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House Pressure Washing: What You Need to Know

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Are you looking for a company for house pressure washing? As you may have learned, there are a lot of different companies you can hire to wash the mold, mildew, and dirt from your home. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of companies out there unaware of how to do it properly. Which leads to them causing damage to your house. If the company you choose is using the proper equipment and techniques, you can rest at ease.

Different Equipment to Wash a House

Before we cover proper house washing techniques, it is important to first cover the different pressure washing equipment that is used. Depending on the equipment, you can have very different results.

Different Ways to Pressure Wash a House

HIGH PRESSURE

house pressure washing
  • equipment- pressure washer 4 to 8 gallons per minute and 2500-4000 psi
  • pros- the higher the pressure the better you’re able to take off debris
  • cons- causes a considerable amount of damage

With the high-pressure washing technique, the pressure washer uses its highest pressure setting and while taking off cobwebs as a pro. I’m merely was trying to find something good for using this technique. More pressure there is it is easier to remove cobwebs, however; it is not worth it seeing that you can accomplish this with lower pressure and not causing damage to the home.

As you can just imagine, using high-pressure for house pressure washing is a bad idea. The amount of damage that this will cause is significant for vinyl siding. Not only can it put holes in that material but it also strips away the top layer which makes your house more susceptible to oxidation from the sun. It is usually a handyman that says he can pressure wash your house; many handymen I know use this technique. Sadly, some pressure washing “professional” also use this technique because of their inexperience.

Low Pressure Washing

house pressure washing
  • equipment- pressure washer 4 to 8 gallons per minute and 2500-4000 psi
  • pros- a great compromise between gentle application and being able to rinse debris from the home
  • cons- this process takes longer compared to soft wash due to the time the solution needs to set

While using the down streaming technique, you allow your pressure washer to run at its maximum pressure. However, with larger orifice nozzles, we can lower the pressure to 500 PSI. This is also why we call down streaming – low pressure washing. You can probably tell from the pro this is Foxland Cleanings’ preferred technique. Low pressure down streaming allows you to apply the solution without causing damage to your home and remove spiderwebs and other debris from your siding. The only downside of low pressure down streaming is that; there is no way to adjust the concentration of the solution like soft wash allows. This requires a longer dwelling time, but even with that in consideration, the average house only takes one hour to clean.

Soft Washing

house pressure washing
  • equipment- electric or air pump 5 gallons per minute at 100 PSI
  • pros- most gentle application of solution and rinsing
  • cons- because of the soft pressure removing other debris are difficult

In the Last 5 years many companies have been moving towards soft wash techniques. This is for several reasons. Soft washing is significantly softer even compared to low pressure technique. Soft wash being at 100 PSI, while low pressure wash is at 500 PSI. This a is point customers enjoy hearing because of the horrible stories they hear about the damage pressure washing can cause.

However, the lack of pressure is also the Achilles heel of soft washing. Seeing it does not have enough pressure to properly rinse off spider webs from the home. Another issue is the amount of solution used by most companies with these machines is so high that it can damage landscaping. For the cobwebs, there’s nothing you can do to improve getting them off with this technique due to the lack of pressure. However, if a company merely lowers the amount of bleach and their solution, they can avoid causing damage to Landscaping. Most companies still keep it higher so they can get the jobs done quicker and move on to the next house.

PROPER HOUSE PRESSURE WASHING TECHNIQUE

To begin, we remove delicate flowering plants if possible. Then we rinse all the plants to help protect them from the solution. Second, apply house wash solution starting from bottom to top. This ensures the water in the solution does not dry, increasing the strength of the solution. Check for dryer vents and garage seal. They may require a higher strength of solution. Next, we allow the solution to set on the siding for 5 to 10 minutes. Last, rinse the house from the top to the bottom, also, to avoid damage rinse the air conditioning units.

If there are any mud dobber, hornet, or bird nests we remove them during the rinse process. Note, because of the difficulty of removing the foot of nests we usually can not remove that part. This is because the foot of the nest is so secure it usually needs sanding to remove it.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MY HOUSE WASHED

I am constantly asked by clients how often they should get their house washed. This is a very difficult question for me to answer, seeing I don’t want to mislead them. Long story short, there is no good answer. My suggestion is once a year. However, some houses need it more and others may need it less.  Depending on the contaminates on your home, whether it be fungal growth or an infestation of spider. First, mold and mildew depend on two main factors. These two are a moist environment and organic material to begin colonization. Or if your issue are spider webs and miscellaneous insects. This is usually caused by living near a large source of water like Lake Lanier. So, what does this mean for your house in particular?

Fungal Growth

Some things to look for that affect these two factors. Include elevation and the amount of shade around your home and last humidity levels for each year. When looking for a new home keep in mind the lower the elevation of the house increases your chance of humidity being higher around your home.

However, if you already own your home, there’s not much you can do about this. The one factor that you can aid in is the amount of shade around your home.  If you have an excess of trees, I would suggest trimming them or possibly cutting them down completely to allow more sunlight on your siding. However, the change in humidity is the biggest problem with growth of fungal species. Over the last 30 years, each month had a change in humidity by an average of 22%. One-year the humidity may be higher than most requiring a second house wash for the year or we may have low humidity and only need it once every three years.

Spiders and Other Insects

As everyone is aware, water is essential for all life and it is easy to link why houses close to bodies of water are so infested. Not just with spiders, but many insects. The best suggestion is to have the house washed, then have a pest control company spray for these pests to slow them down. Unfortunately, slow them down is the best one can do as they will always return shortly after.

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