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I don't advertise it but do some for regular customers. I'm just using a fairly regular karcher so don't profess to have the power of what the professional guys use but just stay in my lane - perfect for drives and patios that aren't too dirty/stained.
I always use the customers water supply
Even small jobs can use considerable water, so tank fed highly impractical i would say.
Have never seen any professional outfit using a tank fed washer.
I don't advertise but have picked up work from a regular customer who we do regular work for.
They are a letting agent with multiple block of flats that they are keen to keep clean , I use an ibc tank on the back of my pickup , hold 1000litres .I use a small brandon washer with Honda engine , it has its own tank I keep filling up.got this off ebay !
Some customers don't like you using their supply , some don't mind
I have seen contractors specify they will use customers supply .
You can also rent a stand pipe off some local water companies so use can use designated hydrants with their permission.
Up here in northwest the water from hydrant is about roughly £ 1.60 per cubic meter (.united utilities )
Just some ideas to think about
I've seen um come and seen them go!!!
Doing it properly is a lot of kit and expense, adding a Karcher to your offering is completely different to getting a pro setup.
Do not know of anyone who has made it doing it full time. It's a add on and clients want you in peak season when there are plenty of opportunities for garden work.
I advertised jet washing as a seperate service and received a decent level of interest but during growing season just did not have the time to fit it in .
I think it could be viable if you do your research , I would go on a course it's more specialised than it looks and can include add on cleaning services .
I have a clarke petrol jet washer but just use a karcher on customers paving to stop the surface becoming slippy as a matter of routine annual maintenance , They have outdoor power outlets and I use their water supply which always seems wasteful for such a small area and obviously a no go during a hosepipe ban .
Thanks gents for your input 👍
I hope this helps. Go on YouTube and look up pressure washing. There are a few British and American YouTubers who put videos up. They give descriptions of equipment and chemicals they use. Point out the pitfalls and pluses.
Most use water from containers. You should get some good pointers as this is generally all they do, and there is more than just driveways also moss from roofs done from ground level
We sell and rent the GroundsCare RotoCleanse walk-behind pressure washer. The smaller model uses up to 13 litres per minute @2200psi, so you should get almost 80 minutes trigger time from a 1000 litre IBC. Of course, you may not need the full pressure, so if you turn it down it will use less water. A rubber safety "skirt" prevents the machine from throwing dirty water and debris over surrounding objects, so you can work close to buildings and flower beds with minimal overspray.