Chicken House Cleaning can be a time consuming and arduous task. With the use of high pressure washers together with the correct accessories, this vital activity can be done more efficiently and effectively.
Cleaning involves the removal of foreign material such as bird droppings, dirt, and debris while disinfecting involves the use of chemicals to destroy micro-organisms.
While cleaning and disinfecting are equally important aspects of a bio-hazard programme, cleaning is the most laborious – using the correct equipment will save time and money!
Selecting Pressure Washers for Chicken House Cleaning
Mobile washers are available as trolley mounted units (single user) or trailer mounted units (single user and multi user).
Pressure washers with industrial type pumps, as opposed to the hobby or domestic types, are vital. They are designed to work harder and last longer. These pumps have crankshafts and pistons rather than the swash-plate (wobble-plate) which is common to most domestic quality machines.
A volume output of 15 liters per minute is sufficient for the cleaning of poultry houses. It is very important to check the water supply that will be used. If the pressure is low or it has an inconsistent flow, a header tank is recommended to prevent the pump from cavitating. Pressure requirements are for a minimum output of 140bar and a maximum of 200bar.
Electric high pressure washers are favored, over petrol or diesel operated units, as they do not produce any fumes or emissions. While pressure washers are available with 230V (single-phase) motors, they cannot achieve the pressure and volumes required for correct cleaning. 380V (3-phase) motors have sufficient power.
The multi-pump/multi-user trailer mounted pressure washers are growing in popularity as the most effective choice. A 3-user pressure washer is considered standard but most equipment suppliers offer 2- or 4-user versions. These trailer washers have a water tank and come standard with the high pressure accessories required for cleaning of poultry houses. The trailer can easily be towed from farm to farm.
Pressure Washer Accessories
- The most popular accessories that should be supplied with high pressure cleaning machines are:
- A 2m lance is used for reaching areas in the roof where dust can accumulate. Typically these areas are the beams and trusses and fans
- 900mm lances are used for washing walls and sweeping floors
- Stubby lances for washing feeders and drinkers are short and allow the spray to reach the confined parts of the equipment
- Foaming lances are use for disinfecting. By applying chemical as a foam, it is able to hang onto vertical surfaces for longer, thereby increasing its effectiveness
All of the accessories should be fitted with quick connectors to enable the operators to change lances easily. The chemical injector should also be fitted with quick connectors and should only be used with the foaming lance for applying surfactants or disinfectants.
Multi user trailers are usually fitted with 120m hoses, so that the trailer may be parked outside the house and only the hoses used inside. This means that the pumps, motors and switch gear remain dry, increasing their lifespan.
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