Freezing Cold Weather Upsets Oven Cleaning Pumps

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Nov 30
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As it has been very cold weather it is upsetting things a bit. Yesterday I found that the spray gun in my van had frozen up so was spurting water out the side. Also the water tank holding the water for my rinse system had frozen up but this melted as I drove to my first job in Painswick in Gloucestershire. As my water tank is in the front compartment with me it gets the heat from the cabin so this helped it to melt. 


I got a call from one of the guys who had been on one of our courses to say that he had water spurting out of the side of his water pump and asked me if it was covered ouor warranty. Hmm.. I think not as I tell everyone about this and it is written in the manual, so I gave him the details of how to get a new pump.


I went to Focus DIY and got some insulation and made sure that the pump in my van was wrapped up well and then we sent a txt message to the guys to make sure that there pumps were also wrapped up.


I had a chat with our Berkshire Franchisee and he told me that as his tank was in the back of his van it didn't defrost all day. So this is a problem and I 'll have to come up with a way around this.


At the moment I am out everyday cleaning ovens as we are busy leading up to Christmas and we are a man down as Alan is on paternity leave as his partner gave birth to a baby boy last week.

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  • I find lagging of the hose & water gun isn’t enough in extremely cold conditions, they still freeze. As well as plugging the tank in overnight I also plug in a small electric heater on a timer to keep the ambient temperature up overnight. I put a vent in at the top of the partition which lets the warm air circulate all around the van and is good to go thirst thing in the morning. Also prevents the water barrell freezing and pump splitting. I also place 1 sheet of newspaper over the door seals so they dont freeze and can be opened straight away.