Pressure Washing Your House
Even though people commonly use pressure washers on their houses, there are surprising dangers in the practice.
- When water is shot at pressures too high, it can get into your walls and your house. Your house is built to withstand rain and other moisture, and it can even withstand a low PSI with a pressure washer, but when pressure washers are used at full capacity, you may end up with soggy carpet, wet attics, and mold.
- When done incorrectly, a pressure washer can damage siding, even knocking it loose. The mortar on brick houses can be blasted away, as well, if the user doesn’t know what he or she is doing.
- In inexperienced hands, the pressure washer can destroy window screens, cause leaking in window seals, and more.
- It can remove paint, and if you were only planning on cleaning your house, you’ll now be faced with repainting as well.
Benefits of Pressure Washing Your Home
With all those dangers, you may be wondering why you should even consider pressure washing your house. However, in the right hands, pressure washing can be incredibly beneficial to your home.
- When used at the proper levels, pressure washing can clean your house of grime, bird droppings, and unsightly stains. This improves curb appeal, and also just makes you happy to come home to your beautiful home.
- When done right, pressure washing is a valuable part of home maintenance that keeps your home in tip-top shape while preventing bigger problems down the road.
- Pressure washing removes mold and mildew, which are damaging to both your home and the health of your family. When mildew and mold go unchecked, they continue to grow — and mold can grow within walls, meaning your home’s interior could be affected.
- When done by a professional, pressure washing is a valuable step in preparing your home’s surfaces to be repainted.
Is your time worth it when Power Washing Your Home?
The amount of time it takes to pressure wash a typical house ranges from about 2 to 4.5 hours. Smaller homes take less time, but larger homes can take 3-6 hours to complete. This includes setup and cleanup time for your pressure washing equipment.
Remember when pressure washing your home there will be extra time needed between applying the cleaning liquids and rinsing the exterior
Is the pressure too much?
Too much or too little pressure can hinder the pressure washing of your home or even damage your home. Normally you need 1000 psi to clean the exterior of your home, 700 psi for your car and 2000 to 2500 psi for a concrete driveway.
In addition to cleaning the exterior of your house pressure washing is excellent for decks and railings at low pressure; wood and vinyl fences at a medium pressure; asphalt at a medium pressure; and concrete driveways, metal patio furniture, and stone at high pressure.
Protect your home value by hiring a professional
Pressure washing is valuable, but only when done properly. To do it right, you have to have a knowledge of how it affects different materials, how those materials react to pressure, what to do in unexpected scenarios, and more. Because of this, you should only pressure wash your house if you’ve hired a licensed, professional contractor who cleans with low pressure and high volume of water. This method is called Soft Washing. When Soft Washing your home 380 Power Wash uses a dedicated Soft Wash System to apply House Wash Mix, we let chemical dwell appropriate time and the Rinse using Low Pressure to make sure no damage occurs to your home.
380 Power Wash is a professional contractor with the knowledge to remove mildew, moss, algae, loose paint, and other organic growth from the exterior of your home. As far as Driveway, Patios, and Walkways we can remove organic and man-made stains. We recommend powering washing your home at least once a year but if your home has a deck, roof or gutters we recommend these areas more frequently. We take pride in our work, and it shows. Give us a call at (940) 218-5777 or contact us online for a free estimate.