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Six Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Hurricane Season

May 31, 2021

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual and the latest outlook calls for 19 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). For comparison, this forecast is above the 30-year average of 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

The official Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 to Nov 30, so now’s the time to make sure you’re prepared.

Here’s a quick list of items to check off your list ASAP.

Evacuation Plan: Know the recommended evacuation route, and keep your gas tank full. 

Supplies: Keep bottled water and other supplies on hand.

Hurricane Kit: Include a first-aid kit, medications, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, batteries, whistle and local maps.

Copy Important Documents: Back up your computer, and keep copies of important documents in a safety deposit box. 

Prepare Your Home: Secure or store outdoor items, and make sure your roof and shingles are in good shape to withstand strong winds.

Back Up Your Power: Determine what type of generator you need in case of a power outage. 

Last year’s storms, wildfires, and concerns over COVID contributed to the fact that the portable generator industry experienced record growth last year. This year, due to the same factors and ever-changing current events, people continue to buy portable generators at a record rate. Buy early to avoid having your item on backorder and to take advantage of pre-hurricane season promotions. 

When the power’s out, appliances you depend on, like your refrigerator, electric stove, lights and A/C can’t be used. Your food will go bad if you lose power to your refrigerator and replacing all of it is incredibly expensive. If you can’t charge your phone, use your computer or tune in to the local news, you’ll be cut off from communication, which is vital during a hurricane power outage. If you can’t cool your home because the power’s out, staying home could get unbearable, plus high temperatures and humidity can damage your home’s interior. 

A reliable generator ensures peace of mind during a power outage caused by a hurricane. There are two main types of generators for hurricanes: portable and home standby. 

A portable generator is perfect if you only want to back up a few essentials. Portable generators come in different sizes, run on either gasoline, propane or even natural gas, and don’t need to be installed.

If you’d like to power more than just the essentials, or even your whole home, consider a home standby generator. Standbys are connected to your propane or natural gas system and never need refueling. Your home standby generator starts automatically when the power goes out and returns to standby when power is restored, ensuring security and convenience for your family during a hurricane power outage.

Having a safe source of power during an emergency is priceless since now more than ever, the security and safety of your family is more important than anything else.

New Tri-Fuel Natural Gas Ready Portable Generator

May 3, 2021

Choose Your Fuel: New Natural Gas Ready Generator With Tri-Fuel Technology Offers Powerful Flexibility

Imagine one generator designed with the ability to run off of your choice of three fuels. No need to imagine it any longer – Champion’s natural gas ready generator is a reliable source of power with the ultimate in fuel flexibility. When you’re not running your generator on natural gas, you also have the option of operating it on gasoline or propane. The ability to operate your generator on three types of fuel makes this one of the most versatile generators on the market.

Champion Power Equipment introduces their first generator with the flexibility to run off of natural gas, gasoline, or propane. No matter which fuel you choose, you’re all set to go right out of the box since Champion includes natural gas and propane hoses, plus a battery for the convenient electric start and engine oil. 

You’d think operating a generator like this would be complicated, especially if you want to switch fuels, but Champion makes it easy. The EZ Start dial allows you to safely select gasoline, propane (LPG), or natural gas (NG) as your fuel source, plus a propane/natural gas selector is located on the side panel.

Having all this flexibility at your disposal is great, but not at the risk of your family’s well-being when not used properly. Portable generator safety has always been the top priority for Champion, so of course, Champion’s new Tri-Fuel Generator also includes CO Shield® technology. Champion’s CO Shield offers peace of mind with powerful protection from hazardous carbon monoxide in case a generator is not used in an appropriate area. Generators should only be operated outside in open-air environments far away from windows, doors, and vents.

The natural gas ready unit includes a 25-foot NG hose kit, which includes a female quick connect end, a female flare fitting end and an NPT male adapter so you can easily connect your generator to your home’s natural gas source. 

When propane is a more convenient fuel source, simply use the supplied 6-foot propane hose with a built-in regulator to connect your generator to a propane tank. Your generator will run for up to 5 hours at 50% load when you use a 20-pound propane tank. 

If running your generator off of gasoline makes the most sense for your activities, you’re good to go since the 8.5-gallon fuel tank will run for up to 12.5 hours at 50% load when it’s full.

Champion’s new natural gas ready generator with Tri-Fuel technology is one more way Champion Power Equipment is constantly working to bring you advanced, innovative features to make sure you have access to flexible, reliable power whenever you need it.

