How Do Pressure Washers Impact the Environment?

Man pressure washing a portacabin

There are many different ways to get an exterior surface clean but a pressure washer is an option that is often considered. When used in a commercial sense, it can clean a very large area in a small amount of time and it often does it in a much more complete way than other types of cleaning. That being said, it is also important to consider the environmental impact that pressure washers may have. Some people say they are a good idea and other people have their doubts. The following can help you to make an informed decision.

The first thing you need to consider are the benefits of using a pressure washer. Since they have the ability to clean a large area in a short amount of time, less energy is being used in the process. Many other industrial cleaning methods would use a considerable amount of energy to do the same job that a pressure washer would do. A pressure washer will use a limited amount of energy in comparison with other industrial techniques.

According to Pressure Washer Tech it’s possible to clean many different items with a pressure washer without the use of a chemical agent. There are going to be times when a commercial chemical is added but it is used for a very specific purpose. A bleach compound can help to get mold and mildew off of the surface more easily than water alone. There may also be certain additives that can help to seal a surface, such as a roof, and it cuts down on the number of times that it would need to be pressure washed.

One important factor to consider is the possibility of recovering the wastewater that is associated with pressure washing. The Environmental Protection Agency has come down with some very strict rules that involve any type of outdoor cleaning. Many companies that do pressure washing on a regular basis are not aware of these rules and what they need to do in order to remain in compliance. In some cases, it could involve recovering the wastewater and that can certainly have a positive impact on the environment.

Not only does it help to keep the dirty water from getting into the soil or into the storm drain system, it can also limit the amount of water that the pressure washer is using. It is still going to be using some but like most manual car washes, the water is recycled, filtered and used again.

There are also additional regulations put out by the EPA that govern the use of outdoor cleaning services. It is a good idea to be aware of those regulations, regardless of whether you operate a pressure washer on a personal basis or if you do so as a business.

Pressure washing is always going to be an option that is considered for cleaning any type of outdoor surface. It is the perfect solution for everything from patios and walkways to building walls and roofs. When used properly, the impact on the environment is minimized and the benefits really shine through.…

Is Climate Change Increasing The Incidence Of Skin Cancer?

Girl anoints her face protective cream on the beach

Climate change is one of those topics that will trigger discussion among many groups of people. However, it simply makes no difference if you believe that human beings are the driving force behind the change in long term weather patterns or if this is simply a natural cyclic occurrence. The fact of the matter is that it is happening.

And the effects are going to be devastating. Increasing sea levels and drought across formerly fertile parts of the world – and the sun will be beating down with more intensity than it ever has.

So on a purely individual level what does this mean for us as human beings? For one thing we had better start caring for our skin a lot more. If anything research has shown that increased exposure to the sun’s rays are going to lead higher levels of skin cancer.

Both UVA and UVB wavelengths given out by the sun have been conclusively proven to up the chances of anyone falling prey to skin cancer.

For those who live near the coast and in temperate climates the threat is even more serious. It is partly a lifestyle issue. those who take most of their leisure time in the open air and at the seaside are most exposed to UV radiation. It is these UV rays that cause skin cancer.

It’s alarming to note that Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world – and a panel in that country tasked with assessing the risks of climate change on health has found that the incidence of skin cancer will skyrocket when climate change begins to affect the weather and sunlight patterns in that country.

The reduction in the protective ozone layer that surrounds the Earth is only one of the results of ongoing climate change. And if the Australian study is anything to go by this will increase the incidence of skin cancer in that country by around 30% – and this is in a country where alarmingly 2 out of three people will be diagnosed with some sort of skin melanoma within their lifetime.

The problem is by no means limited to Australia. The World Health Organisation has stated that global rates of melanoma have increased by 60% between the period of 1982 and 2010.

It is becoming increasingly clear that people who wish to spend their leisure time out of doors will have to adapt their behaviour in order to keep up with increasingly rapid onset of changes caused by a climate that seems to be changing at a rate that has not been seen for thousands of years.

The current approach of using sunscreen is a good start – but several scientists have said that this by now traditional approach is no longer sufficient to protect people form the effects of higher UV rays caused y climate change.

It is now a fact of life that those people who wish to avoid melanoma and other types of skin cancer will have to take far more care as to how they expose themselves to the suns rays.…