How to Connect a Pressure Washer

Updated April 17, 2017

Pressure washers are an easy way to clean various exterior surfaces of your house. These devices clean all of the dirt on driveways, exterior walls, and even rain gutters using the small, intense water streams that flow from the pressure washer. Additionally, pressure washers are easy to set up as long as you have the right equipment beforehand.

Check the oil level on your pressure washer to make sure you have enough oil. If you do not have enough, your machine may become damaged during use.

Connect your garden hose to your exterior water outlet.

Connect your pressure washer to the other end of your garden hose.

Connect the power cord running from your pressure washer to an electrical socket. Since you are using an electrical device that is designed to spray water, it is not advisable to use an extension cord, as it could cause electric shock. If you plan to use an extension cord, make sure the cord is safe for use with water.

Turn your water outlet on to send water through your garden hose. At this point, open the trigger gun portion of the machine to check for any foreign objects. After this, proceed with using the pressure washer.


You may need to ensure that your garden hose can pump more than 5 gallons a minute before you use the pressure washer. The pressure washer may not work properly if it cannot receive enough water from your garden hose. You can do this by filling a 5-gallon bucket with water. Use a stopwatch to calculate the time it takes to fill the bucket.

Things You'll Need

  • Pressure washer
  • Garden hose
  • Exterior wall socket
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Bryan Roberts began his love affair with comedy in 2003 as a writer and performer for Austin's No Shame Theatre. Since then, he has appeared with several different sketch groups (Hoover's Blanket, Ghetto Sketch Warlock). His most recent achievements are the award-winning improv show Guilds Of Steel, which he created and co-directed, and his position of writer/actor in the Coldtowne Theater Mainstage Sketch Show.