DIY Pressure Washing: To do, or not to do?

There are two main reasons for undertaking a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ project. The first is the sense of satisfaction you get from doing the job yourself. The second is that it will probably save you money.

While these may be true in many cases, there are some, where a DIY attempt can be a huge mistake. The job may not be done properly, it may turn out to be expensive, damage may be caused unwittingly, and worst of all you could suffer serious injury.

A good example of this experiment is pressure washing your home. With easily available pressure washers on rent and a vast number of articles on the subject online, how could it ever be difficult? – You may ask! The answer may surprise you.

Sources of Danger

  • Powerful spray: According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, over 6,000 people went to the emergency room in 2014 with pressure-washing-related injuries. A large proportion of these injuries were due to the powerful spray.
  • Most pressure washers come with different nozzles to increase pressure. The highest pressure, which is tempting to use, is through a zero degree nozzle. According to Consumer Reports, pressure from a zero nozzle not only can cut through skin, but also through shoe leather.
  • A band-aid can easily cover a small cut sustained while pressure washing. However, water pressure could drive dirt and germs deep into the cut, leading to severe and often dangerous infections that show up later on.
  • Slips: If care is not taken, it is easy to slip, fall and hurt yourself on slippery and wet surfaces.
  • Electric shock: Since the equipment is electrically powered and operates in wet surroundings, there is always a danger of electric shocks, which may often be serious in nature.
  • Toxic cleaning agents: Cleaning agents need to be mixed with water to ensure complete cleaning. These can be toxic and if proper precautions are not taken, allergies, rashes, infections, and even poisoning may occur.
  • Flying splinters: Pressure washing can easily shatter glass, and flying splinters from windows could injure not only you, but also people around in the house.

Causes of damage

  • High pressure: Water pressure from the washer is typically 50 times more than what you get from a normal garden hose. Controlling the spray can be difficult and high pressure can hit brittle or delicate surfaces causing severe damage; it can break seals, wreck siding and strip off paint.
  • Inadequate pressure: On the other hand, if the pressure is too low, pressure cleaning will not be effective: persistent grime, stains and smudges may lead to damage that is more serious in the long run.
  • Wrong cleaning agents, mixing and temperature setting: Using wrong cleaning agents and mixing them with water in wrong proportions, with wrong temperature setting can damage the surfaces pressure cleaned.

The best option

Pressure washing is the best way to clean driveways, patios, and the exterior of your house, for sure. However, undertaking it as a DIY project can turn out to be neither satisfying nor less expensive.

On the contrary, it can lead to needless risks to people and property, which will be expensive to set right.

Getting the job done by a professional Pressure Washing Service Company with experience and credentials will protect your home and ensure that it is impeccably clean.

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