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Renting Versus Buying a Pressure Washer: Which Makes the Most Sense for Your Needs?

Renting Versus Buying a Pressure Washer: Which Makes the Most Sense for Your Needs?

If you are considering using a pressure washer then you have a tough choice ahead of you: Should you buy one or rent one? It all comes down to how often you will use the machine and for what purpose you will use it. Remember that even if you are renting it for just one reason, if you purchased it you could use it for many other uses whenever you needed to.

Read on to learn the advantages of both options. If you have questions contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . We are here to help you find the perfect pressure washer for your unique needs.

Reasons you may want to rent a pressure washer

One of the top reasons people choose to rent a pressure washer is because they have never used one before. They do not want to invest in a pressure washer if they have never used it and are not convinced that it offers the impressive cleaning capabilities people say it can. In this instance, it may make sense to rent a pressure washer first so that you can see firsthand just how helpful it can be.

People also say they prefer to rent because they think it is more affordable. This is not often the case. If you are planning to use it more than once per year, then it is likely a better investment to purchase the pressure washer. Likewise, if you buy one you can use it much more than you do when you must rent it. You can even rent it out to be used by others in the community, which reduces your overall costs.

Finally, some people choose to rent a pressure washer because they do not want to deal with maintenance. The good news is that these units are not particularly difficult to maintain. We can always help you find the right maintenance schedule that’s affordable and easy.

Reasons you may want to buy a pressure washer

First of all, buying a pressure washer can be a great investment. You are spending once and will then have a unit to use for years to come. You do not have to go to another location to pick up a rental and you do not have to worry about having it back by a certain time. You also will no longer need to hire cleaning companies. You can clean your car, your driveway, the exterior of your home or business. The options are truly endless.

Second, if a pressure washer is going to be used on a regular basis then it simply makes sense to buy one. Third, if you are going to use it on a regular basis then you will appreciate that buying your own means you can pick the type of unit, the pressure washing accessories to use, the water recycle system, and much more. Contact us at 800-274-9376 now to get the process started.

4 Things You’ll Need to Decide on When Shopping for a Commercial-Grade Pressure Washer

4 Things You’ll Need to Decide on When Shopping for a Commercial-Grade Pressure Washer

If you are in need of a commercial pressure washer it is essential to choose the best option on the market. However, if you have never purchased a similar product in the past then you may not know what to look for. You can always contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to learn more about your options. You can also read on to learn about the four things you will need to decide on as you consider your options.

  1. Quality is the most important aspect
  2. The first thing to consider is simple common sense: You want a pressure washer that is of high quality. You also want to ensure that any pressure washer accessories, water recycle systems, trailers, and tank skids are of high quality as well. The best way to ensure this is the case is to work with a company like Hydro Tek that specializes in pressure washers. Our entire reputation rests on the quality of these specific machines. As a result, we do not work with anything but the highest quality equipment.

  3. Deciding on a hot or cold pressure washer
  4. There are two main categories of pressure washers: Hot and cold. If you are looking to clean areas that are dirty and grimy then cold water is likely to work perfectly. However, if you are dealing with an area that is greasy and oily then you will need the grease-cutting capabilities of a hot water pressure washer.

  5. You’ll need to make a choice on the appropriate pounds per square inch (PSI)
  6. As you shop for a pressure washer, the options you can consider will mention PSI. This is a number that helps you instantly see how strong a particular machine is. It stands for pounds per square inch and shows you how much pressure each machine provides. For residential uses, the top choice will run around 2600 PSI. Commercial applications start at around 3000.

  7. Consider the warranty
  8. The fact of the matter is that buying a pressure washer is an investment. At Hydro Tek we are proud to offer the best deals on the highest quality machines. That said, you do not want to end up investing in this sector only to find that, through no fault of your own, there is a problem with the operating system. Just as you would with any purchase of this amount, you should be able to count on a warranty to protect you from such situations.

If you are ready to shop for the best pressure washer for your unique situation then we are ready to work with you. Contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 or send us an email to sales@hydrotek.us. We are here to answer your questions and help you find the best possible unit for your needs.

Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Washers and Cleaning Agents

Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Washers and Cleaning Agents

One of the advantages of pressure washers is that they do not necessarily need any type of cleaning agent. Why? Because the pressure is so strong that simple water can clean off the majority of surfaces. However, for a surface with mold, mildew, or another substance that may require a little more than pressure, cleaning agents may be needed.

