What are the most common problems with a power washing business?
If you’re having trouble getting your pressure washer to work properly, or if it’s not cleaning your surfaces as well as you’d like, then this article is for you! We’ll go over the most common problems people experience with a power washing business and show you how to fix them in no time! Continue reading to learn how to solve your power washing issues.
Know Your Pressure Washer
One of the most common problems is trying to use a pressure washer that’s not designed or rated for what you’re doing with it. A pressure washer motor draws a lot of amperages, which means you need a heavy-duty electrical system if your water pump is run off of AC current (pretty much all residential homes). If you have a heavy-duty gas-powered unit then it has its own large engine and electrical system already built in, so as long as your pressure hose isn’t too far away from your pump then you should just be able to connect 1 spray gun and start working. Don’t try using an extension cord though, because that will cause problems with your electrical system.
Remove Your Detergent
I know this seems like common sense, but sometimes we forget things! You should never use detergent or any other cleaning solution when power washing your surfaces with water alone! Even though the water itself is pretty hot (between 140 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit), the detergent is super cold, which will cause it to shoot back towards you! What’s more, most of these chemicals are very corrosive and can ruin your pressure washer in a hurry. If you’ve ever gotten cleaner in your eyes or gotten chemical burns on your skin then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix for this problem: use a non-corrosive power washing soap! You can get plenty of different kinds that work just as well as regular cleaning chemicals would, except they don’t shoot back at you when using high volumes of water. This will save you lots of money by not having to buy another pressure washer every year (trust me, it happens), and will keep your unit in great condition for years to come.
Clean Your Surface Properly
This is the most common mistake people make when power washing – they just blast water onto their surfaces without any thought put into it! This may work with some surfaces but not all, so before you do anything else you should test out your cleaning solution on a small patch of the area you want to clean. If everything looks good then start blasting away at your surface, although be sure to ONLY use high volumes of water rather than using detergent too because adding chemicals will only cause you more problems than benefits.
Don’t Limit Yourself
When people first start using their pressure washers they tend to only use one spray gun because that’s what came with their unit. While this can be fine on some surfaces, using just one type of spray gun won’t let you get the most out of your power washing experience by limiting yourself!
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