Important basic tips when getting into offering power washing services.

A lot of money is wasted on poorly chosen equipment every year by entrepreneurs who don’t spend enough time investigating what they should purchase. If you are looking to provide power washing services, consider these tips shared to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, before you go out and spend any money. Knowing what equipment to purchase for the job you want to do, will save you a lot of cash and a lot of headaches.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I am new to offering power washing services. I am at the stage now of thoroughly researching different methods to perform the different jobs I may be called to perform. What got me interested in this is I know of over 100 homes in my parent’s neighborhood who have the algae growing on their roofs and sidings. Some have moderate problems, while others look really bad. When asking around, a lot of the neighbors think it is permanently stained onto their house, but I feel it can be removed.

I know of 3-4 different landscaping companies in my area who service a lot of these homes and all of them, I’ve been told by their customers, all they do is cut grass, snow removal, and that’s about it. I want to stand out by being that one company that does it all. Are there any equipment tips I should know about before I go out and spend a bit of money on a pressure washer?”

A second added “before you get started offering power washing, let me give you some basic advice that I have learned over the past 20 years. When pressure cleaning large flat areas like driveways, sidewalks, parking garages, you should always use High-Speed Surface Cleaner instead of a standard trigger gun wand. High Speed Surface Cleaners like are the equivalent of a lawn mower to landscaper. Using a gun and wand only is like using a weed eater to mow a football field.

With pressure washers, size matters. To me a 13 HP - 4,000 PSI pressure washer used for commercial pressure cleaning is like a landscaper using 20 inch push mower to mow a huge commercial property. Yes, the pressure washer will clean, just like the 20 inch mower will cut grass, but it is slow and definitely not practical to use as a viable income stream.

The best-kept secret in the pressure washing industry is that high volume (GPM) pressure cleaners can clean up to three to four times faster than high-pressure (low volume) units.

The higher the volume the better. I recommend going to a 27 HP (8 GPM @ 3,000 PSI) or even a 31 HP (3,500 PSI @ 9 GPM) hot water pressure washers.

With such units, I can pressure clean concrete at up to 17,000 square feet per hour. I have another power washing unit that is design to clean up to 2,500 square feet per hour on tile roofs.

Think of investing in a high volume pressure cleaning system the same way you would think about investing in a 72” riding lawn mower, instead of a 20” push mower. It may be more expensive but you get a faster return on your investment by completing all your jobs in a fraction of the time.”

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