Pressure washers are a great and effective way to take the hard labor out of cleaning jobs. Whether you’re removing dirt and grime from your home, scrubbing off decades-old pavement or making your fence look brand-new once again, a pressure washer will get the job done faster than you can accomplish with elbow grease alone.
If you’re thinking about getting your own pressure washer, or just want to make sure you’re maximizing its efficiency, this maintenance guide and our tips will help you keep it in great shape—and when you need supplies, remember to come to Valley Hotsy, your local pressure washer part shop in Columbus, GA:
- Get a pump protecting product: Your pressure washer, like any piece of machinery, can wear out over time. To keep it operating better, longer, invest in a pump protection product. You should use them to flush the pump after each use. These products usually cost around $10, which is a lot cheaper than having someone repair your pressure washer’s pump. $10 versus hundreds on repairs—we know which we’d pick!
- Get a hose extension: When you’re doing a lot of outdoor cleaning with your pressure washer, a hose extension is a smart investment. We recommend 50-foot hose extensions, which attach to your existing hose with a coupler. While you might notice a slight drop in pressure, not having to lug your machine around constantly will be worth it.
- Lubricate the connectors: Silicone plumber’s grease is great for lubricating your O-ring connectors. Regular grease can wash off with water, so using silicone will last longer and protect your hose connectors. This should be done whenever they look dry, or every five uses, whichever comes sooner.
- Keep away from structures: Your power washer gets hot when you use it—all the machinery generates friction, which heats the exhaust. That exhaust can burn skin and melt surfaces, including vinyl siding. You also should avoid running it in a garage so as to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Use power washer-specific products: When you’re using additives and other products for your cleaning jobs, make sure you use only power washer-specific products. They’re specifically formulated so as not to clog or damage your hoses, nozzles and surfaces to be cleaned. In fact, Valley Hotsy offers a full line of environmentally-friendly power washer cleaning products—ask us about them next time you stop in or call.
- Store your power washer properly: Like any piece of machinery, you should take care to prepare your pressure washer’s engine for storage. Drain and refresh the engine oil, run it for a few minutes to coat with fresh oil and flush the pump. Then you can safely cover the power washer and store it until you need it next—when you do, be sure to let it run with fresh gas and fuel stabilizer.
To learn more about power washers and how to maintain them properly, call or visit Valley Hotsy today. We’re Columbus, GA’s trusted local pressure washer part shop, and we look forward to assisting you!