Pressure Washing in the Winter: Winterizing Your Equipment

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When winter comes and the cold weather starts to come in, one big question on every pressure washing contractor’s mind is, “What am I going to do now with this cold weather?”

Luckily, cold weather is not necessarily always an obstacle to pressure washing. While we may be blessed down here in south Louisiana in Baton Rouge with short, mild winters, other places are not so lucky and have to endure months of agonizingly-low temperatures, putting the brakes on their business.

One solution to the cold weather dilemma involves winterizing your equipment. This requires you to use anti-freeze to flush out your pump to prep it for long-term winter storage. Another step in winterization is gasoline in the gas tank, which must be all burned off before putting your unit in storage. By removing all remaining liquids from your pressure washer, you will prevent any potentially costly repairs from occurring from the liquids reacting to below-freezing temperatures.

Finally, make sure your pressure washer is well-protected and well-insulated from the elements. If you live in a colder part of the country, simply putting your unit in the garage or shed may not be enough. Be aware of this when winterizing your machine.

With these few simple steps, you will be able to safely and properly store your pressure washer for the winter months, ready to be fired up again when warm weather and spring rolls around.