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Are You Thinking of Painting Your Own Home? Consider All the Steps Involved

Are You Thinking of Painting Your Own Home? Consider All the Steps Involved

If you wish that you had a bright, beautiful exterior on your home, but you don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for someone else to fix it for you, then you may be considering painting it yourself. At Hydro Tek we are not experts in this process but we can tell you about the basic steps involved. Make sure that pressure cleaning your home is done before you start.

Preparation is the Most Important Step in the Pressure Washing Process

There is nothing more important than properly preparing your home for washing. This requires the right pressure washing equipment and accessories. Start by scarping any loose paint or using a wire brush to get the loose paint off. If you see chalking, which is just a normal part of paint getting older, it will need to be pressure washed off or sanded off. Just make sure that you are using the right pressure as pressure that’s too high can end up damaging the home.

If the old paint was a glossy finish, then you will need to sand it well enough that new paint can adhere to it. If you have oil paint, then you’ll need to sand it vigorously or repaint it with an oil paint – just be careful. Latex paint can just peel off in sheets if not properly prepped. If you’re nervous or not entirely sure about what to do, paint a small area and then check it in the morning.

You Must Re-Caulk

While you technically do not have to re-caulk the exterior of your home after painting it, we strongly recommend doing so. Go around and look for caulking that is shriveled and / or loosened. Do a nice job – it is more important than you may think. Too often homeowners skip this step and end up with bare wood that draws moisture out of the caulk – which can cause serious water damage in the future.

Protect the Landscaping

You do not want to get done with the hard work of painting your home, only to discover that there is a huge mess in your yard. From paint chips to trampled shrubs, to drips on the sidewalk, to painted trees, there are many ways you can accidently damage your landscaping. Of course, simply being careful is an essential part of protecting your landscaping, but you can also cover things with plastic and drop clothes, and tie back shrubs that are in the way.

If you end up with paint on cement or concrete, you can also use your pressure washer to get rid of it. If you have questions about which pressure washer to use, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 now and we will look forward to helping you.

Trouble with Your Pressure Washer Pump? Follow These Troubleshooting Ideas

Trouble with Your Pressure Washer Pump? Follow These Troubleshooting Ideas

If you buy a quality pressure washer, you should expect it to work for many years to come. That said, if you have older unit that is not giving you the level of service it once did, then it may be time to make some repairs. Check out this guide for troubleshooting a pressure washer pump, then contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you decide it’s time to upgrade to a higher quality pressure washer.

Causes for Low Pressure in a Pressure Washer Pump

If the issue is that you are not getting enough pressure, then it may be that you need to replace your nozzle. Is it the right size? Or is it worn out? Either way, replacement is relatively simple once you have the right part. If you the parts are not fitted well, then the first thing you will likely notice is dropping pressure.

Causes for Rough Pressure in a Pressure Washer Pump

When the pressure begins running rough, it is often a sign that the inlet water is too cold or too hot. Remember that even water from your faucet can be heated by the sun. To make sure this doesn’t happen, ensure that there is enough air around the water so that the right amount of pressure can be made. You can also check the discharge valves and replace them if need be. If that doesn’t fix it, then you may have serious mechanical damage.

Causes for Leaking in Your Pressure Washer

It is not uncommon for a leak to occur and generally they do not require complicated procedures to be repaired. In most cases, the leak occurs when the seal is broken or worn out. All you need it do is replace or repair the seal. It’s also not uncommon to have an oil leak. To prevent either of these issues, make sure you are replacing your seals at least two times per year.

Causes for Pulsating Pressure Washers

This case may seem that it’s complicated or due to a problem with the mechanics of the machine, but in most cases a pressure washer pulsates because it has accumulated dirt and dust. All this takes to repair is a good cleaning. If that doesn’t fix the issue, then it may be that the plunger is having issues. Check that before you decide on more costly fixes.

What to Do When You’re Ready for a New Power Washer

If your power washer is having issues that aren’t as simple as the ones listed above, then it may be more financially reasonable to replace your unit rather than fix it. In that case, you will be glad for the help of Hydro Tek. We specialize in this industry and are standing by to help you find the right selection of your needs. Contact us now at 800-274-9376 to get started.

Do You Need a Residential or Commercial Grade Power Washer? Learn the Main 3 Differences

Do You Need a Residential or Commercial Grade Power Washer? Learn the Main 3 Differences

If you’re in the market for a pressure washer then you likely have a few questions about which the best option will be. One question you may wonder is whether to get a commercial grade power washer or a residential one. You can always contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to get our advice. In the meantime, you can read on to learn the three main differences between these two options.

  1. Their Power is Different
  2. An industrial power washer has the ability to give off much higher pressure than your average residential power washer. You can select a machine with a wide range of pressure levels – all the way up to 8000 psi. You can find machines that are powered by gas or electricity.

