Here’s How to Power Wash a House

How to Power Wash a HouseBetween the rain, wind, hail, sleet, snow, and sun, the exterior of our houses take a consistent beating. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean inside your house, prep your yard, and clean the exterior of your house. Power washing is an incredible time saver when it comes to cleaning your house. Imagine scrubbing down your entire house for mold and mildew: the powerful stream of water is a much more feasible and timely option.

How Often Do You Need to Power Wash?

You should power wash your house at least once a year—possibly more—depending on the climate you live in. If you live in a particularly humid climate your house might be more likely to attract mildew. A house in a heavily wooded area will also be more likely to attract dirt. Locations with high winds and dust storms is another likely candidate. These locations may require multiple cleanings each year.

Power Washing in New England

Climate and location effects power washing, but it is also important to pick the correct time of year. Unless you live in tropical conditions, the winter is out of the question. The end of the summer is not ideal because the falling leaves will quickly replace much of the dirt and grime you just cleaned off. The spring or early summer are generally the best times. Harsh New England winters make spring the perfect time to clean your house as the rest of your yard begins to come to life.

Power Washing Protects your House

It immediately makes the house more attractive by removing a coating of dirt and grim which builds up over time. Power washing can also actually help protect your house. It does this by cleaning out mildew and mold, while discouraging small critters from making themselves too comfortable in your house exterior. It prolongs the life of your house’s exterior covering by cleaning off these things that erodes the siding and paint of your house.

Tips on Power Washing

  • Plan your strategy. Watch out for things like electrical wires, exterior outlets, and even hornets nests, none of which you want to start spraying with water by accident.
  • Make sure your machine is powerful enough to handle the house you are washing. Some power washers are designed for washing items like cars and boats. It will be frustrating to wash your house with a machine lacking the proper amount of power.
  • Don’t try to save time by holding the nozzle close to the siding. The water can actually damage the siding if it is held in close proximity on a concentrated spot. Keep the point of impact moving and at a proper distance.
  • Avoid blasting water up under the siding, directly into corners, under doors and windows, or into dryer and attic vents. This could also damage the siding and other materials.

If you are interested in getting a professional power washing estimate or if you have questions, please contact All Weather Tite, of Marlborough, MA. We have the training, certification, and insurance needed to do the job properly. They have years of experience with power washing, siding, gutters, roofing and many other home maintenance essentials.

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