Do pressure washing companies use your water?

Do pressure washing companies use your water?

If you are in a metropolitan area it should be expected that a pressure washing company would use your water. This will reduce the cost of water for cleaning as almost every company that would supply water would have to move the water and pay for the water. This would result in an extra charge over and above the cost of the water. It would be much cheaper to let the pressure washing company use your water.

If you are in a rural area and you would like them to use your water, you can possibly expect some resistance if you are using a well to produce water on your property. Some wells have sediment that runs thought the lines. Pressure washing pumps do not like sediment, sand or any other kind of debris running through them. It could damage or destroy the pump. It should be expected that if you are in a rural area and the pressure washing company does not use well water that you would have to pay for water to be trucked in.

At Buffalo Pressure Washing we offer both options. Even the rural area, if we can take a sample from your hose and there is no sediment we will still use the water if you allow us to. We have the ability to travel to remote locations like oilfield leases where water is not available to clean your assets.

What is the best time of year to power wash house?

What is the best time of year to power wash your house? 

We would recommend that you fit power washing your house in the spring/early summer. Cleaning off any mold and debris that has collect on your house. Getting off any residual oxidization is the tricky part on vinyl siding. A small word to those looking for oxidization removal, that is usually an extra charge. When you are looking to see if your siding needs to have the oxidization removed, there is a simple test. Rub your finger on the siding. If your finger has the color residue from the siding, it has oxidization on it. Contact a professional pressure washing/soft washing company to clean your building.

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BUYING A PRESSURE WASHER: THREE RATINGS TO KNOW

Many homeowners and business owners choose to rent or purchase their own pressure washing equipment instead of contracting with a power washing company for cleaning services. However, in order to choose the best pressure washer for the job – and to use it effectively – it’s important to understand the three primary pressure washer ratings: PSI, GPM and CPU.

1. PSI, OR POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH

This number tells you how forceful the water will be during cleaning. The higher the PSI, the greater the cleaning power – and the greater the potential for damaging your property. Most pressure washers offer a range of PSI settings, typically from 1,500 on up to 4,000 or more. (As a point of comparison, a garden hose typically operates at 40 PSI.)

The pressure washer with the highest PSI setting isn’t always best; rather, you should choose a model that offers a range of suitable settings for the tasks you need done. For most homeowners, a high end of 2,250 PSI is sufficient. More than that, and you may be wasting your money.

2. GPM, OR GALLONS PER MINUTE

GPM measures how much water a pressure washer uses during each minute of pressure washing. At first glance, you might think a model with a lower GPM would be more efficient and thus more desirable; however, the opposite is generally true. The higher the GPM, the less time it will take to complete your pressure washing job. For example, a 4-GPM pressure washer will wash away grime in half the time of a 2-GPM model.

Ultimately, a higher GPM can potentially save you both time and money (on fuel or electricity to power your pressure washer).

3. CPU, OR CLEANING POWER UNITS

Multiplying PSI by GPM gives you the CPU, also known as Effective Cleaning Units. Calculating CPU is a handy way to compare pressure washing models at a glance. If the CPU is high, you will have a better probability of investing in a pressure washer that is efficient and successful.

Of course, hiring a power washing company to clean your home or commercial property will eliminate the hassle of purchasing a new washer. Plus, professionals are experienced and are trained to clean efficiently without harming your property. However, if you’d rather do the job yourself, understanding PSI, GPM and CPU is a good place to start.

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING PRESSURE WASHER SERVICES FOR TRAINS

Certain areas of life are nearly impossible to imagine without modern technology. For instance, before the advent of the washing machine, washing a family’s clothes took an entire day of scrubbing, twisting and rinsing. Likewise, pressure washing for trains has dramatically changed the way people think about rail car cleaning. For the first hundred years or so of train history, cars were washed in a pull-through building that modern thinkers would probably associate with a car wash. Today, however, engineers can rely on pressure washer services to keep trains in tip-top shape – regardless of whether there’s an open washing bay nearby.

Pressure washing for trains includes cleaning the exterior, engine, carriage, wheels and even the interior, depending on the type of train. (The interior of box cars may be pressure washed, but passenger trains will require gentler cleaning approaches. Most pressure washer services are happy to apply these less intense cleaning styles.) Graffiti may also be removed with the proper pressure washer services. Many pressure washer services also include a de-greasing solution to prevent future grime buildup. One caution: Pressure washing for trains should not include the locomotive. Pressure washing professionals should cover locomotives with tarps before washing the rest of the train. This is to protect locomotives’ brake systems; repeated exposure to water can corrode and eventually destroy disk brakes.

