure these vacuums are working properly.

December 19, 2013
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Tom Tucker Jr. is the president and founder of Vacutech, a manufacturer of central vacuum cleaning systems and mobile vacuum products for the commercial, industrial, medical, dental and vehicle care industries. With over 50 years of experience, Tucker is a great source of information on centralized vacuums for carwashes.

According to Tucker, if you’re a large site with multiple vacuum locations, there's a lot of debris being removed from the vehicles. "And everything they are vacuuming out of the vehicles goes through the hose, through the arch, or a stantion, and it goes back to a filter separator that removes all of the light debris (the dirt, hair, paper, etc.) and it exhausted from the turbine vacuum produces to the atmosphere."

For maintenance, Tucker said, what should be done is the separator, that is integrated with the hose, should be emptied daily as well as the trash receptacles. They might even have to be emptied two to three times a day, depending on how many customers are at the wash and how much debris is getting removed from the vehicles. "And, then the filter separator, which is the large round canister with the filter bags in it that’s between the vacuum piping system and the turbine, should be shook out daily and the debris bucket should be emptied daily."

Tucker also said to check the vacuum hoses daily to make sure they’re not damaged or torn or have holes. "Make sure the vacuum nozzles are in good working order and make sure the seals that the nozzles suck against is in good condition and not torn or missing," he added. "If everyone does those things, then their system will remain operating from day one and it will never lose its performance. The maintenance is the key. It’s just like changing the oil in your car, or checking the air in your tires."

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