This article was originally published by Sanitary Maintenance Magazine
After the snowfalls of winter, heavy spring rains will cause flooding in homes, schools and businesses. Along the coasts, hurricane season brings the potential for standing water. While these are definitely worst-case scenarios, they are among the reason a facility needs a commercial wet/dry vacuum on hand. Other scenarios aren’t so extreme.
“If facilities have running water, they need a wet/dry vac,” says Randy Bowers, owner of Shreveport, La.-based SMS Distributions. “Any business that has the potential for a sink or toilet overflow, a broken water main, and a leaky water heater needs a wet/dry vac.”
He adds that it’s up to distributors to sell their clients on that fact.
“It’s Selling 101,” says Bowers. “It’s redundant to sell them the need after their building floods. You need to explain why a wet/dry vac is needed and show the ways it might be used. A wet/dry vac is not just for retracting moisture and water, it can also be used as an industrial or commercial vacuum.”
When people think of a commercial wet/dry vacuum they often come up with only basic uses, so Bowers says he likes to highlight some of the more creative applications for these machines.
Ronnie Garrett is a freelance writer based in Fort Atkinson, Wis