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Why We Love Hydroblasting (and You Should Too)

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Why We Love Hydroblasting (and You Should Too)

At Thompson Industrial Services, we have a number of different high-tech cleaning methods in our arsenal of solutions: dry ice, chemical, and vacuuming are just a few. But the centerpiece of our cleaning process is hydroblasting, an incredibly versatile, safe, and effective way to remove an enormous spectrum of various substances from your equipment. But what exactly makes hydroblasting such a useful technique?Just Add Water!If you’ve ever switched your garden hose nozzle from “mist” to “jet” in order to get stubborn dirt spots off your driveway, you’re familiar with the fundamental concept behind hydroblasting—although on a much smaller scale! The water pressure of the spigot on the side of your house is probably between 40 and 70 pounds per square inch (psi). Our water blasting equipment, in comparison, begins at less than 10,000 psi and may increase to 40,000 psi for particularly tough jobs. Using this kind of pressure safely requires quite a bit of training and specialized equipment, which we readily have and custom-engineer for when the need arises.The Perfect BalanceThe trick in any cleaning job is to apply the optimum pressure and volume balance to remove unwanted material while avoiding damage to the surface underneath. Sandblasting and other abrasive-based cleaning methods can scratch surfaces, destroy small components, and ruin carefully calibrated machines. Water, on the other hand, is just water. While it is harmless for most surfaces, under high pressure it is usually capable of washing away even the toughest buildup. Another major advantage is water’s ability to reach hard-to-access spots when sprayed inside pipes and other tight areas, especially when utilized with specialty automated tools and unique nozzle designs.Hydroblasting is not always the answer—electrical components, for example, obviously don’t do well when mixed with water but an alternative could be considered such as dry ice blasting. When our experts size up your cleaning need, they come up with a customized plan to safely and thoroughly take care of the problem as quickly as possible. Contact us today to set up an appointment and obtain a quote for your unique job.

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