It's essential to follow specific steps when storing your pressure washer between uses. This will ensure that you get the most life out of your unit, and it operates correctly during service, which can save you time and money down the road. Failure to do so could lead to many operational issues and shorten the life of your pressure washer.
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Letting The Water Drain Completely Before Storing It Away Is Key
It would help if you always started by letting the water drain out before storing it. You can do this by allowing the unit to run for a couple of minutes, if possible. If it's a gas-powered pressure washer, you can even let the engine run while you're doing the other steps that follow.
If your power washer has been sitting out in freezing temperatures or below for any length of time, be aware that there is a chance the fuel line might have frozen and could crack when it thaws during use, especially if you try starting up your washer without going through all of these steps first—which include adding oil to lubricate things like the pump and nozzle seals.
How To Store Your Pressure Washer For The Winter Months
During the winter months, it's essential to take extra care when storing a pressure washer between uses. This is because cold weather can hurt any engine, including pressure washers. In colder temperatures, water doesn't evaporate as quickly as it does during warmer times of the year, which means that blockages and other issues could develop much more rapidly even after going through all of these steps beforehand.
Storing Your Pressure Washer In A Dry Location Is Crucial
It would be best to always store your pressure washer in a dry location as a general rule. This is because water can lead to corrosion and rusting inside the machine over time, which could seriously damage it—especially around moving components like pumps and nozzles—and shorten its life significantly. So be sure that there isn't any moisture from rain or another source near where you'll be storing it for an extended period, as well as any areas that have been exposed to water at all during its use.
In addition to water, high humidity can cause all kinds of problems for a pressure washer. This is especially true during the summer months when you're more likely to need your equipment and less likely to want to move it from one place to another if possible due to the heat. So even if you'll be going through all of these steps for winter storage as well, you will probably want to make sure that this extra step is included as well—especially since the chances are much higher that there might be some residual moisture in or around your pressure washer during late spring and early summer months.
Check Your Hoses And Cords For Any Damages Before Use
Before using your power washer again after storage, check all of its hoses and cords to ensure no damage has been done throughout being stored. This is especially important if you use it for a prolonged period since constant pressure against a hose or cord can lead to deeper holes and nicks that might only become noticeable once they're under pressure.
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1.) Make sure that your pressure washer is dry before storing it away for an extended period. If fluids are pooled or standing inside any part of the unit, they should be allowed to drain out completely. Otherwise, they could lead to corrosion and rusting over time which could cause further damage and issues with the unit itself.
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2.) Check all hoses and cords for nicks or punctures before using your power washer again after extended periods of storage by simply pinching all hose and cord areas with your hand. You should also feel for holes and test any cords for visible light through the ends if possible. If there is damage, this can cause further problems and harm those around the power washer during use, so they should be replaced or repaired immediately.
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3.) Before using your pressure washer again after extended storage, it's a good idea to run new fuel (or fresh mix if you mix your own) through it since this could help avoid unnecessary issues due to old gas and oil that might have been sitting in the machine for an extended period.
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4.) After running new fuel (or fresh mix) through the unit after long-term storage has been completed, make sure that the team is turned off and then allow it to cool down before storing it away again. This will help ensure that there isn't any leftover fuel in the machine (or fresh mix in some cases) during storage which can cause corrosion and rust over time.
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5.) Store your pressure washer in a location where there's no chance of rain or other moisture getting inside at all since this could lead to rust and corrosion issues on the inside as well as further damage due to water coming into contact with moving parts like pumps, pistons, etc.
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6.) If possible, leave your power washer out for a while after using it throughout the winter months—especially if you live in an area that sees snow or ice buildup regularly throughout the year. If you can't leave your power washer out after use, make sure that it's covered to protect it from inclement weather as well as any snow or ice buildup before calling it a day once winter is coming to an end.
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7.) For those of you who live in more arid environments, make sure that you run through all of your hoses and cords every few months during spring and fall since this might help remove any dust or residue that develops during these months, which could otherwise block some parts inside if not released periodically.
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8.) If possible, store your pressure washer on a level surface where there's no chance of the machine tipping over at all since this could lead to problems with the unit itself as well as potential issues with the hoses or cords.
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9.) Make sure that you store your pressure washer in an area where individuals will not be able to access it at all since this could lead to unnecessary damage if people are pressing buttons, turning knobs, etc., over time.
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10.) When utilizing any storage techniques that involve attaching hoses or cords (or anything else for that matter) to your power washer, always make sure that they're connected securely since they might otherwise come loose during use which can cause additional problems as well as harm those around the machine during use—especially when high-pressure water is involved.
If you follow all of these steps regarding storage correctly, your pressure washer will be ready to go at a moment's notice throughout the year whenever you need it. And best of all, if we neglect to follow these simple rules over time and as a result, our power washer becomes damaged due to poor maintenance and storage techniques.