Cleaning Tips To Avoid Nozzle Blockage

Save money by simply cleaning up!

The rate of nozzle wear and blockage will, to a degree, depend on the quality of your equipment and the type of spraying you are doing. Regular maintenance and the care you put into keeping your nozzles clean will show the greatest effect on your long-term cost savings. Blocked nozzles can reduce flow by more than 10% and, in some cases as much as 50%.

So, don’t cut corners on your end of day clean up! Simple and proper maintenance will pay you great dividends in the long run by reducing your overall spraying costs and increase your equipment life span.

If you still aren’t convinced you need to keep your nozzles clean, the following calculation will demonstrate how inefficient a partially blocked nozzle can be:

If one nozzle should be spraying at 0.689 GPM and your nozzle is blocked by only 10%, you are losing 0.0689 GPM. That seems like a small number however, if you multiply that number by seven nozzles, you are losing 0.4823 GPM. Over the span of only one hour, that is almost 30 GPA with a concentrated rate. At a diluted rate, you will be losing almost 60 GPA every hour.

We are sure you can determine the inefficiency a 50% blockage would cause!

We are not here to scare you, rather the opposite by wanting to help you maximize your returns. What can you do to avoid nozzle blockage? The solution is simple; regular cleaning and testing.

Nozzle blockage is often difficult to detect and often goes unnoticed without testing the spray flow. We recommend testing the flow every 100 hours of use or at regular intervals throughout the season.