Now Is the Time to Add Sanitation to Your Service Offerings

Hot-water jetting equipment can help plumbers pivot their business models to include sanitation services for customers during the coronavirus pandemic

Now Is the Time to Add Sanitation to Your Service Offerings

If you have hot-water jetting equipment, like HotJet USA's HotJet II seen above, now could be a good opportunity to take advantage of its sanitizing capabilities.

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The threat of the coronavirus is on everyone’s mind. Social distancing has put an incredible strain on businesses. How can they keep their establishments clean and disinfected to help minimize the risk for their customers?

 While an emphasis has been placed on keeping surfaces inside buildings clean and virus-free, one must also remember that steps need to be taken to minimize the tracking of dirt, bacteria, viruses, etc. into hospitals, stores, restaurants and other buildings. Studies have shown that shoes are capable of tracking in dangerous bacteria, and material like chewing gum and shopping carts can retain viable viruses for days. So properly cleaning things like sidewalks, entryways and playground equipment is key.

That’s where service professionals like plumbers can play a vital role. The use of equipment combining a proper bleach/sanitizing detergent mix plus hot-water jetting technology to break down the proteins and clean away the virus is a good method for establishing the sanitary barriers needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

HotJet USA has been receiving calls from many customers who have pivoted their service offerings to include hot-water power washing, in addition to other services that may be in demand right now like drain cleaning. Anderson Plumbing of Newton, Iowa, is busier than ever at the moment because customers want cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing.The company’s hot-water jetting equipment has been crucial to keeping up with the demand for sanitation services. The company uses a HotJet II.

According to Valley Plumbing in Utah, residential services have been “very busy — especially with drain cleaning, as many residents are putting things into drains they normally don’t such as wipes, paper towels, cloth towels and gloves.” The company plans on adding to its fleet of eight jetters soon.

HotJet USA’s parent company, Power Line Industries, has been training power washing businesses for decades about proper cleaning techniques and the best detergents to use for sanitation. The company recently launched a website focused on the need for exterior sanitation during the pandemic, which can be viewed at All HotJet USA jetting equipment comes ready to not only jet drainlines but is also equipped with the tools needed to hot-water pressure wash surfaces. The combination of proper equipment, training, and knowledge of the science behind eliminating dangerous pathogens like those that cause COVID-19 can really help with sanitation efforts at this time.

An analysis by the New England Journal of Medicine found that the coronavirus can remain viable in the air for up to three hours, on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours. A recent CDC study concluded that the virus can be transferred by shoes.

Other studies say that much like its virus cousins (SARS and MERS), COVID-19 can linger on surfaces such as metal, glass or plastic for as long as nine days. One CDC study found viable COVID-19 on a cruise ship that had been empty for 17 days. Compare that to flu viruses that only live on surfaces for about 48 hours. This study also determined that some coronaviruses dont remain active at temperatures higher than 86 degrees F and can be effectively cleaned away by household disinfectants. Disinfectants with 62 to 71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (bleach) can inactivate coronaviruses within one minute. The typical use of bleach is at a dilution of 1:100 of 5% sodium hypochlorite resulting in a final concentration of 0.05%. Data suggests that a concentration of 0.1% is effective in one minute. That is why it seems appropriate to recommend a dilution of 1:50 of standard bleach.

The CDC recommends a diluted bleach solution can be used if it’s appropriate for the surface. Manufacturer’s instructions should be adhered to, proper ventilation provided, and PPE used. Check to ensure the bleach is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Due to varying concentrations of bleach (for example, Clorox Bleach with Cloromax contains 6% sodium hypochlorite), here are some guidelines:

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) bleach per gallon of water or …
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water, per the CDC recommendation of 1/3 cup of household bleach per gallon

View the list of EPA-approved products for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.


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