Beat the hosepipe ban!
Car getting mucky with hosepipes off the menu? There is a way around it...
So are there any ways around the hosepipe ban?
A quick read of the ‘Temporary Use Ban’ doesn’t leave a lot of room for manoeuvre this side of a £1,000 fine. However, as a well-known brand of pressure washer is advertising, you can use a water butt (or other rainwater container) to supply your hose and pressure washer.
And, assuming your pressure washer is able to suck water (and most do), and your water butt is close enough to your pride and joy, you’re away and ready wash your car like normal.
However, you can also buy a suction hose and filter for your pressure washer (between £10 and £30 online) which means you can use a bucket filled from the water butt.
Technically, it’s against the regs to fill the bucket from a mains tap and then use that with the suction hose. And you definitely shouldn’t leave the tap running into the bucket with the suction hose drawing water. Oh no.
If I were using the ‘throwing buckets of water over the car’ method to rinse, then it would be six times that amount.
Setting up and using the suction hose was all surprisingly easy, the only thing you have to be prepared for is a long wait while the pressure washer initially sucks air.
I even installed a dedicated car-cleaning water butt (I’ve mentioned my OCD, right?) which, given the fact that since the hosepipe ban was introduced it’s been pretty rainy, is now almost full. Given the water butt holds more than 200 litres I should be able to wash my car until the end of the ban.
The only other trick I’ve been using to keep up on the car cleanliness stakes is that after it’s finished raining I’ve been nipping out to wipe my cars down. This does a great job of keeping the pollen and dust from building up.