How to use a pressure washer without an outside tap

by Sam Wood | Last Updated: 25/02/2021

Its time to clean up that patio, and you obviously want to do it in the quickest and easiest way possible so you can get back to the footy. Enter the pressure washer, saving countless man-hours painstakingly scrubbing patios since its inception in 1926. But alas, your home does not have an outside tap, what are you to do? I mean you can’t be expected to manually clean the patio after all. Well worry not, there are plenty of ways you can use a pressure washer without an outside tap.

How to use a pressure washer without an outside tap

How to use a pressure washer without an outside tap

Use an indoor tap

This is a simple and straight forward option and is what I actually do at my own home where we are outside tap deficient. Depending on the type of tap you have in your home there are a range of different tap adapters you could choose.

There are lots of different styles of tap adapters. Each one is designed to work with a different type of sink. The one below is the one I got, it works brilliantly on my sink, it is intended to work on sinks with a straighter tap.

Brass Hose Tap Connector For Kitchen Garden Taps
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09/23/2021 04:35 pm GMT

Once you have the tap adapter set up you can just connect a garden hose to it and then run this to your pressure washer.

Use a Bucket

Some pressure washers can work with just a bucket of water, however, not all can so ensure yours is suitable for this. Your water in on the pressure washer will need a filter on it if you are using a bucket.

If the line doesn’t have a filter all sorts of dirt and debris could get sucked up into the pressure washer from the bucket.

Some Karcher washers have a metal filter over the end of one of the in hoses. This is the kind of filter you want to be looking out for.

The only issue with this is how quickly you will use up the water in the bucket. While jet washers don’t use as much water as you may think they will still get through a bucket full before too long.

Use a Barrel or water butt

If you have access to a barrel or water butt but no tap then you can run a pressure washer from this. This method is very similar to the bucket, you will need a filtered inlet hose on your pressure washer to avoid it sucking up any debris.

The advantage to a barrel over a bucket is that you have much more water. If your barrel also comes with a tap at the bottom this will also help increase the water pressure, leading to better cleaning.

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Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!