We are often asked: What are the dangers of DIY pressure washing? Pressure washing, also called jet washing and power washing, is a fantastic way to remove dirt, grime, mildew, and mould. It can add that curb appeal to a commercial or residential building. However, trying this yourself without the help of a professional cleaning company holds its own set of challenges. We’ll run through those challenges and how DIYers can overcome them. If you aren’t confident in completing this task yourself, though – give a professional cleaning company a call today. Here are the dangers of DIY pressure washing:
The risk of personal injury and exposure to chemicals by pressure washing
Pressure washers output water at extremely high pressure and can pose a risk of injury to operatives. Imagine your standard hose pipe’s pressure. Jet washers are generally 50 times the pressure, which can cause severe and sometimes permanent injuries. It’s essential that the operator is appropriately trained and wears personal protective equipment (PPE).
In untrained hands, a pressure washing hose can become out of control and cause serious personal injuries. Besides the extremely high pressure that jet washing produces, the process also involves cleaning chemicals. These chemicals can cause health problems if they make contact with eyes, skin, cuts, and puncture wounds, and so on. Cleaning chemicals can cause burns and other health issues if the substances enter the bloodstream.
The risk of electric shock by pressure washing
Whenever electricity and water are involved, there is a risk of electrocution and death. Therefore, electric shock is an inherent danger of pressure washing, which is one of the main reasons when many DIYers chose to use a professional cleaning company to clean their driveways, block paving and decking.
One top tip is to always check the pressure washer’s power cord before beginning to use it. Check for any kinks, cracks, or otherwise exposed wiring which water could get into before commencing operation. Having a grounded power source can eliminate risk to an extent, but some risk will always exist.
The risk of damage to your property by pressure washing
Pressure washing involves very high water pressure output, which is what makes it so good at cleaning. So you need to ensure that the right tool for the job is a pressure washer in the first instance. For example, you wouldn’t use a pressure washer on house walls – soft washing is better for this task.
Pressure washing isn’t suitable for stones and stonework, as this would blast holes and cause damage to your property. One of the risks of property damage will be due to a runaway pressure washer, so ensure you are well versed in the correct operation of a pressure washer before you begin using one.
Depending on the surface you’re washing, you’ll need to hold at the correct angle and distance. Also, make sure you use the right quantity of cleaning chemicals. Use too little, and cleaning won’t be as effective because the solution will become too diluted, use too much, and risk leaving residue on the surface. If in doubt, and to avoid potential damage to your property, you should consult a professional cleaning company.
The risk to your time and budget by pressure washing?
Some DIYers may start a project but then find out they can’t really do the job justice or perhaps get busy with other tasks. They then need to hire a professional cleaning company. Obviously, in these instances, it would have been easier, less expensive, and less time consuming to hire a professional cleaning company in the first place.
But that’s the power of hindsight. If in doubt about the process, then a good cleaning company will talk you through the pressure washing process from start to finish and be completely transparent. You’ll know what you’re getting for your money before the job even starts.