    Remember that the power your machine has will have a direct relationship to temperature. You can choose a commercial or industrial washer in cold water, hot water, or tri-modes. The tri-mode option means that you can use it for hot water, cold water, and steam water pressure. It’s true that cold water is more affordable because it requires less electricity, and it can get rid of most dirt, but getting rid of oils and degreasing requires hot water or steam.

  3. The Durability is Different
  4. It likely comes as no surprise that industrial power washers are more durable. After all, they are built to be used much more and for much longer than a typical residential pressure washer. You will find that industrial power washers are often hosed in steel casing – just be sure you choose an option in which the steel casing is resistant to both heat and corrosion. Choosing power-coated steel can ensure that it is not easily chipped too.

    Note that any power washer you get from Hydro Tek is going to be durable – and is going to be covered by a warranty – but industrial power washers are more expensive for a reason, and one of those reasons is that they are built to last longer.

  5. Commercial Units Offer More Durability
  6. When you choose a commercial unit, it can get hot in as little as 20 seconds, thanks to heating devices that use very little energy and get to maximum temps very quickly. You will have a wide range of hose lengths to choose from with either a commercial or a residential unit – anywhere from 25 feet to 300 feet based on what you need. If you are going to get a longer hose, then an industrial machine is likely to offer the best pressure for you.

These are just a few of the differences between these two options. We highly recommend that you contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 for expert advice if you would like more information on choosing between the two options.

Skip the Delay in Cleanup by Using an Industrial Water Vacuum

Skip the Delay in Cleanup by Using an Industrial Water Vacuum

When you invest in an industrial water vacuum from Hydro Tek, you will have total control of where you are waste water goes after you use your pressure washing equipment. This is more important at certain times than others. For example, if you are working with oil or cleaning up chemicals that have the potential to harm the environment, this equipment can easily vacuum up the waste water and pump it out. It can pumped to your landscape, sewer, bulk tank, or wherever you need it.

In fact, it can vacuum up the water and pump it at the same time – which means you can also say goodbye to delays in your process of cleaning up. There are numerous available options. The best way to learn about all of them and to choose the right one for you is to contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . You can also keep reading to discover facts about two of the options on the market.

Our Self-Contained, Gas-Powered Vacuum Recovery System

One of the newer options we have available is the RGV Gas Vac. This is an entirely self-contained unit that is powered by a gas engine and includes a pump out. You can use it with either one or two separate pickup devices. Generally speaking, we recommend this for contractors of facilities who need to collect all of their waste water, and we recommend it to restoration contractors who deal with waste water that needs to be picked up after fires or floods.

The separation tanks that come with this unit are unique in a number of ways, including the fact that they are made from polyethylene and they way a lot less than the typical 50-gallon steel drums you would see. You have easy access to the interior of them so that they can be cleaned and maintained, thanks to the quick lift-off lid. There’s also a 1.5 inch valve that makes it easy to get rid of sludge or solids that may settle at the bottom. You also don’t have to deal with heavy tipping, thanks to the automatic transfer system that pumps the water out.

Our Electric Powered Water Evacuation System with Pump Out

Another popular example is our electric powered water evacuation system with pump out. This RPV Hydro Vacuum is another water evacuation system that captures water and then transfers it out. This one can also transfer water out during the process of vacuuming which, once again, skips the inefficiency of needing to dump the tank.

This option is great for flood and fire restoration contractors for a number of reasons, including the fact that it can remove a huge volume of water. It’s also a great option for any situation in which water runoff at a job site needs to be removed, or if a pressure washer contractor needs to collect waste water.

Our Tow and Stow Wash Cart is the Perfect Machine for Concrete Cleaning

Our Tow and Stow Wash Cart is the Perfect Machine for Concrete Cleaning

If your business cleans concrete then the tow and stow wash cart is a must-have. There are many reasons we feel so confident recommending it, including the fact that, like all of the Hydro Tek equipment you can buy from us, it is made in the United States at our ISO:9001 certified factory right here in Redlands California. But that’s not the only reason. Keep reading to find out why we are so confident in recommending it, and then reach out at Hydro Tek to learn more or get a quote.

It’s Incredibly Compact Size

One thing our clients love about this particular machine is that it is so compact. In fact, it is less than 7 feet by 4 feet, which means it can be towed not just on sidewalks but just about anywhere. If you want to avoid the inconvenience of a trailer that has limited options regarding where it can be towed, then this may be a good option. It also has a fold-up tongue for even more compact storage.

That’s not all! This option also comes with stainless steel eels both for inlet and high pressure hoses. Not only does this mean that you get easy rollup and storage, but you never have to worry about rust or corrosion – this can significantly lengthen the lifespan of your machine.

