The Importance of Checking Equipment

The Importance of Checking Equipment

Posted by Andrew Greess on Jul 19, 2016

There is a common saying you may have heard in life, "Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Here at QSpray we very much echo the same sentiment. Since we also service the equipment we sell, when we get repairs that are so outrageous we like to use them a learning examples for all to see what not to do. 

In this particular situation, the technician threw a piece of rope in the tank and we surmise that the pump's suction pulled it all the way into the filter. The tech brought in the sprayer complaining that he wasn't getting any pressure, this rope is what we found in the filter when we took it apart to take a look. We strongly recommend all our clients and customers regularly check the equipment's filter to ensure product is not getting built up or foreign objects, like a rope for example, are not being thrown into your tanks. Check out our blog at for sprayer maintenance tips or watch our videos on our YouTube Channel

Watch the video and/or read the transcript below: 

Andrew Greess: Hi. This is Andrew Greess for We not only build power spray equipment for pest control, we control landscapers and termite professionals, but we service it as well.

Sometimes, we see some pretty crazy stuff. I want to share with you some of the things we see. Hopefully, you can learn from them and prevent you, your company, or your technicians from making the same costly mistakes.

One of the causes of most, or many, spray equipment problems is not checking the filter. We stress that with all our customers, with all our training, check your filter, check your filter. It can prevent all kinds of problems.

One of the most bizarre things we ever saw was this. The tech came in complaining that his sprayer had no pressure. He couldn't understand why there was no pressure. The first thing we do when the tech says he's got a spray equipment problem is check the filter.

We opened up the filter, and we found this piece of rope in the filter. I am not kidding you, this was in the filter. There was no screen, just a piece of rope. We think what happened was the rope on the handle pull start broke, so the tech threw it in the tank, because why wouldn't you throw garbage in the tank. Where else would you put garbage?

The suction of the pump sucked the rope into the system. It got as far as the filter before it got clogged. He could not get any more suction, then the pump wouldn't work.

I remember this very clearly because I called his boss and said, "I'd be happy to put a new filter on there if I can keep the old one." He said, "Absolutely." We replaced the filter so we could keep this in our spray equipment technician hall of shame.

Hope you enjoy it. Remember to check your filter. Thanks for watching. Visit us at