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Pressure Washer for Boat Cleaning

Sailboat on the waterIf you have a boat, be it a sailboat or a motorboat, you know that a clean hull helps your boat go through the water faster.

Because boat cleaning can mean some real work and take up a chunk of your day, many people use pressure washers to keep the hull of their boat clean, as part of their regular boat maintenance procedures.

Motorboat on the water.New boat owner and not sure how to start cleaning your boat?

Pressure Washers Direct provided this handy step by step guide for keeping boats clean and ready for a good time on the water – “How to Pressure Wash Your Boat and Trailer”

A pressure washer can really save time and work while cleaning your boat. If you haven’t cleaned your boat with a pressure washer before, Briggs & Stratton made this helpful video about cleaning boats with pressure washers.

Is your pressure washer running well and ready to help you enjoy your time on the water in your boat?

Pressure Washer with Honda small engineIf your pressure washer isn’t running right, or not even running at all, call Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to bring it to our Middleburg, Florida shop for service or repair.

Pressure Washer Pickup and Delivery service for Middleburg, Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, and Jacksonville are available. Call Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 for details or to make an appointment.

Portable Generator Maintenance

Many people living in Florida have purchased a Portable Generator to provide some electrical power if their primary electrical service is lost.

Thankfully, for most of us our primary electrical service is very reliable.

hurricane weatherBut during Florida Hurricane Season (June through November each year) or even during a more common thunderstorm, or as the result of an accident, there can be a power outage that can last from minutes to hours, even days. And to provide a reliable backup source of electrical power, we have a portable generator.

Because our primary electrical power service is so reliable, often our portable generators can sit for months without being needed. If they are not run periodically, they may not perform when we need them.

Briggs and Stratton Portable Generator“It’s a good idea to have a professional service your portable generator once a year.” – Allstate Insurance, on Portable Generator maintenance.
In addition to annual professional maintenance of your portable generator, most generator manufacturers recommend:

1.  Read and follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s Owner’s manual for your portable generator. If you do not understand the instructions clearly, give them a call; most manufacturer’s have a telephone number in the Owner’s manual, and many are toll free.

2.  Put a fresh half gallon of fuel in the generator fuel tank, once each month, and run the generator for at least an hour. Drain any left over gasoline from the fuel tank. Gas goes stale when left sitting in a fuel tank for a month, and is harder to start.

As an alternative, some people add a fuel stabilizer (such as Briggs and Stratton fuel stabilizer treatment) to the fuel in their tank, which helps the fuel stay fresh longer.

3.  Check your generator starting method.

  • If your portable generator is a manual, pull-start, check the pull rope for wear as you pull it to start the generator each month. If the rope is worn, it should be replaced so it doesn’t break when you really need that generator.
  • If your portable generator is a battery started model, check the charge on that battery.
  • Some portable generators have a manual start capability as a backup for the batter starting capablity, and in those cases, you should check both ways of starting your generator.

portable generator with a small engine4.  While running your generator each month, plug in a small appliance; a lamp or a portable drill or kitchen hand mixer, and run the appliance to make sure that the generator is producing electricity.

5.  Remember that Portable Generators produce exhaust gasses when they operate, including carbon monoxide with is colorless and has no odor, and can be deadly.  Always operate you portable generator outside of your home or business. And do not run a portable generator near an open window, because the carbon monoxide can blow into the home or business and endanger anyone inside.

6.  Protect your Generator. When you operate your Portable Generator, shelter it from wet or damp conditions, to prevent shock hazards from the electricity being produced by the generator (and to keep your generator from shorting out, or from being damaged by corrosion). Then store your generator in a safe, dry place, to keep it ready for use during an emergency.

7.  Generator fuel is flammable. Store fuel (usually gasoline) in a safe container, and in a safe, cool and well ventilated place that is not in the same space as where you operate the Portable Generator. Never add fuel to a generator until the generator cools down. Better to use flashlights for a while than take a chance on a fire or explosion!

Generac Portable GeneratorBlack Creek Services, Inc. provides on-site repairs in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as in our shop in Middleburg, Florida. We can also provide pickup and delivery of your portable generator.

If your portable generator is hard to start, runs rough, or won’t start at all, before you start pricing a replacement, Call Black Creek Services, Inc.  at 904.449.3986 or Contact Black Creek Services, Inc. for a free estimate. Often, with some minor repairs, we can have your portable generator running right and reliable again in no time.

Black Creek Services Inc. Small Engine Maintenance Service

Koehler Command ProWhether your small engine is in a lawn mower, a portable generator, a pressure washer, a lawn tractor, or another application, based on our experience, Small Engines perform better and last longer with an annual maintenance service.

Small engine maintenance service doesn’t cost a lot  of money. It’s really more of an investment in having a reliable small engine for whatever you want to do.

small engine Briggs and StrattonAt Black Creek Services, we follow the same basic guidelines for an annual small engine service as recommended for Briggs and Stratton small engines:

  1. Change the Air Filter.
  2. Drain and replace the Oil.
  3. Change the Spark Plug.
  4. Give your gasoline a boost while protecting your engine with a Fuel Treatment and Stabilizer.

