6 Reasons Not to DIY Pressure Washing

If you are like many people, you believe you will save a few bucks by doing it yourself. But the truth is, if you are not accustomed to working with the chemicals and equipment, it can be frustrating and expensive. It may even cost you more than you expected. Keep reading if you want to find out the truth about DIY Pressure Washing.



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If you consider that hiring a professional to clean your driveway will typically cost less than $100, it makes sense to do so. The average daily rental fee of a pressure washing machine is about $100, and once you purchase all of the detergents and degreasers needed to do the job, you will have spent way more than $100. It will most likely take you years to use up all of those chemicals, and they may go bad before you use them.

In addition to the money, you will have to use your own time and elbow grease.

You will also have to buy gas for the machine which will mean a trip to the gas station to fill up your gas tank which costs you money AND time.


Running back and forth to the hardware store to rent a large piece of equipment is not only a pain in the neck, but it costs you time. Also, if you break it while you are using it, it will cost you more money.

If you don’t have a truck or large vehicle to transport it, that could be an issue as well. So, save yourself the headache and hire a professional like First Response Pressure Wash to get the job done right the first time and save you time.


When you are done using it, you’ll have to flush the hoses and make sure it’s all clean. This adds to the time and aggravation of renting the equipment. If you are not experienced with this type of equipment, you will have to learn how to use it to be sure you don’t damage something. If you accidentally damage something, it will (no doubt) aggravate you and cause you to waste time and money.

Destruction of Surfaces

You may unknowingly pressure wash something that should not be pressure washed. Pressure washers use very high-pressure water that is strong enough to slice open your skin or even break a window. If you use it on wood or paint, you could permanently damage the surface of your home and cause water to creep into places it shouldn’t causing mold to grow.

If you chip off old lead paint, you could send hazardous materials into the air for you and others to breathe which would also be very irresponsible.

Bodily Injury

Did you know that you can slice open your skin with the power of the water coming out of a pressure washer? It’s true. The pressure is about 50 times that of your typical garden hose, so you can imagine how that might feel on your foot. If you attempt to DIY pressure washing, please be careful where you point the water. If you are considering doing this yourself, please consider hiring us to do it instead. We would love to save you the hassle and time as well as possible injury.

Exposure to Chemicals

Professional pressure washing companies use professional-grade detergents and degreasers before applying the water which is one reason it looks so much better when you hire a professional. If you do not use precautions such as boots and gloves to protect your skin, you could cause harm to your body. These chemicals are also harmful if you ingest them or if they enter your bloodstream so it is imperative that you take proper precautions and get emergency medical treatment if needed.

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