Pressure washing is used for cleaning various surfaces and floors. There are a lot of things involved in the pressure washer and they change when the cleaning surface changes. Not only surface but there are other factors also which can affect the working of a pressure washer. They have different working conditions in winters and summers. Though the working in summers remains the same, but it changes when you’re using it in winters. You have to prevent freezing of the water inside, and other parts may get chokes due to low temperature. Let’s us discuss some tricks which can work wonder when you’re using a pressure washer in winters.
- Make the environment hot: you can change the working environment temperature by using a heater. Suppose you have to wash, so you can put the pressure washer in a room, which would have a heater, coiled or any heater, to make sure everything works fine in it. There are many small and large heaters, it depends upon the size of the room and your washer.
- If you know that temperature is going to get down from zero degrees, then you must take a permanent measure, by filling up the float tank with anti-freeze. The automotive antifreeze will make a significant depression in the freezing point. You have to run the washer, then recycle the fluid, re-run, to make sure it has been to every part that includes plumbing and pipes of the washer. You can directly connect the pressure washer hose, by removing the spray nozzle and inserting it to the float tank, then running it continuously for 2-5 minutes. 5 gallons of anti-freeze is enough to last the winters.
- Blow the water from the washer with the help of pressurized air, but you should do it very carefully because there are chances that you might damage the washer. This is recommended if the water is already frozen in the pipes and you need to get it out fast.
- You can also wash the desired surface with hot water if you’re comfortable. But do it when the sunlight is there because you can always us the extra thermal energy coming from it. Use the warm water initially, then you can shift to normal water if the washer gets heated up.
- While washing sidewalks and driveways, you can use salt and sand if the water starts to freeze. You should carry rock salt with you because it is always going to help, either by spreading on the ice or mixing with water to make the temperature to depress.
- Chemicals work slow in winters, so keep in the mind that you need to use them more than usual.
- Keep the water flowing in the washer parts and pipes so that there are no chances of leftover water to freeze in the washer
- If freeze, rotate the pump on hand to ensure that it is moving freely, if not, you have to use the anti-freeze and circulate it, or hot water can also be used. You have to first make the pump rotate.