How Many of These Wichita Power Washing Laws Have You Broken?

If you’re renting a commercial power washer to clean up the property around your business or home, you’ll probably be surprised by the number of pressure washing regulations Wichita has. Keep reading to see why it pays to hire a pro like Clean Rite Pressure Washing.

Power washing, Courtesy of Jeff Sandquist at Flickr Creative Commons

Let’s play a game. We’ll outline a typical power washing scenario, and you tell us if you’ve been in that place before. Then we’ll tell you if the scenario was legal or illegal. Ready? Here we go.

Scenario 1: DIY Home Maintenance

You try to save a little money on home maintenance by renting your own pressure washer for the weekend. You decided to splurge and get a super-powerful commercial model—it’s guaranteed to blast the filth off your home’s siding, driveway, and deck. You add a recommended chemical soap so that everything comes off more easily. When you’re done, the wastewater runs down your driveway and into the storm drain down the street.

Been there? Done that?

Busted! Wichita power washing laws prohibit you from letting that chemical-filled water run into the storm drain. The chemical cleaner mixed with the residue of grease, oil, and paint adds up to a fine and jail time.

Scenario 2: Increasing Curb Appeal on the Cheap

Your parking lot is filled with nasty oil and motor fuel stains after years of use. Finally it’s getting to be too much as you notice your customers avoid certain parking spots for fear of stepping in the oil. You rent a commercial power washer for the afternoon to quickly take care of it yourself. No chemicals—just a powerful blast to lift the oil off the concrete. You push the water into the drain in your lot.

Been there? Done that?

That’s grounds for prosecution! It’s illegal to run oil residue down the drain like that. See for yourself, straight from Wichita’s City Ordinance, Sec. 16.32.030:

“No person shall dump, spill, leak, pump, pour, emit, empty, discharge, leach, dispose, or otherwise introduce or cause, allow, or permit to be introduced the following substances into the MS4:
…. any wastewater from the wash-down or other cleaning of any pavement where any spill, leak, or other release of oil, motor fuel, or other petroleum or hazardous substance has occurred…;”

Scenario 3: Taking Care of a Bird Problem

You’re tired of disgusting amounts of bird poop on your storefront and sidewalk, and so you take matters into your own hands. You load up the pressure washer and add a healthy dose of anti-bacterial cleaner to kill those nasty germs. You shoot all the wastewater into the street since there’s a storm drain right in front of your business.

Been there? Done that?

From street birds to jailbirds! You can’t do that either. Anytime you introduce chemicals like that and pour it into the storm drain, there is grounds for a legal penalty. Did you know the city may bill you for the cost of removing the contaminated wastewater from the stormwater system? Hardly worth the convenience of DIY bird control.

The Bottom Line: It Pays To Hire A Pro Like Clean Rite Pressure Washing

Clean Rite Pressure Washing fulfills your pressure washing needs while obeying all of the rules that go along with those needs. Clean Rite’s technicians are up-to-date on federal, state, and local pressure washing laws, and they understand what’s at stake. After all, if we screw it up, we pay—not you. With our state-of-the-art wastewater filtering and collection devices, you won’t have to worry about Wichita’s stringent power washing regulations. Guaranteed.

Ready to see why Clean Rite is Wichita’s top pressure washing company? Give Art a call at 316-655-5665, or use our secure contact form to get an official estimate for your project.

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