Fewer things are as oddly satisfying as comparing the before and after images of using a pressure washer. Pressure washers, also known as power washers, utilize a powered motor that powers a water pump, and that pump speeds up the water to create a high-powered stream. But with that extreme force of water, you might wonder how much water does a pressure washer use.

As you try to be more savvy at limiting the water usage around the house, you might be sceptical about investing in a pressure washer. However, you might be surprised at how much water is used through a pressure washer when comparing it to your typical garden hose.

Without a nozzle, the hose in your backyard can use nearly 8.5 gallons of water in a minute. Meanwhile, the average pressure washer will use only 1.24 gallons of water per minute. That means that a pressure washer will use less than a quarter of the amount of water your typical garden hose will use.

It is not the force of the water that determines how much water is used, but the size of the opening. Your garden hose will gently flow water from its wider nozzle, whereas the pressure washer forces water through a much smaller hole. That smaller hole intensifies the flow of water, giving it the ability to remove dirt, grime, algae, and other debris from mostly any surface.

You can even maximize the amount of water you use with your pressure washer by controlling a few different facets. Cold water can work for simple cleaning jobs, but warm water is better at cutting through serious dirt, grime and oil. That means if you want a quicker job for less water usage, consider using warm water for the project.

Pressure washers also let you control the pressure. Tougher jobs may require more pressure to cut through the worst parts, but you wouldn’t want to blast a stream of water that strong when cleaning your car. By lowering the level of pressure, you won’t damage paint or concrete.

So if you have been concerned about investing in a pressure water because of the fear of increased water usage, you actually have it backwards. A pressure washer can use significantly less water in terms of gallons per minute than your average garden hose. For more information on pressure washers, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.