Dangers of pressure washing

Four gallons per minute at four thousand psi is enough to do some serious damage to your property and yourself if you’re not careful. It is imperative you know how to operate a power washer before you begin to operate it. Before I started my pressure washing business I had used a pressure washer my fair share of times but when I planned to start a business I knew I needed to get the specific techniques, equipment, and detergents needed to perform a quality service. It took me six months of preparing a business plan, studying techniques, purchasing equipment, and practicing. Why? Because I knew the potential dangers of damaging someone else’s property and I wanted to be the best at what I do.

Using too much pressure on the wrong surface can result in instant damage. Vinyl siding for instance is a delicate surface that requires low pressure. Using to much will result in damaging the siding, forcing water behind it, or simply blowing it off. Too much pressure on brick can result in blowing a joint or knocking a brick off, but using too little pressure won’t clean brick effectively. Even using too much pressure or the wrong tip on concrete can cause significant damage to yours or someone else’s property. I could talk about surfaces forever but I think you get the picture.

 

Utilizing a power washer improperly could also result in injuring yourself. For instance, try standing on a ladder using our machine at full blast and you can kiss it goodbye. Put your hand or body in front of the stream and you may do serious permanent damage. Mix the wrong chemicals together and kaboom!  Is it really that hard to operate this piece of machinery? No, you just have to know what you are doing and the proper way to operate the equipment according to each surface. Questions? Comment below!

Below are some stories about serious injuries and even deaths from pressure washing.

Blasted finger

http://forums.footballguys.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=329739

 

Chemical Explosion

http://www.wpbf.com/mostpopular/21519712/detail.html

 

Blasted Foot

http://tracyroos.typepad.com/journal/2006/05/power_washer_ac.html

 

Worker electrocuted

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/sep/19/worker-electrocuted-near-woodland/

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