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 ĎTemporary Use Baní doesnít 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, youíre 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, itís against the regs to fill the bucket from a mains tap and then use that with the suction hose. And you definitely shouldnít leave the tap running into the bucket with the suction hose drawing water. Oh no.
If I were using the Ďthrowing buckets of water over the carí 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 (Iíve mentioned my OCD, right?) which, given the fact that since the hosepipe ban was introduced itís 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 Iíve been using to keep up on the car cleanliness stakes is that after itís finished raining Iíve been nipping out to wipe my cars down. This does a great job of keeping the pollen and dust from building up.