Is it OK to Power Wash in the Rain?

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It’s Murphy’s law. You schedule your time for power washing to find out rain is on the way. Does that mean you need to reschedule the work? Or is it a good idea to power wash in the rain? The Elite Power Washing team has some suggestions and comments on when it’s ok to power wash your house and when it’s best to wait.

Well, there is good news and bad news. The good news is, yes, most of the time you should be able to power wash, even in the rain. The bad news is, you need to take a few precautions. So what are the precautions you need to take in inclement weather?

Is Your Equipment UL Rated?

Check to see if your equipment has a UL rating. ‘UL’ refers to the Underwriting Laboratories. They are a national safety organization that performs testing on a variety of products. Their testing includes electrical products. If your power washer has a UL rating applied to indicate it is safe to use in the rain and wet environments. The safety testing includes use in wet environments. You can proceed with your power washing project. Having said that, you still need to store your power washer in a dry place. You don’t want to leave your equipment outside and exposed to the elements.

If you are not able to find a UL rating on your power washer do not use it in wet weather. Not only could you ruin your equipment, but you also run the risk of electrical shock.

Advantages of Overcast and Rainy Days

If it is sprinkling or lightly raining it is OK to power wash. Power washing on overcast days or light rain is actually really good days to do your project. If you’re experiencing heavy rains wait until the rain slows down, or plan for a better day.

Everything has had the opportunity to ‘soak’ on rainy days which makes it easier to clean. When the sun is beating on your house it creates a lot of heat causing everything to dry quickly. On overcast or rainy days, detergents or cleaning solutions have more time to do their job as they will not dry out as quickly.

On an overcast day, it is easier to see what you’re doing. On very bright days the sun can shine in your eyes, especially when you are doing a job where you need to look up. Bright sun can cause shadows making it difficult to see if you’ve done a good job. Lastly, the bright sun can catch the water spray and create a rainbow or glare making it harder to see what you’re doing.

Rain can also rinse off detergents or cleaning solutions easier. It will also help to protect any grass or greenery close to your work area if you are using detergents or cleaning.  

When Shouldn’t I Power Wash?

Heavy rains, lightning, or high winds are impossible to work in.  You will need to wait until better weather arrives.

If you are inexperienced with power washing and you’re doing a DIY project, wait for drier weather. Slipping hazards increase in wet weather. Don’t be fighting the weather when you’re learning new equipment and procedures. Working through wet weather while learning something new greatly increases the probability of having an accident. Wait for a safer day.

Give Us A Call For Help

If you are inexperienced at power washing or have any concerns give your Elite Power Washing team a call. We have experience working through weather issues. Don’t risk getting hurt if you are unsure. We are here to help, so give us a call.

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