As part of our Annual Small Engine maintenance service, we also look for reliability concerns like:

  • Condition of starting rope (if it is a manual, pull-start engine)
  • Condition of Battery connections (if it is an electrically started engine)
  • Missing springs or fasteners
  • Condition of carburetor throttle controls or function of governor

lawn mower small engineWe will notify you about any concerns we find with your small engine, and provide you an estimate for the cost of making necessary repairs.

We use quality parts and materials during small engine maintenance service and any repairs. Black Creek Services, Inc. has built a reputation for providing reliable, quality small engine service for people living in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, and all around the Jacksonville area, and we want to keep it that way.

When you need maintenance service or repairs for your small engine, Contact Black Creek Services at 904.449.3986.

Do you have the right Generator?

From heating and cooling to running the refrigerator, the microwave, the TV and even re-charging our cell phones, electrical power is something most people don’t want to be without very long.

10000 Watt - Briggs & Stratton Portable GeneratorTo provide temporary electrical power during a power outage, such as during a storm, or worse, in the event of hurricane damage, many people have purchased portable generators.

Most people have heard that portable generators cannot be run inside their home (or even in their garage) because the exhaust of the small engine that runs the generator can produce hazardous levels of deadly carbon monoxide in closed spaces.

portable generator with a small engineBut some portable generator owners don’t understand that portable generators are only supposed to be used to power several appliances in their home or office, via heavy duty extension cords plugged into the generators electrical outlets.

Actually, before buying a portable generator, the first step is supposed to be deciding what your temporary power needs are, and then buying the generator that will provide sufficient electrical power to run the appliances you pick. Read more about determining the size portable generator that you need in our Black Creek Services article – What Size Portable Generator Do You Need?

Some people have tried connecting their portable generators directly to their home or business breaker panel/electrical distribution panel. This is dangerous, because it creates an electrical hazard not only for the people using their portable generator this way, but also can backfeed electrical power into the local electrical grid, endangering others in the family, neighbors, and electrical  service personnel when they start to restore normal electrical power to the area.

Portable Generators are for temporarily powering several appliances for a home or office.

Permanent stand-by generators are larger units that can be installed in homes or offices and wired into breaker panels/distribution panels to provide backup power when there is a power outage. If you want to provide power to more than just a few appliances during a power outage, we recommend you look into a stand-by generator. In Clay County, Florida, a good resource for more information is our Clay County Florida Electrical Cooperative.

Most people find portable generators an affordable option.

hurricane weatherIs your portable generator ready to provide you electrical power during a power outage? When is the last time you started it up and ran it for 5 to 10 minutes?

If you can’t get your portable generator to start, or if you’d like to make sure your portable generator is ready for the next Hurricane, Call Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 for our Hurricane Season Generator Service, or Contact Black Creek Services! You can’t beat our in-shop price, and we can also provide mobile or pickup and delivery service.

Pressure Washers – Rent or Buy?

Pressure Washers make short work of many cleaning projects.

  • Home, private owner use Pressure Washer from Lowe’s, Home Depot, or similar home improvement stores cost between $300 to $500.
  • Good, commercial grade Pressure Washers can be found for less than $1000.

Pressure Washer with Honda small engineBoth private use Pressure Washers and Commercial grade Pressure Washers may look nice, but the Commercial grade Pressure Washers are designed to last a lot longer.

Frequent causes of problems with Pressure Washers are old fuel, loose electrical connection, or the water pump.

Most private use pressure washers are built with a pump designed to last from 30 to 40 hours before the first operational problem happens. Then the bearings go out, and it locks up.

Unfortunately, the cost of a durable replacement pump is $150 to $200, and then there is the cost of labor for replacing the pump, and any other repairs to your pressure washer.

Of course, if clients just want to replace the failed pump with another one designed to only last 30 to 40 hours of use, we can do that too.

DeWalt Pressure Washer with small engineLet’s see – $400 for a Pressure Washer that works for around 20 hours, that’s about $20 / hour. If there is an equipment rental store in the neighborhood, people might save money by renting a Pressure Washer rather than buying one of their own.

But if you have a Pressure Washer and it isn’t running, give us a call at Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986.

We have over 20 years of experience with small engine repair. We may be able to get your Pressure Washer running again at a cost less than buying a new one.

Often we find problems are fuel system from sitting too long, and we can fix those relatively easily, and for not much cost.

Black Creek Services, Inc. offers mobile Pressure Washer Repair, Portable Generator Repair, and Lawn Mower Repair and Mobile Lawn Tractor Repair in the Jacksonville Florida area. We’re talking Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, and Middleburg, Florida.

If you have questions, please call us 904.449.3986 or Contact us. We like to help people get their small engine-powered equipment running right again!

Mobile Lawn Mower Repair in the Jacksonville FL area

Black Creek Services logoBlack Creek Services, Inc. offers mobile lawn mower repair and mobile lawn tractor repair in the Jacksonville Florida area.

  • We’re talking Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, and Middleburg, Florida.

mobile lawn mower repair service to save your pickup truckIt is frustrating enough to have problems with your lawn mower or lawn tractor when you have a lawn to mow, but even worse when you have to load your mower or tractor into your truck and take it somewhere to get it fixed!

