Pressure washing your home or building can be one single cost-effective way to make it look newer and more appealing while improving the value of the structure. When you take into consideration the advantages of pressure washing your exterior against the cost, you may find that it will be an excellent investment.
Should you hire a Contractor for Pressure Washing?
The cost of hiring this chore out should include a set price for materials and equipment used with the bulk of the price based on the labor and time it will take to complete the job as well as the size of the area that you are having cleaned. If the contractor is using water from your home or business, make sure that you will not incur a charge for this cost.
Pressure Washing prevents future repairs to your structure
Mold growth and dirt buildup can wear away at the structure, causing rot or damage. Certain building materials, such as brick, may deteriorate over time if it’s left unwashed.
Should you clean surrounding areas?
Sidewalks, Walkways, Driveways, Decks, Loading Docks, Parking Lots, Facades, and Awnings all can benefit from pressure washing by eliminating potentially harmful substances. Pollen, Pollutants, Dust, Dirt, Mold, Mildew, and Bird droppings can all lead to adverse health consequences, such as allergies or respiratory issues.
How often should you clean your structure?
How often you pressure wash your structure depends much on the climate and the type of dirt that is being exposed. A general rule of thumb to follow here in the Midwest is to clean the exterior thoroughly at least once every year, with additional cleanings added as circumstances warrant.
The following factors play a role as to when and how often you should clean.
•If it’s hot and humid, your exterior will be susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Watch for mold growth, and pressure wash as soon as you notice any signs.
•If the surface is near several trees, you will notice sap build up
•After a period of high winds, dirt and debris can cause your exterior to look dirtier
•If your home is on or near a dirt road, you may need to pressure wash every few months, especially during dry periods.
Pressure Washing Tips
At close range, pressure washing can remove paint, concrete, and pieces of asphalt, so it is vital to use the correct spray pattern, PSI, and nozzle tips. If you are not familiar with pressuring washing yourself, be extremely careful when using a pressure washer from a ladder. The push back from the wand may cause you to lose balance and fall.
Remember to regularly inspect your washer for signs of damage including cracked hoses, broken seals or rust on the nozzle head. If using an upstream injector, make sure that you are using the correct chemical so that it does not damage the unit and thoroughly clean the washer after each use. Start at the top and work your way down. Moreover, don’t forget to use a less powerful spray when cleaning windows to prevent accidental breakage. Be deliberate in your pattern, since missed spots can be prevalent once the water has dried.