Three Factors To Investigate When Selecting A Pressure Washer

Whether it's cleaning the side of your home, driveway, deck, or some other exterior surface, few equipment options can simplify the task quite like a pressure washer. However, this statement is only accurate when you are using the right type of pressure washer. Before rushing out to purchase the first unit you see, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with some of the key factors to consider during the selection process.

Power Supply

Pressure washers are available in both electric and gas-powered designs. Typically, electric powered units are best designed for light-duty work, such as cleaning patio furniture or a smaller deck. The reason for this is that electric units aren't equipped to deliver the same level of power as gas units.

For this reason, gas-powered units are better equipped to handle more large scale projects, like siding cleaning. However, there is a trade-off for this extra power. Gas pressure washers are typically very loud, heavier, and sometimes come along with an increased need for maintenance so they can be a little more challenging to operate.  


Make it a point to see what type of nozzle style the pressure washer is equipped with, such as an adjustable or replaceable nozzle. The nozzle controls the sprayer parameters, such as width and even the pressure level at which the water flows, making it easier to adjust the settings based on the job you are trying to perform.

With an adjustable style, the nozzle is equipped with a knob or lever that you can simply turn to adjust the settings. With replaceable nozzles, you have to change out the nozzle in order to adjust to different settings. Adjustable nozzles are more efficient because you can easily make an adjustment without the labor of removing and replacing the nozzle.

Soap Tank

A common complaint people have when using pressure washers is that they have to tote around two tanks; one for clean water and one for the soapy mixture. You can eliminate this struggle by choosing a unit that is equipped with a soap tank. Soap tanks are basically small components inside the tank where you can insert soap.

When you want to spray out a soapy mixture, you can simply press a lever that will mix the water with the soap as it sprays out. When you need clean rinse water, you can readjust the lever. With this small feature you can get more done in a shorter amount of time without having to carry around all the extra weight.

A pressure washer is a highly functional piece of equipment. Make sure you are choosing a model with this goal in mind. For more information, contact local professionals like Ben's Cleaner Sales.

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