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Why It's Best to Hire a Professional Pressure Washing Service

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 26, 2013 12:52:00 PM

pressure washing Jacksonville FLEvery homeowner knows that no matter how much you clean the outside of your home, over time, dirt will accumulate that you just can't remove on your own. Oil from vehicles and rust from machines or downspouts can stain your driveway. Dirt, mold and mildew can darken your siding and your roof. Decks can age from damage from the sun and rain. These things can make your home look old, tired and undermine your curb appeal. Now there's no doubt that you will have to deal with this, but many homeowners face the question of how?

A pressure washer is one of the best tools for jobs like this. If you've gone to one of those car washes where you hold the hose to rinse off your car, you've used a pressure washer before. Pressure washers used at home are usually gas-powered devices that pressurize water and send it through a hose to a wand with a trigger where the user can direct the spray. Sometimes the pressure washer has attachments that are used for adding detergents and many times there are a variety of nozzle tips and attachments to use on the end of the wand. The nozzle tips restrict the water flow making the pressurized water more or less powerful. Some end attachments can be used to pressure wash your driveway in Jacksonville. Used properly, they can clean driveways, siding and decks.

Pressure washers are pretty simple to use, but they must be used with respect and with proper safety equipment. In some machines, the water can be pressurized up to 4000 pounds per square inch (psi). This is enough pressure to strip paint from siding and decks, damage concrete, and injure people or pets. The nozzle attachments can somewhat limit the pressure, but the potential for damaging your home or family still exists. It is also a wise idea to use safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris and ear plugs, as the pressure washer is very loud. Never use a pressure washer while on a ladder or on the roof.

If this seems more difficult than you first thought, there are many reasons to hire a professional pressure washing service. Most professional pressure washing services use a lower psi machine and special detergents to get your home clean. Just because a pressure washer uses a tremendous amount of pressure doesn't mean it's the best tool for the job. Even at a lower setting many pressure washer units will still strip paint from your home. It can cut through wood, loosen siding, and break the seals in your double pane windows. Directing the wand in the proper position is also important, as high pressure water can get into cracks and under siding where water normally wouldn't be able to go. This can lead to mold and mildew in your home. This is why many homeowners rely on professionals to pressure wash their driveway in Jacksonville.

There are several handymen in Jacksonville who run around with a pressure washer in the back of their truck. They go around with low estimates trying to entice you to hire them. This might be good for your pocketbook, but it isn't so good for you in the long run. Many of these handymen are there for a quick buck. Once the job is done, they leave and you never hear from them again. In a lot of cases, the homeowner is disappointed with a job that wasn't done correctly or has to then deal with damage done to their home by unprofessional handymen.

We at First Coast Home Pros take pride that our cleaning technicians will do the job right the first time. Our staff has been trained on how to handle pressure washers, attachments and detergents so that your home looks as good as new. Our pressure washing services include: driveways, siding and decks. We can even clean your roof with our low pressure washing services. Our professionals can clean your home inside and out. Give us a call and let us help you with all of your cleaning needs.

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