Can You Power Wash in the Rain?

Power washing in the rain. It’s a frequently discussed topic between our technicians and homeowners on days that threaten showers. So, can you power wash in the rain? In short, yes. While there are safety precautions you must take, power washing in a light to medium rain can speed up and enhance the power washing process. Here are the two main reasons why:

  1. Rain allows power washing detergents to sit on exterior surfaces without drying.
  2. Overcast skies enable power washers to easily see the areas being cleaned.

Read more below about how rain can slow the drying process and help with visibility.

Rain Keeps Detergents from Drying

Imagine pouring a bucket of water on your driveway on a 90-degree day. In a matter of moments, the sun is going to evaporate the liquid. Before you know it, the water will be gone. On days the sun is covered by the clouds, the water still evaporates, but at a much slower pace.

The same thing happens when it comes to power washing. Sun expedites the drying process of our detergent and water mix. While our technicians are certainly trained to handle any conditions, including a scorching sun, an overcast sky is ideal for power washing. The additional drying time prevents soap circles that would require an extra rinsing on a sunny day.

Power Washing in Rain Detergent Infographic

Rain Allows for Greater Visibility

Have you ever been driving and the sun shines perfectly into your window? It can make it almost impossible to see. The same thing can happen on a sunny day when power washing. Our team prefers to work on overcast or rainy days because of the increased level of visibility. On these days there are fewer shadows on your home and it prevents the sun from shining directly into their eyes.

Power Washing in Rain Visibility Infographic

How Weather Can Impact Power Washing

As you now know, rain can make power washing easier and more efficient. But what about other kinds of weather? Well, there are certain conditions that may require a service to be rescheduled.

  • Heavy rain or torrential downpour is occurring.
  • Lighting and thunder have been seen/heard in the last 30 minutes.
  • Other extreme weather conditions (hail, snow, tornado, etc.).

In the case of a downpour, lightning, or any other forms of extreme weather, our technicians will briefly wait it out in their truck. They’ll soon contact our operations team and determine whether to wait until it passes or reschedule if necessary.

Safely Power Washing in the Rain

At Perfect Power Wash, we take extra safety precautions when power washing the rain. All our electrical equipment is stored inside our service vehicles. This keeps it dry and functioning as it should. This allows our technicians to safely and efficiently power wash in the rain.

On top of that, our technicians go through hundreds of hours of in-depth training, all year round. From freezing temperatures to heavy rain, these months present several challenges. Our team is trained to take the necessary safety measures and make slight adjustments to our processes based on the weather. Simply put, you can rest easy knowing that even when the weather isn’t perfect, your home will be.

If you have any further questions about power washing in the rain, don’t hesitate in giving us a call. If you’re ready to get your home power washed, request a quote right now.


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