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Tips For Using A Pressure Washer Safely

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A pressure washer can be incredibly beneficial and will give you the ability to make difficult, tedious tasks quick and simple. Whether you’re utilizing an electric or gas model, the machine will help you clean almost anything outside of your home. And, using a pressure washer can be fun! Before getting started, it is essential to learn how to use the machine safely. Be sure to use the guide below to ensure safe, effective use.

Starting It Up

If you happen to be using a gas pressure washer, you’ll need to take a few precautions, before switching it on. The process is fairly similar to powering up a lawnmower. Make sure the filter is clean and all accessories are attached to the machine. Be sure to allow water to run through the system for a minute or two, before turning it on. This will prime the system, while also removing air. Squeeze the hand, until all of the hair and pressure has been removed. Now, grab the starter cord and give it a yank. It will take quite a bit of force, but you’ll get it!

Protect Yourself

Using a really solid pressure washer is fairly safe, but it is a good idea to protect yourself just in case. Wearing protective gloves is a good idea, but wearing goggles is truly a necessity. The goggles will help to protect your eyes from the water and any chemicals mixed in. Since the motor can be a little loud, you may also want to consider wearing earplugs.

PSI Level

PSI or pounds per square is an extremely important measurement for pressure washers. The higher the PSI means the more powerful the water pressure. So, if you are looking for a heavy-duty pressure washer, you should opt for one that is capable of producing between 2,650 to 3,000 pounds per square. A heavy-duty model will be capable of cleaning siding or fence panels, corroded with algae, dirt, and grim. If you are only looking to clean your lawn furniture a unit that produces up to 1,900 PSI will be sufficient.

If this is your first time utilizing a washer pressure, you should preset the machine on the lowest PSI level. This will prevent any risks of damage, caused by a powerful force of water. You want to avoid presetting the PSI on the highest level until you become more familiar with the output. When washing a vehicle, you should stick with the lowest PSI to avoid damaging the surface.

Use With Caution

Pressure waters can disperse water with a great deal of force. The amount of force could potentially cause injury to a human and could damage your property. Never point the nozzle in the direction of animals or other individuals! If you’ve never used a pressure washer before, you may want to err on the side of caution and keep the pressure low. With gas varieties, it is essential to always turn off the pressure washer, before adding gas to the tank.

Finally, make sure you watch the stream at all times. These tips will help to protect you, your pets, and others around you!

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