Once you have come to that conclusion, you must then decide what cleaning agent is best for your pressure washing project. There are three main options: Soap, detergent, and chemicals. Each has pros and cons, which we will cover today. If you have additional questions, or want to find the best hot water pressure washer for your needs, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 today.

Pressure washer soaps

Soap is the safest of the tree options because it is made from biodegradable or recyclable materials. Common ingredients are fats, sodium, and glycerin. The materials are mixed together in a high steam and the result is soap. Soap is the safest option but also the least powerful, which is why it is often the choice for smaller maintenance jobs.

For example, it may be used to clean the exterior of a home if the only things you are up against are grime and dirt. One of the biggest advantages of soap over the other choices is the fact that it can just be washed down the drain without worry about the environment, thanks to the fact that it’s made from natural materials.

Pressure washer detergents

Detergents are similar to soap with one big difference: They are not made from biodegradable materials. Detergents are most often used than the other two options. They are made from chemicals and combining specific synthetic materials. Detergents are most commonly used for hard-to-get-rid-of substances.

They are also great at getting rid of molds and mildews. It is better than soap on gutters too, and any areas that have been damaged by hard water. However, the main disadvantage is that some type of water recycling or water recovery system is required since it cannot simply be washed down the drain.

Pressure washer chemicals

These are the strongest option and are only used for very specific, difficult jobs. These chemicals are so strong that they cannot be introduced through the pump. Instead, they have to be injected via chemical injector. These are used for very difficult jobs such as mold and mildew that has been allowed to grow for years.

If you are ready to buy a pressure washer, or you already have one and do not know what cleaning agents to use, turn to the professional. You can reach Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 now for help. We offer a full range of hot water pressure washers, cold water pressure washers, trailers, water recovery systems, and much more.

5 Reasons it’s Worth it to Power Wash Your Driveway

5 Reasons it’s Worth it to Power Wash Your Driveway

Is it really that important to keep your driveway clean? There are plenty of people who would say no. At Hydro Tek we encourage our clients to think hard about the benefits of power washing their driveways on a regular basis. Here are five reasons it’s worth it. If you need advice on the right hot or cold pressure washer then we are here to help.

  1. Cleaning your driveway can prevent damage
  2. If you clean your driveway with a pressure washer on a regular basis, then you can prevent the growth of algae, mold, and moss. If any of these substances are allowed to grow, they can result in significant damage that results in costly repairs. Regular washing can prevent them from growing or, if they do begin to grow, can get rid of them before they cause serious damage.

  3. A pressure washer provides fast and effective cleaning
  4. When you use a hot water pressure washer to clean your driveway, it will be cleaned fast and thoroughly. For example, compare a pressure washer with a hose. It can take forever, especially for those with large driveways. A pressure washer gets the job done correctly within minutes and uses much less water to do so.

  5. Your driveway will look brand new
  6. When you deep clean your driveway, you can restore it to its original appearance. If it has been awhile since you have washed your driveway, then it is likely that grime and dirt have built up. It may seem that this is just normal wear and tear that happens over time, but the truth is that a simple cleaning could restore your driveway to look brand new.

  7. You can skip the chemicals
  8. If you want to get your driveway as clean as you can with your average garden hose, you are going to need a lot of tough, chemical cleaners – and you still won’t get the results you’d get from using a pressure washer. What’s more, you don’t need chemicals with a pressure washer – all it takes is water in most cases. If your driveway has a lot of mold or mildew, then you may want a cleaner but there are biodegradable options that will get the job done.

  9. You’ll be improving your home’s curb appeal
  10. When you or a guest drives up to your home, the driveway is one of the first things they see. You may not think about it much, because you drive on it every day, but if your driveway is old and grimy, it could be leaving a bad impression on those who visit. You will be surprised by how much better your house looks when it’s the backdrop for a newly cleaned driveway.

Do you need help selecting the right power washer? Do you need assistance finding the right accessories, trailers, or water recyclers? Reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 and let us help you today.

Nilfisk HPW – High Pressure Washers Announces Participation at PowerClean 2018

Exhibiting this year at booth #503, Nilfisk HPW will be showcasing an expansive product portfolio found within each of their brands of high pressure washers by Nilfisk, Hydro Tek and Pressure-Pro. With over several decades of cleaning expertise, they develop and manufacture high quality products that represent the latest technology and innovation in the pressure washer industry.

Whether the need is for a home improvement project, an outdoor surface with stubborn grime, or a semi-professional or industrial job, they have the machines you need for projects both big and small. Choose from any one of their machines to assist with tackling the most rigorous of cleaning jobs to bring back the shine.

