The All-in-One Guide to Hot Water Pressure Washers
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- After the first 5 hours — this includes changing the oil, removing and rinsing out detergent from your siphoning tube, removing water from your washer pump, and letting it cool before storage.
- Every 25 hours — you should be cleaning out your air filter, especially if you work in a particularly dusty environment.
- Every 50 hours — change your engine oil as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Every 75 hours — examine your spark arrestor for any signs of holes in the screen. Replace if needed.
- Every 100 hours — after 100 hours, you should check the spark plug for damage.
- Every 200 hours (or 2 years) — replace your air filter, examine your fuel line for cracks, & check for damage.
- Know your needs — when determining what type of pressure washer to rent, you need to thoroughly understand your pressure washing needs. There are tons of features and models to choose between, from hot vs. cold to electric vs. gas.
- Look for training availability — going with a rental place that is ready and able to train you on the equipment you're about to rent is very important. Proper use ensures that you're getting the most out of your experience, and the equipment is safe from accidental damage and harm (that can cost you much more than just the rental fee).
- Shop around — there are always weekend specials and deals going on. Take advantage of your options, and shop around for the best rental prices and deals for what you need. This is especially true for rental outlets, where discounts are plenty generous more often than not.
- Transportation — when working in the transportation industry, you're likely cleaning dirt and grime off of shipping vehicles, private fleets, and public transit systems. You will need a pressure washer that can clean without damaging paintwork and accessories, making the cold-water pressure washer the most ideal option for you in this situation.
- Oil & Gas — In this industry, you're working with machinery that accumulates its share of dirt and grease over time. You'll want to use hot water pressure washers for this job because water pressure alone won't be able to break down oil and grease. You'll need the heat to help with the job.
- Agriculture — when cleaning mud and soil off commercial farming equipment and tractors, you're going to want to use a cold water pressure washer. This is because you don't need the added heat to remove dirt from equipment since there isn't any oil or grease sticking to your machinery.
- Food Service — this industry requires heavy-duty cleaning and sanitizing since you're working with dirt and grease in areas where food is being prepared. In this case, you will need a hot water pressure washer to help remove any germs from the area and sanitize the environment.
- City Municipalities — maintaining areas like public roads and sidewalks doesn't require a hot water pressure washer. A cold water pressure washer would do just fine because the job mostly requires cleaning off dirt and washing it down city drains.
- Pros — have enhanced power from 2500 to 5000, use gasoline over power cables (improving mobility), clean 4 to 5 times faster than other models (saving money and time), and are durable enough to face the harsh outdoor environment.
- Cons — they're also more expensive than their electric counterparts, require frequent gas refills, oil changes, filters, and check-ups to maintain their performance. They also pose safety and environmental risks because the fuels are far from environmentally friendly, and the high-combustion nature of gas makes it a fire hazard.
- Pros — they are energy efficient and ideal for domestic projects because they're low on cost, a moderate size, and an ideal PSI for home projects. They're also more eco-friendly than gas because they don't emit harmful fumes, provide convenience through ideal storage and movement, and can be found at a more affordable price than gas.
- Cons — on the other hand, electric models are also less durable than gas-powered and have shorter life spans. They have fewer PSIs (below 3000) than gas, making them the wrong choice for some bigger jobs. Furthermore, electric-powered models are limited in their mobility due to the constraints of a power cord.
- Overhead costs — make sure you can afford all your monthly expenses like utilities, wages, transport costs, rent and operation costs, interests on loans and tax payments, insurance, supplies, and spending on equipment rental, maintenance, and fuel costs. Also, you'll want to calculate how many hours you'll be putting your pressure washer to work. Divide your total monthly expenses by the working hours per month to find the amount you should produce per working hour to break even.
- Competitive Analysis — compare your pricing with your competitor's pricing, but know that a newer business to the industry would do better to have lower prices. In contrast, one with years of expertise and experience in the field is more likely to do well with premium pricing.
- Price your services — in most cases, you'll want to make your pricing dependent on a square-foot basis, but you can also use hourly rates for surfaces that are more challenging to measure.
- Assess areas of improvement — consider changes that can affect future pricing, especially if you're using a loan because you'll want to incorporate that amount and interest into payments.
- Hose Extension — a hose extension can be beneficial in situations where you need more length to reach hard-to-get-to spaces. Take, for instance, commercial transportation fleets extending 40 feet in length. You'll need more hose to clean those areas.
- Pressure Washer Detergent — not just any detergent will do when working with pressure washers. Having a pressure washer detergent that cleans effectively without damaging and improves the longevity of your machine is important. That is the case only if you're using the right detergent for the job and your machine.
- Surface Cleaner — surface cleaners are great for surface jobs that would otherwise take hours to finish. This includes decks, driveways, parking lots, warehouses, garages, and even sidewalks.
- Pump Lube — clubbing your pressure washer parts ensures that everything is up and running smoothly at all times. This can also prevent o-rings from corroding and mineral buildup/damage to pump pistons and seals.
- Rotating Brush — these have special benefits to your machine, including an extra layer of cleaning for delicate surfaces, a means of cycling the water so it doesn't hit the surface directly, and a more thorough cleaning job the first time around.
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