Why you should not pressure wash your house?
Pressure washing, or power washing, is a great tool to help clean the exterior surfaces of your home and land. It can help clean the driveway, patio, and walkways. However, pressure washing isn’t suited for all surfaces. Would you use a pressure washer to clean your clothes? What about your windows? Hopefully, you would answer no. Here are a few key considerations to remember.
What is Pressure Washing? Is it Power Washing?
Pressure washing is the same thing as power washing. This is a key consideration to remember. Often times, people will use the terms interchangeably. However, they mean the same thing and you shouldn’t consider them different techniques.
Both terms refer to the following action:
- Your Home Has A Small Water Pressure ~ 50-100 PSI.
- This won’t clean the deep grime.
- An exterior gas or electric generator will boost the water pressure up to potentially 700 PSI or more.
- A hose with a nozzle will be attached to the generator.
- This spray wand with a trigger is used to clean the surfaces.
So, the “pressure” in pressure washing refers to the increase in pressure provided. The “power” in power washing refers to the generator that produces the increase in pressure. As you can see both refer to the same technique.
What are the Best Surfaces to Pressure Wash?
Make sure you talk with a qualified pressure washing professional to understand what would be best to clean your different surfaces. Here is a quick list of the best surfaces to clean with the pressure washer or power washer system.
- Driveways, Patios, and Walkways
- Ultra-Hard Surfaces that aren’t Painted
- Nothing that could be Chipped, Cracked, Broken, or Dented
What Is Your Home’s Siding?
Remember that your siding isn’t indestructible. If it is wood, then the wood could splinter. If it is vinyl siding, it could be dented. If it is stucco, it could chip. Further, the siding isn’t watertight. This means that the spray could go into the interior of the wall and start molding or warping. You don’t want to cause damage to your home, that’s why it’s important to always hire a professional exterior cleaning company. They will get the job done correctly the first time and without damaging your home.
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