Product spotlights include:

  • New MH 3C, offers high cleaning efficiency and low running costs via optimal cleaning
    and heating performance. It is the ideal hot water unit for general light everyday cleaning in applications such as automotive, craftsmen and light farming.
  • E4040HG, 4gpm @ 4000psi, offers a revolutionary aircraft grade aluminum frame with dual handles, lifetime frame warranty, adjustable pressure unloader with a GX390 Honda engine.
  • AZV88, a portable recycling system used in protecting the environment from wash water runoff and complying with governmental storm drain regulations is simple, economical and effective to use.

Nilfisk HPW – High Pressure Washers experts will be available in booth #503 to consult and discuss needs for specific industry applications.

For more information on Nilfisk HPW – High Pressure Washers machines, please visit NilfiskHPW.

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Your Need

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Your Need

You know you want a pressure washer but how do you decide which one is best for your needs? A simple way to get an answer is to work with Hydro Tek. We specialize in these products and that means we know them inside and out. All you have to do is go over what you plan to use your power washer for, answer a few questions, and consider the advice we give you.

In the meantime, you can also consider a few essential factors to make the right decision. Once you have considered the choices, feel free to reach out to us at 800-274-9376 or sales@hydrotek.us for additional assistance.

Do you want maximum power? Maybe not

The water pressure used by a hot- or cold-water pressure washer is measured in pound per square inch, which is indicated by psi. The average gas-powered model is going to have more power with ranges between 2,000 and 2,800 psi. Compare that to electric models, which generally have between 1,300 to 1,700.

It is common for a person to assume that the higher the pressure, the better it is for their needs but this is not always the case. If you are going to strip paint off of vinyl siding, then a gas option is likely to be ten times faster and a gas option is going to clean a concrete patio about three times faster than the best electric pressure washer on the market.

However, a gas model is going to be more dangerous than an electric model. It requires more skill to handle the higher pressure, and when set to the wrong settings, electric models are more likely to splinter, etch, or otherwise damage the surfaces they are supposed to be cleaning.

Noise is important to consider

Next, consider how important noise is for you. A gas pressure washer model is going to produce 85 decibels at the minimum. At this noise level, hearing protection is highly recommended. On average, an electric model produces 78 decibels of sound when they are running. When the trigger is released, the motor stops and they are entirely silent.

As you compare these sound levels, consider two things. First, we are comparing the quietest a gas pressure washer can run at – 85 dBa – with the average sound of an electric model. Second, note that gas pressure washers are loud the entire time, whether in use or not. Electric models only make noise when in use, which means they can be used in residential areas with only a few brief moments of sound.

Contact us now and we can help you find the right choice

There is no reason to wonder which pressure washer to get, or to worry that you did not make the right decision. At Hydro Tek we have years of experience with these products and their accessories. Reach out today at 800-274-9376 or sales@hydrotek.us and let us help you find what you are looking for.

Gas vs Electric: Which is the Best Power Source for a Pressure Washer?

Gas vs Electric: Which is the Best Power Source for a Pressure Washer?

If you are planning to buy a pressure washer then you will have a number of factors to consider and decisions to make. However, for many people there is no more challenging choice than that between gas and electric. At Hydro Tek we offer a wide selection of pressure washers and accessories. There is no single model that’s perfect for everyone and so it is up to you to decide what will work best for you.

Today we will go over some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us at 800-274-9376 or sales@hydrotek.us. We are here to use our years of experience to ensure you get exactly what you need.

The pros and cons of a gas-powered pressure washer

One of the biggest advantages of choosing a gas-powered pressure washer is the fact that they are portable. They are not hooked up to any cords at all, which means that they can be used anywhere there is enough ventilation. They are also the more powerful option, which makes them a top choice for those who want a power washer for commercial or industrial needs.

The main disadvantage of a gas-powered pressure washer is that it cannot be used in an area that does not have ventilation. For example, if you need pressure washers to clean out buildings, then gas-powered is not the right choice. If you need to clean out a basement, closed garage, bathroom, etc., then you will need something without fumes. Gas powered options are also more expensive upfront and more expensive to run than electric options.

The pros and cons of an electric-powered pressure washer

The other main fuel source is electric. These are extremely quiet machines, which make them a much better choice for residential needs. Though they are not portable enough to be used anywhere (they require an electrical outlet to be plugged into) they do not give off fumes, which means they can be used in enclosed places such as basements and bathrooms.

