DIY Pressure washing is the latest trend. It’s great to clean off the surfaces to give them a newer look as well as prepare them for re-painting. Many of you might have bought a pressure washer for this purpose. It seems like a must-have for the people who live in dusty areas. Also, it might help you save some money if you require pressure washing services far too often. But is it safe?
Do you know how many dangers you’re putting yourself into? With this post, we’re not trying to discourage you for DIYing this. All we want is to inform you about the potential risks and how to avoid them. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Right?
1. Underestimating the power of jet of water
If you hold the washer too close to the surface, water can damage the surface. It can also cause the deck pieces to fly and affect your eyes. Always make sure to check how strong the stream of water is and how close should you stand to the dirty surface for proper and safe cleaning.
2. Cleaning solutions and risks posed by them
Many people don’t use a chemical solution. Good for your safety but dreadful for the cleaning process. Use of a cleaning solution is necessary. What you need is that you use a chemical that’s recommended by the pressure washer manufacturer. They often have a list of detergents and chemicals that are apt for use with a particular pressure washing unit. Selecting a wrong chemical could damage the surface you want to clean.
3. Chances of injuries
Never point the spray towards a person or an animal. It’s quite strong and can cause severe injuries. Remember this potential hazard even while storing the pressure washing equipment.
4. Electrocution Hazards
Be very careful when working with power lines, electrical fixtures and other sources of electricity. Water is a conductor, and hence, you can get electrocuted if the stream of water comes in touch with electricity. Many pressure washers come with double insulation these days to save you from this hazard. But you’re still at a high risk because those wet electrical outlets are still dangerous. They may also cause an electrical fire or blackout. Be careful!
5. Ignoring built-in safety features
Did you read the user’s manual before using your pressure washer for the first time? It worked all fine for the first time, but that might not be the case every time. Unloaders and thermal relief valves help control the temperature and pressure of water. Oil level indicators help you ensure that the unit is properly lubricated. All these can pose several risks to the unit, cleaning surface and you, if not working properly. Make sure you follow the safety checklist given in the manual every time you opt for DIY pressure washing.
6. Being careless during operation
Often, when you think you are too familiar with the equipment, you make mistakes. You should always take precautions no matter how experienced you’re at this. Use the safety lock on the gun while it’s not in use. Ensure that all hose connections are in place before you begin using the equipment. Turn the engine off while putting fuel into the unit. Wear protective gear whenever possible.
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