Many power washing business owners make the mistake of buying residential style pressure washers and expect to perform commercial work with them. Have you heard the motto “You get what you pay for”? This motto definitely applies to the pressure washing industry.
Just because a company claims that their pressure washer is a commercial grade unit, you can’t know for sure unless you have a basic knowledge of the different brands of pumps and accessories used by these machines.
Most pressure washers have a standard Honda engine, but the pump is what determines how long the pressure washer can function continuously.
Additionally, you have to be familiar with the PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) rating and the GPM (Gallons Per Minute) rating. These are the two most important features of a pressure washer, and are two key things to be taken into consideration when purchasing equipment. The PSI rating determines the pressure at the end of the nozzle, and the GPM rating is the amount of water that exits the nozzle.
There are also cold and hot water pressure washers, as well as steam pressure washers. Cold pressure washers are suitable for general purpose cleaning and are most commonly used, while hot pressure washers can spray water in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot pressure washers are best at removing grease and oil, especially from concrete.
First Choice Power Wash uses only commercial grade power washers that produce up to 3200 PSI at 5 GPM.