Growing your business

Networking is Key

Whether you are new in the industry or a seasoned professional you should always network. Having and carrying business cards is a must. Handing them out at every meeting and event, like the Home & Garden Show or other local events, will help keep your name and info in the minds of potential customers or people who can connect you to the potential customers. Go to local networking opportunities and meet businesses who might not be in the spray foam/coatings industries but might be able to recommend you to a customer. Word of mouth is still extremely powerful.

Cleaning your Rig to Save Money

How often do you give your rig a good thorough cleaning? You should do a thorough cleaning and inspection a few times a year. Taking the time to clean your rig from top to bottom will help you see any regular wear and tear from use and be able to address those areas before they become a costly problemBe sure to address any rust areas or leaky zones to help keep your rig spraying for a long time to come. 

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Keep Your Material Warm

Having warm material is very important for spray foaming, however, it is easy to think a few degrees won’t make a difference. It is important for the health of your equipment and the quality of your work to wait for those few extra degrees to get you the best quality 

Remember to always warm up material to the manufacturers recommended temperature to get the best spray! 

Properly Trained Team

Taking time to properly train your team will prevent losses in both time and money. By investing in your employees, you are able to have them run more efficiently and spend less time fixing costly mistakes.

Training doesn’t always have to take a ton of time out of your schedule. Taking one day to train a group of employees on proper equipment handling, maintenance or basic trouble shooting can prevent hours of lost time. Afterall, spending a few hours to train your crew on taking care of equipment can prevent having hours or even days of downtime due to a preventable mistake.

Ventilation at the Job Site

It may seem redundant but, when spray foaming, keep your job site ventilated and do it every single time you spray. Keeping the work area ventilated will prevent unnecessary exposure to fumes and particles that can cause damage to workers. Best practice is to be aware of the airflow and have a source of entry and a way for air to flow out of the work space. Also remember to keep the area ventilated until the re-entry time specified by the foam manufacturer.  

For more information on proper ventilation procedures review the EPA Spray Foam Ventilation Guidelines 

Making a Record of Your Parts

Proper part identification is extremely important to ensure you are receiving the correct part for your machine. If a part is ordered by the wrong number, the wrong part is shipped and extra shipping charges are incurred for returns. But more important than the extra shipping involved, is the possible loss of production time that this unnecessary delay may cause you.

I recommend making a record of all part numbers, as equipment is purchased. This will help prevent delays and added expense.