Pressure washing may take as little as 30 minutes or as long as hours. It depends not only on the size of your home, but how dirty it is as well as how accessible exterior surfaces are.
Typically, yes, we use on-site water to complete pressure washing. The water usage may not be as significant as you think, though. Pressure washing equipment uses about the same amount of water as a common household shower head, as it relies on pressure (not volume) to clean.
The short answer is yes – if it’s done incorrectly. Vinyl siding is not as hard as brick, and can be damaged if not handled carefully. Always use a professional pressure washing company rather than a general contractor.
It’s a good idea to have your home’s exterior cleaned before painting. In the same way that you prep an interior wall prior to painting, having your home pressure washed before painting the exterior will allow the best, cleanest adhesion of the new paint, potentially adding years to your paint job.
It can take 2-3 days after washing for your home to completely dry. Wood siding will dry more slowly than vinyl or aluminum. It’s recommended that you paint within a month, though, to ensure that the exterior is still clean enough for good paint adhesion.
In Houston and the surrounding areas, there’s really not a bad time of year. Our weather is typically never too cold for pressure washing. People often have their homes pressure washed in the spring or fall when the weather is milder and they spend more time outdoors. Pressure washing should be part of routine home maintenance – like pest control or landscape maintenance.
Like most things, pressure washing can be bad if it’s not done correctly. Maybe you’ve heard horror stories about broken siding or water in doors or windows. A professional power washer is aware of these potential concerns and can apply appropriate washing techniques to your home to prevent them.
A good pressure washing can rid your home of potential health hazards like mold and mildew. Additionally, keeping your home free of debris prevents other maintenance issues like rot and water damage. Finally, regular maintenance pressure washing keeps your home looking like new.
Think of pressure washing your home as part of your routine maintenance. Some homes may need pressure washing every few months due to environmental factors or their location near dirt roads or construction. A good rule of thumb is to plan one good cleaning a year with additional cleanings as needed (after an especially rainy or dry season, for example).
You can, of course, but most pressure washing damage is caused by incorrect use. Inexperienced pressure washing can damage siding, remove paint, damage window seals and destroy window screens. If your home is multi-story or has landscaping adjacent, these are additional obstacles that you may not be prepared for. Having the right equipment and knowing how to use it properly ensures the best possible clean in the most efficient way, with the least possible damage.