Is it Worth Doing Your Own Pressure Washing Around the Home?
Spring is approaching, and his house and driveway look dirty. Its cladding and concrete have a light green tint that did not come with the house …
Like many others, you have wondered if you should go to your local hardware store and buy your own dishwasher. The question is, do home high-pressure cleaners really do the work, and can they clean parts of your home, driveway and other concrete and asphalt clean enough to warrant your purchase?
Here is my clear answer … Maybe yes and maybe no.
I’m not a politician, so why the lack of answers? Well, not only does it depend on the machine, it depends on your capabilities and whether your investment is worth the price.
So let’s start with the first part of the question:
Will the high-pressure cleaners you can get locally do the job? The machine type and its classifications help determine what they can and cannot do.
Types of available machines:
- The cute electric zappo 1000 for a hundred dollars or less. My advice is, unless you want to spend hours doing work that could be done in minutes, forget these small, wash with not much more than hose-pressing machines. Yes, they are electric and do not burn gasoline, but they are quite useless, even if all you want to do is wash your car.
- Household appliances for 1200-1500 psi gas in the $ 200 + range and designed for small jobs. They are usually equipped with a small series of nozzles, a 15-20 foot hose with couplings and sometimes a soap injection configuration.
These units generally have enough pressure to wash siding and clean many jobs around the home by hiring Nubirth Pressure Washing, but are not really suitable for deep cleaning of driveways or concrete platforms. With the right chemicals and soaps, you can do a decent job of cleaning your tire and lining.
- The so-called “commercial high pressure cleaners”. These are not genuine commercial quality and will not withstand the daily use required of a commercial pressure washer but can handle larger jobs at home,
requiring more pressure and more volume. These range from e.g. 1800 to 3000 psi and is therefore more expensive.
At the end of 3,000 psi, they can be effective on driveways as well as siding and upholstery. At the lower end, these machines are best suited for outdoors and vehicles.
- Genuine commercial machines. These high-pressure cleaners generally require a gas or diesel engine capable of producing 11 to 16 horsepower to handle large high-volume, high-pressure pumps. They are typically 3000 psi and above, and where in a small machine they can produce one gallon per gallon. Minute water at their nominal pressure, large pumps can pump 3 to 5 to even 11 gallons per minute! And the price is significantly higher, from $ 2,000 to over $ 10,000.
These have all the power you need to tackle any job and will last long if they are cared for.
Let’s tackle the second part of the question. Does the investment justify the purchase?
Let’s ask some questions.
- What do I use a high pressure cleaner for and how often should I use it?
If you, like my neighbor, just want a small machine that reduces the cost of car washing, option # 2 above is a good option. You can also do small jobs around your home, e.g. Side tracks and rinsing of wood or concrete decks.
Warning! Make sure you know what you are doing before trying to clean siding or other construction envelopes. Accidentally forcing pressurized water under your siding can cause mold and mildew, rot your home from the inside out, and possibly cause health problems.
2. How much will it cost to hire a professional to do this job? How long will it take and how much is my time worth?
If you like work and have time, many jobs at home are possible. Just make sure you really do them. Check your local buy-sell and see how many people have “almost new” and “never used” high pressure cleaners for sale.