A pressure washing approach to rail car cleaning has many advantages, including:

1. COST SAVINGS

This classic motivation for outsourcing services also applies to pressure washing for trains. Many rail managers have chosen to switch from in-house cleaning to outsourced pressure washer services to save money. Specialization typically improves job performance, and pressure washing for trains is no exception. Because pressure washing is all they do, many pressure washer services can undercut traditional employment costs. By hiring out cleaning duties, management can save money on employment taxes, benefits and other labor costs.

2. QUICKER TRAIN TURNAROUNDS

A whole unit train includes 125 cars, equating to an incredibly large surface area that must be cleaned. Many rail yards aim to clean a one-unit train in five days. However, because they specialize solely in pressure washer services, professional pressure washing experts can usually complete the enormous task of washing a train in four days. This means more rail time and less downtime – bringing even more cost savings and profit.

3. MOBILE CLEANING OPPORTUNITIES

Oftentimes, trains are cleaned only when they need repairs or maintenance. This is a shame, since a clean train not only improves employee morale, it also improves the public’s perception of the train industry. Finally, a clean train is usually a faster train, since all that dirt and grime adds unnecessary weight to the whole unit. However, time and equipment constraints limit how often trains can be cleaned in wash bays.

When it’s not possible to run a train through the bay wash, pressure washer services can step in. Pressure washing for trains requires certain equipment, including lifts to reach the top of the train as well as a waste management system. Assuming you select a prepared rail car cleaning partner who has his or her equipment ready to go, you should be able to achieve mobile train cleaning, even if there’s not a wash bay nearby. With more frequent washing, your trains will be faster and more appealing overall.

4. EFFECTIVE GRAFFITI REMOVAL AND PREVENTION

Graffiti is an eyesore that just grows larger and uglier with time. As soon as one tag appears on a train, others are sure to follow. Fortunately, pressure washing for trains can include graffiti removal and prevention. Anti-graffiti solutions can even prevent future tags from appearing.

5. EARTH-FRIENDLY TRAIN CLEANING

Some pressure washer services are dedicated to environmentally conscious operations. Such forward-thinking organizations capture their wastewater, since the water coming off of dirty trains is usually quite polluted with engine chemicals, road dust and more. Wastewater from cleaning trains can taint local watersheds if not collected. Green pressure washing companies also use earth-friendly cleaning solutions to wash trains.

From saving money to saving the earth, there are many advantages to cleaning trains through outsourced pressure washing. One last benefit: Many pressure washer services are also capable of painting trains, so you can take care of even more maintenance tasks at a time.

Soft Wash or Pressure Wash: What is the difference?

Soft Wash or Pressure Wash: What is the difference?

There are many differences in lingo when it comes to pressure washing companies. Here we will look at the differences between Soft Washing, Pressure Washing and Power Washing. Most companies will do a combination of the 3.

Soft Wash:

Soft washing is when you use low pressure water and a combination of chemicals to remove dirt and algae from a surface. Soft washing typically uses a small 12 volt electric pump  with about 60 PSI to wash away dirt, debris and algae. This system is very versatile as it can use to clean many different types of building materials without the risk of damage from pressure. The only difference between the materials that will be cleaned will be the chemicals that are used to clean it with. This is where choosing the correct chemical is very important as one that is used on vinyl siding may not be the best for a concrete surface and vise versa. The chemicals used on brick may melt or discolor the vinyl if it is mix improperly or it is not a compatible material. The most critical part of this system is choosing the correct chemical. Soft washing is a great method for washing roofs, siding, fences and decks. There may be other requirements for washing the decks and fences depending on the surface finish.

Pressure Washing:

Pressure washing is exactly as it sounds. Using Pressure to knock off or remove something that is unsightly. Depending on the size of the Pressure Washer the amount of PSI is an important factor. most electric pressure washers range from 1,300 to 1,700 PSI and gas powered pressure washers ranging from 2,000 to 2,800 PSI. You can see our guide on PSI for more information. When pressure washing there are other factors you will have to take into account such as the nozzles that will be used to clean the surface. You can find a quick guide to pressure washing nozzles for more information. Using the wrong tip on a surface can completely demolish a surface that you are looking to wash. When using certain tips, they can have so much pressure that they will actually break the materials that you are trying to clean. They may also leave zebra or Zorro stripes if a red tip is used to reach long distances. Sometimes these will only be shown when the material dries. Pressure Washing is great for vehicles, driveways and sidewalks.

