Essentiality of Pressure washing of your home's exterior
A pressure washer removes the dust, chalk and remaining layers of old paint of your Homes's exterior by the use of high pressure water jets.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Title: Pressure Wash Your Home’s
Author: Andrew Thompson
Owner, Vipertech Mobile Pressure Wash
11807 Westheimer Road,
Houston, TX 77077, USA
There are few better ways to keep your house clean than a proper Pressure Washing. If you’re planning
to paint your home in a few days, the first critical step you need to take is to go for a pressure washing.
If the dirt on your home’s exterior is not cleaned, there is a greater possibility that the paint coating will
fail sooner that it was supposed to.
A pressure washer removes the dust, chalk and remaining layers of old paint by the use of high pressure
water jets. There are washers which are run by electricity and there are also many which are operated
using gas. The one which uses gas fuel is usually the stronger one. These appliances are not difficult at all
to operate, but may turn out to be disastrous if falls in the wrong hands.
Understanding the Pressure Washer
When you buy any tools, they always come with user manuals. When you’re renting a pressure washer,
you won’t find anything like that. In most cases, you’ll have to ask someone to show you how this
machine works before heading towards home. The functions of a pressure washer are very common
including a spray nozzle, a knob for water pressure adjustment, a pressure hose and a spray gun. The
main challenge in using the pressure washer lies in the nozzle handling and the pressure jets of water.
Before the water reaches the nozzle of the pressure washer, the flow must come to the accurate rate.
The diameter of a typical garden hose is 0.5 inch which does not offer pressure washing. For the
pressure washer, the hose must be of diameter 5/8 inch.
Avoiding Possible Dangers
Despite it being obvious, it’s worth mentioning that a pressure washer is not something that you should
point to people. The extreme force of the water can seriously harm a person. Besides, if you don’t have
a very strong footing, on firing the water gun the kickback might cause you to fall on your back;
particularly if you’re standing on a ladder. So it’s always essential to keep in mind the strength required
for pressure washing. It’s also important to note that you should never aim at any electric power source.
While washing the exterior surface of a house, the lights and meter boxes should be strictly avoided.
Choosing the Correct Pressure Level for the Washer
A pressure washer offers multiple pressure settings and the most intense one usually never comes to
any use. If you’re cleaning a mill or a normal structure like garage or house sidings, 1500 to 1800 psi
pressure can be sufficient to do your job. This level of water pressure cleans away spider webs, dust and
grit accumulated on the surface over time. When added to a cleaner, fungus can also be removed.
Pre-Paint Pressure Washing
When you’re washing away loose paint, 1800 psi will not be sufficient and the pressure should be raised
to at least 2500 psi. However, if the coating is from masonry, you’ll probably need the highest setting of
a pressure washer i.e. 3000 psi. It would be wise to note that this amount of pressure can sometimes
damage sidings, particularly if it’s a wooden structure.