Are pressure washing and power washing the same?
A: Both terms are used synonymously in the industry as most people consider them to be the same. Technically, Pressure washing refers to the speed or velocity of the water coming out of the wand or device used at regular temperature. Power washing on the other hand, involves the use of both hot water and pressure to remove dirt, stains or build up. We have the ability with our industrial grade equipment to adjust the temperature and pressure to be able to clean the toughest as well as the most delicate of surfaces and stains.
What is the best way to clean the exterior of my home?
Even though it is common to think that power washing the exterior of our homes is the most effective method of cleaning, there are however certain variables to consider. The prime among these is the type of surface on the siding of homes. There are many types of surfaces such as wood panels, stucco, brick, aluminum siding, fiber cement siding, vinyl siding, composite siding, etc., and each of these require specific types of water temperature, pressure and cleaning agent to properly clean them. Other variables to consider are the trim, windows, doors, eaves, and so on. Taking all of these variables into consideration allows us to use the most effective method that would achieve the highest level of success for our customers.
Will water enter my structure when it is being pressure washed?
Whether it is a commercial or a residential property, no structure is completely watertight. Most structures are designed to prevent water penetration from rain. However, when pressure washing, water is directed at different angles during the process and all potential breaches need to be taken into consideration. Walking through each property with the owner or manager prior to power washing allows us to review all such details to prevent any surprises. There are several techniques we use to prevent water from entering by taping off openings, ensuring windows are closed tight, sealing potential breaches, etc.
Does pressure washing my property increase its value?
It surely does. In fact, we work closely with different property management and real estate professionals right from setting up a routine maintenance schedule to completing a final one-time cleaning to prepare a property as it goes on the market for sale. A clean, well maintained property shows up much better and can even attract a higher price. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors it can add quite a bit to the value.
If I have my property pressure washed, will it damage any of the landscaping or plants?
This possibility is there if the washing is not done correctly. We often see landscaping that has been disrupted or damaged by other cleaning companies during the process, either from heat or pressure. Sometimes the cleaning agents used can also create problems. Our company is careful to ensure that all landscaping is left intact and that the cleaning process does not harm, damage or kill any plants or disrupt the landscaping.
How often should I pressure wash my property?
This really depends upon the type of property as well as the surfaces. For commercial properties and for flat surfaces such as walkways, sidewalks, entrances, etc., service frequency is determined by foot traffic and the nature of the business. For example, shopping centers, retail businesses, shopping plazas and restaurants experience heavy foot traffic and may require power wash bi-weekly or monthly. For such places, the main goal is to maintain their professional appearance and image. Schools, hotels, living facilities, etc. are often cleaned annually. As for residential properties, it is common to complete a soft power wash of a home every two years. Patios, decks and fences are often cleaned at the same time. The main goal here is to keep surfaces clean by not allowing stains to settle and degrade the surface or even permanently stain the surface.