Are you wondering how to prepare your house for pressure cleaning? If you're curious about this, then keep reading the rest of this article to find out a few things you should know.
Kudos to you if you've realized that your home needs a good pressure washing. It's so easy to just neglect the exterior of your home and its appearance, especially if you only see it briefly when coming and going. If you have the luxury of pulling in and out of a garage you control remotely, then the amount of time you see your home's outside walls are even more brief, particularly if you get home so late that it's dark outside.
Decide First if you really want begin pressure cleaning home
Once you get to the point of deciding to get pressure washing done, your home is probably past the point of needing it. You might be doing it as a preventative measure in advance, but then again, you might have green things growing up your walls and rust stains on the cement and concrete on your property. Your deck might even look like someone pulled it off the ocean floor.
Pressure washing can resolve these various issues and many more. Your home will get its lustre back and look great to anyone visiting or passing by. Your kids will be safer from illnesses that might be caused by algae, mold, and bacteria. At the least, there will be fewer accidents since they won't be slipping on dirty floors anymore.
Still, for all the restoration and advantages that pressure washing can benefit your home with, it can still be a risky thing to do. High-pressure steam can mean property damage and possibly even injuries. That's why you need to take certain steps to prepare your home for pressure washing. The same steps apply whether you're hiring professionals to come do it or making this a part of DIY projects.
Start with locking all your doors to get prepared
First of all, lock all your doors and windows. Secure any potential opening where water might enter through. If you're getting pressure washing done, then you're looking to make your home better. You're certainly not looking to add to its problems by creating water damage. Double check all the doors and windows to be sure that everything is completely closed.
Find leaks holes if any
If you know of any holes or leaks where water might still come in, then you need to be very mindful of them. If you hire professionals, make sure that you inform them about where they are. If they're forewarned, then they're forearmed, and they can be super cautious in those areas, as should you if you do your own pressure washing.
Move and/cover things that you'd rather not get wet. When you take a shower, do you take your clothes off first? Of course you do! You don't want them to get soaked. Sometimes, you might also wear a shower cap if you'd rather your hair not get wet.
In the same way, if you have any items that you can physically move away from your work area, you should do so. That means garden tools, outdoor furniture, and maybe even your car.
Spray water using Pressure Washing / Pressure Cleaning
Pressure washing sprays water that will carry old paint as well as other debris with it. That means that securing all these items a proper distance away from the pressure washing is a good idea.
You might have things that are just too big to move or permanently fixed into place. If so, get some waterproof and highly durable plastic to cover them with.
Attention to exterior objects including plant, electrical
You hopefully learned at a young age that electricity and water don't make good dance partners. As such, it should be obvious to you that any electronic gadgets or appliances you have outside are things that you need to relocate. Take especial care of your outdoor entertaining areas. Pay special attention to things like exterior electrical outlets, doorbells, security cameras, and anything else electronic around the exterior of your home that you just take for granted. That includes solar panels, exterior lights, and your air conditioning unit if you have one. Unplug any extension cords you have outside, close the outlet covers, and cover up anything else that's affixed where it is.
Don't forget about your plants. Some pressure washing services use environmentally-friendly products to do the cleaning, so your vegetation won't be chemically damaged. However, not all pressure washing is like this, so you might need to cover up your plants, at least the ones you can't move like with potted plants and hanging baskets. Keep in mind that regardless of how chemically safe pressure washing may or may not be, the high pressure is a danger to all plants, as the steam totally destroy branches, leaves, and flowers.
Kids & Pets out of Work Area
Be sure you keep your kids and pets out of the work area when the pressure washing is being done. High-pressure steam water can generate some seriously intense kinetic energy that's more than sufficient to break through human skin and result in substantial injuries. Make sure your kits and pets stay inside the home, but not only that, away from any doors and windows, while the cleaning process is going on. Better yet, have the pressure cleaning done when they're not even home.
Decide to start as DIY Projects or hire professionals
One final preparation you'll have to make in getting your home ready for pressure washing is deciding whether or not you do it yourself or hire professionals. In many locations, it is possible to rent the equipment that lets you try this on your own. Many homeowners take such pride in their residence that they like handling anything and everything they can on their own, especially if it saves them money.
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However, there are serious advantages to hiring pressure cleaner professionals. They know how to do the job effectively and quickly, so it will take less time out of your schedule. You won't have to bother spending time getting the equipment, setting it up, figuring out how to use it, and then returning it, which all adds on top of the time you spend actually doing pressure washing.
Furthermore, professionals will get the work done better than you likely can since they do it all the time. They'll also be insured to be responsible for any damage they create, although it's unlikely given their experience and skill.