3 Downfalls of DIY Pressure Washing

DIY culture is on the rise, and more people are taking on projects that were once only completed by professionals. Unfortunately, this culture can also lead to a false sense of confidence, causing even the most well-meaning person to underestimate how difficult certain projects may be. This is especially true for tasks like pressure washing.

This may seem like a straightforward project, but it can quickly lead to a disaster without the proper experience and equipment. It's expected that a DIYer will make a few mistakes, but some of those mistakes can lead to permanent damage or injury. While it's understandable that you want to take on some projects yourself, some things are best left to the professionals. Let's take a look at some of the common downfalls that many DIYers have run into in the past.



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Gutters are an essential part of your home's drainage system, and damaging them can lead to problems like water damage, flooding, and structural issues. Unfortunately, using too much pressure can result in gutters being torn off your home. This can happen when the force of the water is too strong and causes the brackets holding the gutters to come apart from your home's fascia board.

Damage from Pressure Washing


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Reputable painters will pressure wash exterior surfaces first in order to prepare the surface and provide a higher quality finished product. If you aren’t trying to remove paint, you’ll want to be extra careful not to use too much pressure. Aside from creating an eyesore and potentially requiring re-painting, loose paint presents real dangers. If you live in an older home, there may be multiple layers of paint on your home’s exterior and some of those could be lead based. If pressure washing leaves behind chips of lead based paint, children and animals are at an especially high risk of lead poisoning.

Insufficient power washing


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Another downfall of DIY pressure washing is that the insufficient use of chemicals can leave bacteria on your home's exterior. This can occur when the pressure of the water is not strong enough to get rid of all the dirt, grime, and bacteria. When bacteria are left behind, they can grow and spread quickly, leading to health issues for you and your family. Bacteria can cause health problems like respiratory issues, infections, and allergies.

Exposure to bacteria can be especially dangerous for those with weak immune systems, children, and the elderly.

The easiest way to avoid these common pitfalls is to hire a professional for your pressure washing needs. Professionals have not only the necessary equipment but the experience and knowledge to make sure your home's exterior is properly cleaned without any damage or safety risks. At Kings of Clean, we can help you avoid all of the common pressure washing downfalls. Feel free to call us or text us at 513-806-9077 or complete our online form to get a quote or schedule an appointment. We take on any size job happily!