Spring Pressure Washing

With spring right around the corner, the home improvement season is about to start. But before you get started with all those cool projects, you should take care of first things first. CLEAN EVERYTHING! That means pressure washing. Winter can be harsh on our homes. The first step to is to clean everything up. It's also a great way to inspect your siding and see how everything is holding up. Before pressure washing, you might want to get the gutters cleaned first, or they can make quite a mess when you spray them.

The right tool for the job

Pressure washing is by far the best way to clean and restore the siding of your house. It’s quick and you could even call it fun. Nothing quite like shooting that powerful stream of focused water and seeing how everything magically starts looking better. Power washers are not to be taken lightly though. I'm pretty sure you've heard the phrase "with great power comes great responsibility" and it's very fitting for a pressure washer. This is a serious power tool. It is capable of damaging your siding and as with all power tools, if you aren't careful you can hurt yourself or others around you. So read up that safety manual, wear your safety gear, and pay attention to what you are blasting. Several different types of pressure washers are available for consumer use. The smallest and easiest ones to use are usually electric models. These don't require any special water supply and are a great fit for several applications. You can do a lot more than just clean your siding with them. Then we have gas powered models that are a lot more powerful and if you need anything beyond what a gas power washer can do, you'll need a commercial powerwashing  tool. If it comes to that, you are probably better off hiring a contractor to perform a commercial powerwashing service. The next thing to consider is the type of nozzle you'll be using. The nozzle can have a huge effect on the pressure of the water you'll be shooting out. Make sure you read up on the type of nozzle you'll be using, find out if you can adjust it to perform pressure washing, and always try it out first on something that you know won't break. Don't try it out on roof shingles that can be damaged by a high power spray. Better safe than sorry, especially if you are using a powerful unit.

What type of siding do you have?

Most homes have either vinyl, brick, wood, fiber cement, stucco, stone siding, or a combination of these. You must keep in mind that not all are safe to pressure wash. Brick, for example, is very delicate, and repairs can be costly if you damage it. Vinyl siding is probably the safest one. It's very resistant and can put up even with commercial pressure washing pressures. Before you start blasting away, make sure your siding or gutters won't get damaged with the pressure. If you’re not sure, just call the pros. Pressure washing is a great way to keep your siding looking brand new. With the proper precautions you will have your house looking good as new in no time. When you are ready for a new look, call the team over at The Kings of Clean.