Power Washing;

Power washing is a combination of pressure and heat to remove the dirt and grime. Using high pressure and heat comes with many advantages in quickly removing unsightly dirt. It also comes with a warning as the heat that is used could potentially damage certain materials such as vinyl siding. Causing materials to warp, melt and with a combination of the wrong tip cut the material you are trying to clean. Some commercial units come with either an electric or diesel powered burner unit to heat the water for power washing.

 

Take a break, let the professionals handle all the outside cleaning and detailing. At Buffalo Pressure Washing, we pride ourselves on being perfectionists. We offer a wide range of services, including a comprehensive maintenance program for your building. Contact us to get a quote for your next project.

Does Pressure Washing increase my water bill?

Does Pressure Washing increase my water bill?

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Will pressure washing increase my water bill? in short yes. in Edmonton Alberta the average household pays approximately $38.16 per month for water services. The water consumption is typically based on m(Meters Cubed). Looking at the rates for a large 8 gallon per minute pressure washer, there is a few calculations to finish the equation. First we have to convert gallons per minute to Meters Cubed.

Based on the 8 gallon per minute pump it will use approximately 0.0302 m3 per minute. In Edmonton the rate for consumption is as follows:

0 m3 – 10.0 m3 $2.1290
10.1 m3 – 35.0 m3 $2.3260
Over 35.0 m3 $2.9397

Based on those numbers. You would have to use up to 10 m3 , Which will cost you approximately $2.13. That is 2,641 Gallons. If your pressure washer runs at 8 gallons per minute you will have to divide 2,641 by 8. That will give you 330 Minutes(5.5 hours) for $2.13. You could run your Pressure washer for 19 Hours and it will cost $2.94. That extra will indeed be included on your next few bills. For this reason we prefer to use our customers water if it is available and clean (not from a well) as hauling water does get very expensive. The price for hauling water varies from each county and can affect your invoice. Check your local water prices and compare to see the difference.

Want to convert Gallons to Meter Cubed? scan this QR code with your phone and complete the calculation

 

Is it OK to Pressure wash a wood deck or fence?

Pressure Washing a wood deck or fence

When you are looking to pressure wash a deck or a fence there is a few things to consider.

  1. How much pressure to use when washing your deck. Even small pressure washers can have enough PSI to gouge or damage your deck. See: A BASIC GUIDE TO PSI LEVELS
  2.  The tip you intend on using. Using a red tip is a definite absolutely no-no. If you are going to use at tip on the wood, Use a 15 degree tip (yellow) and keep approximately 6 inches away from the wood at all times. Check out our quick guide to Pressure washing Nozzles

We would not recommend you pressure wash your deck. You run the risk of damaging your deck if you are not careful with how close you get to the wood and the potential of leaving “Zebra” stripes in the wood. This is caused by stop and start points where you left off and started washing the board again. You may not be able to see it when the wood is wet, it will show later when it dries. I would suggest “soft washing” the deck. Soft washing is using chemicals to remove organic growth and bring back the natural wood color.

Do I have to Seal my deck after Pressure Washing?

I would suggest you seal your deck approximately 24 hours after it has had time to dry. Some stains can be applied even with moisture in the wood, but these are very rare to find.

If you are looking for a restoration service give us a call and book time to get your deck and fence done!

How many gallons does it take to soft wash a house?

Estimating how many gallons to soft wash a house:

This is for General information and obviously we would recommend hiring a professional company to complete the work.

Soft washing involves using low pressure water, a surfactant and Sodium Hypochlorite to Clean off dirt and grime from your building. Depending on the pump volume for example a 5.5 gallon per minute pump will require up to 5.5 gallons of water to operate. If it takes you one hour to spray your house, you will have used approximately 330 Gallons (5.5*60 minutes) spraying your house for the entire hour at full speed. This number will go up or down depending on the Pump volume per minute, which should be located on your pump or in your owners manual.

Estimating how much Sodium Hypochlorite follows the same formula. The difference will be what your mixture is being downstream. if you are using 50/50 (50% SH/50%water) then you will be using approximately 2.75 Gallons of SH per minute or what ever your pump is rated for and approximately 2.75 GPM of water. The flow rate is based off of optimal pump production at full speed. Adjusting your rated based on the operating speed is required. Estimating this is based on how much time you spend actually spraying with the mixture.

Similarly when using a surfactant to downstream you will follow the same formula. If you are running 40/10/50 (40% Water/10% Surfactant/50 % SH). 5.5 gallons per minute will be 2.75 gpm SH, 1.1 gpm of Water, and the remaining will be surfactant (1.65 gpm). This is an Extreme example for reference.

