Pressure washers are the equipment used for all sorts of cleaning jobs around the home. Generally, these washers come in a wide variety of PSI levels and it depends on the type of work you will be doing. Usually, for basic cleaning tasks, a small machine is required with a PSI between 1,000 and 1,900 and for heavier cleaning a 2,000 to 3,200 PSI pressure washer would be appropriate. The maintenance needs of pressure washer vary according to its type, but more care and maintenance is required for gasoline-powered models in comparison to which electric models require less maintenance.
What To Do Before Using A Pressure Washer
Below are some series of steps to be done before using a pressure washer:
1) Check for the oil and fuel levels, do not overfill.
2) Look for water inlet screen and if dirty clean with water and if damaged then replace.
3) If your pressure washer consists of an inline screen in the wand extension, then make sure that it is not clogged. Consider cleaning it with water or replace it if damaged.
4) Verify the connections and make sure they are secure.
5) Check the spray gun trigger and trigger lock and if they do not function accurately then replace the spray gun.
What To Do After Using A Pressure Washer
Once you complete your cleaning, then its time to properly store your pressure washer:
1) Firstly run water through the system constantly for one or two minutes and then rinse the detergent from the pressure washer.
2) Don’t forget to turn off the pressure washer and water supply. In case of an electric pressure washer, unplug it from the electrical outlet. Also, put the spray gun away from any people or animals and run it till the time water stops flowing.
3) Allow the pressure washer to cool down and engage the lock of the trigger.
4) Remove the remaining water from the pump. In case of the gasoline-powered model, pull the recoil handle about six times and for the electric model keep the unit on until the water exits the pump and then turn it off immediately.
View your manual for additional maintenance procedures, including:
1) Clearing of clogs present in the spray tip or adjustable nozzle.
2) Consider lubricating the connections for spray gun and wand extension
3) For water-inlet, high-pressure hose and spray-gun connections, consider replacing the O-rings.
4) Check the muffler and spark arrestor if your machine is equipped with them.
5) Clean all the unnecessary debris from the cooling vents.
How To Store Your Pressure Washer For A Long Time
When you store your pressure washer for a period longer than 30 days, then make sure that it will be ready and prepared for your next cleaning task. Always follow the regular maintenance steps and store the pressure washer in a dry area. Keep it out of the reach of heat sources because that could dry out the pump seals or ignite fuel vapours. Also, you can protect your washer with a cover that does not hold in any moisture.