If you have decided to wash the outside of your house or remove the debris from around your driveway, you might have chosen to rent a pressure washer. This is awesome because it saves you money since you probably will only need to use the pressure washer once or twice a year. However, it likely means that you are not particularly familiar with using a pressure washer. Here are some tips for getting the pressure washer started so that you can finish your cleaning job with ease.
1. Make Sure the Hose Connections Are Tight
Your first step is to make sure that the hose connections are tight enough to keep air from getting in. Take the time to check all of the connections before you even try to turn the pressure washer on or else you could risk damaging the washer.
2. Turn Off the Pressure in the Spray Wand
Before you start messing with the water, make sure that the spray wand is at a setting that has either no pressure or a very low amount of pressure. This is because when you turn on the pressure washer, it is going to take into account the setting that the spray wand is at and might cause the wand to recoil if it is on a high pressure setting. This will help keep you safe while turning the washer on and will keep the washer from being damaged.
3. Pull the Cord While Keeping the Washer From Moving Around
You need to pull the cord so that it is steady in order to start a gas powered pressure washer. The problem is that pressure washers are often on wheels to make them more mobile. Prop the pressure washer against a sturdy piece of furniture or your foot while you are pulling the cord. This will allow you to make sure that you are pulling the cord with a steady amount of force that is more likely to make your attempts to start the washer successful.
If the stream of water seems weak when you first turn on the pressure washer, allow it to sit, idle, for about a minute. Do not let it sit for too long while you are not using it because you could cause damage to the system, but sometimes it needs to warm up.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in pressure washers, such as Ben's Cleaner Sales.