We don’t mean to sound cliché, but to borrow a phrase from popular culture, winter is coming.
You can feel it in the air. The temperatures are steadily declining, the days feel shorter, and the holiday season is just around the corner.
So, if you plan on using your pressure washer during the winter months, there are a few tips to keep it mind in order to ensure that the job gets done safely, and smoothly.
Keep your pressure washer inside
This may seem obvious, but we often hear cases of water freezing inside of pressure washers.
Usually, it is because the pressure washer was left outside for a few hours, in a cold and wet place. Make sure that once you’re done pressure washing, you bring your device to a secure location inside, where it can stay warm and dry.
Don’t forget about the water
We have to remember that the water we’re spraying spreads, to sidewalks or driveways. And in the winter, that water can very quickly freeze, creating unsafe conditions for yourself, and others. Before you pressure wash, be sure to salt the surrounding area so that if water does spread, it’ll dry rather than ice over.
Aim for warmth
Of course, we recognize that some schedules are unpredictable, but if you can, try to use your pressure washer at the warmest part of the day—the afternoon.
If possible, pressure wash in a space that is getting direct sunlight, and not in the shade. Both conditions will help you avoid any frozen side-effects, and get the job done faster.
Don’t worry—you can still pressure wash all winter long. Just be safe, and keep these tips in mind for an effective spray. Call us today at 800-652-2864 if you have any more questions about pressure washing in the winter or are on the hunt for a hot- or cold-water pressure washer!