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The Dangers of DIY Pressure Washing

Pressure washers have become very popular hire options among homeowners looking for fast and efficient cleans.

Pressure washing your siding, deck and driveway is very effective if done correctly.

Unfortunately, some people are unaware of the different equipment needed for different surfaces and without sufficient training, you can damage your property.

Common mistakes using pressure washers

The most common mistake DIY pressure washing is applying too much pressure plus it is easy to underestimate the power of a jet of water. For many first-timers, they could end up carving strips out of wood decking or etching lines into the home’s siding.

Some people will only load their washer with water, without the proper ratio of cleaning solution mixed in. This means your cleaning effectiveness will be vastly reduced and lead to applying too much pressure to compensate for the lost power.

Water-only mixtures can also spread mould spores around. The extra pressure and mould-related damages can lead to costly repairs.

There is an art to giving your home a thorough clean, with some general guidelines for pressure washing the best solution.

  • Always start with a wider fan pattern and make sure you keep the nozzle moving.
  • Hold it at the distance that is recommended in your use manual.
  • Avoid blasting directly into corners, beneath the lip of a window, or into dryer and attic vents.
  • Pressure wash first if you plan to also do the windows.
  • Ensure electric pressure washers are properly connected and grounded at all times.
  • Beware of shock hazards around the house and ensure you are wearing rubber-soled shoes for increased protection.

Hire or purchase a pressure washer from Britclean

If you have decided to hire a pressure washer, do your research beforehand to ensure you get the best equipment for your requirements. Experts from Britclean are available to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact us now.

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