Pressure Washer Trailer
in Los Angeles
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Pressure washing is a service that is reasonably easy to learn to provide. Residential and commercial property owners often hire a service provider to power wash their properties because the process is labor-intensive. Los Angeles power washing pros provide a service that is generally in demand, and many are discovering the boons of purchasing a custom pressure washer trailer to facilitate their jobs and handle their business’ unique needs.
In addition to property owners, several industries utilize power washing services to clean durable exterior surfaces, including. The following could all benefit from a power washer trailer from Universal Trailer:
- parking lots
- airport terminals
- industrial equipment
Property managers and real estate professionals utilize power washing services to make their properties maximize property value. Residential surfaces that are suitable for pressure washing include:
- garage floors
- exterior walls
Pressure washer trailers for sale
Universal Trailer in Los Angeles County supplies power washing trailers and pressure washing equipment to businesses and individual pressure washing pros locally and nationwide. We have more than 40 years of experience customizing power wash trailers and selling pressure washing equipment.
Taking your power washing business to the next level
Many power washing pros begin providing services with a consumer-grade pressure washer. These pressure washers are less expensive than commercial-grade equipment, and they will get the job. Although it is possible to go into business with consumer-grade equipment, each job will generally take much longer to complete. As new pressure washing professionals build their clientele, the ability to expand becomes dependent on the capacity of the professional’s equipment. Upgrading to commercial equipment allows professionals to book more appointments, deliver superior results, and complete jobs in less time.
Commercial power washers vs. consumer-grade equipment
The differences between personal pressure washers and commercial power washers translate to substantially higher revenue for power washing businesses. Commercial equipment generally has stronger water pressure, which is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Pressure washers and power washers with a higher PSI rating will allow a professional to clean a surface faster due to the stronger water pressure the equipment supplies. Commercial pressure washers also have faster water flow, measured in gallons per minute (GPM). The GPM rating indicates how quickly a pressure washer will clean a surface. For example, if one machine has a rating that is twice as high as another, the unit with the higher rating will clean a surface twice as fast as the other unit.
How much pressure do you need?
When choosing a pressure washer or power washer, businesses should purchase equipment that can handle more intensive jobs the business plans to take on in the future. Buying equipment that has more than enough power to meet present customer needs will allow the business to save money as the business grows. When placed on a lower setting more powerful equipment can be used to do lighter cleaning jobs. The business can save money by using the same equipment for tougher jobs. Buying a more versatile tool upfront will save money by eliminating the need to upgrade at a later date.
The amount of pressure required to complete a job depends on the durability of the surface that requires cleaning. Pros may use the following as a general guide:
- A rating of 1500 PSI cleans bikes, scooters, vehicles and barbecue equipment
- A rating of 2600 PSI can clean items that require 1500 PSI and decks, docks and cedar fences
- A rating of 3000 PSI cleans all items that require a PSI of 1500 or 2600 and boats, ATVs, asphalt driveways and home siding
- A rating of 4000 PSI cleans surfaces that require 1500, 2600, and 3000 PSI and industrial equipment. A rating of 4000 PSI is also powerful enough to strip paint and clean graffiti
Mounted pressure washers vs. power washers
People often refer to pressure washers and power washers interchangeably. However, there is one key difference between the two. Both types of equipment use pressurized water to clean hard surfaces. The key difference between the two is water temperature. Pressure washers use cold water while power washers have a heating element that produces a stream of pressurized hot water. Because power washers use hot water, they are often referred to as “hot water pressure washers.” Hot water releases dirt and makes it easier to clean certain surfaces. While it may seem like power washers are inherently more effective than pressure washers, there are some jobs that necessitate the use of a pressure washer instead of a power washer. Pressure washers are more appropriate than power washers when cleaning surfaces that are relatively soft, easily damaged, or otherwise vulnerable. Traditional asphalt shingles, surfaces made of softer metals, and surfaces that are adjacent to electrical components call for the use of a pressure washer instead of a power washer.
Completing power washing jobs more efficiently
There are several elements that can boost the cleaning efficiency of a pressure washer or power washer. Hot or warm water loosens dirt, allowing it to be washed away more effectively. Soaps and detergents cut through debris and stains. Different nozzles and accessories allow the water stream to be directed at certain angles.
Cleaning with hot water
Although hot water removes grime more efficiently, there are times when a cold water pressure washer is the best equipment for the job. Los Angeles power washing pros generally use a cold water pressure washer when cleaning surfaces that are prone to warping or other forms of damage. Cold water is generally more suitable for wood decks, which can warp if exposed to excessive heat and high pressure. Cold water pressure washers make up the majority of the market share; therefore, they are more likely to be recommended to homeowners who want to DIY and to professionals who are just starting out.
