Choosing your pressure washing equipment can be tough if you don’t have any idea of the different types of them available.  If you don’t know where to start when choosing your pressure washing equipment, then there are chances that you may not pick the right equipment suitable for your cleaning needs – it is either you pick one that is inadequate, or you pick one that is overkill for your simple cleaning requirement.  Every professional pressure washing operators are aware that the equipment is very valuable so as to have success in the pressure washing industry.  This is simply because having a poor equipment will yield poor work as well as down time due to equipment maintenance which can cost a lot if you sum it all up in the long run.  Finding or getting the equipment that suits both your budget and needs is always the key.

There is a huge range of pressure washing equipment offered from a multitude of retailers.  Home Depot shops, hardware, and industrial supply houses offer a good number of options.  This makes it rather difficult to know where to even start.  The best way to address this is by asking yourself if you need one to make a living out of it, such as that of pressure washing companies.  If this is so, then you need equipment that is not only reliable, but also one that is durable, capable of withstanding abuse and prolonged usage. The unit should also be easily serviceable should you need to make some minor repairs.  Remember, pressure cleaning companies offer a professional cleaning job which means they also need professional cleaning equipment. However, if you need a unit simply for pressure washing your car and for home use, you will need just a light duty unit, more of an electric-powered pressure washing unit, as it is likely only going to be used occasionally.

Considering that you plan on opening up a pressure washing business, before you invest in a pressure washer unit, you need to decide on following: the types of surfaces you will be cleaning; what sector you will cater to – whether residential, commercial, or industrial; and the frequency of use.  The truth is you don’t necessarily have to cater just one specific sector as the more diversified your pressure washing business is, the more revenue you will be able to make.  Of course, the only two obstacles you need to endure at first would be the startup capital and the marketing struggle to attract clients.  After surpassing those two, if everything works out, your pressure washing business will surely flourish.  One factor you may want to consider when opening up a pressure washing business is transport – because you need to transport your equipment to the site that needs to be cleaned.  A pickup truck is usually sufficient enough to travel most of the equipment you need, and a trailer should there be a need for several numbers of pressure washers and equipment to be used.

Pressure washing businesses require pressure washer units with a heavy duty construction.  When it comes to pressure washer construction, the main difference between a professional-grade pressure washing unit with a consumer-grade one is the quality of the materials and components used in building the unit.  Units that are made for use on commercial and industrial sectors are built with stainless and ceramic components.  These components are definitely made for heavy duty use and can withstand long and continuous hours of daily operation.  If you compare these components with the brass and plastic material from light-duty units, you’ll certainly understand and see the difference why light duty units and heavy duty units are worlds apart, not just in build quality, but also in pricing.

When starting a pressure washing business, either from scratch or simply adding more equipments, there is a basic list of equipment (sort of like a starter kit) that you will need to have.  These basic list will include a 3,000 PSI hot water pressure washer, a 50 feet pressure hose, a pressure washer wand, a surface cleaner, a turbo nozzle, a 24-foot telescoping wand, a hose reel for easy pressure hose collection and transport, additional pressure hose of about 100 feet, Teflon tapes for sealing, degreasers, and other pressure washing chemicals relevant to the services you offer.

Aside from the basic equipment mentioned atop, your pressure washing equipment should also have the following attributes:

  • Belt Drive – this cannot be emphasized enough because a belt drive helps to dampen the vibration caused by the motor and that it also dissipates the heat emanating from the motor.  This helps to preserve the pressure pump from premature wear.
  • Electric Start Engine – the main purpose of having an electric start engine is so that you won’t have a hard time starting the unit up as compared to when using a pull start motor.
  • Separable Components – this includes the pressure pump, bypass lines, pressure regulator, inlet regulator, high limit switches, and pop-off valves.  Separable components enables ease of maintenance and repair  and allows you to replace or substitute with alternative components.
  • Chemical Injector – this would include both downstream and upstream chemical injector so you can dispense cleaning chemicals and detergents when needed.
  • Spray Gun and Wand with Interchangeable Nozzles – this will allow you to choose the type of pressure nozzle more suitable for the current cleaning task.
  • High Pressure Nozzles – since these are interchangeable according to cleaning task, it is recommended to have pressure nozzles that are lined with stainless steel or carbide for durability and withstand prolonged usage.
  • Heaters – heating is performed after pressurization at the pump.  The heater should be able to heat the pressurized water up to 200°F inside its heating coils before it exits the nozzles.
  • The internal components of the unit should also be made of ceramic and stainless steel so that it is able to withstand abuse and prolonged usage.  The use of such materials makes the unit more robust and durable.  For pressure washing business, a heavy-duty unit is highly recommended and that light-duty units are not even worth considering.

to be continued on Choosing Your Pressure Washing Equipment for Business – Where to Start part 2