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Turning Off and Storing Your Pressure Washer

Pressure washer maintenance doesn’t end when the job ends. Properly turning off and storing your equipment is just as important as it’s assembly and use. Make sure your machine functions at its best, long after your initial purchase, by following these steps when completing a project:

Flush the Chemicals: The chemicals used in pressure washing are highly concentrated. Allowing these agents to remain in the hose or washer risks major damage, so flush your machine before shutting it down. To do so, turn off the chemical supply and run water through the pressure washer and nozzle until it’s free of cleaner.

Depressurize: Prevent injury to yourself or harm to your washer by relieving any pressure build-up left in the hose. Turn off the pressure washer and the water supply, then run the spray gun until water stops flowing.  

Drain Water: Allowing stagnant water to settle in your equipment creates a buildup of minerals, so drain all remaining water. Engage the trigger lock and let the pressure washer cool down, first. Next, disconnect the garden hose, spray gun and high-pressure hose and drain. Finally, remove any remaining water from the pump.  

Rinse Off: Keep your machine running and looking like new by rinsing it off after each use. Pay attention to any debris accumulated on the outside of the machine and let it dry. Note, don’t use high pressure here!  

Maintenance: Address any maintenance your pressure washer needs throughout the season. Clear clogs in the spray tip or nozzle. Lubricate the connections for the hose, spray gun and wand extension, and wipe off the cooling vents. These maintenance tasks take some time, especially if you don’t do them often. Pressure Works helps service and repair an array of pressure washer brands, models and parts if you need help or have questions throughout the year.

All pressure washer models come with an owner’s manual, so look at the instructions to ensure you don’t skip an important step. If you need additional information concerning your specific model, find a Pressure Works location near you, and give us a call.