How to Safely Pressure Wash a House

Harry Potter doesn’t have a spell to remove years of baked-on soot, dirt, grime and gunk from the exterior of your home, but you do: it’s called pressure washing, and with some general guidelines and safety tips, you can restore the look of your home to almost new with your own magic wand.

This “magic wand” is the tip of a pressure washer. This is a type of power tool with plenty of strength to accomplish tough jobs that otherwise might seem impossible. It’s extremely helpful for home improvement projects in Pennsylvania.

There are many different pressure washing projects you can accomplish at your Pennsylvania home with this power tool, like cleaning concrete, boats and decks. Below we are going to focus on the process of cleaning the exterior of a house.

How pressure washers work

Pressure washers use a lot of power. This is measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI—that’s the amount of pressure the water puts on the surface it hits. When power washing a hard surface like stone or steel, this pressure could reach upwards of 2,500 PSI.

When pressure washing a softer surface, however, like aluminum or stucco, it’s best to use a softer touch so as not to damage the surface. It’s recommended not to go over 1,500 PSI for softer surfaces like these, or you could leave permanent damage that no magic wand will be able to repair.

Pressure washers can be either gas-powered or electric. The most powerful models are gas powered, but that doesn’t mean an electric plug-in model won’t be able to handle a pressure washing project at your Pennsylvania home just fine.

Pressure washing safety tips

As mentioned, there’s a lot of power behind a pressure washer, so much so that they’re often called power washers. With that power comes great responsibility. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when pressure washing:

  • Don’t point it at people: The amount of power a pressure washer generates can propel water so fast that it could cut skin, or even blind someone. Do not “spray” your friends, as it will likely cause serious injury. Treat the nozzle with the same safety precautions as you would a gun and don’t point it at a person, even as a joke.
  • Wear eye protection: When pressure washing, there’s a good chance that debris will fly in all directions. It’s important to wear eye protection to avoid rocks, dirt, wood or anything else from getting in your eyes.
  • Never use a ladder: The recoil of a pressure washer can very easily throw you off a ladder, even with someone holding it for stability. This is why professionals use scaffolding when handling big pressure washing jobs.

When you’re ready to tackle those pressure washing projects at your Pennsylvania home, call Central Equipment Company to get started with the right tools for the job and the information that will keep you and your family safe while using them. We look forward to assisting you soon.

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