Pressure washing is one of the most common methods for cleaning surfaces. There are several different types of pressure washing, each with its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks.
1) Portable Pressure Washers
Portable pressure washers require you to carry around a hose and sprayer head wherever you go, but it’s easy to get the hose very high up (however, you have to be able to reach that high). This makes them ideal for anyone looking to clean roofs or other hard-to-reach places without renting scaffolding.
They typically do not provide as much power as larger electric pressure washers, but they’re also much more cost-efficient. However, because they don’t connect directly to an electrical outlet, you will need to either hire an electrician or invest in a generator. Portable pressure washers often use gasoline.
2) Water Pot Pressure Washer
This type of pressure washing is perfect for anyone looking to get into this line of work, but not willing to spend huge amounts of money on equipment yet. If you have $10,000 lying around and want the best equipment possible, this probably isn’t the option for you.
Water pot washers are very cheap (often under $100), small, lightweight, easy-to-carry units that can be moved around with ease. The drawback? They’re incredibly low power, producing only about 30 psi. This makes them good for light jobs like washing windows or cleaning siding, but probably not powerful enough for removing rust or stripping paint.
3) Cold Water Pressure Washers
These machines are the opposite of water pot washers. While a water pot pressure washer is a lightweight, inexpensive way to sustainably clean around your yard and garden, cold water pressure washers are much more powerful units that can do just about anything you want them to (except put out fires).
They consist of a large tank filled with water and an electric pump and use high-pressure pumps (typically 200 to 500 psi )to spray out huge amounts of water at once. This makes it perfect for cleaning driveways, gutters, decks, boats, trucks, and more! The drawback? Bad ones can be incredibly expensive, costing upwards of $5,000 for commercial-quality units.
4) Gas Powered Pressure Washers
Much like the portable pressure washer, gas-powered pressure washers are good for cleaning difficult to reach places without the need for external scaffolding or heavy equipment. The difference between this type and the portable pressure washer is that it has much more power (and rarely requires gasoline).
It connects directly to your house’s electrical system through an exterior outlet. They’re perfect for cleaning gutters, driveways, sidewalks, decks, sports complexes, warehouses & industrial buildings, as well as many other surfaces. However, because they connect directly into the electrical grid it can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.
5) Industrial Pressure Washers
These are the most powerful units out of all types of pressure washers. These machines produce between 800 and 3,000 psi which is perfect for virtually any cleaning job you could imagine. They connect directly to your house’s electrical system but can also be connected with an exterior outlet, which means that they’re easy to transport around without the use of external scaffolding or heavy equipment.
This makes it perfect for construction companies, sports complexes & arenas, factories, warehouses & industrial buildings, and more! The drawback? If you do not know what you are doing it can be very dangerous. Because of the incredibly high-pressure spray that these units provide, they can easily damage surfaces if not used correctly, as well as cause serious injury.
In conclusion, there are many different types of pressure washers on the market today that all have their benefits and drawbacks depending on what you plan to use them for. You must do your research before purchasing to ensure that it will be a product that meets your needs!