Everything You Need To Know About Pressure Washers

Pressure washers readily wash walls, patios, driveways, siding, sheds, outside power equipment and much more.  They save you time and produce immediate results with minimal effort, making spring cleaning a breeze.  For smaller jobs choose an electric pressure washer, larger jobs will require the force of a gas pressure washer.   Pressure washers use pumps to amplify water pressure.  

You can pick from electric pressure washers or washers powered by gasoline. Generally, pressure washer pumps have different connection points for low and high pressure.   The low-pressure connection (IN) is built to use a normal lawn hose.  The high-pressure connection (OUT) can accommodate a pressure washer hose (typically M22 threaded or 3/8-inch QC) that connects to a hand-held pressure washer wand.   Axial pumps, best suited for smaller jobs, are easy to use and require little maintenance.  Triplex pumps, perfect for daily or frequent usage, are capable of ensuring years of hassle-free and superior performance.  

Many pressure washers include wands that use a 1/4-inch quick connect system.  After using pressure washers, pump protectors should be used without fail. Pump protector not only lubricates the pump’s seals but also stops the accumulation of corrosive materials and ice.

How to choose the right pressure washer?

It is important to keep in mind the stream of your water supply and double-check the amps required to power the version of pressure washer you plan to purchase.  You should look for a pressure washer that has a ground fault interrupter assembled to the cord.  Some pressure washers may need a 20-amp circuit.  Check to see if the brushes and pressure washer nozzles  suit that the types of jobs you intend to work on.  For specific tasks which require heavy duty cleaning,  rotating brushes and extension wands are used.  In case your cleaning needs are more demanding, choose a pressure washer which uses digital fuel injection, or EFI.  

How to get the most out of pressure washers?

  • If you need to clean vertical surfaces, follow a bottom to top approach and rinse from the top.
  • For proper cleaning, use broadest and lowest pressure nozzle. If you use a narrow pressure nozzle, it might result in a cut on the surface you are trying to clean.
  • For gasoline powered pressure washers, add a fuel stabilizer to the gasoline before filling the tank of the pressure washer.
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