It really doesn’t matter whether you’re surfing the internet for business news or scrolling Reddit for the local gossip, you’ll stumble across pressure washers for sale, power washing services, etc. Thumbing through Reddit the other day I ran across the thread https://www.reddit.com/r/powerwashingporn/ and, pardon the pun, it’s not as dirty as you think… Anyways, pressure washers are indeed everywhere, but with that exposure comes a slew of those individuals seeing the benefits of entering into the pressure washing business.
Not only is pressure washing a potentially 6 – 7 figure income job, but there’s a certain childish pleasure that comes from power/pressure washing something (say it however ya like). With high-profit margins and low start-up costs, starting a pressure washing business can be a good fit for many business-savvy folk and a wave of COVID remnants that are jumping on board. There is something to be said for being your own boss. BUT…just like any other businesses, there’s a lot you need to consider—investments, insurance, resources, equipment, strategies and more.
Before you even get started, it’s essential to know the pressure washer equipment you need. Insurance, vehicles, websites, advertising, permitting, etc is another article. The tangible, must-have pressure washing equipment that you will use on a regular basis, needing either pressure washer repair, service, rental & even replaced.
Truck, van, & trailer: not only will you need to get around, but also your workbench, office & garage, so an appropriate vehicle(s) is required. An open or closed van and depending on your budget, purchase or rent one, there are pros and cons to both. You can also truck wrap the closed truck and use it as an affordable & effective marketing tactic. However, a truck alone isn’t enough and you’ll need a trailer or even a pressure washer trailer.
For a pressure washer trailer, Trail Blazer’s axle assembly with leaf-spring suspension is rated at 3,500 lbs. The heavy duty-chassis features a swing-away hinge with swivel jack tongue assembly. The 200 gallon water tank features a float valve and 7-inch access port. 15-inch white spoke wheel assembly. Axle with electric brakes and break-away kit is the standard configuration.
Hot Water Pressure Washers: You’ll want to make sure you choose a hot water pressure washer or industrial power washer if the surface you are cleaning contains any type of grease, grime or oil. Hotsy is the #1 name for hot water pressure washers and industrial power washers. In fact, Hotsy’s name originated from “Hot Systems”.
The Hotsy 555HE features a high-efficiency downdraft burner delivering higher cleaning performance and lower operating costs. The stainless steel coil cover provides extra durability against the elements and rugged operating conditions. Auto-Start/Stop is a standard feature and offers increased efficiency in low voltage situation
Cold Water Pressure Washers: Unlike residential high pressure washers, all Hotsy cold water pressure washers are designed for continuous use in commercial and industrial applications. Caked-on dirt or mud is quickly and easily removed with our industrial cleaning equipment, speeding up your cleaning process.
Hotsy’s durable, electric-powered, cold water pressure washer featuring a Hotsy belt-drive, triplex pump with 7-year warranty, insulated variable pressure wand and ETL safety certification. 2 HP motor delivers cleaning power of 1000 PSI at 2.8 GPM. Equipped with a 50’ hose.
High & low pressure water hoses: You can choose the ones appropriate for the surface you’re working on. Look for hoses with lengths of at least 50 feet with portable carrying cases. You might need different hoses for using with hot and cold water. That’s because hot water hoses need to be able to take varying temperatures. Also, get the hoses that are specially designed to carry chemicals.
Nozzles: High pressure washer nozzles blast away dirt effortlessly and quickly with a jackhammer effect. Turbo nozzles are great for caked-on mud and build-up on construction equipment.
Water Recovery System: Recover wash water and help the environment while staying compliant. Wash water recovery is required by many cities and states. The RC Series can make a complicated wash water recovery simple. With a compact footprint and a drain port at the bottom of the tank provides an easy option to clean out sludge recovered.
Dual Lance: This 36 inch long lance is designed for hot water use and can be used with water temperatures up to 220 degrees. Hotsy quality through and through. Superior heat protection with zytel insulated grip and a side handle.
Telescoping Wands: 6- to 24-foot extension wands are ideal for high or hard-to-reach cleaning areas. They can be used with any pressure washers up to 4000 PSI.
Pressure Washer Soap & Detergents: The right kinds of pressure washer detergent, soaps and cleaning supplies can make your equipment last longer. Hotsy Continuous Clean (HCC) additives in their power washer soaps are specially formulated to stop equipment corrosion and prevent soap and hard water build-up.
Water Hose Reels: You need them for storing and organizing your hoses.