You Have Total Control Over How and Where it is Used

You get total control over how you use this tow and stow wash cart. What do we mean by that? We are talking about a full 20 different combinations of hot or cold water pressure washers. This means you can get concrete clean, but it also means you can remove gum, can get rid of graffiti, can clean quads, and can use this just about anywhere – including food courts. You can choose between a 200 or 270 gallon water tank, which means you can clean even in an area with a limited water supply.

It is More Portable Than You Can Imagine

We know that half the reason you want a cart like this is because it is so portable. You will appreciate that this has a four-wheel design that includes a pivoting tongue. What does that mean for portability? It means that not only is it as portable as possible, but the low tongue weight makes it easy to tow whether you have a small pick or a utility vehicle.

Finally, let us talk about safety. Not only do we use the highest quality parts on this machine, but we take extra care to make it as safe as possible. As one example, consider the parking brake that engages when the tongue is locked into an upright position. This gives you secure parking and storage – not to mention maximum peace of mind.

The Pros and Cons of Gas v Electric Pressure Washers

The Pros and Cons of Gas v Electric Pressure Washers

As you search for the right pressure washer, there are many factors you will have to consider and compare. If you are like many buyers you will be comparing the pros and cons of gas versus electric pressure washers. You can contact Hydro Tek for a personal analysis if your needs and the best power washer to meet them. In the meantime, keep reading for a direct comparison between gas and electric power washers.

Everything You Need to Know About Gas Pressure Washers

As the name implies, a gas pressure washer runs on gas. They are the original option and people who have worked with many pressure washers over the years often want to stick with what they know and what they know is gas pressure washers.

One of the biggest advantages of a gas pressure washer is that it is very mobile. Unlike an electric power washer that must be plugged in – and therefore within range of an electric outlet – gas pressure washers do not require an external energy source.

While that is an advantage in some situations, it can actually be a disadvantage in others. How? Because gas units cannot be used in enclosed areas. For example, if a person wanted to use a power washer to clean a basement, they would not be able to use a gas power washer because the fumes can be dangerous.

Everything You Need to Know About Electric Pressure Washers

Electric pressure washers are less popular than gas pressure washers but that should not be reason in and of itself to choose gas. Why? Because electric pressure washers are relatively new to the scene. As a result, it stands to reason that their gas counterparts would be doing better.

As noted above, one of the advantages of a gas pressure washer is that it can be used indoors or in any enclosed space without fear of danger from fumes. It is also generally more affordable than a gas pressure washer, which makes it a great choice for an individual. Finally, electric pressure washers are noticeably quieter than their gas counterpart, which can be a big bonus for some people.

That said, the affordability is there for a reason – there are downsides. First, gas power washers do not have the same amount of power as a gas option. For this reason, professional pressure washers are almost always gas, unless they are being indoors and electric is a must. Second, electric pressure washers are not as common and do not have as many accessories.

We Can Help You Determine Which Pressure Washer to Choose

Which pressure washer is best for you? That depends on what you will be using it for, where you will be using it, your budget, and your priorities. If the guide above still hasn’t convinced you of which one to buy, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 and we can help.

Get Spotless Results from Your Pressure Washer by Following These Tips

Get Spotless Results from Your Pressure Washer by Following These Tips

There are many reasons that people decide to use a pressure washer. If you are looking to get your cleaning job done in no time flat, then pressure washing is the right choice. If you want to ensure that you end up with a spotless result, then pressure washing is a great choice. That said, it will only look as good as you make it. Keep reading to find a few tips to maximize the results of pressure washing. Then contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you want to learn more about your options.

Make Sure You Use the Right Amount of Pressure

One of the most important factors is the amount of pressure you use. If you use the maximum possible pressure then you are likely to get a very clean surface very quickly – but you are also likely to damage said surface. In order to choose the right pressure, you must carefully consider the material you are cleaning and how much pressure it can handle.

That said, if you do not use enough pressure then you risk not getting the surface clean. It may take longer if you do not use the right pressure. You will measure how much pressure you are using by pounds per square inch, more commonly called PSI. The range for each machine can vary widely. For example, a commercial pressure washer can range from 3000 to 4000 PSI while a unit you’d use at home would more likely be somewhere between 1500 and 2600.

Use the Right Temperature

Next, you will need to consider the temperature. At Hydro Tek we offer both hot and cold water pressure washers. Hot water can get a surface cleaner faster, but, once again, you risk damaging it. At Hydro Tek we consider what you are cleaning before recommending hot or cold. For example, if you are cleaning the floor of a commercial kitchen then you would need a hot machine to get rid of grease.