The fact that electric-powered pressure washers are more affordable to purchase and run is an advantage as well, but it comes at a price. These units do not have as much power capacity as a gas model. They also do not last as long and they require more maintenance. However, they are often the choice of a person or company that plans to use them occasionally.

Still not sure? We can help you decide

If you are still not sure if a gas or electric powered pressure washer is best for your needs then there is good news: We are here to help. Contact Hydro Tek today and we can go over our catalog with you. There are other factors that can be considered, which we are more than happy to discuss. Call now and find the perfect pressure washer for your needs.

RVs and Travel Trailers Need Special Cleanings: Pressure Washer Can Do the Trick

RVs and Travel Trailers Need Special Cleanings: Pressure Washer Can Do the Trick

Even in California, RVs and travel trailers are not used much in winter months. When they sit around, gathering dust and debris, they are often in need of detailing. The good news is that a pressure washer can help get RVs and travel trailers clean. For minor cleaning, follow the directions below. For true deep cleaning, invest in a pressure washer and a water recycle system.

Standard cleaning: Everything you need

First of all, just grab any soap you would use to wash a car. You will want to use a high-quality soap that is non-toxic. Then grab a scrub brush. You need something that is firm and will provide plenty of cleaning pressure without risking damaging the paint on the RV or travel. The best way to ensure that the paint is not damaged is to skip the brush and use a pressure washer. Just be sure it is set to the right temperature and pressure.

If you want your travel trailer or RV to look brand new, then you may want to find a soap that has a high gloss finish. You can even add wax or other finishing products to make it look even better. We also recommend polishing the tires and the metal rims. Once they are polished up, they will shine like new and help the travel trailer or RV look brand new.

Finally, you need a garden hose. This will not provide much pressure at all, which means you will need to do quite a bit of work. For those with mobility, who are worried they lack the strength to properly clean the TV, or those who want to save time and hassle, clean the RV or travel trailer with a pressure washer.

The cleaning process for standard or pressure washing cleaning

No matter what type of cleaning you are using, you should start by cleaning off the roof. You may need to walk on the roof if using standard cleaning procedures. Remember that you could potentially damage the roof by doing so, so be sure to walk only on the ribs.

Once the roof is clean, move to the sides and tires. You should make sure to avoid getting water into the fridge access panels, as this can actually destroy the fridge. After you have rinsed your vehicle or travel trailer, it’s time to add any high-gloss soap you want.

Putting aside the appropriate amount of time

If you are cleaning with a hose then you can expect this process to take an average of eight hours for a full-sized RV. On the other hand, if you invest in a pressure washer then the entire process can be completed as quickly as an hour. Reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you are interested in learning more about pressure washers.

Pressure Washing Your Gutters Can Save You Money in Many Ways

Pressure Washing Your Gutters Can Save You Money in Many Ways

Keeping your gutters maintained is essential. If you don’t, then over time the downspouts can become lose and you could potentially lose your gutters due to rotting back boards. If you do not regularly clean your gutters, then you could end up with issues that extend beyond damage to your gutters. You could find that black streaks appear on your property – and they may not come out without pressure washing or repainting.

At Hydro Tek, we recommend that homeowners or business owners look into pressure washing equipment and accessories for a number of needs, including cleaning out your gutters. A small investment today could result in saving cash in a number of ways in the future. Today we will discuss the ways in which you can clean your gutters – both without and without pressure washing.

What you need to check your gutters

Before you head up there and start cleaning, it is a good idea to get a close look at what you are dealing with. You’ll need a ladder, preferably with a stabilizer bar, a pair of heavy work gloves, a bucket with dish soap and water, and a sponge or brush. Climb up there and visually inspect your gutters. If there is minor debris, then you can remove it with your gloves. If you want to see how well the gutters are working, pour the water into them and see how effectively the water is moved.

You will also want to ensure that your gutters secure to your home or commercial property. to check them, simply give them a light tug. Look at the back wood boards to see if they have rotted. If you can see that your gutters are in good order then it is time to get a deep cleaning via pressure washing.

What type of gutters do you have?

In order to properly handle gutter maintenance and cleaning on your own, you will need to know what type of gutters you are dealing with. For example, open gutters are gutters that are (as the name implies) entirely open and can be easily scooped out by hand. Gutter guards prevent debris from getting into the gutter, much like a guard over a bathtub drain keeps debris from going down the pipes. Rain gutters have ribs and are destined to get filled with debris at some point. They are also almost impossible to properly clean without a pressure washer.

