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Is Power Washing Dangerous?

Safety Precautions You Should Take


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Power washing combines high heat and a pressurized stream of water. Mixing heat and pressure can help clean tough outdoor areas, but the combination also sounds like a recipe for disaster. We’ve had customers tell us stories of their friend’s, cousin’s, neighbor who was sent to the hospital after a power washing mishap. If you’ve heard stories like this too, it might leave you wondering if power washing is dangerous. Here’s what you should know.

Is Power Washing Dangerous?

Pressure washers can generate 1,500 to 4,000 psi (pounds per square inch). To put it in perspective, a garden hose delivers about 50 psi. This powerful spray can be hazardous when misdirected. It can even be strong enough to damage skin upon contact. The most common injuries include lacerations, bruises, punctures, and eye injuries.

Safety Precautions

There are some safety precautions you can take to make power washing safer:

  • Ensure there is no one else in the area
  • Read the manual thoroughly and only use it with the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Wear the right safety gear, like gloves and goggles
  • Do a small test area

We Use the Safest Method: Soft Power Washing

If the pressure from the water stream is too high, like with traditional power washing or pressure washing, it can create chips in the stone, cracks in the concrete, and exacerbate any current imperfections. Soft washing eliminates this risk, which is why we choose this method of cleaning your tough areas. Call us today at 844-655-JDOG to schedule a service. You can have the peace of mind knowing we won’t stop until it is cleaned to our high standards.