Benefits of Power Washing

10 Benefits of Power Washing for Your Home or Business

Power washing, also known as pressure washing, is a method of cleaning exterior surfaces using a power washer and pressurized water. The high-pressure water spray can remove dirt, grime, mold, pollen, dust, mud, loose paint, algae, and moss from a variety of surfaces and objects.

What is Power Washing?

The “power” part is what makes it so much more effective than just regular washing with water and elbow grease, as well as the ability for the jets of water to reach into tiny nooks and crannies and blast out all the dirt hiding out of sight. The washers produce Powers from 750 to 30,000 pound-force per square inch, or psi. (For comparison, the average force from a home water faucet is about 40 to 60 psi.)

Pressurized washers can be used to clean surfaces such as:

    • Brick
    • Siding
    • Driveways
    • Gutters
    • Roofs
    • Patios
    • Decks
    • Sidewalks
    • Parking lots
    • Fencing
    • Retaining walls
    • Vehicles
    • Outdoor furniture

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Dirt, moss, pollen, natural pollutants, and other substances that build up on your building or outdoor items can eat away at surfaces, causing corrosion. They not only damage paint, concrete sealant, and other surface coatings, they can actually cause damage to the materials underneath, like your vinyl siding or the wood of your deck.

The damage doesn’t just affect surfaces, because once surface coatings and materials start to break down, they leave everything underneath them vulnerable to damage as well. That means the interior of your walls can be exposed to moisture, vermin, and other intruders that can cause serious problems with the structure of the building and cause you a lot of discomfort.

Dirt and other substances also tend to build up in the small crevices that every building has. Out of sight and out of reach of the rain and wind, the grime can accumulate for years until crevices are packed with bacterial breeding grounds.

Pressurized washing lifts dirt, grime, moss, pollen and other substances off your surfaces. It also gets into even the tiniest crevices to blast out everything that has built up over time, stopping the damage before it has a chance to really take hold and create a major headache for the property owner.

After learning about the damage that can be stopped in its tracks with a good wash, it makes sense that Power washing also saves you a lot of money by preventing damage.

Having your home or business washed on a regular basis is far less expensive than repairing the damage that can result from letting the dirt and grime build-up. Power washing is preventative maintenance, and you know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

You may be convinced that cleaning your building’s exterior is important, but why should you use Power washing in particular? The amount of time and effort you save with a professional, instead of trying to clean your items or buildings manually, allows you to allocate your valuable time to spend with family or on more important tasks.

The amount of time it would take to power wash your building depends on a lot of factors such as the size of your home or business, the number of people working on the washing, and how accessible all parts of the exterior are. But, it’s safe to say that a large house or commercial property could probably be completed within a few hours, and smaller surfaces could be looking like new within the hour.

We all know that good hygiene is important to maintaining our health, but many people don’t realize that the cleanliness of exterior surfaces around our homes and workplaces can also have a direct impact on the health and safety of our families, employees, and even our pets.

Dirt and grime build-up provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and vermin, which are notorious for carrying disease. And, if the damage is allowed to spread, it can leave the interior of your building vulnerable to spores that can cause illness.

Pressurized washing removes the threat of disease-causing bacteria and creates an environment that is less hospitable to vermin, protecting the safety of everyone in the building. It also removes built-up pollen from your surfaces, so if you or anyone you know suffers from pollen allergies, power washing can help reduce their allergy suffering.

We’ve explained that power washing isn’t all about appearances by any means, but it definitely bears mentioning that it can have a dramatic effect on the look of your home and business.

Curb appeal is important for homes, but it’s doubly important for businesses— a lot of people will judge the quality of your goods or services by the appearance of your building, so boosting the curb appeal of your commercial property can actually increase your business.

Click on our Before/After page to see pictures of the drastically visual difference there is before and after using a pressurized washer.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you’re probably looking for ways to increase its value, pressurized washing is an inexpensive and effective way to do just that.

When prospective buyers show up and see a surface covered in dirt, they assume the home has not been properly cared for or maintained – this could significantly reduce the sale price. Alternately, if the first thing they see is clean, clear surfaces that look well maintained, they’ll have no reason to suspect that your home is worth less than top dollar.

Considering sprucing up your building with a new coat of paint, or a more drastic change like new siding or even an addition? Before you start renovations on the exterior of your home or business, it’s a good idea to have it thoroughly washed first.

Besides basic cleaning, pressurized washing is also capable of removing loose or peeling paint as well, leaving you with a smooth, primed surface to work on.

Power washing has the potential to be hard on the environment. It uses a lot of water, it can involve soap and other cleaning chemicals that aren’t good for the soil, and it can rinse grime, grease, and other pollutants onto the ground or into the sewer.

We will take care to minimize the impact to the environment with techniques that reduce water use and avoid harmful chemicals. This protects not only the soil and plants nearby, but also wild animals and pets that may come in contact with washing run-off.

Though Power washing is a key way to prevent damage from grime and dirt build-up, Power washers themselves can actually cause damage to surfaces if the user is inexperienced. This is because Power washers are capable of a range of pressure and you’ll need to know the correct settings to use on the material you’re washing or you could cause scratches, chips, or even worse with the washer itself.

While the amount of Power that comes out of a Power washer is great for surfaces, it’s not pleasant applied to human flesh. Accidentally hitting yourself with the jet from a Power washer can cause serious injuries. There’s also the possibility of slipping and hurting yourself or falling from a ladder while trying to reach difficult spots. An experienced pro knows what to do to keep both themselves and you safe.