Pressure washing the patio, grill, and lawn care equipment can be one of the more rewarding spring projects. It’s the top homeowner chore that marks Old Man Winter’s exit and leaves you with a clean area to enjoy the outdoors again. Before starting your weekend of washing – make sure your pressure washer is up to the task.
Before starting maintenance or equipment repair, disconnect the battery and/or spark plug. Always wear protective safety clothing.
Inspect air filter, fuel filter, oil level and condition, spark plug, and replace if necessary. Fuel should be changed if it has been sitting for longer than a month.
Check the water system from the garden hose washer to the high pressure nozzle. Clear debris from filters and screens as well as anything in the chemical/soap tank. Replace any washers that look worn as well.
Start the pressure washer by following the steps in your owner’s manual. Look for leaks in any of the connections like the hose, wand, or pump. If it's time to replace the hose or wand, you can find them here. If you don’t have pressurized water or notice drop in performance, there is a good chance you need a new pump.
Unfortunately you can’t pick up a pump at a local hardware store – but you can order online. The Homelite (Part Number 308653045) is one of the most common replacement pumps around. For under $70 you can replace the part and continue to get years of use out of the machine.
If this is your first season with a pressure washer, a word
of caution: cleaning siding, windows, and the exterior of the house can do more
harm than good. Vinyl siding, paint, and screens are no match for a 3000 psi hose!
Do your research and don’t rule out calling a professional.
The key to success with any equipment is proactive maintenance. Making sure your pressure washer is in good working order before you need it, avoids aggravation and ensures a successful weekend washing project!