Tips and tricks to pressure wash your own property

It’s finally springtime which means you’re likely outside surveying your home or property this very moment thinking to yourself… wow this needs a lot of work!

Since we’re all spending more time at home these days, self-isolating and doing our part to flatten this third wave, why not use some of that extra time and energy to knock a few home maintenance tasks off your To Do list? Why not start by pressure washing or power washing your home, driveway, path, deck or fence?

Be your own pressure washing expert by following these tips…

Buy or rent your pressure washer?

What’s the right choice? If you own a home, you’ll likely be looking to pressure wash at least twice a year so buying is a smart option. The average pressure washer will cost you $400 – $500 compared to a daily rental of $75 – $100. It’ll pay for itself in a few years.

Avoid electric pressure washers

Avoid electric pressure washers as they don’t provide the power needed to clean the average sized property or home. Yes, they are cheaper but it will take you 5 times as long to finish your project.

Prep your area

Spend time preparing the area before you start pressure washing. Sweep away dirt, dust, and debris or you will just make a bigger mess and your project will take way longer.

Choose your nozzle

Choosing your pressure washing nozzle needs to be carefully thought through as it plays a crucial role in your cleaning process. It’s size and spray angle determines the gallons per minute at different water pressures.

To determine nozzle size, you need to know the GPM (gallons per minute) and PSI (pounds per square inch) recommended for the surface you’re cleaning. Zero degree nozzles concentrate all cleaning power into a very tight area, while 65 degree nozzles spread water to a wider area; typically, 40 degree nozzles are the most popular option because they provide strong cleaning power while still cleaning a large amount of surface space.

Check your water supply

Your hose will need to deliver a certain amount of gallons per minute that is specified by the machine you choose. Also, be sure to use a garden hose no more than 50 feet long, and it is best if it is kink free.

Starting up your machine

Starting up your pressure washing machine is relatively a straight forward task but here are a few tips…

  • Make sure hose connections are tight to prevent air loss
  • Set the spray wand to low
  • Turn the water at the tap on full force.
  • Squeeze trigger to remove air from the system
  • Start her up

Alternate your spraying technique

We found that we had to keep adjusting the spray depending on what areas we were cleaning. For the toughest stains we used a narrow spray, but for general cleaning, the wider spray worked best and was easier on our brick work. A wide footed stance worked best too. The blast from a power washer is quite strong and you can easily fall over if not careful.

Be careful with siding and don’t spray windows

If you are not careful, the force of the spray can get behind the siding and cause moisture problems later on. Stand back and be careful. And don’t spray windows as the high burst of a power washer can break windows, so you have to be careful around them.

In closing

Pressure washing is definitely something you can do yourself. All you need is the right machine, some time, and lots of energy!

Can’t be bothered? Book a Fast Task expert to do the work for you. All experts have been vetted and Power Washing is a non-contact task so you (and your expert) can easily social distance.

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