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What is the norm???

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by Big C, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    Is it the norm for a pressure washing contractor to provide his/her own water for a job or just hook-up to the customers water??
  2. Don M.

    Don M. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    The norm is for us to hook up to the homeowners water.
  3. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    Company,s who,s main business is pressure washing bring their own water and are twice as expensive. Take your pick.

    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Actually most Pros DO NOT bring thier own water to jobs unless there is no access at the site. Too much wear and tear on vehicle and fuel cost. Most of us have the ability to bring water but normally run around with an almost empty tank. My tanks are simply buffers between the low volume water source and my High Volume Machine so as not to run machine dry.

    Oh, and I am 3 times as expensive as most. :dancing:
  5. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I'm with you :)

    The urban legends that surround what we do for a living are astounding.
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    Not an urban legend in my neck of the woods. They will NOT hook up to a well to pressure wash here. Its in the contract. Its also not an extra charge for them to bring water so many people ask for them to bring it. Not urban legend, maybe area specific. But thanks for dig.
  7. Russ Spence

    Russ Spence LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    we work in all areas, some places we are required to bring water from an offsite source, this is normal in the Northern areas we service like New Jersey, New York and some Pennsylvania. While in most areas from the south (where I am from) we just hook on site to a water source.
  8. PressurePros  Inc

    PressurePros Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    For residential pressure washing it is common practice to hook to a homeowner's water supply. When explained to a homeowner the math is simple. 1000 gallons of water = $5. For me to carry 1000 gallons of water to jobsite factoring in wear and tear, extra fuel, liability risk: $150+
  9. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    Again it must be area specific. Here they will not hook up to anyone with a well and they dont charge more to bring the water. So what has happened is any commercial (non fly by nighters) pressure washer businesses bring their own water to all their jobs and its now common practice.
  10. PressurePros  Inc

    PressurePros Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I can understand that. Some wells produce nasty sediment and/or have very low flow. Its possible what you may be seeing is a buffer tank. Its still connected to a person's water supply but acts as a filter and reserve. The tank supplies the water but the customer's water is still repleneshing the tank.

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