Dear Maintenance Men

Dear Maintenance Men | February 6, 2009

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Dear Maintenance Men: I have been contemplating the purchase of a high pressure sprayer for my employees to use in maintaining and cleaning around my apartment buildings. Because these pressure washers produce a powerful stream of water, I am worried about my employees hurting themselves or damaging the building. What size machine do you recommend and how safe are they to use? Should I rent one first? Julia

Dear Julia: As with any large ticket items it is always prudent to “try before you buy”. Fortunately there are a variety of rental places to choose from which carry all sizes, makes and models.

A rental yard will often use the best and longest lasting machines. Most times these companies can provide you with the best information on the products in regards to maintenance, wear and tear, life expectancy and performance. In regards to workers safety, look at the operators manual for the best advice on personnel safety wear and use. These machines can produce a very powerful jet of water capable of ripping through clothing, skin and even break small bones. You should always wear goggles, leather gloves, and steel toe leather workboots with non skid soles.

Stucco and wood siding is especially susceptible to damage when using a power washer. Use the lowest setting and wide spray nozzle to avoid damage. Lightly mist stucco surfaces if cleaning is your objective. Keep nozzle adjusted to spray not stream and approx. 2' to 3' away from the surface.

As with most things, proper training will help insure safe usage of power tools.

Contact AACSC

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California Southern Cities
333 W. Broadway St., Suite 101
Long Beach, CA 90802
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