What Should You Not Pressure Wash?

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One of the best investments you can make during home maintenance is requesting pressure washing services to clean your home. However, just like everything else in this world, there are situations when using a pressure washer could be an absolute mistake. So, before you start an online search for pressure washing near me,’ take the time to understand what surfaces/areas can be cleaned using a pressure washing machine.

Our in-house professional pressure washing crew has done the hard work for you, and we’ve prepared for you a list of what you should not pressure wash.

Roof

Our first pick is a no-brainer, especially if you love seeing roofing tiles on your roof instead of on your neighbor’s yard. Hauling a pressure washer on the roof to clean it can be a catastrophic idea. The amount of damage it can cause is unimaginable. Not to mention that you’ll be risking serious body harm when hauling a pressure machine on the roof. If you have to clean your roof, use a scrubber and pump sprayer. Sure the roof should be cleaned to maintain and keep it clean, but this should be best left to the experts.

Cars

If you think you can save some money using a pressure washer to clean your car, you’re dead wrong. Your car will be cleaned, but there will be more harm done than good. The high water pressure will damage your car’s body paint. And this might lead to your car’s body getting rusty. Instead of using a pressure washer, how about using a garden hose, soap, and a sponge or visiting your local car wash.

Siding

Power washing the siding is best done by a professional. If done incorrectly, water could access the wood siding interior. This could affect your home’s electrical wiring, insulation and even encourage the growth of molds. The high water pressure could also dent or force-wide the cracks on your vinyl or aluminum siding, thus allowing water into the interior of your home. Therefore, to power wash your siding, have our pressure washing crew do it for you.

Gutters

How many people have you heard saying that they love cleaning gutters? Not many. Right? You also probably don’t like cleaning them too. So, it’s not impossible for you to be tempted to pressure wash your gutters. However, the high water pressure from the pressure washer is highly likely to cause some damage to your gutters. Instead, use your hands to get rid of the dirt or use a gutter cleaning tool.

Windows

Windows are fragile, and they crack easily when pressure is applied. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that your windows will break when you try power washing them. A broken window can cause a major headache because of the important role they play. Furthermore, you’ll be forced to call a professional handyperson to replace your broken window with a new window immediately.

Lead Paint

Every once in a while, we find houses built before 1978 still featuring the lead paint that was first applied. And as a homeowner, we are sure you might be already aware of the negative health impacts of applying lead paint. When lead paint chips are inhaled or ingested, it can be dangerous. So, before having surfaces covered in lead paint power washed, have your local handyperson safely remove the lead paint.

Electricity Meter and Panel

If some of your electric fixtures, such as electricity meters and panels, are fitted outside, you should take proper care of them. That includes using proper cleaning techniques like hand washing. Pressure washing these electric fixtures could lead to cracks and damages. Such damages could easily lead to injuries and accidents. And the last thing you need is added expenses.

Painted Surfaces

We mentioned surfaces painted with lead paint due to the potential health impacts power washing them could cause. For this point, our reasoning is purely based on aesthetic value. We paint surfaces to improve the aesthetic value of surfaces. So, if you still want your home to remain beautiful, avoid pressure-washing painted areas. The high water pressure will chip away at the paint. And we all know how annoying chipped paint can be to look at.

So now that you know about some of the surfaces and areas, you should not pressure wash; it’s time to take action. You can call our offices or visit our website, and you’ll get an instant quote.

And if you have any further questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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