Your pressure washer fell into the pool, and now your probably wondering if you’ll ever be able to use it again.
If your pressure washer fell into the pool, there’s a very low chance that it will run normally again. However, there are many things you can do to help salvage your pressure washer.
In this article we are going to explain what happens when your pressure washer falls into the pool, and what you can do to help fix it.
Pressure Washer Fell in Pool?
This is a very unfortunate event because of the fact that pressure washers are not water proof. Of course this also depends on how long your pressure washer was submerged in the water. We are going to explain what happens inside your pressure washer when it falls into water.
Electric Pressure Washer
It’s most likely that your pressure washer will not work after falling into the pool because the electrical components inside of your pressure washer have been exposed to too much water.
When your electric pressure washer is exposed to too much water, the air filter becomes water logged and the crankcase most likely has water in it, which make it difficult to start. The cylinders also have water in them and all of the electrical components are wet.
Since it fell into chlorinated water, rust has begun to form inside and out of your pressure washer, which cannot be good for it.
Gas-Powered Pressure Washer
When a gas powered pressure washer is exposed to water, it’s able to handle a little bit more than an electric pressure washer, but there are no guarantees that your pressure washer will be working again.
When a gasoline engine takes in water through the carburetor, the engine will likely be permanently ruined. A gas engine has pistons that compress a gas and air mixture. This gas and air mixture is then ignited which powers the piston down causing the crankshaft to turn.
If water does not compress and enough water gets in, it will damage the pistons and bend or break the rod that connects them to the crankshaft.
How to Fix Your Pressure Washer
Of course it’s not ideal to drop your pressure washer into the pool, but there are many things you can do to try to salvage your pressure washer.
Electric Pressure Washer
The first step will need to take to fix your pressure washer is empty the water that got into it as soon as possible. Then you should to make sure to inspect all of the inner components of your pressure washer. Make sure to also clean all of the inner parts.
It’s important that you replace the gaskets and take out the spark plug. Next, it’s a good idea to leave your pressure washer outside in the sun for a couple days and let it completely dry.
It’s a good idea to take your pressure washer to a commercial equipment dealer, or consider buying a new pressure washer, if you don’t know much about the inner components of your pressure washer, or know how to take it apart effectively.
Gas-Powered Pressure Washer
Gas powered pressure washers are known to be able to handle a little more water exposure than electric pressure washers. If you have a gas-powered pressure washer, you may have better chance of fixing it because they have a higher resistance to water than electric pressure washers.
The first thing you need to do is remove the spark plug and then pull the starter cord several times to get rid of most of the water in the cylinder. Next, you should to put your finger over the spark plug hole and the pull the starter cord. You will know that the piston and valves are working properly if you feel pressure on your finger.
If the piston an valves are happen to be working normally, then you can go ahead and remove the gas tank and make sure to completely drain it. If your pressure washer has a bowl type of carburetor, then it should also be drained. Next, you should consider draining the oil.
The last thing you need to do is leave the spark plug out for a day to let it dry. Then all you need to do is refill the oil and gas tank with fresh gasoline and change the air filter. Replace the spark plug, and you should ready to use your pressure washer again!
Pressure Washer Maintenance
Pressure washer maintenance is key to having a pressure washer that works properly and lasts for as long as possible. These maintenance tips will keep your pressure washer running at its best.
Before Using Your Pressure Washer
Before you begin pressure washing, it’s important to check the oil and fuel levels on gasoline powered models. It’s also important that you check the water inlet screen. Clean any dirty screens with water and replace if damaged.
Next you need to check the spray gun, spray tip, and wand extension. Make sure the connections are secure. Then you can test the spray gun trigger and trigger lock.
Next, it’s a good idea to check the high pressure hose for any cuts, bulges, leaks, or any other damage. Then you could consider checking the detergent siphoning tube and make sure to clean it out if it’s clogged.
After Using Your Pressure Washer
After you’re finished using your pressure washer, it’s time to properly store it. The first thing you need to do is rinse the detergent from the pressure washer. Then remove the detergent siphoning tube from the detergent supply and make sure to set the spray to low pressure. You’re then ready to run water through the system for a couple of minutes.
Next, you need to turn off the pressure washer and the water supply, which will relieve pressure in the machine. Next, you’ll want to engage the trigger lock and let the pressure washer cool down.
Lastly, you need to disconnect the garden hose, spray gun, wand extension, and high pressure hose and drain the water from them.