On the other hand, if you are cleaning your concrete driveway, you are likely not dealing any debris that would require hot water. You could then use cold water, which is more affordable, uses less water, and costs less to operate.

Not Sure What Pressure or Temperature to Use? We Can Help

If you are unclear about the right pressure and / or temperature then we recommend you talk to the professionals. You will find much of the information you need in the owner’s manual for your machine. That said, at Hydro Tek we are always happy to answer any questions you have. Whether you are looking to buy a pressure washer and need assistance, or you have a question about one you have previously purchased from us, contact us by phone at 800-274-9376 or send us an email to

Learn How to Clean a Tile Roof with a Pressure Washer

Learn How to Clean a Tile Roof with a Pressure Washer

Your roof does so much for your home – it protects it from the heat, rain, sun, and other elements. Without a roof, your home would not be safe or secure. While clay tile roofs can last for as long as a century, other types of tile roofs last an impressively long 50 years as well – as long as you take good care of them.

Not regularly completing cleaning and maintenance can significantly reduce the lifespan of your tile roof. If you have access to a pressure washer then cleaning that roof is much easier than you may think. Read on to learn some of the best tips for cleaning a tile roof with a pressure washer. If you are interested in buying a pressure washer or pressure washer accessories, Hydro Tek is here to help.

The advantages of cleaning your roof

Believe it or not, there are numerous advantages to ensuring that your roof is regularly cleaned. As noted above, it is the best way to extend the life of your roof. Once you have the tiles cleaned, you can re-seal, prime, and / or paint the roof and it will be absorbed much better than if the roof was dirty. These steps can help prevent moss from growing and dirt from staining your roof.

Cleaning your roof regularly also gives you a chance to find any damage that has happened to your roof. The sooner you locate any damage, the more easily it can be fixed. If you do not notice the issues, you can end up dealing with drafts, leaks, and even mildew and algae growth. This time of damage causes serious aesthetic issues as well

What you need to clean your tile roof

To clean your tile roof, you want a pressure washer that’s set between 1200 and 1500 psi. You may need cleaning chemicals depending on how much dirt and debris you have on your roof. In many cases, the water pressure is enough to get the roof clean. You’ll also need either a ladder or an extension for your pressure washer that lets you hit your mark from the ground. For your protection, be sure you are wearing long pants and long sleeves and have eye protection on.

Tips for cleaning a roof with a pressure washer

Walking directly on the tile roof can be slippery and it could cause damage to your roof. As a result, we recommend spraying it from a ladder or the ground. If you do need to step on your tile roof for any reason, make sure you step on a spot that’s try and choose the flattest possible stop. Wear shoes that have traction.

Do you need more tips on how to clean your tile roof? Contact Hydro Tek for help getting all the pressure washing equipment you need.

Are You in the Market for a Commercial Pressure Washer? Consider This Buying Guide

Are You in the Market for a Commercial Pressure Washer? Consider This Buying Guide

If you are considering buying a professional pressure washer, then you have many things to consider. It is easy to get the advice of an expert by contacting Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . You can also read on to learn more through our comprehensive buying guide.

The quality of the product is the most important thing

There are many other factors we will cover but at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you choose a pressure washer that is of the best quality. No matter how big it is, how much pressure it gives, or how little it may cost, if you buy a low-quality product you can count on it not lasting for long and for it to provide suboptimal services. Any of the products you find available from Hydro Tek are of the highest quality.

Choose between hot and cold pressure washer

It is common for the first decision to be between a hot or cold pressure washer. If you are going to be cleaning areas with dirt and grime as the primary issues, then a cold pressure washer is likely to be just fine. However, if you are going to be cleaning areas with grease and oil, you are going to need a hot unit.

Understanding PSI measurements

The main measurement you’ll see when shopping for pressure washers is pounds per square inch, most often referred to as PSI. This tells you how much pressure it offers. If you are going to be using a pressure washer for commercial purposes, then the minimum PSI you would want is likely 3000. For normal residential use, the highest you can possibly get is 2600.

You need a warranty

Once you have narrowed down your options, you will need to consider warranty. Of course, any machine that is of high quality is likely to last for years to come but that does not mean that trouble cannot arise. The reality is that there is always the potential for issues and you need to be working with a company that will back up the products they sell. As a result, a warranty is a must have.

Consider price and then make your final decision

You’ll notice that price is the last factor we mention. This does not mean that you should buy the most expensive machine there is but it does mean that you should focus first on finding the equipment that will actually meet your needs. After all, it is better to pay 10% more for something that meets or exceeds your expectations or needs, rather than saving a little and not getting the usage that you need.

If you have questions about how to compare machines or how to make your final choice, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 . We are standing by to help you find the exact pressure washer that will work best for you.

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.

  • 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.