View the new Champion Tri-Fuel Generator Specs →

Pressure Washer Season: Four Ways to Spring Cleanup Success

April 27, 2021

Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to venture outside and get a handle on what you need to do to prepare for the new season. For most homeowners, spring cleanup includes getting rid of winter grime, pollen, mold, mildew, and dirt that has had time to accumulate. Instead of hiring a service company or renting equipment, using your own pressure washer to tackle your warm weather to-do list is cost-effective, efficient, and satisfying! 

Here are four ways your pressure washer can make all your spring cleanup projects a success. 

  1. Pressure wash your home’s exterior

You and your family have persevered through sleet, snow, ice, and storms. Winter is finally clearing out for good, but it’s left a lot of dirt and debris behind. If you’ve noticed your home looks a little more dull or dingy than it did last fall, this is probably why. 

Whether your home’s exterior is brick, stucco, or vinyl, a pressure washer and a little time on the weekend is all it takes to brighten up your home and give it a fresh appearance for spring. Whether they’re dolly-style or wheelbarrow style, pressure washers are designed to be convenient and easy to maneuver. They’re also fast and easy to assemble right out of the box so you can get right to work. 

Follow all safety precautions in your manual, and make sure you understand the safest way to clean the materials that make up the surface of your home. Begin cleaning by choosing the right nozzle for the job. If you need detergent, you’ll want to have that ready to go as well. 

Keep the spray at a slight angle and use an even and consistent sweeping motion when you clean to minimize streaking and prevent damage. Champion pressure washers include a high-pressure hose. This handy tool helps extend your reach and makes it much easier to get to every area of your home that needs to be cleaned. 

  1. Pressure wash your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or deck

It’s not just vertical surfaces like your home’s exterior that are affected by dirt and grime. You’ll find that winter grime has also been deposited on your driveway, sidewalk, patio, and deck.

Fortunately, the right pressure washer plus water and detergent can take care of winter buildup for you in no time. 

When cleaning horizontal surfaces outside your home, it’s important to choose the right nozzle since the size of the nozzle affects water flow and pressure. Champion pressure washers come with four quick-connect nozzles (0˚, 25˚,40˚, soap) to ensure maximum cleaning performance for any type of job. The quick-connect feature makes it easy to switch out nozzles as you clean.

Before you clean, make sure you clear the area of toys, furniture, potted plants, and anything else that might get in the way. Read up on the safest way to clean each surface since the recommended methods for pressure washing a concrete driveway are different than the methods for safely cleaning a wooden deck.  

  1. Pressure wash your patio or porch furniture

If your patio or porch furniture has been sitting outside all winter, it definitely deserves a cleanup. Hand washing and scrubbing every inch of your outdoor furniture is exhausting and time consuming, but using a pressure washer is a fast, easy, and fun way to get your outdoor living spaces ready for the first barbecue of the season.

Champion designs their pressure washers with onboard storage for a high-pressure hose, trigger gun and spray wand to ensure you’ll have what you need when you need it. Having everything you need at your fingertips means you’ll be able to keep cleaning without having to stop and put things away.

First, remove all cushions and bring your furniture to a flat surface, clear of any items that might get in the way. Choose a low-pressure spray and start at the top of the furniture using a back and forth motion and working your way down. When the furniture is clean, don’t forget to rinse off any excess detergent and then let your furniture dry thoroughly before replacing your cushions. 

  1. Pressure wash your vehicle, boat, or farm equipment

Whatever vehicle you need to clean, using a pressure washer is a faster, more efficient way to get the job done. 

Champion pressure washers include never flat tires for easy maneuvering as you work your way around each vehicle. 

When pressure washing a vehicle, you’ll want to proceed with caution and be sure you don’t do anything to damage the surface. Boats and farm equipment are going to need different cleaning methods than a car or a truck, so it’s important to read your vehicle owner’s manual first to prevent damage. Also, read up on the safest methods to clean your particular type of vehicle.

Many sources recommend using a regular garden hose first to rinse off loose mud, salt, or bugs. When you’re ready to use your pressure washer, test the pressure on the ground first, then start with a basic, no-detergent rinse using a wide angle nozzle and low pressure spray with a downward angle, keeping a distance of 2-3 feet from the vehicle.

A pressure washer can make all your spring cleanup projects a success

Unless your idea of fun is cleaning your outdoor surfaces with a scrub brush and a sponge, consider purchasing a pressure washer this spring. A pressure washer will save you time and money and make sure you’re able to get all your spring cleanup projects taken care of in record time.