Well water fail

Now that’s not healthy… had to drain the dirty water out of my buffer tank, from the job I did Saturday afternoon. This was from their well, after I had drawn it down a bit.

That’s why I don’t wash anything that’s on a well :slight_smile:


I built this in the spring…with 275 gallons in the onboard tank, problem (mostly) solved.

Same here. A $500 house wash isn’t worth a $1000 pump.

Your pumps cost $1000?

I think he meant the well pump…well, I hope he did, lol

I am starting to lean in this direction. Though probably 90%+ of the jobs I’ve done on wells have gone without a hitch. And being in a rural market, it’s tough to just turn away a large portion of leads based on the fact they’re on a well.

I have found that pretty much every well that’s been problematic for me, the homeowners have had previous issues. So if I ask, “has your well ever run dry,” and they answer yes (or hesitate), then that’s a pretty good indication that I need to refer them to someone with larger tanks.


My udors are about $1100


A GP TSF2021 will run around $800-900 with tax and shipping. Add in the loss of income for every day that machine isn’t running and it gets even more expensive.

I’m lucky, run down to Southside and pick up one for $600.

That looks pretty bad. Good amount of my jobs are on a well and usually fine. This one was great.

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I couldn’t imagine getting $500 for a house wash when it takes an hour and you use $10 worth of chemicals. Do you really get that in your area?

People don’t pay me for my time. They pay me for my expertise and professionalism.


Back to the old discussion…“what are you selling?” If you’re selling, “I’ll get your house clean”, no one will pay much…the $99 guy will get your house clean. If you’re selling “peace of mind because we know what we’re doing, our technicians are professionally trained before they leave our shop, we’ll protect you and your stuff (and are insured/capable of paying to make it right if something does go wrong), and you can rest easy because we have over x00 5-star reviews.” Those are two entirely different products, with 2 obviously very different price points. And that doesn’t matter what market you’re in.


Ditto. My go-to saying for many years has been, “I charge for results, not time.”

As it turns out, I refused payment for the job in my original post. They’re having continued issues with their well, and so I can’t finish the job.

They wanted to pay for the work I put in, but I explained that it wasn’t compatible with my business model to accept payment when I’m unable to deliver the promised results.

(Additionally, I felt bad for their situation, and it seemed like that money could help them more than it could help me.)

I’m not sure how many $99 guys are in the position to turn down a payment just because it felt like the right thing to do. (Even among those who charge more reasonable rates, I feel there’s a pervasive attitude of work=money.)


Now THAT is the perfect example of relationship building! I love it! They may even leave you a review just because…

I don’t disagree with getting paid for the results, not the time. My day job, I’m paid to manage a team and make design and business decisions. I don’t get paid by how much time I put in at work, I get paid for results at the end of the year.

I’m just saying, no way around here anyone pays $500 for a house washing. If you can get that, that’s awesome and I’m seriously jealous.

It’s a funny world we live in. Folks will spend $150 detailing there $10,000 depreciating vehicle but cry at a $500 house wash on a $500,000 asset. I’ve never been shy to charge as much ad I can regardless of what the so called market values my service.


Yikes, I hope your costs are low to compensate for that. Our avg. job is down while we get our new CRM optimized, and it’s at $710 for this season. Just goes to show even apples-to-apples comparisons can really mean Red Delicious vs. Granny Smiths…you have to know your business and market to price “correctly”.

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Price is truly a result of marketing and salesmanship if that is a word. Anyone can sling bleach and for a couple hundred dollars get into this business. I myself like my off time from my regular job so I require higher than normal fees to wash things than the crackhead down the street with a 1.7 gpm and a dream, because in Florida, that is the competition. Does that mean they cant ask for $500.? No, it just means they are not likely to get it. I arrive to bid clean, educated, and confident. These 3 things allow me a little more credibility than someone unprofessional and slobby. Having professional equipment is another key. Your setup is unique and i would buy one if it was available, but for $500 people would be right to expect a more professional set up. It is all part of the show. Perception is reality, if they perceive i am worth more, then I am. I bet if you had a nice trailer with a water tank and some hose reels you could ask for more and get it. The lowest actual house wash this year for me is $325. That is in Tampa with hundreds of power washers. I am not trying to brag, i just think you can ask for more money and as long as you know how to overcome objections and build value in yourself and your service, you can get those higher prices too. The reality is I trade time for money. I have greater value on my time than most.