Have you pressure washed lately?
When was the last time you pressure washed your home? Pressure washing can be a pretty confusing task. If you pressure wash too often you could run the risk of damaging your siding, however if you wash too little it could cause the exterior to degrade, not to mention your home can look dirty and unkept. So how often should you pressure wash your home? Well the answer depends on a few different factors. Let’s discuss some of them:
1.The humidity level.
Living in Georgia I’m sure you have experienced high humidity. Did you know that humidity can attract mold and mildew to the exterior of your home? This can cause your home to look dirty, ruin your siding and it can also cause allergies. If you spot mold or mildew on your home it is crucial that you pressure wash immediately and ensure that all traces of mold and mildew are gone!
1.When your home looks dirty.
One of the easiest signs to know when your home’s exterior needs to be pressure washed is simply whenever it looks dirty. Now that it’s spring time and pollen is out it is very important that you pay close attention to your home. Pollen and dirt can build up on your home especially in between the cracks of log siding causing damage. If you can run your finger on your home’s exterior and you notice a substantial amount of dirt or pollen on it, then it’s time to pressure wash!
1.The amount of rainfall.
We usually think of rainfall as a good way to clean our dirty vehicles and the exterior of the home. While it is true that rain can clean the excessive dirt off, it will still make your home’s exterior dirty. The rain can actually make the dirt stick together caking it on to your siding and in between the panels. Since we have experienced so much rainfall up here in the North Georgia Mountains your home’s exterior is probably dirtier than it appears.
If you are going to pressure wash your home yourself there are some general cleaning tips you will want to follow as using a pressure washer incorrectly can damage your homes exterior!
•Always follow the instructions that came with your pressure washer and check the manual to find information on the spray settings and how far the spray tip should be from the surface you’re cleaning.
•Test the high-pressure spray on an inconspicuous area before cleaning to make sure the setting does not damage the exterior surface.
•Only use detergents intended for pressure washers.
Regardless of the type of exterior you’re cleaning make sure to avoid getting detergent or water behind the outer surface and be sure to repair or replace all damaged siding before pressure washing!
Need help pressure washing? Give us a call and CHS will be happy to help!
Complete Home Services, located in the North Georgia Mountains provides Housecleaning, Window washing, Gutter Cleaning, Yard Services and Landscaping in Union County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia and Towns County Georgia. For your landscaping needs visit our VistaScapes website at www.VistaScapesUSA.com