How to prevent future clogs

It is easy enough to clean out gutters with the right pressure washing equipment but of course most homeowners do not want to deal with this issue. If you want to keep your gutters are clear of debris as possible, install gutter baskets. They allow the water to flow through the gutters but do not allow leaves and other debris to go through.

If you are in need of the proper pressure washing equipment then you are in luck – we have you covered. Let Hydro Tek guide you through the process of finding the right option by calling us at 800-274-9376 or sending us an email at sales@hydrotek.us.

Learn How to Clean Your Metal Roof with a Pressure Washer

Learn How to Clean Your Metal Roof with a Pressure Washer

In past months, we have given you advice on how to clean a tile roof and how to clean a shingle roof with a pressure washer. Today we are going to cover how to clean a metal roof with a pressure washer. While some of the steps will be the same, others are unique to a metal roof. If you are in the process of considering your pressure washer options, we highly recommend that you contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 before making a final decision.

Understanding the type of metal roof

Before we explain how to use a pressure washer to clean your metal roof, it is important to know what type of metal roof you have. There are two main options for the purposes of this tutorial. First there is the flat metal roof with a slight slope. This does not necessarily mean it is entirely flat but it is flat enough that it can be walked on. Just be sure that you are using extreme caution because this type of roof can be very slippery.

The second option is the moderate to high pitch metal roof. These are not at all safe to walk on. Instead, you will need accessories that allow you to spray the roof from a ladder. You can get said pressure washer accessories from Hydro Tek and we are happy to help you find the right choice.

You need the right safety equipment

Before you can get on a roof and clean it, you must be sure that you have the appropriate safety equipment. First, you need a hardness and fall safe. These should be used when getting on any roof but are especially important on metal roofs due to how slippery they are. Make sure that the ladder you have has padded stabilizers because metal roofs have coatings to protect them. You do not want to scratch or damage this coating, which is why the padded stabilizers are need.

You need the right equipment

Once you have the safety equipment you need, then it is time to make sure that you have the pressure washing equipment you need. Start off with a hot water pressure with a 40-degree tip. This is very effective at getting rid of algae and mildew, both of which often grow on metal roofs. You only need low pressure on metal roofs, as it is enough to disturb and clean them. We recommend hot water because metal roofs can handle it and hot water is more effective.

Then get a 12 volt or gas-powered detergent sprayer. This makes it easy for you to coat your metal roof with detergent while you are on the ladder. As mentioned above, even if you have a flat metal roof, it is still slippery when wet so the best option is a sprayer that can work from the ladder. If you need help finding the right equipment then we hope you will reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 .

  • Hot Water Pressure Washers

    Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers are designed to tackle the toughest messes wherever they may occur. Our products feature high-quality stainless steel construction, simple controls, and an innovative Spiralast™ heating coil that improves efficiency and reduces your fuel costs. We manufacture the Spiralast™ coils right here in our facility using a proprietary cold rolled process and robotic welds for exceptional strength and unimpeded flow. Our Spiralast™ lifetime warranty is the ONLY lifetime heating coil warranty in the industry.

  • Advantages of a Hot Water Pressure Washer

    Simply by heating up the water, a hot water pressure washer delivers dramatically improved cleaning power compared to a cold water machine. Hot water pressure washers are especially useful for cleaning sticky, greasy, or oily surfaces, because they will loosen the dirt much faster without the large amounts of soap, detergent, or other cleaning chemicals that must be used with a cold water system.

  • Hot Water Pressure Washer Applications

    A hot water pressure washer is essential for any cleanup job involving a sticky, greasy, or oily mess, as well as for applications where a surface must be sanitized. With a variety of models available, including self-contained mobile units with gas, diesel, or electric power, Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers can go anywhere and clean anything. Some common applications include heavy equipment cleaning, vehicle cleaning, graffiti removal, restaurant hood vent cleaning, and livestock facility cleaning.

Quality & Innovation Since 1985

Hydro Tek

From simple beginnings in 1985, Hydro Tek has grown to become the most trusted name in the pressure washer manufacturing industry.

How did we do it? By continually focusing on quality and reliability as the key to customer satisfaction, and by incorporating the latest technologies into our design and manufacturing processes.

By 1991, we were using computer-aided drafting systems to refine our product designs and improve efficiency. In 1997, we brought the power of computers to the shop floor by incorporating laser-cutting and other CNC manufacturing machinery, and in 2001 we began focusing on improving efficiency through the latest manufacturing techniques. The end result has been superior products delivered at a superior value to our customers. Through the next decade, we look forward to fulfilling our vision of making our products the "obvious choice" for all your industrial and commercial cleaning needs.