To many, pressure washing may seem like a discretionary task. It’s only performed to rid your house, patio, or driveway of unsightly dirt, right?

Not exactly. This simple task has many benefits beyond making your home more attractive. It plays a critical role in many important home projects and also protects your personal health and safety.

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing or power washing is the use of high-pressure water spray to remove loose paint, mold, grime, dust, mud, chewing gum and dirt from surfaces and objects such as buildings, vehicles and concrete surfaces. The volume of a mechanical pressure washer is expressed in gallons or liters per minute, often designed into the pump and not variable. The pressure, expressed in pounds per square inch, pascals, or bar, is designed into the pump but can be varied by adjusting the unloader valve. Machines that produce pressures from 750 to 30,000 psi (5 to 200 MPa) or more are available.

The terms pressure washing and power washing are used interchangeably in many scenarios, and there is some debate as to whether they are actually different processes.

Why Pressure Washing Matters

1. Preparation for Renovation

Prior to the renovation of any exterior elements, you’ll want to pressure wash to save yourself a headache later on. It may seem like an unnecessary step, but if you read the labels on paint cans, sealant tubes, or bottles of stain, they’ll all tell you that a clean surface is necessary before application.

Pressure washing is a great way to not only make sure the surface is clean, but it also can take off old, peeling layers of product that could cause the new applications some problems down the line.

2. Protect Your Home from Disrepair

Prevent the growth of destructive mold, mildew, moss, and algae that can cause repair issues down the line.

Since pressure washing is such an easy solution, there’s no need for you to live with the damage and dinginess these kinds of growths can inflict on your house.

3. Deep Clean All Areas of Your Home

Siding, brick, and driveways aren’t the only areas that can benefit from a good power wash. Your patio or deck, any concrete surface, and even your outdoor furniture can profit from this spring cleaning task. You’ll think you have a brand new porch once the task is completed.

4. Immediately Increase the Value of Your Home

If you’re planning to sell your home soon, pressure washing is an affordable and easy way to impress a potential buyer and boost your curb appeal. By removing that built up layer of dirt and grime with a simple pressure washing, you can drastically increase your home’s value to buyers and realtors.

According to the National Association of Realtors, pressure washing can increase the sale price by $10,000 to $15,000.

5. Make Surfaces Safe for People and Pets

Mold, mud and organic growths can quickly become slippery when they get wet.  Especially around pools and ponds, these surfaces become hazards that can result in injury.  Your pool deck is typically made of concrete, stone, pavers or other non-slip surfaces because builders know the dangers of too-slick surfaces.

6. Protect You and Your Family’s Health

If you or your loved ones suffer from allergies or you want to make sure your home’s environs are as clean as possible, pressure washing can help alleviate many of those problems. By scraping off layers of dust, allergens, and mold, pressure washing gets rid of those irritants and cleans off surfaces so you can reclaim your home and your health.

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Though pressure washing looks like a simple task, there is more to it than meets the eye. Not only do you need to wear proper attire, but you also need to exercise great care: pressure washers are dangerous if not handled properly.
If you’re curious about the other benefits of pressure washing, contact us today.