Everything You Need to Know About Power Washing

Exterior walls take quite a beating from the sun, wind, rain and snow storms. Within a couple of years, you’ll begin to notice your exterior begin to develop all sorts of problems such as paint coming off, rusting, mold, gaps or spaces developing in the siding, accumulation of dirt and grime in spaces and surfaces.

You should not to leave these problems unattended. A power washing session is all your walls need to remove these blemishes and return the walls to perfection. Below is everything you need to know about power washing:

The benefits you get from power washing

Cleaning an exterior with soap and a brush is time consuming and impractical when you’re dealing with large areas such as walls. Not to mention, most cleaning items are not designed to reach into cracks and spaces, nor are they designed to blast dirt off surfaces.

With power washing, a professional will handle the cleanup for you, blasting away all dirt and hazards that are hiding in nooks and cracks.

How often your exterior needs to be power washed

Different factors will determine how often you need to power wash the outside of your home.

If your location is humid, mold, mildew and lichens are more likely to accumulate on your walls faster. Therefore, you’ll need to power wash more frequently.

If you live in an area that gets heavy storms, you might need to power wash after every storm because dirt and bits of vegetation will be blown into spaces within the walls.

Additionally, if you have a lot of plants in your yard, such as trees that are close to your roof, you might need to power wash frequently. Pest infestation is also another factor that will determine how often you power wash.

In a nutshell, the most advisable thing to do is to perform routine checkups on your exterior walls every few months and call in professional power washers if you are not pleased with the appearance of them.

The safest time to power wash your walls.

Power washing uses water and as you know, water accumulation on your walls is never a good thing. You should therefore choose a time of day and year when it’s sunny so that water can dry off quickly.

Choose the season wisely. For example, in autumn all your trees are shedding leaves and even after you power wash, the leaves and dirt from them will be blown right back on.

Only a professional should power wash your property

Power washers use a lot of pressure. There’s a risk of damaging your walls or injuring yourself if you give the job to someone who’s not trained in using the equipment.

Power washing damaged walls will not fix your problem

There’s a point where you have to admit to yourself that your walls are damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced. If your siding is deteriorated, the pressure from a power washer will only make things worse.