6 Reasons You Should Never Power Wash the Outside of your Florida Home
Power washing your home has become a popular DIY project. The Elite Power team has put together some tips to help you avoid common problems. Here are 6 Reasons you should never power wash the outside of your Florida Home. There’s nothing worse than putting a lot of time and energy into a project and being disappointed with the results.
Don’t get too close with the tip when you are cleaning wood. Wood siding, decking or fencing can be damaged when there is too much pressure. Warping, stripping, etching and even gouging holes can happen to the wood. If your home has vinyl siding choosing the wrong pressure tip or water pressure can put holes in the siding.
Most people think about using a power washer to clean the exterior of their home. Power washing has its place, but not everyone realizes a power washer can run 2,000 to 4,000 PSI pressure. If you are inexperienced using that much pressure you can do damage to your home and even yourself.
Use a good detergent. Detergent will loosen dirt and grime and help to easily wash it away. Without the help of detergent, it is harder to get things clean. There is a tendency to want to increase the pressure or use a stronger tip to compensate when you’re not using detergent..
More pressure isn’t always the solution. Using the right ratio of detergent to water can reduce the amount of pressure needed. Make sure the detergent is safe for kids and animals, and also your plants and shrubs.
Stay away from electrical outlets and wear rubber-soled shoes and gloves while working. If your pressure washer is electric make sure it’s grounded.Mixing electricity and water can be extremely dangerous.
NEVER EVER power wash the shingles on your roof. The stain on your roofing is algae growing on limestone used in the production of your shingles. Roofing can be cleaned, but not with a power washer. Using a power washer on your roof will void any and all warranties that your shingles came with.
Watch where you point that pressure tip! If your home has energy efficient insulated windows filled with argon gas be careful not to break the window seals. If the gas escapes the energy efficiency is lost and the windows will need repairing.
Don’t put the pressure washer tip under the lip of a window, into corners, and around dryer or attic vents. High pressure can force water behind these areas. Then you run the risk of rotting and decaying wood or mold. That is the last thing you want growing in the walls of your home. Also, if you have mold growing on your home you don’t want to spread it further.
Be careful around your homes landscaping,, shrubs and trees.. Small branches of shrubs can be cut off and the bark of trees can be blown off. And you don’t want to cut holes in your grass either.
Last but not least, make sure you don’t put the high-pressure tip on yourself or others. I have a friend that caught her toe while pressure washing her deck. It peeled the skin right off and it hurt for quite awhile. The human body isn’t designed to hold up under high pressure. You don’t want your day to end with a trip to the hospital.
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Your home is the biggest investment most people have. The team at Elite Power Wash understands wanting to take good care of it. We can help keep your house clean. Give us a call. We are more than happy to help you keep your home in tip-top shape.