What To Do If The Customer Complains (Pressure Washing)



What’s up, guys! Welcome back to the Lean and Mean Academy, where we delve into the secrets of running a successful pressure washing business. In this video, we're tackling one of those inevitable topics that every entrepreneur faces: how to handle customer complaints.

The essence of any business is to minimize complaints, and personally, I've strived for a near-perfect track record. But let's face it, despite our best efforts, complaints will arise. So, let's dive into how to handle them effectively.

Understanding the Types of Complaints

When a customer complains, it generally falls into one of three categories:

  1. You Messed Up: Admit it, sometimes mistakes happen. Maybe you missed a spot or inadvertently damaged something. It's crucial to acknowledge and rectify these errors promptly.

  2. Poor Communication: Perhaps you didn't adequately explain your process, leading to mismatched expectations. Clear communication upfront can prevent many complaints before they even arise.

  3. Entitlement: Unfortunately, some customers just want something for free. While this is frustrating, it's essential to handle these situations professionally.

The Key to Handling Complaints

Your response to a complaint can make or break your business reputation. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to handle them effectively:

1. Get Personal

If a customer reaches out via text or social media, don't respond in kind. Instead, give them a call immediately. Hearing your voice and concern can often defuse the situation.

2. Formalize Communication

After the call, follow up with a formal email outlining the discussion and any agreed-upon resolutions. This creates a paper trail, essential for documenting the interaction.

3. Uphold Professionalism

Even if the customer insists on continued text communication, redirect them to email for formal correspondence. Professionalism in all interactions is key to resolving complaints effectively.


Handling customer complaints isn't just about fixing a mistake; it's about preserving your business's reputation. By addressing complaints promptly, professionally, and with empathy, you can turn a negative situation into a positive outcome.

Remember, your response to adversity speaks volumes about your business ethos. Stay diligent, communicate clearly, and always strive to exceed customer expectations.

Before we sign off, if you're looking to master the art of pressure washing, consider checking out Southeast Softwash's 101 course. It's a comprehensive resource created by industry experts to guide you through every aspect of the business.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can effectively navigate the challenges of customer complaints and emerge stronger on the other side. So, keep hustling, stay focused, and I'll catch you in the next video!

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