How Often Should You Pressure Wash Your Home?

Your house protects from the vagaries of nature. That does not mean that the house itself is immune to damage. Over time the exposure to wind, rain, snow, heat, pollution and more can have an adverse effect on the appearance of the exterior and if this is not rectified regularly, the damage could, in the worst case, seep into the very structure itself. Regular cleaning of the exteriors of the building is the best way to keep it looking good, provide it with the protection it needs and retain its market value. Pressure cleaning is the best way to get this done. The question that many homeowners ask is how often is pressure cleaning required. There is no simple answer to this or one-size-fits-all schedule. There are a number of factors that influence how often pressure cleaning should be done.

  • The amount of rain and snow: Rain may appear to wash the outside of the house and leave it looking clean. However, rain itself often absorbs acid and other pollutants from the atmosphere and these can accumulate, often unseen, over time and damage the exterior of the building. Snow may seem to be pure and white when it falls, but this too has often absorbed pollutants. The amount of rain and snow the house is subjected to will affect how often it should be pressure cleaned.
  • Wind: The more the wind the house is subjected to, the more dirt and grime that is blown onto it. A lot of this may remain unseen on the outer Being is a sandy region or on the coast where salt is carried by the wind, can exacerbate the issue.
  • Humidity: A house in a place where the levels of humidity are high will be more prone to the development of mold and mildew on the roof and on the walls. Besides possible damage to the exposed surfaces of the building, these can also be health hazards, placing the well-being of those living in the house at risk.
  • Pollution: Pollution is a universal problem but the effects are worse if the house is located near a factory or industrial area where the pollution levels are likely to be the highest. The chemicals in the pollutants can damage not just the paint but also sidings and other parts of the exterior of the house.

A Professional Will Know How Often

The internet is full of advice on DIY pressure cleaning of houses. It all seems very easy. However, the reality is different. Pressure cleaning has its risks if not done the right way. The results of a DIY effort are never the same as when the job is done by experts who have specialized skills, experience and access to professional grade equipment and cleaning agents. They will also know what is the desirable cleaning frequency for different types of structures and construction material. This will be coupled to a knowledge of the atmospheric and weather conditions of the area which affect the dirt, mold, fungus etc. that will collect on the exterior.  When a house is pressure cleaned by professionals, they know it has been cleaned to the maximum and so they know when the next cleaning should be done. This is the best way to keep your home protected and looking its best.

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