Pressure washers are not used every day, so many people have misconceptions about using them. One misconception is that the higher the PSI, or the pounds per square inch of the pressure washer, the more cleaning ability it has. In other words, if it’s strong, it will clean more.
Another mistake people make is moving closer to a surface or using a different tip when an area does not get clean. Doing so can be dangerous to both the pressure washer and the person who is controlling it. Here are some more common problems people can run into if they are improperly using pressure washers in Georgia:
- Painted surfaces or siding can be stripped of their paint: This is hard to fix, especially since you want the damaged areas to look exactly the way they did before the damage was done. This includes removing paint chips or anything behind the paint to make the surface flat, spreading a compound over the damaged area, sanding it, and re-painting with primer and paint.
- Wooden decks can be marred by high pressure: The cracks or scratches high pressure can produce are also hard to fix. Fixing this includes rubbing steel wool over the damaged surface, sanding it lightly, filling in the cracks or scratches with wood filler that matches the wood, sanding the filler and wiping the dust away.
- Homes can have broken vapor barriers: Vapor barriers are usually foil sheets that resist moisture that can come through the walls. They are used to prevent interstitial condensation, which occurs when moist air comes through the wall and becomes liquid water. This liquid can cause mold in the house, and if it freezes, it can cause damage to the structure of the house.
- Uneven pressure can make some areas cleaner than others: To apply the pressure evenly, start spraying a few feet away from the object or surface you want to clean. This will help you get the idea of applying the pressure evenly. In addition, never turn on or off the washer while pointing at the object or surface you want to clean. Point away from the object or surface before you turn the nozzle on and turn it off while you are spraying elsewhere besides the object or surface
- Using ladders to reach higher areas of the home can lead to injury: Most pressure washers have an extension so you can stay standing on stable ground while using it. While standing on a ladder, the initial kickback of the washer when it starts to spray, the pressure it produces when cleaning an object or the wet ground the ladder is on can cause you to slip or fall off the ladder. This increases the chances of the pressure washer spraying you, which can cause serious injury.
To avoid these five possible issues, it’s important to learn how to use your pressure washer in Georgia. Talk to Valley Hotsy to learn the best and safest tactics.