What goes down storm drains matters. Traditional power washing techniques can contribute to environmental damage. Green power washing, however, helps to protect local watersheds and allows you to remain compliant with local wastewater laws.
GREEN PRACTICES TO SEEK IN A POWER WASHING COMPANY
- The use of biodegradable detergents: Eco-conscious contractors will use green power washing detergents to ensure the safety of the environment and local wildlife if any residue remains.
- Wastewater collection for treatment: While biodegradable detergents are a step in the right direction, a truly green contractor recovers the wastewater it produces and has the appropriate certifications to do so. Wastewater from a power washing project contains pollutants such as oil, dangerous chemicals, automobile fluids and bacteria—all which harm local watersheds. A green power- washing contractor uses storm drain covers and a special wastewater recovery system to make sure dirty water doesn’t enter drains or puddle onto your property. It then cleans the wastewater with phosphate-free cleansers to prevent harmful algae growth. If there’s water that it can’t clean, the contractor takes it to an appropriate disposal facility.
- Employee training in green practices: To carry out its green practices, a power washing company must train its employees in environmental best practices regarding storm water management and pollution prevention and control.
Become a Power Washers of North America-certified contractor, the association also has a Water Reclaimer program for contractors. Have your technicians receive training in pollution prevention and control through the PWNA Certifications.
PWNA Safety Procedures
The Power Washers of North America, a group that informs members on best practices for safety in pressure washing. Make sure your technicians are ready for work, wearing appropriate clothing and operating power washers in a safe manner. Take time before each project to train our pressure washing crews on safety issues.