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About High PSI

HIGH PSI was founded in 1976 by Tim Layden, a Vietnam Veteran, and Karen Layden out of their garage just days after they were married. Tim’s background growing up on a farm in central Illinois (and hence fixing everything under the sun that can and did break), plus his post college sales experience, along with Karen’s business management degree and experience made for a perfect combination. They heard about this new tool called a pressure washer that could clean way faster than the old mop and broom method. Almost no one was using pressure washers back in those days, so they had an uphill battle, but they dove right in. They both quit full-time jobs and started selling pressure washers.

Tim called on anyone and everyone he could, often following Karen’s directions, to not return home until the machine on the back of his truck was sold. They had bills to pay! Fast forward a few years, and they hired their first employee and were able to rent a space away from their home. With time came experience and expertise, and High PSI became Chicago’s leading source on all things pressure washing. Through the years, they have built up their team and their space. High PSI now has 14 employees, 7 service and sales trucks, and a 19,000 square foot building.

We love what we do and are passionate about the pressure washing industry. High PSI still prides itself on the family-like atmosphere of their work environment. Many of our team members have worked at High PSI for 20+ years. We like to treat our customers like family as well. We know your time is money, and how much work it takes to keep a business running; we are here to help.

HIGH PSI is recognized throughout the United States as an authority on industrial cleaning equipment. We are the largest pressure washer distributor in the Chicago area due to our top quality products, expert service, and extensive product knowledge, all at reasonable prices.

Let us show you the best in:

  • Pressure washers – New and reconditioned
  • Parts washers
  • Waste oil heaters
  • Waste-water recovery equipment
  • Parts and accessories
  • Cleaning detergents
  • Graffiti removal solutions
  • Rentals for temporary needs
  • Service at our location or yours


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