A pressure washer serves as a valuable role in your home maintenance equipment. But always remember a pressure washer can sometimes do more harm than good. Each year homeowners cause considerable damage to their homes, gardens, and buildings because of incorrect usage of a pressure washer they own or recently rented. The damage they cause is the main reason why we always advise our clients to hire a professional pressure washing service to clean their homes.
Numerous household items are easily washed with a good hose-down. These include lounge chairs, glass window panes, children’s play equipment, and wooden deck furniture. Here are five things you should not pressure wash.
1. Electrical panels and meters
Fixtures outside houses often contain electrical circuits and junctions, usually designed to withstand rainfall and snow. However, the pressure washer nozzle’s excessive pressure exerted at a spot can forcibly seep into cracks and crevices and cause electrocutions or even electrical blackouts. Electrical short circuits caused due to water seepage can also damage electrical equipment within the home or surrounding items. Electrical repair costs are very high, and hence we advise not to pressure wash electrical panels and meters.
2. Air conditioners
An air conditioner unit is made up of many delicate electrical components and evaporators. Cleaning an air conditioner unit requires very mild water pressure. Pressure washing the unit can cause the evaporator fins to bend and restrict airflow, which can hamper cooling and shorten the unit’s life. Similarly, pressure washing can damage critical components and cause unnecessary expensive repairs.
3. Living creatures and humans
This is indeed a no-brainer yet important to mention. Never pressure wash domesticated animals & pets or plants. Human and animal skin is soft and delicate; excess pressure coming from a streamlined pressure washer nozzle can pierce the skin and cause injury to humans and animals. Plants are fragile as well and pressure washing a plant can destroy its leaves and even cause it to untimely die.
4. Glass windows
High pressure can cause the glass to crack and break. A pressure washer can cause more harm than good on a glass window by breaking the glass or creating a seal leak. Best advice is to simply use a bucket of soapy water with a soft cloth to clean the window panes, as power washing a window is best left to a professional who has the experience and understanding needed to ensure damage is prevented.
5. Vehicles engine bay
Our vehicles comprise intricate wiring, pipings, and electrical components. All these are housed within the engine bay. The chassis protects this area from all sides. High-pressure washing can cause the wiring to get cut, piping to come off, and components to become loose and fall off or fail. Some critical components fail due to high-pressure washing and can cause loss of control while driving the vehicle, leading to accidents. Never wash your engine bay area with a high-pressure washer.
Whether you are looking to finish a cleaning task quickly or find an easy solution to clean a muddy wall or car, keep in mind the above five things you should not pressure wash. Perfect Solutions Power Washing and Power Cleaning Services are experienced and have the equipment to meet your power and soft washing needs. Contact our experts for a free quote and ask about our excellent price structure today!