Are you considering power washing your home's exterior but wondering if it's a task you should tackle yourself or leave to the professionals? While the idea of washing your home using a power washer may seem easy, there are crucial considerations to remember before diving into the DIY process. This blog post will explore the pros and cons of using power washing as a DIY project versus hiring a professional. By the end of this article, you'll better understand which option is best for you and your home.
Power washing your home uses a machine that heats the water and uses pressure and steam to clean. Pressure washing uses unheated pressurized water. A pressure washer can be high-volume/low-pressure or high-pressure/low-volume. High-volume/low-pressure washing is most commonly used to prevent water from being forced into places it doesn’t belong. You can buy or rent pressure washers with varying maximum PSI (pounds per square inch), which measures how much force the water hits the surface. You can also get various sprayer tips or degree nozzles that can push water out as a jet or a mist by varying the percentage of the spread.
The easiest way to ensure your home’s exterior is cleaned correctly without causing damage is to hire a professional to do it for you. However, if you’re going to take on this project yourself, you need to be aware of the following:
How often you need to pressure wash your home will vary depending on where you live. Your home will likely be pretty dirty if you live in the city. Ideally, you’d clean your home’s exterior twice a year. In suburban areas, it may depend on how wooded your lot is, how much traffic there is, the house aesthetic (a white home will show dirt easier than a brick home), etc. Remember, the cleaner the house, the less likely you’ll have moss and mildew growth. Moss likes to grow in organic material, so if you have dust and grime buildup, these are more likely to grow here. Environmental impact may lead you to need to wash more often. If your lot is highly wooded, debris from trees and shaded sides will grow easier. The same goes for homes built near water.
While many people assume pressure washing your home is simple, cleaning your home’s exterior safely and efficiently requires specific techniques and some serious effort. Following this advice will help set homeowners up for success, but hiring a professional to do this work for you will always be the best (and safest) option.
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Marin is the Marketing and Communication manager at Better Builders and has experience in Marketing copywriting and content management. Marin loves to deliver educational articles in a way that empowers homeowners and builds confidence in their home renovation journey.