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Pressure Washing Safety Tips

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A pressure washer is a great investment for both hobbyists and professionals. We, of all people, know how exciting it is to bring one home! But, it’s important to be careful because mistakes can happen even with years of experience.

Our best safety tip will always be: Read the instructions for your model before starting it up. Every washer is unique, even if it looks familiar. It may operate with more power or different functionality than the one you’re used to. By exercising precaution, you’ll prevent injuries to yourself and your home. But that’s not our only tip, here are a few more ways to stay safe as you get spraying:

  • Put on protective gear before you start: Goggles, long pants, and sturdy closed-toed footwear (no sandals or flip flops) will help protect you from injury.
  • Did you know ladder falls are among the most common household injuries? Think of climbing onto a ladder with a pressure washer gun or wand. Pulling the trigger can cause recoil and throw you off-balance, leading to disaster. We recommend staying on the ground. Pressure Works sells a variety of extension arms and tools to help your spray reach different heights, without putting yourself in danger.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings! Being alert keeps you from pointing the nozzle toward yourself, other people, or pets. Explain to young children the dangers of running in front of the strong spray and keep them far away while it’s on.
  • Take extra care on wet surfaces. Some surfaces quickly get slick and become slippery. Slipping or tripping causes injury and you may lose control of the pressure washer.
  • If your washer comes with interchangeable spray tips, turn off the machine before swapping one for another. This will prevent you from getting blasted by a powerful stream of water. Turn off the engine and press the trigger to drain excess water from the wand before changing tips.

Visit a Pressure Work location near you to learn more safety tips and techniques. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to answer any questions and make your pressure washing experience enjoyable and efficient.

What is GPM?

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When you start looking for a pressure washer, don’t just focus on the PSI. While it’s a good place to start, there are a few other factors to know as well. GPM or Gallons Per Minute, is just as important! Together, GPM and PSI make up your pressure washer’s Cleaning Units and both are key. 

The PSI determines how much pressure is directed at the object you’re cleaning. GPM is the amount of water released by the pressure washer once you start using it, also known as the flow rate.  Read More

Our Last-Minute Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time to show your friends and family how thankful you are for them and how much you appreciate them. It’s the season of giving, but there are always a few people that are just impossible to shop for. Thankfully, there is always the option to gift someone an item that is useful and will make their life easier. Here are our top gifts for homeowners:
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Does Your Business Need a Pressure Washer?

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From the second a potential customer enters your parking lot, to the time they spend walking around your store, the appearance of your commercial property can affect whether a client chooses to work with you or make a purchase. Although we would like to believe that the most important aspects of a storefront are customer service, value and quality, cleaning in and around your building can often be the biggest factor.
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Battling Winter Damage

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This year the East Coast was hit with colder temperatures and more snow than it has seen in a number of years. While you understandably may not have been thinking about your pressure washer while trudging through the snow to drive to work, you might be now!

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Renting Equipment: Pros and Cons

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For most home improvement equipment and for many power tools, some homeowners tend to hire professionals for the service or look for rentals.  Did you know that Pressure Works also offers equipment rentals? You can rent almost everything you’ll need for your pressure washing project, from hot and cold pressure washers to surface cleaners and accessories!

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