Can’t remove the hose from pressure washer? Try this!

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In this blog post, I will discuss a simple method to remove the hose from your pressure washer without any professional assistance. With the passage of time, the hose that supplies the water to your pressure washer may crack, get damaged, wear out or leak. You will have to purchase a new hose and replace it to prevent the wastage of water.

Disconnecting the hose from your pressure washer is as simple as tightening or loosening the thread from either side of the assembly. If you find any signs of corrosion on the hose of your pressure washer, you must slide the plastic sheaths away from the coupler using an adjustable plier to rotate it carefully. You must then unthread and remove the hose from the trigger and pump of your pressure washer.

Scroll on to read the details of the step by step guide to remove the hose from your pressure washer.

Always remember to remove the excessive pressure inside the wand before planning to disassemble the hose. After you have finished pressure washing, turn the machine off. Never try to change the hose, nozzle, or the spray gun while the pressure washer is still on.

Make sure all the pressure inside is fully released before trying to replace any of its attachments. If you try to replace any attachment while there is some pressure inside the washer it will directly be released on your hand, especially your fingers. Make sure that your pressure washer has fully cooled down and is safe to disconnect the hose.

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Step by step guide to removing the hose from your pressure washer

Never try to move the pressure washer while it is still hot to prevent any burns. I have given a comprehensive step by step guide to removing the hose from your pressure washer below:

Step no. 1:

Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Turn off your electric pressure washer and unplug it from your wall outlet.

Step no. 2:

Squeeze the trigger of your pressure washer to release all the pressure inside it. Now grab the brass, plastic or the stainless steel quick connect fitting at the end of the knurled section of your hose. Then push it towards the pump of your pressure washer.

Step no. 3:

Loosen all male and female plugs and sockets to make it easier for you to disconnect the hose. Use a wrench to rotate them and then take them off with your hands and place the smaller parts in your pocket to prevent them from falling out of sight.

Step no. 4:

Now you can install a new hose on your pressure washer.

Step no. 5:

You can now insert the male repair coupling into one end of your new hose. You can then crimp the ends of the coupling so they are flat against your new hose. Then you can tighten any compression rings on the crimped ends if they are present.

Step no. 6:

Now you can insert the female repair coupling into the other side of your new hose. Then you can crimp the ends so they are flat, as you just did with the male end. You must now secure with any compression rings.

Step no. 7:

Finally, you must connect the male and female repair couplings together. Then you must tighten them all using your wrench.

Safety precautions to be observed while pressure washing:

A cracked or a broken pressure washer hose can seriously injure you, sending you to the emergency room of a hospital. A new pressure washer hose will cost only $25 which is much lesser than the cost of your treatment in the emergency room of a hospital.

Through even a pin-sized hole, the pressure of the water will be so high that it will punch a hole into your flesh or tear apart the concrete of your property. If you try to cover the puncture with the palm of your hand the water will cut through your flesh and if it accidentally points towards your eye it can cause a serious injury and even blindness. To prevent a serious threat to your life and any damage to your property, it is necessary to remove the damaged hose as soon as you detect the problem.

“The extreme danger with a pressure washer is that even with what seems a very minimal skin break, the fluid can get very deep into your tissue and spread out which causes a bacterial infection,” said Howard Mell, M.D., a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

If you try to cover or clog the hole in the hose with strong duct tape or the strongest glue, the patch will hold for a few seconds only and then the pressure will build up and it will burst the patch. Be extra careful if the hose has a crack or a cut near its end where you attach the nozzle because that area is very close to your arm and it can fracture your muscle. Never try to repair a broken pressure washer hose as it has multiple layers of wire mesh to help it distribute the pressure of the water evenly throughout the length of the hose.

If you put a patch on the outermost layer it will never be safe for pressure washing. You will have to repair each and every layer to help the hose hold its proper shape. This can be too time-consuming. 

It is recommended you get rid of the damaged one and simply order for a new one. Always call the ambulance at once in case of the injury of a child or a pet. First aid and urgent medical attention are really important to control the bleeding of the victim.

“Pressure washing can be detrimental to your landscaping, as well as the surrounding area of what you are washing,” said Dan Wright, owner of a highly rated, roof cleaning and pressure washing company. “Pretty much anything that is dirty that can be cleaned off with water,” Wright said.

“It is really a matter of the technique as there are certain things that require more attention and care, like an older property that has very fragile parts or anything that is painted.” He also said, “a pro will use different tips to determine how soft the water will come out and how big the stream will be to ensure that nothing is getting damaged during the pressure washing process. There is a technique involved to do it properly, so it is a situation where you should hire a professional.”

“If you are pressure washing your asphalt roof, you cannot use high pressure because it will take the granules off and completely destroy the integrity of your roof. If you don’t have enough experience, the odds are you may damage something, especially when you are dealing with soft surfaces or structures like wood or areas with dry rot,” Wright said. “Every situation is quite different,” he said.

“The region of the country you live in will always impact how often things like your home or your driveway needs to be pressure washed, as is the environment around you. If you live in an area that does not have a lot of trees or if you are not near a source of water, the odds are that you may need to clean a little less frequently,” he advised.

“Every surface and structure is different and needs a different technique,” Wright said. “Pressure washing your wood is very different from pressure washing your concrete driveway. It is imperative that the person doing the pressure washing knows what they are doing and understands what goes into it.”

“There is one main technique to pressure washing things like your wooden deck or your fence,” Wright said. “If you stop in the middle of your plank even for a single moment, it will leave a very deep line and that line is not going to vanish ever. You may also damage the integrity of what you are pressure washing or tear that thing apart completely.”

He added, “We can tell when something was done professionally or by somebody who has never used a pressure washer ever before. It is a completely different result if you get it done professionally and the people can easily differentiate between that. When they do it themselves, there are often very deep lines everywhere and the results are uneven and unpleasant, but when we are doing it,  the thing looks fresh and brand new.” In order to conclude this blog post, I would say that it is a very simple task to remove the hose from your pressure washer which you can do easily on your own with minimum effort, time and tools, instead of seeking the expensive assistance of a professional mechanic. If you always read the user manual before trying to remove the hose, your task will become even much easier.