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Essential Tips for Pressure Washing In Cold Weathe

Protect Your Washer from Freezing

Cold weather can wreak havoc on your pressure washer. To prevent freezing, store your equipment in a warm place if possible. Using automatic bathroom or “Milk House” electric heaters in small areas like garages or enclosed vehicles can help. For natural gas and LP gas water heaters, the pilot lights provide heat at the base of the coils. You can also use heat lamps or 500-watt halogen lights next to the pump under a tarp or cardboard box for added protection.

Use Heaters for Larger Areas

For larger areas, consider using automatic kerosene or natural gas heaters connected to automatic thermostats. These heaters can protect your equipment from freezing temperatures. However, be cautious as the heat from these heaters can be intense, so watch for fire hazards.

Keep Water Tanks from Freezing

Install recirculating water pumps in your water tanks to keep the water moving, preventing it from freezing overnight. Additionally, installing a water filter to clean the water as it recirculates can help maintain your equipment.

Use Anti-Freeze

If your pressure washer is going to freeze, the best way to protect it is by using automotive anti-freeze, RV anti-freeze, or windshield washer fluid. Fill up your empty float tank with anti-freeze and push out the water with anti-freeze to protect your pump, coils, hoses, and plumbing.

Blow Out Water with Air Pressure

Another way to protect your equipment from freezing is by blowing out the water with air pressure. Be careful with this method, as water can collect in low places and still damage your washer. Ensure that the packing and valves in the high-pressure pump are completely dry when using this method.

Know When to Stop Washing

In cold weather, it’s essential to know when to stop washing. Factors like road safety, equipment freezing, and the safety of surfaces you’re cleaning should all be considered. Hot water washing can be done in temperatures as low as 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on wind conditions.

Use Chemicals Wisely

Chemicals work slower in cold weather, so plan on using more chemicals and allowing extra dwell time for them to work effectively. Store your chemicals in a dry, warm place to prevent freezing.

Protect Yourself

In cold weather, protect yourself with proper gear, including rain suits, over shoes, hard hats with rain troughs, thermal underwear, and gauntlet gloves. Be cautious as ice may form on your gear, increasing the risk of slips and falls.

Winter Storage Tips

When storing your pressure washer for the winter, use automotive antifreeze, stabilize the fuel with a fuel stabilizer, and remove the spark plugs. Insulate the inside of your vehicle for additional protection against the cold weather.

Additional Winter Business Opportunities

Consider adding window washing, new construction cleanup, snow removal, chimney cleaning, carpet cleaning, yard work, and indoor painting to supplement your income during the winter months.

By following these tips, you can protect your pressure washer and ensure it performs efficiently in cold weather conditions. Stay safe and warm while maintaining your equipment!

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