What To Know Before Pressure Washing Your Home

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Pressure washing your home can seem like a good idea. It can provide the exterior of your home with a new lease of life, bringing it in line with your beautiful interior.

But doing your own pressure washing job comes with its risks. There are things that you need to look out for so that you don’t in any way bring damage to your property which would cause further problems that are far more concerning than a dirty exterior.

Fear not. Here, we highlight some of the things you should look out for before you begin your next pressure washing project. That is, if you don’t want to get the professionals at LIC pressure washing involved and let them do all the work for you.

1. Double-check your doors and windows are closed

First things first, you’re going to want to make sure all of the windows and even doors are closed.

This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at the number of people that forgot to double-check their windows and doors who are then welcomed by a watery mess once they step back into their home.

It would also be wise to let whoever lives with you that you plan on pressure washing so they don’t open your windows or doors instead.

2. Protect your plants

cleaning terrace with a power washer – high water pressure cleaner on wooden terrace surface

High-pressure water can inflict some serious damage to delicate outdoor plants, whether they’re hanging on your exterior wall or they are placed under your windows.

They are all in the splash zone.

So remember to move any plants away from the exterior walls of your home, and if they can’t be moved, then you could instead place a tarpaulin over them to give the greenery some protection.

3. Know what you can and can’t wash

Depending on what you’re looking to clean, there are some materials that you definitely shouldn’t pressure wash as they may require a more delicate cleaning option.

Check out the list below to see if the surfaces you plan on washing are on this list:

  • Anything painted – painted walls or anything for that matter CAN be washed, but it takes a professional to do the job properly.
  • Stained wood – pressure washing stained wood can take the stain straight off.
  • Old wood – whether its an outbuilding, a shed or even wooden furniture, pressure washing could cause the material to disintegrate due to the sheer power of the pressure washer.
  • Asphalt roofs – similar to stained wood, because of the high pressure of the washer, it can very easily take the granules within the roof off. Destroying it completely.

4. Use the right tools

Even if you’re going to DIY, you’ll want to rent out a commercial pressure washer as the difference in quality is very much visible in comparison to the cheap ones you can buy at your local home depot.

Better yet, hire a professional to see out your power washing project for you, since even if you have the latest in power washing technology, a professional will see far better results than you ever will.