In a power washer, cold water passes through a heating element before entering the nozzle. Power washers can heat water up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water is more effective at breaking down stubborn stains, stripping paint, and sanitizing surfaces. Beyond thoroughly cleaning very durable surfaces, power washers can also be used for sanitizing. Sanitization is a gentler, germ-killing alternative for surfaces that are more prone to damage.
Adding soaps and detergents to hot or cold water
Whether cleaning with hot or cold water, adding a cleaning agent to a pressure washer or power washer boosts cleaning power and efficiency. People often think soap and detergent are similar if not exactly the same. However, the two types of cleaners are derived from different sources. Soaps are made from natural fats or oils. These oils and fats can come from an animal or plant source. The fat or oil base is first processed down to fatty acids and glycerin by using steam. Then the raw ingredients are combined with a type of salt. The end product is soap. Because soaps are natural, they are biodegradable. Runoff water that contains soap is less hazardous to soil and water sources.
In contrast, detergents are made from chemicals. Although soaps are usually safer for the environment, there are instances in which a detergent is the best cleaning agent. When combined with hard water, soap forms a visible solid film that is left behind on a freshly-washed service. Detergents do not leave a film, and they are often specifically designed to clean wood and concrete more effectively than soap. Both soap and detergent can be combined to create a more powerful cleaning solution.
Some pressure washers feature a separate dispenser that is specifically designed for soap or detergent. Our professionals at Universal Trailer can design power wash trailers that include a separate tank for the customer’s cleaning agent of choice. Los Angeles power washing pros also use sanitizers and disinfectants in commercial-grade equipment. Sanitizers kill 99.999 percent of bacteria within 30 seconds. Disinfectants kill microorganisms within 10 minutes.
Pressure washers generally come with a variety of nozzle options, and they have multiple built-in settings. Pros generally begin a job with the spray tip that has the widest angle and use narrower nozzles on stains that are more difficult to clean. Whether using hot or cold water, the correct nozzle combined with a detergent or soap yields the best results.
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Truck-mounted power washers vs. power washer trailers
When upgrading to commercial-grade equipment, pressure washing businesses generally purchase truck-mounted equipment or a power washer trailer. Both types of equipment have pros and cons. We recommend power washing trailers because they offer unrivaled flexibility and are financially advantageous to own once the business invests in making the initial purchase.
Business startup costs
Truck-mounted pressure washing equipment is generally lower-priced. Some Los Angeles pressure washing businesses purchase truck-mounted equipment to keep startup costs low. Pressure washing trailers generally require a bigger investment in the beginning. However, the higher initial cost is justified by the ease of business expansion and protection from financial loss pressure wash trailers offer in certain cases.
Ease of expansion
When a power washing business wants to expand its capacity to service customers, pressure washer trailers make the process easy. Unlike truck-mounted equipment, a power washing trailer can be hitched to any vehicle with towing capacity. Truck-mounted equipment must remain with the truck to which it is attached. Therefore, when it’s time to expand, a business that owns truck-mounted equipment would be required to get another work vehicle. If the business buys another vehicle, the vehicle could purchase and mount additional truck-mounted equipment to the new work truck. Whether the business purchases or temporarily leases another vehicle, the business would have the option of adding a power washing trailer because adding a trailer does not require the vehicle to be altered in any way.
Running water is not always available at some job sites. Vacant buildings and unoccupied homes often don’t have active utility connections. Even at job sites that have running water, the surface that requires cleaning may be located far away from the water connection. Having a power wash trailer with a sufficient water tank solves both problems. Power wash trailers are smaller than trucks, and they are mobile enough to be placed virtually anywhere on a work site.
A business that has truck-mounted equipment is more likely to experience a disruption in the event of theft. If thieves are able to steal the work truck, the business would also lose the attached equipment. In contrast, a power wash trailer can only be moved if it is attached to a getaway vehicle. Therefore, thieves would have more difficulty successfully stealing the equipment. Power washer trailers can also be customized with company colors and a business logo thus further discouraging potential theft. Truck-mounted equipment attracts less attention for local advertising purposes; however, thieves are more likely to be attracted to the prospect of selling a stolen truck that has valuable equipment attached.
Avoiding income loss
Work vehicles require regular routine maintenance. In some cases, a vehicle may require a repair that temporarily renders the vehicle unusable. If a truck with mounted equipment attached requires repair or maintenance, the business may be required to reduce its appointment capacity or even cancel appointments while the vehicle is being serviced. Businesses that use power wash trailers can attach the trailer to another vehicle, whether rented, borrowed, or owned, and continue to provide service to customers at the same pace.
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Contact Universal Trailer to learn more about our American-made power wash trailers and pressure washing equipment. We ship to all 48 contiguous states, and we can provide estimates to customers in Alaska and Hawaii.