Pressure washers are undeniably powerful cleaning equipments that can cause injuries or serious harm if they are not used properly and carefully. It is composed of two main components – the motor and the water pump. The motor is basically the component that drives or spins the water pump while the water pump is mainly responsible for generating the immense pressure that is sought after with pressure washer units.
If you buy a pressure washer, particularly new ones, they will consist of the unit along with manuals and other accessories. It is necessary that you read the manual for operating instructions and safety, especially if you’ve never used or operated pressure washers before. This will not just teach you how to how to use the unit properly in order to extend its operating life, but it will also teach you how to operate it safely to prevent any mishaps or injuries.
One very important safety measure when operating pressure washers is to never point the pressurized stream of water to anyone because the intense pressure that comes from the unit is very strong and can have the potential to peel off a person’s skin. As the intense water pressure can potentially harm a person, then you should be extra careful as you do not water to hurt yourself while using it. Thus, be mindful of your actions, and remember that you must never try to change spray nozzles while the spray is on.
When using a pressure washer, you must be aware of your surroundings so to prevent yourself from accidentally tripping off or from accidentally spraying on items that must not get wet. One other thing that you must remember, most especially if you are using a gasoline-powered pressure washer, is to never operate the unit while smoking or operate it nearby open flames. Additionally, never ever refill the tank with fuel while the unit is on because it may cause sparks and accidentally ignite the fumes. If in case you are using an electric-powered pressure washer, ensure that you never operate it under the rain as rainwater may potentially short out its circuitries which can lead to devastating electric shocks.
Another safety measure that each and every pressure washer owner must do is to ensure that their unit is always in the off or closed position when they store it in order to prevent any kind of accidental discharge the next time it will be used. This will help you avoid any kicking from the wand or hose whenever you turn the pressure washer on. In addition, as a safety precaution, always use the pressure washer with both hands, with one hand holding the wand and the other holding the gun. This ensures that you have complete control when you do pressure washing tasks.
How to Give Your Home a Facelift
Since many homeowners have busy lifestyles, they often unintentionally neglect the some parts of their home, failing to give it the cleaning attention it needs. While it is true that our homes are kept tidy and maintained on the interior part, the exterior part on the other hand is left to the mercy of nature. Although many of us would like to or want to clean the outdoor part, we usually just set it aside and just say we’ll do it once we have a lot of free time. However, as soon as we have a lot o free time, we still fail to do so as we claim there are better things to do with our time.
For people who have money to spare, having the outer portion of their homes cleaned is not such a big problem since they can hire helpers to do the job for them. However, for people who are looking to save money, they would prefer to do this type of menial job themselves; after all, all it takes is time and some elbow grease to get the job done. The truth is cleaning the outer portion of your home, particularly the walls, patio, walkway, fence and driveway is not so hard if you have the right cleaning equipment – the pressure washer.
If the outdoor portion of your home is weathered and filled with cobwebs, molds, pollen, and other eye sore (a dead giveaway that it is not properly maintained), then maybe it’s about time that you gave your home the facelift that it desperately needs.
Before attempting to pressure wash your home, the first thing that you must do is to assess the material that were used to build your home as well as the current condition it is in. This will help you to determine how much pressure you need or whether it is even feasible to use a pressure washer on it. For example, if the surface you need to clean is made of wood, brick, concrete, or even metal, then you can pressure wash safely and easily. However, if the surface has chipping paint, you may want to consider carefully if you want pressure wash it as pressure washing it will definitely remove any chipped paint, leaving the surface looking uneven. Then again, if you plan on having it repainted, then removing the chipped paint will make repainting easier.
The main advantage in using a pressure washer to clean solid surfaces is that it generally saves you a lot of time to accomplish your cleaning chore. Whether you have your own pressure washer or are just renting one, they are the perfect cleaning companions in removing hard to remove dirt, mud, grime, and even chewing gums. The different nozzle attachments allows you to customize the stream of water according to your cleaning needs so you can accomplish your current task more efficiently and in less time. If you have a particularly tough stain or dirt to remove, you can take advantage of a pressure washer’s chemical injector so you can use bleach, detergent or other chemicals to help you remove those tough stains much easier.
If you are set out to clean the exterior portion of your home, it is recommended that you take a picture of the before and after cleaning process so you will have a better picture of the transformation a simple cleaning job can do. Once you see the difference in the before and after shots, then you will truly feel the achievement and satisfaction of a job well done.