Pressure Washing / Power Washing
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Pressure Washing is the action of applying the proper detergents with water through a high pressure system of hoses and nozzles to remove mold, mildew, smog and other stains. Pressure washing saves money by helping to keep surfaces maintained. Pressure washing greatly improves the look and value of property at a cost efficient rate. Pressure washing can be used for business and personal needs alike. Some common items you may want to pressure wash are Exhaust fans, Paper machines, Water filtration equipment, Steelwork, Repair shops, Storage tanks & Silos, Drains, Superstructures, Lighting fixtures, Ovens or dryers, driveways, etc. Katy Pros has been providing Roof Cleaning & Power Washing service providers since 2005. We have been serving Houston & Katy residential and commercial customers since 2005. We specialize in a damage free non-pressure roof cleaning system for your home or business.
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Pressure Washing Article / Tips:
You've tried water. You've tried soap. You've tried scrubbing and scouring. You've tried nasty chemicals that don't do what they say. So what do you do when it won't come clean? Roll out the pressure washer! Many people now routinely use these super-powerful hoses to blast things clean with water jets pressurized at about 100200 times the pressure of the air around us (that's 15003000 pounds per square inch or psi). They're brilliant on patios, drives, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, and all kinds of other outside grime. Let's take a closer look at how they work!
Why Pressure jets in Pressure Washers work hard get items cleaner -
There's a good scientific reason why water gets things so clean: its molecules have a slight electrical polarity (one end is positively charged and the other is negatively charged), so they tend to stick to things all by themselves. Detergents (soap chemicals) help water to do its job even better by breaking down gunge and grease and making it easier for water to flush away. But some kinds of ground-on dirt just won't budge, no matter how hard you try. That's when a pressure / power washer comes in really handy. It uses a narrow, high-pressure jet of hot or cold water to blast dirt free. Because the water is traveling fast, it hits the dirty surface with high kinetic energy, knocking dirt and dust away like a constant rain of tiny hammer blows. It's only water, though, so it doesn't damage most hard surfaces. Having said that, it's a good idea to test a pressure washer on an inconspicuous area before you start work to make sure it doesn't harm the surface you're cleaning. Always read the instructions before you use a pressure washer!
A pressure washer is less sophisticated than it sounds. It's really just a water pump powered by an electric motor. The washer takes in ordinary water from a faucet (that's a tap to you folks in the UK), the pump accelerates the water to high pressure, and then squirts it from a hose at speed through a trigger gun. You can fit various other attachments to the end of the hose for cleaning different things.
Parts of a Pressure / Power Washer -
Water inlet: A hose that connects the pressure washer to the main water supply. There's usually a filter in the inlet to stop dirt and debris entering the washer and clogging up the works. Little bits of grit are the last thing you want inside your washerespecially since they could come blasting out of the other end at high speed!
Electric motor or gas engine: Most smaller, pressure washers run off the domestic electricity supply, but bigger models are powered by compact gasoline engines. Gas engine models are great if you're working outside in places where an electricity supply is hard to find (or where a long trailing cable would be dangerous or inconvenient). The motor or engine is designed to power the water pump.
Water pump: This is the heart of a pressure washer. It's a bit like a hand-operated ground-water pumponly it's driven at high speed by the electric motor (or gas engine) instead of your hand. When the engine pulls the pump one way, it sucks water in from the faucet; when it pushes the pump the other way, the water squirts out in a high-pressure jet. Pumps are designed to handle a water flow of around 12 gallons (48 liters) per minute.
High-pressure hose: This is the tube that runs out from the washer to whatever cleaning attachment you've decided to use. An ordinary bit of tubing wouldn't be able to survive the high-pressure of the water flowing through it. High-pressure hose is reinforced with wire mesh and has two or more layers of high-density plastic. It's important to use hose that has a higher pressure rating than the pump in your pressure washer but, if your washer came with your own hose, there shouldn't be anything to worry about. Typically, the safety margin on pressure-washer hoses is about 300 percent, so if your washer is rated at 2000 psi, your hose should be able to withstand pressures of at least 6000 psi.
Cleaning attachment: Depending on what you're cleaning, you can switch from a simple trigger gun (essentially just a valve that lets water through only when you squeeze the handle) to a spinning wand spray or a rotating brush to scrub your drive. Powered attachments are driven by the force of the water flowing through them.
Some pressure / power washers have additional features. Water and electricity are not a good mix, so many power washers have ground-fault circuit breakers, also known as residual current devices (RCDs), built into the power supply to protect you in case of an electrical fault. Most washers work in the same way and do exactly the same kind of thing, but the more expensive ones tend to operate at higher water pressures (and have better cleaning power).
How a pressure washer works -
1.Detergent flows in from a bottle or container through one hose.
2.Cold water flows in from a faucet (tap) through another hose and is filtered on the way in.
3.An electric motor or diesel engine powers the washer.
4.Powered by the engine or motor, a water pump (impeller) draws in the detergent and water and mixes them together. Most washers also heat the water to a temperature of 5070C (125155F).
5.The pump squirts out the hot, soapy water through the reinforced, high-pressure exit hose (and whatever attachment is fixed onto it). The narrow nozzle on these attachments helps to increase the pressure of the water jet even more. The high-pressure of the jet not only cleans more effectively but means you're wasting around 80 percent less water than if you used an ordinary low-pressure hosepipe (which is more economical if your water is metered).
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