Jim Gamble President and Owner of the Crystal Cleaning Company.
The Goals and Objectives
The goal of Crystal Cleaning Company is to continue delivering excellent service in Thermal Extraction and Pressure Washing Cleaning.
To help educate those in the cleaning field by offering Nation Wide Classes for cleaning Parking Structure to Federal, State and Local requirements in the United State and to Europe requirements.
Jim Gamble has been a trusted and respected source of Thermal Extraction Process almost 35 years. At Crystal Cleaning, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy and clean environment that they could breathe fresh air and feel proud of their work place.
Whether our clients are looking for a reliable service or just a service that is environmentally correct, the Crystal Cleaning Company has the knowledge, experience and the latest custom equipment to treat and deep clean 25 story Buildings, Bridges and Parking Garages. But not only to clean, but to disinfect these areas as well. To remove and kill Fungus, Mold and Mildew at their roots. To remove deep stained oil deposits to other task such as gum without etching the cement. Something that happens quite often with the common power washer at discounted pricing. Once the surface of the cement is etched, it is etched for life. ( Those dark spots on the cement were the gum use to be)
The Company Goals and Objectives
The goal of Crystal Cleaning Company is to meet with the client.
To listen to your concerns and needs.
Then we will diagnose the concerns you have with a walk through.
To generate treatment plans for your parking garage.
These plans may include such procedures as Removal of bodily waste, Foul Odors, Preventing decay of structure due to Biological and non-biological substances eroding the structure that may affect the integrity of the building and of course, ALL Health and Safety issues and procedures.
Jim Gamble – President and Owner Jim Gamble has been a practicing environmental cleaning of major parking structures coast to coast for 33 years. His background includes, speaking at the CWEA Conventions, POTW groups both local and nationwide, developing the Instruction Courses at the Professional Washing Network on subjects as Deep Cleaning Garage and Environmental Programs. Jim Gamble is a highly respected Thermal Extraction Expert.
Company Management Structure
Crystal Cleaning Company, which is a family run business serving Cities, Universities and Industrial Business across the Nation From University of Miami to Nashville to Dallas to San Francisco.
Thermal Extraction treatment
These units utilize the most up-to-date technology available including equipment able to reach 400 degrees during the cleaning process. Thermal extraction units are very expensive to build and most contractors simply do not have the funds to build them. They are the next evolution to the standard pressure washing machines which only hit about 200 degrees.
With Thermal Extraction Machines, you will have a cleaner, more in depth cleaning than any other type of cleaning out on the market today. With temps reaching 400 degrees you can see the oil extraction process as the oil just lifts up out the pours of the concrete/ cement. Being that oil breaks down (Lets Go) at 250 degrees and Engine Synthetic Oils break down at 300 degrees, you can clearly see the advantages of Thermal Extraction Process and why garage owners will choose this procedure over the more common cleaning of regular pressure washing . Customers just want their facilities to look, smell and have that over all feeling of cleanliness especially after it has just been cleaned. There is nothing worse than paying for something and getting something less than you expected.
Learning what your Pressure Washer will bring to the table and why the price difference
Pressure Washers have been around 1926. They have come a long way since then. They are used for residential to commercial and the standard washer is designed for cleaning generic cleanings such as walkways, wooden decks and residential and lite commercial.
Unlike the Thermal Extraction Units, the average Pressure Washer can only reach up to 160 and the more expensive 30,000 dollar one up to 210 degrees. The more commercial units usually have a maximum rise of 120-140 degrees in water temperatures when equipped with a boiler unit and only if outside temperature is 80+ degrees. At night the temps are much lower.
The confusion is that even though they say the unit can reach can reach 200+. Degrees. The fact is that if the ambient temperature of the water is 60 degrees and the air temps is less than 80 degrees, then the max temp can only be 180-200 degrees.
This creates cleaning issues when it comes to removal of oil from the pours of the surface. Since oil breaks down at 250 degrees to 300 degrees, a pressure washer would be hard pressed to lift that oils penetration out of the surface of the concrete.
Pressure Washers are great for a routine maintenance, but for the deepest possible cleaning requires a Thermal Extraction process that will emulsify with the oil up to 380 degrees. This will allow emulsification process with the oil stain to lift and remove the oil in most cases.
Scrubbers are great for every day maintenance of a Parking Structure. A must for every well maintained garage. When used on a weekly maintenance schedule, scrubbers can prevent oils and dust from impregnating deep into the concrete surface. They apply up to 400lbs per square inch of scrubbing power. That’s better than any one man using a scrub brush.
Filtration Units to Meet or exceed EPA, POTW, State and Local Authorities
When it comes to meeting Discharge requirements, a good well designed filtration is always a good start. After all, the filtration process is the bottle neck of the cleaning process.
Filtration is a very over looked piece of equipment. That’s because many cannot afford the costs associated with the build and maintenance of said filter. Costs can run up to 158,000 just for a unit that will enable the contractor to clean 250,000 sq ft in a single day.
A safe rule of thumb is to look at the GPM output of the washers being used in the cleaning process. If the washers output is 20 GPM, then the filter needs to have a 30 GPM output. The reason for this is that the filter will get clogged during the cleaning process. Elements that were dislodged during the deep cleaning will make its way down to the filtration unit. This will start to build up restrictions of flow from the process as the unit filters out the elements. This could lead to down times, clogged filters and restriction outputs. If restriction flow is caused from clogged filters, then the contractor may have little choice but to bypass his filter and let the water enter the storm drain.
In filters, size matters.
Interceptors are Design for Incidentals, “ Acts of God”. Do NOT use when pressure washing.
Many contractors will say to their customer that dumping the wastewater into the garage interceptor is just fine. That no filtration of the wastewater is necessary or required. This could not be farther from the truth.
Interceptors are just a tank with some baffles in them. They have no means to separate the detergents that are emulsified with heavy oil, sludge, urine, liquid waste etc. This flow will be at the total flow from all of the washer which could be as much as 10,000 gallons per day that is flowing through the interceptor. Interceptors are not designed for that higher rate of flow. The also do not have any media filters as well. The simply was not designed for that purpose of heavy cleaning. They are useless for emulsified detergents and these elements such as soaps will pass through them without a second thought. Oils emulsified with the detergent will also pass through them with will be in violation of many Federal and State environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act ( CWA) of 1972. The baseline of which all discharge water laws was built from.
You may be responsible for hiring a company who you know is not complying with City, County, State or Federal guidelines for wastewater discharge. Be educated. Be informed.