Our home is like a comfort zone for most of us. It’s perhaps the most significant financial and emotional investment of our life. That is why we try to keep it clean, safe, and beautiful. But the whole year, your home is exposed to dirt, debris, mildew, mold, pests, and more.
Washing the exterior of your house with a pressure washer may sound easy, but believe us, it is not. You have to follow these dos and don’ts to avoid any safety risks.
The Dos of Pressure Washing
Prepare Before Starting
- Ensure that you have a proper water supply available.
- Fill a 5-gallon bucket to test the pressure of the supply. If it takes longer than two minutes, the pressure isn’t good enough.
- Check if the tool connections are secure.
- Clean the inlet filter.
Adjust the Angle
The nozzle of the pressure washer should be perpendicular to the grimy surface to remove those stubborn stains. The direct force of pressure eliminates the dirt and debris. For harder-to-reach areas like rooftop, patio table, and top sidings, there are different sizes of washers available.
Start with Low Pressure
You don’t want to blast your paint off. So, you should increase the water pressure slowly and stand 10 feet away from the washing surface. Slowly step forward till the stains start to come off and don’t harm the surface.
The Don’ts of Pressure washing
Underestimating the Power
Ironically, a pressure washer’s biggest strength is its most considerable safety risk. Its power and speed make it efficient and dangerous at the same time. Its pressure is so high that it can cut through the skin of a human. You’re advised to use goggles and hold the wand tightly to avoid falling when water pressure kicks in. Never point the running water’s nozzle towards pets, kids, or people.
Change the Nozzle Out
There are different nozzles for every job. The narrower nozzle tips provide the most force. A 40-degree nozzle is for general washing like removing dirt from the deck, siding, outdoor furniture, etc. A 25-degree nozzle is for tackling grime and dirt on the concrete areas. The fifteen or zero degree nozzle tips are the most useful in removing hard stains as they provide intense pressure.
We would advise you to hire a professional pressure washing service instead of trying it on your own. Let JME Pressure Washing help you; they’re a proud veteran-owned business serving the area since 1995. They provide quality professional services with the latest equipment.