How to Clean and Disinfect Your Plumbing Tools
As most of the world shuts down in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the plumbing industry finds itself in a unique situation. It’s business as usual for most plumbers—in fact, some are even experiencing an increase in house calls—as we are.
After all, pipes don’t stop leaking, and drains don’t stop clogging just because there’s a global pandemic going on. People run into plumbing problems every day—and they often need experienced plumbing services to fix them.
Most plumbers follow basic safety and cleaning protocols during and after a job. But these days, it’s become even more important that all employees are educated about proper disinfection and cleaning procedures. That’s why we’ve outlined the process here.
Plumbing Tools and PPE
Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job is non-negotiable. Plumbers are often exposed to waterborne and airborne pathogens while they work. PPE, such as gloves, masks, goggles, and head covers protect individuals from coming in direct contact with bacteria and prevent cross-contamination.
Plumbing tools such as wrenches, pliers, and cutters also come in contact with various surfaces and need to be thoroughly disinfected after each use. Cleaning and proper maintenance can increase the life of plumbing equipment too.
How to Cleaning and Disinfect
The process of cleaning and disinfecting larger equipment is a bit different from the one for smaller tools. Here are the steps you should follow for each.
Cleaning larger tools and equipment
Larger tools and equipment require regular cleaning. Start by wearing appropriate PPE and cleaning off any dirt or debris. Spray disinfectant on all surfaces—including any cables—thoroughly. Use a one-gallon garden sprayer for the best results.
Once the recommended wait time is over, wipe off any excess disinfectant with a disposable towel. Finally, oil any moving parts as recommended by the manufacturer.
Cleaning hand tools
Even for smaller tools, it’s important to start by wearing proper PPE and removing any dirt. Then, using disinfectant wipes, clean the entire surface of each tool. Discard these wipes and oil parts as recommended.
Cleaning reusable PPE
Reusable PPE needs to be disinfected using an EPA-registered wipe or alcohol-based hand gel. It’s recommended that all washable materials be laundered in hot water. Once dry, all equipment should be covered and placed in a clean location.
If PPE isn’t reusable, throw away after use, making sure you don’t come in contact with the surface when doing so.
At Pro Serve Plumbing, the safety of our customers and employees is a vital component of how we operate—especially during this crisis. We provide expert plumbing services in multiple areas of Texas, including Boyd, Aledo, Cresson, and Fort Worth.