5 Things that Should Never be Pressure Washed

While we’re all for the gleaming clean that pressure washing can deliver, there are certain things that should NEVER be pressure washed. We know better than to hit any of these things with high powered water, and now you do, too.

  1. Electrical panels and meters.

    Water plus electricity is never a good equation. Even external fixtures (i.e. on the outside of your house) that contain electrical meters or wiring should not be pressure washed. While they block moisture from rain, sleet, and snow, pressure washing can force water in, leading to expensive repairs. 

  2. Air Conditioners.

    The intense flow of water from a pressure washer can damage the delicate fins of air conditioners and restrict airflow, which can cut how long your air conditioner lasts. Instead, clean your air conditioner with your vacuum or hose.

  3. Old Mortar.

    Aged brick houses, chimneys, retaining walls, and other surfaces can be damaged by pressure washing. The high powered water can blast away the mortar, causing these structures to crumble.

  4. Vehicles. 

    Unless you prefer your car, truck, or SUV to be dented or relish driving a ride with chipped paint, don’t take a pressure washer to your vehicle. You’re much better off taking it through the car wash. Same goes for anything under the hood — pressure washing can force water into cracks and crevices, causing major (read: expensive) damage.

  5. Outdoor Light Fixtures.   

    Outside lights not as bright as you’d like them to be? Think you can make a quick job of cleaning them with just a bit of pressure washing? Think again. They are meant to withstand water from rain and snow. Pressurized water will get into places it shouldn’t and fry your lights.

For all the things you can pressure wash, call us at (231) 335-3378. We’ll get the job done.

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