And even worse if you have to borrow or rent a truck to get your lawn equipment to where it can get worked on!

workshop benchBlack Creek Services, Inc. is a different kind of small engine service provider. We provide mobile (on-site) repairs and maintenance and real time diagnostics. If we need to perform the repair work in our Middleburg shop, we provide pickup and delivery service, too.

We can handle anything from routine maintenance service to more complicated repairs.

Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986 with your lawn mower or lawn tractor problems.

If you need mobile lawn mower repair or mobile lawn tractor repair, we look forward to helping you get your lawn equipment running well again!

Small Engine Repair Tips

Racing Lawn TractorsSome companies focus on a pretty package for their small engine-powered product. Paint, shiny trim, and flashy decals can make their product very eye-catching. How the product performs should be among the top criteria in a consumer’s shopping list. And the small engine that powers the item is important in producing that product performance.

If your lawn mower, lawn tractor, portable generator, or pressure washer is not performing like it used to, here are some small engine repair tips to help you out.

small engine Briggs and Stratton1.  All small engines are not the same. You may pay a little more to get a product with a brand name small engine like Briggs and Stratton, Honda, or Kohler. That’s OK. These people make rugged, reliable engines. If properly maintained, they will keep performing well for years and years.

Some off-brand small engines don’t stock repair parts, so what might be an easy fix for a better know small engine might be the “end of the line” for the off-brand engine,  and the lawn mower, lawn tractor, portable generator, or pressure washer it was powering. Bummer!

2.  Get genuine repair parts for your small engine-powered equipment whenever possible.  A small engine runs best with the parts that meet it’s original design (unless you are into lawn tractor racing). Some companies do a good business in providing parts that “will work” in various small engines. Without the original design plans, they have to guess at the specifications for the replacement parts they make. And variations from the original design specifications can result in less than optimum performance for you and your small engine.

lawn mower small engine3.  Unless you are handy with tools, and understand how to maintain your small engine-powered equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, have a professional mechanic maintain your equipment on a regular schedule. Most manufacturers recommend regular maintenance every so many months, or so many hours of operation. Many people have their small engine-powered equipment maintained each spring, when we tend to become more active with such equipment. Regular maintenance can help your equipment last as long as it was originally designed to.

4. Regular maintenance of your small engine powered equipment will help it last longer, and that saves you money. Equipment that is not properly maintained will cost you money, either in repair bills or in the cost of having to buy a new piece of equipment. Who needs that? Do yourself a favor and let us help you with maintenance of your small engine powered equipment. Black Creek Services, Inc. provides thorough, reliable maintenance and repair for lawn mowers, lawn tractors, portable generators, and pressure washers.

5.  If you are having problems with your small engine-powered equipment, just call Black Creek Services, Inc.  904.449.3986. We can provide a FREE estimate. We can provide mobile, on-site maintenance and repairs in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as transporting your equipment to our shop in Middleburg and returning it when our work is completed.

If you have questions, please call us 904.449.3986 or Contact us. We like to help people get their small engine-powered equipment running right again!

Pressure Washer Maintenance in Jacksonville Florida

When your pressure washer is running right, you can clean your car, your home, your driveway, and more. But if you are having problems with how your pressure washer is running, Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986 for on-site or in-shop repair of your pressure washer.

Pressure Washer with Honda small engineBlack Creek Services, Inc. has been working on small engines in pressure washers, lawn mowers, lawn tractors, and emergency power generators, in the Jacksonville, Florida area, since 1998.  We do real-time diagnostics.  We provide pickup and delivery – prompt and efficient service.

Our motto is, “No small engine repair job is too big or too small.”

Pressure Washer with small engineBlack Creek Services is located in Middleburg, Florida, and also provides our small engine maintenance and repair services in surrounding areas such as:

  • Fleming Island
  • Orange Park
  • Jacksonville
  • Green Cove Springs

If your pressure washer is not performing like it should, before you start pricing a replacement, Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986 for a free estimate.

Quality Lawn Mower Service in Middleburg Florida area

Is your lawn mower or lawn tractor giving you a rough time when you need to mow your lawn?

mowing the lawnIf your lawn mower is hard to start, runs rough, or won’t even start at all, you can get quality lawn mower service for your lawn mower or lawn tractor from Black Creek Services, Inc. of Middleburg, Florida: 904.449.3986.

Our prices are reasonable and competitive. If we can’t fix your problem, we won’t waste your time or your money!

We provide real-time diagnostics. We have mobile and in-shop lawn mower and lawn tractor repair service.

small engine Briggs and StrattonMany people don’t realize that if you need to get your lawn mower ready for each new mowing season:

  • Replace the oil.
  • Clean or replace the air filter.
  • Replace the gasoline.
  • Replace your spark plug.

Many times,  just these four steps gets your lawn mower running properly again.

Let us help you be able to enjoy mowing your lawn again!

We provide our lawn mower and lawn tractor tuneup and repair service in Middleburg, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986  for an appointment to get your lawn mower or lawn tractor performing like it should.