How can I increase the pressure on my pressure washer?

Question: How can I increase the pressure on my pressure washer?

Answer: A turbo nozzle!

We are frequently asked by many customers “how do I increase the pressure on my pressure washer?”.

If you were hoping to increase the pressure on your pressure washer pump, the simple answer is you can’t. What you can increase, however, is the cleaning performance of the outgoing water stream. And to do so, we recommend the use of a Turbo Nozzle.

You might be wondering what is a turbo nozzle? How does it work? And what are the benefits? All these questions are answered in this blog post.

What is a turbo nozzle?

Starting with the basics, a turbo nozzle is the most popular pressure washer accessory due to its power and subsequent performance. Compared to a regular fan jet nozzle, for example, which has a wide spray of water at either 15, 25 or 45 degrees, the turbo nozzle is a spinning needle jet that pushes the water out at a 45-degree angle. This creates a more concentrated flow of water and as a result, is much more powerful.

Close up of man using turbo nozzle to increase accuracy of water steam on pressure washer

The benefits of a turbo nozzle

There are many benefits to using a turbo nozzle with your pressure washer. The main benefit is that a pressure washer fitted with a turbo nozzle will almost double in cleaning power, cutting through tough stains with ease. Due to the massive increase in cleaning performance, the turbo nozzle is extremely popular for many professions. Including brick cleaning, removing concrete and mortar or driveway cleaning, or removing thick mud or moss.

Other uses for the turbo nozzle include removing stubborn old paintwork from brick or build-up of grime on driveways or paving stones. We do issue a word of caution, however. As the turbo nozzle is such a powerful accessory, the use of it on stone, fencing or paintwork should be tested in a small area first. This is because if you use it to remove dirt on a painted wall, the power of the turbo nozzle may also remove the paintwork.

Before and after images of a driveway after the use of the power turbo nozzle

Before you go and purchase a turbo nozzle, we must remind you that it is extremely important to choose the correct size nozzle to match your pump. Attaching a turbo nozzle that is too small creates backpressure and will overload the pump, causing damage. Attaching a turbo nozzle that is too big will not create the concentrated flow of water that the turbo nozzle is designed for. And as a result, the power and subsequent performance will be worse.

To determine the correct size nozzle, you must know the flow rate and the psi/bar of your pressure washer.

Choosing the right turbo nozzle for your pressure washer

See the table below for help choosing the right turbo nozzle for your pressure washer

Table to guide choosing the right nozzle for your pressure washer

Just match up your pressure washer flow rate to its psi/bar rating and it’ll tell you the correct nozzle size. For example, if you had a pressure washer with 3500PSI at 15 litres per minute then the chart would tell you that the correct size nozzle is 050.

So, now you have the answer to the question 'how can I increase the pressure on my pressure washer?' Check out our range of nozzles to find the right turbo nozzle for your pressure washer.

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