Costly Mistakes from DIY Pressure Washing

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Have you considered DIY cleaning projects to make your property look more appealing? Although you can do some tasks on your own, pressure washing requires a professional approach. DIY pressure washing can cause property damage and personal injuries.

Our expert pressure washers at Activate Pressure Washing provided some pertinent reasons why below.

#1 Too Much Pressure

Many people believe more pressure cleans more effectively. This might hold for some hard flat surfaces. However, not all surfaces can handle intense constant pressure.

If the structures on your property have materials like:

  • Wood
  • Vinyl
  • Soft metals

They could incur damage from high water pressure. Dents, chips, and cracks retain moisture and mold, which further decays the structure’s integrity.

#2 The Wrong Cleaning Solution

Since power washing involves aiming pressurized water at a surface, you might think you don’t need a cleaning solution. However, forgoing a proper solution won’t eliminate mold, mildew, algae, and moss growing on a building’s exterior. These organisms will grow back quickly and continue colonizing.

Some property owners also use the wrong cleaning products. Harsh products can damage local habitats by poisoning native plants and bugs. They can also seep into more sensitive materials like wood, causing them to further disintegrate.

#3 Using Inefficient Cleaning Order

When someone gets a hold of a pressure washer, they often begin using them on the surfaces immediately surrounding them. Those surfaces are located near the ground. You should begin cleaning from the top of a structure.

That includes your home’s roof and the topmost vertical surface of each wall. Does climbing to the top of your house with a heavy-pressure washer appeal to you?

#4 Choosing The Wrong Accessories

Different nozzles have varying pressure and spray capabilities. Plus, you need the right hose length to clean hard-to-reach areas. And the average pressure washer you can purchase at retail stores often can’t handle large-scale tasks.

When a professional does pressure washing, they arrive at your home or business property with all the necessary equipment. That includes tools to help them reach high-up places.

#5 No Safety Measures

One of the most dangerous mistakes that DIY power washers make is forgetting to put proper safety measures in place before beginning their project. These machines can inflict lacerations, broken bones, bruises, and more. The cleaning products can irritate skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

Additionally, trying to clean difficult structures can lead to dangerous trip hazards when pressure washing while raining or falling objects. The last thing you want when tackling your honey-do list is a concussion, broken finger, or another injury to dampen your week.

But professionals arrive with safety in mind and personal protection equipment in hand. They know how to safely manage difficult tasks without harming people or property.

Avoid Costly Mistakes with Professional Pressure Washing

Considering power washing? At Activate Pressure Washing, we’re already one step ahead of you! Call us at 512-696-5770 to get a free quote on your home, business, or other property structures.

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