A wet/dry vacuum is a powerful device that has the ability to remove regular trash and dirt it can also be used to clean up just about any type of mess imaginable. This device is commonly used for cleanup in construction environments and in areas where a regular vacuum would not be practical or a broom would not be very efficient. There are different types of wet/dry vacuum models that perform this service. The following information will describe the different types of models and their intended use.
How does a wet/dry vacuum Work?
A wet/dry vacuum works by using a fan driven motor to pull air through a collection chamber and a hose. As the air is being pulled in through the hose it picks up more speed and force, which allows it, collect large items such as nails, wood chips and screws. Once the objects are inside of the collection chamber the air pressure is reduced which allows the items to remain inside of the space. Since the motor is not situated in a part of the device that can come into contact with moisture, the vacuum is able to suck up moist or wet debris. This is especially beneficial for situations where debris has to be removed from areas where a lot of water is present.
Bags are not contained inside of wet/dry vacuums. Since bags are not included in these units the storage bin keeps most of the dirt contained inside of the device. Only a small amount of dirt is released back into the air. The rest is dissolved by water inside the bin.
The Importance of Vacuum Size
A wet/dry vacuum is typically sold in various sizes. Each size will determine the suction force of each vacuum. Here is a breakdown of the vacuum sizes that can be used to pick up certain types of debris.
Large Wet/Dry Vacuums
Large wet/dry vacuums are designed to suck up lots of dust and debris. They can remove large items such as nails, screws and pieces of metal. These types of vacuums have different hose sizes and features but they are usually made to be powerful enough to remove oversized items. Large-sized wet/dry vacuums are essential for construction work sites and for large-scale building projects where debris and dusts has a tendency to accumulate. These units are not easy to move around and are rather bulky.
Medium-Sized Wet/Dry Vacuums
Medium-sized units are great for removing debris and they are also easy for transporting around. These types of wet/dry vacs are great for cleaning small to medium-sized areas. They can also be used to clean up areas for some large building projects or construction sites.
Small wet/dry Vacuums
Small wet/dry vacuums are perfect for smaller areas but they have a limited capacity for what they can clean up. They are impractical for large clean up projects.
Mini-sized wet/dry vacs
These devices are best suited for residential home use that involve simple and easy projects or clean up jobs.
There are some industrial sized wet/dry vacuums that have been created for large-scale clean up applications. These types of wet/dry vacs are typically needed to remove roadside spills and debris from trucks, removing water from structures and for sucking up large debris and dust from huge areas.
Materials used for Wet/Dry Vacuums
Most wet/dry vacuums are made out of heavy-duty plastic and metal parts. These parts are usually durable and long lasting. The more expensive brands have a better construction and design. The weaker units and the cheaper models are not as durable and should be used sporadically or for short-term projects.
Wet/Dry Vacs Parts and Accessories
Manufacturers sell a variety of wet/dry parts and accessories that can be used for these devices. Items such as end-hose attachments, filters, dust collection systems and hoses are available for sale for wet/dry vacuums.
Cautions for Wet/Dry Use
People who use wet/dry vacuums should avoid placing the cords into water. While it is true that the machines are able to suck up moisture and water, the cords are not waterproof. People should use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) equipped extension cord when using a wet-dry vacuum. A GFCI extension cord severely reduces the chance of electrical shock.
Cons with using a Wet/Dry Vac
Some workers might be temped to believe that they can clean up any type of mess since they have a wet/dry vac on hand. This is true in most situations but not all. People should make sure that their unit is designed to clean up specific messes or debris. Units that are not suited for a specific clean up job could easily be damaged. Workers should also check the owner’s manual for a particular wet/dry vac to ensure that they are using it in the right way.