Does a pressure washer use a lot of water?
Pressure washers are often used to clean dirt and grime from many surfaces, including sidewalks, decks, driveways, and the exteriors of buildings. If you have an enormous cleaning job that involves the widespread use of a pressure washer, your water bill may be surprisingly high after you’re finished.
The amount of water that is used by pressure washers depends on several factors. The higher the PSI (pounds per square inch) of the power washer, the more force it generates and easier it to remove stubborn dirt. However, increasing PSI results in greater water consumption as well. Before buying a pressure washer, you should consider which PSI level is necessary for the job that you want to complete. In some cases, it may be more efficient to rent a power washer rather than buying one with a PSI range that doesn’t match your needs.
Another factor that affects water consumption is the length of time you use a pressure washer. If you are cleaning for hours on end, your water bill will be higher than it would be if you power washed for a few minutes, even at the same PSI setting.
Most pressure washers can use both hot and cold water. Using hot water to power wash results in more sanitary conditions and better results; however, using cold water can save you a significant amount of money on your water bill.
The PSI rating of the pressure washer, how often it is used, and whether or not hot or cold water is used all affect how much water gets used with a pressure washer. In many cases, renting a power washer may be more cost-effective, especially if you only need to use it for a short time. A high PSI setting will produce better results and is often necessary for tough cleaning jobs, but it also uses more water than lower settings. Using hot rather than cold water can help kill bacteria on surfaces meant to be sterile, but using cold water can save you money.
If you decide to power wash your house, driveway, sidewalk, or other outdoor property, look into buying a pressure washer suited for the job and consider renting if it won’t be used often. Using cold water instead of hot can save on your water bill throughout the year. And if you use a high PSI setting, make sure to take breaks during long power washing projects to conserve water.
Unlike many forms of recreational activity, pressure washing is also generally good for the environment. Using a pressure washer doesn’t contribute to noise pollution and, unlike gasoline-powered lawn mowers, causes no air pollution. The same cannot be said about operating chemical sprayers, pesticides, herbicides, and garden chemicals.
If you have a large project in mind, renting a pressure washer may be the best choice financially. If you only need to clean small areas like your driveway or sidewalk often, consider purchasing one with a high enough PSI range for your needs but not too high.