Maintaining a home is more than the bare minimum of traditional housecleaning, lawnmowing and remembering to water the plants. It’s also about keeping the exterior of your home and overall property in a pristine state. One of the fastest, safest, and environmentally friendly ways of achieving that is through routine pressure washing.
Not only does pressure washing help improve the appearance of your house, but it does a lot to prevent property damage, and even helps to keep your house safe for its inhabitants, improving their overall health. In fact, let’s go ahead and dive deeper into why you should regularly pressure wash your house. But first, let’s get the basics of pressure washing down.
The Basics of Pressure Washing
Pressure washing is more than spraying water out of a hose; it does so much more than that. A pressure washer uses high-powered jets to pressurize the water at different levels in order to more effectively remove dirt, dust, grime, grease, algae, moss, mud, stains, and other forms of residue from hard exterior surfaces. It also removes loose paint and other unwanted gunk from the sides of buildings and houses.
There are two types of pressure washers: regular pressure washers and power washers. While both use highly pressurized water, the core difference between the two is that power washers heat up water and regular pressure washers do not. While both are effective at removing materials from hard surfaces, power washers are better equipped for removing grease and oil stains, as well as other tougher materials that are difficult to remove with normal pressure washing. Power washers are also best equipped for killing algae, moss, bacteria and weeds as heat denatures proteins and breaks apart bonds that hold them together, and slows down their regrowth.
Examples of hard exterior surfaces that can be cleaned through pressure washing include
- Motor Vehicles
- Outdoor Furniture
- Parking lots
The Benefits Of Regular House Pressure Washing
Now that we’ve discussed the basics of pressure washing, it’s now time to talk about how routine pressure washing will benefit your house, as well as yourself, and the people you live with.
Regular Pressure Washing Protects Home From Damage
Believe it or not, dirt, grime, moss, and algae can cause significant damage to building structures, namely by causing corrosion. It does this by eating away at the surface – including coatings such as paint and sealants –, which leaves the underlying structures vulnerable to damage, such as a home’s wooden frame and vinyl sidings. By leaving these internal structures vulnerable, it can invite pests, moisture, mold, mildew, and other substances that can compromise the overall health of your home
Considering each of these substances can build up in small crevices and other hard-to-reach places, regular pressure washing is able to reach these places and blast away these harmful substances before they build up and become a problem.
Regular Pressure Washing Saves Money, Time & Energy
By preventing the buildup of gunk that can easily damage a home’s structure, regular pressure washing generates three more benefits for homeowners: not having to repair damage saves money, time, and energy.
To start with, routine pressure washing is a less expensive preventive measure than the cost of repairing or even replacing whole chunks of a house that’s been damaged by substance buildup. Pressure washing is also quick and doesn’t take up too much time to do compared to other manual forms of cleaning like scrubbing with soap, water, and a brush or a sponge. Depending on the size of the home and how much of the property is going to be cleaned, pressure washing can take as little as 30 minutes to complete or a few hours, which is still better than spending days and weeks cleaning the exterior of the home manually.
Regular Pressure Washing Is Cleaner is Safer
Not having dirt, grime, mold, moss, algae, and mildew among other things present on the surface of your house does a lot to improve your personal health, as well as the health of all the other inhabitants of the house.
By removing these substances from your home’s exterior walls and roof, one removes breeding grounds for bacteria, including pathogenic bacteria that are responsible for releasing toxins that make people and animals sick. Pressure washing even removes pollen for inhabitants who are allergic to it and makes homes inaccessible to pests, effectively maintaining the safety of everyone inside.
Regular Pressure Washing Increases Home Value & Primes Homes for Innovation
For homeowners looking to sell their homes, pressure washing helps increase the home’s value in two ways: first, it leaves the home’s exterior surfaces looking spotless and new. This will prevent potential homebuyers from being turned off by the dirty appearance of the home as it can lead to assumptions that the house is in poor health. Second, pressure washing helps prime the home for innovations.
When looking to add a new coat of paint to the house’s exterior walls, pressure washing helps to remove loose paint. When looking to replace sidings with new ones, a quick pressure wash will not only remove existing gunk building up on the exterior wall’s surface, but it’ll also leave the surface smooth for renovation.
Regular Pressure Washing Is Environmentally Friendly
One of the best things about pressure washing apart from quickly and efficiently removing unwanted dirt and grime is that it’s environmentally friendly. Pressure washing does not consume a lot of natural resources and uses 70-75% less water than a traditional hose. It also does not necessarily rely on chemicals to get the job done, especially with the existence of power washers.
In the event that a surface requires assistance from cleaning chemicals, pressure washers have environmentally-friendly chemicals that can effectively remove tough grease and oil stains, tough dirt buildup, and other hard-to-remove gunk without releasing toxic substances into the environment.
Regular Pressure Washing Prevents Surface Damage and Injuries
The last major perk to routine pressure washing your house by a professional is that it prevents surface damage to your home’s exteriors and prevents injuries during the cleaning process. By using the right amount of pressure on the surface of your house, one can easily prevent scratches and other minor damage to your house’s exterior walls while removing the unwanted dirt and grime buildup.
Additionally, professional pressure washers are equipped with the skills and knowledge to know what distance to use for pressure washing house walls and roofs to prevent injury. This is important as not maintaining a safe distance during a pressure washing job can cause serious injuries, including slips and falls.