Safety Tips For Residential Pressure Washing

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Pressure washing is a fantastic way to keep your home's exterior clean and looking great. However, it's important to remember that pressure washers are very powerful, dangerous tools if not used properly. 

While residential pressure washing is always best left to professionals, if you decide to tackle it as a DIY project, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

Tip: Read the Owner's Manual

Before using your pressure washer, take some time to read the owner's manual. It may seem tedious or unnecessary, but it is critical to understand how to use your pressure washer safely. The manual will provide specific instructions on how to set up and use the machine, including safety precautions that you should take. Since these things vary from machine to machine, it's necessary to take the time to educate yourself on your specific pressure washer.

Tip: Wear Safety Gear

Pressure washers create a lot of noise, and the water can splash back at you, so protecting your eyes and ears is essential. Wearing protective gear is a crucial part of pressure washing safety. Always wear closed-toe shoes, safety goggles, and earplugs.

Tip: Check the Water Supply

Before starting your pressure washer, ensure the water supply is connected correctly and turned on. Running the machine without water will overheat its pump and damage the pressure washer. It's also vital to securely attach the hose.

Tip: Use the Right Nozzle and Pressure

Different pressure washer nozzles produce different spray patterns and pressures. For this reason, using the correct nozzle and pressure for the surface you're cleaning is critical. Using a nozzle with too much pressure or a narrow spray pattern will damage delicate surfaces while using a nozzle with too little pressure or a wide spray pattern won't effectively clean more challenging surfaces.

Tip: Keep a Safe Distance

Keep a safe distance from your cleaning surface when using a pressure washer. Standing too close will cause the water to ricochet off the surface and back at you. Always start washing with the nozzle a few feet away from the surface and slowly move closer as needed. This technique will keep you dry and prevent you from being sprayed with water.

Tip: Never Aim at People or Animals

Lastly, and most importantly, never aim a pressure washer's nozzle at people or animals! The force of the water can cause serious injuries, such as lacerations, bruises, and even broken bones. Additionally, the chemicals used in some pressure-washing solutions can be harmful if ingested or inhaled. Keep all people and pets away from the area you're cleaning.

Contact a professional to learn more about residential pressure washing