What you need to know about Electric Pressure Washers
Electric Pressure Washers are the most common form of Pressure Washer
, & are the standard variety used around the home. They can clean patios, paving slabs, walls, garage doors & cars effectively & with very little manual effort. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right Electric Pressure Washer.Method of water intake:
The majority of Electric Pressure Washers are supplied using a garden hose, & this will be sufficient for most domestic purposes. However, if you intend on working away from home, or near a lake or pond, you may want to consider investing in a washer with a water intake suction hose. These are able to draw in a supply from a static source, meaning that providing there is a body of water nearby, you don't need a running source (though you will still need a nearby power source). Needless to say this feature will save on water bills.Method of detergent mixing:
Pressure Washers use either a suction hose or an integral detergent tank in order to mix Pressure Washer Detergent
into the hose spray. Internal Tanks require cleaning before storage, but tend to be a little more reliable.Attachments:
A range of Attachments
can be fitted to the hose aperture of most Pressure Washers, either included with the washer or available for purchase separately. These alter the shape &/or direction of the stream as it leaves the hose, & different types of attachment are particularly useful for completing different types of cleaning task. Examples include variable fan-jet lances, for varying the area over which the jet sprays, rotary lances (or Dirt Blasters), for creating a spinning jet, angled lances, for expelling water at an angle (for instance when cleaning under your car), brush attachments, combining brush functionality with spraying, & patio cleaner attachments, which use a wide head & a rotating jet to clean a broad surface. If any of these attachments appeals to you, either choose an Electric Pressure Washer with which they are included, or one with which they are compatible.Power:
A more powerful Electric Pressure Washer will be more effective at cleaning. Remember that neither Bar pressure nor flow rate are fully indicative of power - the two need to be considered in conjunction to give an accurate picture of how powerful a given Pressure Washer will be.Water cooled engine vs air cooled engine:
Water cooled engines are a desirable feature, particularly for the environmentally conscious. They decrease overall energy usage, reduce the noise of running, extend run time & increase a Pressure Washer's lifetime.
Maintaining your Electric Pressure Washer
Electric Pressure Washers do not require much maintenance. They should be stored in a sheltered environment after use. Ensure that any water remaining in the tank is emptied out prior to storage, particularly during the winter months. If left over water inside a Pressure Washer freezes, it will lead to serious damage to the machine.
Safety when using your Electric Pressure Washer
Electric Pressure Washers eject a powerful stream of water, capable of causing injury to yourself or others if improperly handled. Do not direct the hose towards people or pets. Moreover, to avoid slipping ensure that you are wearing a sturdy pair of Shoes
while using the Pressure Washer. Beware of directing the stream towards power plugs or connections. Use an RCD adaptor
to safeguard yourself against electrocution. RCD adaptors will cut off power from the mains in the event of an earth current fault.