IT is important to realize that down-streaming is AFTER the pump if using a pressure washer. You do NOT want to run SH or anything else other then water through a pressure washer. This can damage the pump, pump seals and etc.

These settings should only be used if you are soft washing Brick or Stucco.

Check out our page to give you more information on the POWER WASHING DOS AND DON’TS

Also look at COMMON PRESSURE WASHING MISTAKES

For a normal Vinyl house or combination of, you can pre mix about 10 oz of your choice of surfactant for every 5 gallons and downstream that mixture. It does not need to be a “HOT” mixture if you do not need it. Our recommended Procedure is to BATCH MIX. You can wash approximately 4000 sq. feet with this 5 gallon Mixture if used correctly. Downstreaming as described using a pump and pulling directly into the hose from containers and mixing valves may result in using more chemical then what is required to complete the job if you do not know what you are doing. 

ALWAYS follow the recommended Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for whatever Chemicals you are using.

 

Complicated mixtures? You may want to call a professional pressure washing/ soft washing company to complete your job.

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How much does pressure washing cost?

Contact us today for a free quote! Tell us about your project and we would be happy to work with you!

Email:

rick.needham@buffalopressurewashing.ca

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Pressure Washing

Hours:

Monday: 7am – 7pm
Tuesday: 7am – 7pm
Wednesday: 7am – 7pm
Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday: 7am – 7pm
Sunday: 7am – 7pm

Address:

Po Box 403, Thorhild, Alberta, T0A 3J0

Property Managers will receive a 10% discount for booking online

Rate For Pressure Washing and Soft Washing Services

Our hourly rate is $100 per hour with a $150 minimum.

We have a few packages that have a reduced rate for a weekly and monthly rates with a 2 month commitment including Fleet washing & Garbage bin/ Grease bin services.

We also have reduced monthly and semi annual pricing for Solar including residential and commercial rates.

Travel Charges

Even though we are based out of Thorhild. Our travel rates start at 53°32’45.7″N 113°29’38.0″W in Edmonton and work our way out for customers in the Greater Edmonton Area. For those that are closer to the Thorhild Area, Our starting point is the Thorhild Corner Store 54°09’31.2″N 113°07’26.6″W. For those in Fort McMurray, our starting point is 56°43’26.5″N 111°22’55.1″W. The travel rate is included in the $150 minimum. We will choose the closest Hub to your location. We use google maps to calculate the distances.

GUIDELINES FOR WINTER PRESSURE WASHING

By this time of year, most privately owned pressure washers have been put to bed for the winter. However, if you’re one of those die-hards who keep on pressure washing even throughout the winter, there are a few precautions pressure washing companies recommend taking in cold weather.

Pressure washing must be done carefully when you’re outdoors in very cold temperatures. Among many other risks, you don’t want to deal with freezing water or, worst-case scenario, hypothermia. Here are some tips to keep you brave pressure washers safe while pressure washing in winter:

BEWARE OF HYPOTHERMIA

Be wary of getting ill when outdoors in the rigid temps. Hypothermia can take place even when land temperatures are above freezing. If you already have a cold, it’s best to avoid venturing outdoors with your pressure washer. Most pressure washing companies are experienced at working in cold temperatures and can do the job for you much more safely.

Winter pressure washing should take place during the warmest part of the day. Bundle up to take care of your health – wear warm clothing as well as a hat and gloves to protect your skin. It’s also important to warm up with plenty of indoor breaks.

CHEMICALS ARE LESS EFFECTIVE

Another thing pressure washers should keep in mind is that chemicals are less effective in cold weather, which is why it’s best to accomplish pressure washing tasks during the warmest part of the day. You can also consider a hot water rig. Powdered chemicals will mix much better in hot water, resulting in a quicker cleaning job – and less time spent out in the cold.

FREEZING WATER CAN HAPPEN

You don’t want damage to your pressure washer’s pump, and this is very likely to happen during the winter unless you take extra precautions while pressure washing. Frozen water in a pump expands, and any remaining liquid in your pump can damage your equipment. To avoid parts from rupturing, pay attention to the following tips:

  • Store the pump in a warm area so it does not freeze during the winter.
  • Use compressed air to release the remaining fluid in your pressure washing equipment.
  • Run a blend of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water through your pump.

You should also be careful while pressure washing in freezing temperatures, as water can freeze behind you and cause a nasty fall.