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Potential Dangers of Power Washing

Pressure washing is an extremely effective way to clean your home or business of stubborn dirt and grime. But as the name suggests, there is a lot of power behind these cleaning machines. So much power that in 2014 alone over 6,000 people were sent to the emergency room to treat pressure washing related injuries. Yikes!

The team at Wilson’s Power Washing and Sealing wants to keep you safe while you use your pressure washer. So, here is a list of potential dangers whilst using one so that you can avoid potentially getting hurt or damaging your property.

Physical Injuries

The pressure that comes from a pressure washer has enough force to slice through a shoe. Surely then, you should be conscious of where your hands and feet are at all times when using one of these machines. Wearing some sort of eye protection can also aid in deflecting any strong spray back. And finally, the hose can prove difficult to control due to its powerful blast. Be sure to maintain a strong stance and grip when it is in use.

Electric Shock

Pressure washers use a combination of water and electricity at the same time. And we all know that when water comes into direct contact with electricity, fires and shocks may occur. If at all possible, try to use a grounded power source when using this machine to decrease the inherit danger.

Damaged Surfaces

If the pressure from a power washer is enough to cause you physical harm, it can do the same to your home and landscaping. The force is great enough to chip paint, mortar, break windows and more. If not careful, you can actually force water beneath your siding and cause water damage to vital components. Additionally, older windows and shingles can become compromised against the force of a pressure washer.

Chemical Exposure

Lastly is the danger for chemical exposure. Along varying temperatures and pressures of water, power washers also work in conjunction with chemical cleaners. If you have open scrapes or wounds, be careful to cover them before getting to work. If these chemicals get into your open cut or eyes, not only could it cause irritation but potentially bacterial infections and other health issues.

Of course, the easiest way to avoid these dangers is by simply hiring a professional. There is more involved in properly cleaning with a pressure washer than just renting it and plugging it in. At Wilson’s Power Washing and Sealing we are educated in how to use just the right pressure and nozzle for every job. This means that you will not have to worry about any damage to your property! Be sure to get in contact today to schedule a free estimate.

By Wilson's Power Washing and Sealing 11-26-2019

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