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Washwater recovery tools & techniques
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    This is going to be a reality (if it isn't already) for all PW contractors, so lets help each other out by sharing what works and what doesn't. Real world experiences and solutions will save everyone time and money. Pictures would be very helpful to those trying to learn. Since we are all over the country, maybe share who the enforcement agency is in your area also.


    Minnesota - MPCA(MN pollution Control Agency)
    7 County metro -The Metropolitan Council
    Hennepin County - Henn Co Environmental Division

    I have been checked by the latter two while doing commercial cleaning, and was glad I was in compliance at the time. The pictures show a job I was checked on, and they determined that I had taken the proper precautions to prevent a wash water discharge. Simple berms and oil socks combined with a sealed storm grate was sufficient for this job. The business was responsible for disposal of the used oil socks. Simple and EZ.
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    Mike Schoeben
    A-1 PRESSURE WASHING, LLC
    Serving the Twin Cities Metro area since 2000
    763-300-7128 / Champlin, MN

    http://www.a-1pressurewashing.com

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    What do you do with the pooled up wash water when done? pump it into a tank? on the landscape? Sewer? Ive done mostly residential up to now and have been able to pump it into the landscape after its been pooled via a sump pump and hose. Getting into commercial a little more and wondering where to divert the water to.
    Florin Nutu
    ALL WASHED UP EXTERIOR CLEANING LLC
    206-380-4555

    Seattle Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing
    email--- allwashedupexterior@gmail.com

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    On the job in the pictures, no water pooled up. The storm grate was 75' away from the wash area, and 85 degrees helped to evaporate all the water.

    As a rule, we never remove the water from the job site. Several methods are acceptable and we mostly filter the washwater and discharge to the ground in landscaped areas or grass. Also, we've discharged to sanitary sewer, and to holding tanks at job sites. We always let the business deal with their waste. We collect and filter, but they do the disposal if necessary. Each job is unique as to how to deal with used wash water. The sump pump and hose are a great low-cost method, but I would add some kind of filtering for oils if discharging to the ground. If your able to use a sanitary sewer, you'll need to filter for particulates also. Obviously, you need to know the regulations in the area you're working to ensure that you're doing it right, so check with the local sewer operators for what they allow.
    Mike Schoeben
    A-1 PRESSURE WASHING, LLC
    Serving the Twin Cities Metro area since 2000
    763-300-7128 / Champlin, MN

    http://www.a-1pressurewashing.com

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    Looking good Mike...
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    Big mike were would someone be able to find the fitlers for stuff you talked about.

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    I get mine here: http://www.newpig.com
    Last edited by Michael Kreisle; 03-19-2009 at 08:03 AM.
    Mike Schoeben
    A-1 PRESSURE WASHING, LLC
    Serving the Twin Cities Metro area since 2000
    763-300-7128 / Champlin, MN

    http://www.a-1pressurewashing.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post
    I get mine here: www.newpig.com
    Mike the link does not work

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    I fixed the link.
    Michael Kreisle
    First Choice Power Washing LLC
    Lexington, KY 859-983-5955
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    We own and operate a great Cleaning Service in Lexington KY as well as provide
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    For those of you that care about building business credit, The Pig also reports to D & B
    Jonathan S. Ellis
    Kleen Crete, Inc.
    www.kleencrete.com
    jonathan@kleencrete.com
    770-681-0881 (o)

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    Hey, Big Mike, did I understand you to say you get rid of the oil socks after the job? If that is the case, I want you to know that you don't need to. We tell our customers to keep re-using an oil sock until it weighs about ten times what a new one weighs. They might look bad (and they don't smell real nice either!) but they can keep on absorbing oil for weeks or months.

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