Most women, when confronted with the need to have their homes pressure-washed, turn to experienced professional companies to receive expert and reliable service. A housewife who has used the services of a high-quality Holmes County power washing company told us: “I know I could learn how to do this job myself, but I had neither the time nor inclination. It turned out great – the guys I hired did excellent work at a fair price”.
Nonetheless, there are some of you intrepid women out there who like to tackle tough projects. This article is for all you women who are not intimidated by powerful and potentially dangerous power washing equipment, and who have the courage and time to take on tasks that are usually best left to trained professionals.
If you know what you are doing, power washing can save you a lot of time compared to old-fashioned hand-scrubbing. There can be something oddly satisfying, even therapeutic, in blasting away dirt using a high-pressure stream of water or cleaning mixture. The first step is to obtain a suitable pressure washer, either through purchase or rental. Although many homeowners looks at these costs and conclude that it makes more sense to hire professionals, there is a case to be made for securing equipment at your convenience. The pumping mechanism of a pressure washer is usually powered by electricity or a fossil fuel, and the compressor can shoot out water at a number of different pressure levels depending on the nozzle chosen.
When you connect your garden hose to the intake valve of a pressure washer, you can expect to multiply the water pressure by at least 15 to 20 times. Higher pressures are available as well. Just be careful to match the pressure you use with the material you are cleaning – if you are cleaning a wooden deck and choose a pressure that is too high, you can inflict heavy damage in a manner of seconds. Professionals are trained to avoid these kinds of mistakes, so make sure you know what you are doing before you destroy what it is you are trying to clean.
When choosing a power washer, check out its maximum pressure, its water usage rate (gallons per minute), and the cleaning units afforded by the device (cleaning units are the product of the pressure and the water usage figures). In any event, make sure you know how to safely handle a pressure washer, lest you take out your own or someone else’s eye. If you are the least bit concerned about the horrible injuries you can inflict on yourself or others by misusing a power washer, don’t hesitate to hire a professional instead – and rest easy that the job will be done correctly and safely.