A reader comments: β€œOn occasion, I get requests to pressure wash entrances, windows and other surfaces. Is this difficult work and can we expand our business in this area? Can you give any tips on using a pressure washer?”

Based on your comments, you should either become trained in the safe, effective use of a pressure washer or hire a subcontractor to perform the work. Pressure washing is a specialty within itself and can certainly be a source of revenue if there is a market in your area. Over the years, I never owned a unit since it was a very small part of my total business. It was less expensive for me to rent a unit for 4 - 24 hours and return to the store with them being responsible for maintenance. Since gasoline fumes are explosive, you need to use extreme caution in refueling a unit that has been in operation since the exhaust can easily ignite gasoline fumes. Give it 3 – 5 minutes to cool off and then be very careful of potential ignition. Another key point is to verify the engine oil is correct without overfilling since the life of the engine is dependent of adequate lubrication.

Make sure water supply is connected and running before attempting to start the unit. Never clamp the trigger to stay on unless a person is consciously activing it. Never attempt to repair a damaged hose. Either replace the hose or the entire unit, if necessary. Be sure that you are aware of the kick that comes with turning on the unit and be very careful where the tip is pointed at all times. The spray gun may have built up pressure when turned off so be sure to bleed off the pressure safely. Do not allow others to be near the splash area since debris can become air borne and cause injury to exposed skin, especially eyes. Never leave the unit unattended while it is operating. You may be able to use a search engine to review videos on safe operation of a pressure washer.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net