The Benefits of Power Washing Your Home

Power washing, which is the application of water at a high pressure, when done correctly can make your home look amazingly clean. You are probably well aware of the harsh natural elements that your home is subjected to on a regular basis, but there are also other man-made elements, such as pollution, acid rain and car exhaust that also attack the outside surface of your home. These man-made elements combined with the natural elements can cause the exterior surface of your home to discolor, degrade, chalk and oxidize overtime. Overtime not only will this make your home look more worn than it actually is, it can also decrease the value of your home.  Not only will pressure washing will give your home a noticeable improvement on its aesthetic appeal, but there are also several other benefits of power washing your home.

Get Rid of Spiders and Cobwebs

You may have noticed cobwebs accumulating around the windows, under the eaves and on other areas that are likely good spots for the spiders to catch their prey. A good power washing will remove the cobwebs as well as the spiders from the exterior of your home. Even if the spiders hanging around your home aren’t hazardous, it’s still a nice feeling to not walk through a cobweb while entering or exiting your home.

A Healthier Environment

Power washing is a great way to create a healthier environment for you and your family. It will remove dirt, mold, irrigation rust and mildew from the exterior surface of your home, including the roof, making it cleaner and healthier. If you ever feel like your home is making your family ill, it could be due to a buildup of mold on the exterior of your home and the longer it sits, the more harmful it is for your family. When dust, mildew and mold build up on the outside of your home, it can find its way inside through the ventilation, which can trigger allergic reactions. The damp, shady areas of your roof also make the perfect home for algae and bacteria, which become more than just an unsightly problem, it may affect the health of your family as well.

Prevent Damage & Unnecessary Repairs

Power washing is an easy way to extend the life of your exterior paint and siding. Unlike when you use a garden hose to spray the dirt off, a power washer will remove the stubborn stains, grit and chemicals that may potentially eat away at the exterior of your home, possibly even damaging the wood structure. Both brick and vinyl must be routinely cleaned to prevent the risk of damages from the mildew, dirt and debris that collects on the cladding as well as the gutters and roof.

Maintains the Beauty of Your Home

Being a homeowner naturally comes with a sense of pride, so along with the pleasure of owning your home, you most likely also take pride in its appearance. Routinely power washing your home helps to keep the exterior clean as well as aesthetically appealing. A power wash is the easiest way to give your home a “face-lift” without doing a serious renovation.

Improve the Curb Appeal & Resale Value

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, improving the curb appeal by power washing it may help to improve interest in your house and it will make a great first impression. The first thing potential buyers notice is the exterior and power washing it will make it clean and attractive to those driving by. The more noticeable your home is, the better the chance is for an increase in the number of people putting in offers.

In a typical situation, your home should be power washed once a year to ensure it is clean and healthy. Florida’s humid environment can increase the risk for mold, mildew and debris collecting on your home, so it may be necessary to power wash it two times a year. It is important to keep in mind that hiring a professional contractor to power wash your home is less expensive than buying or renting the equipment you will need to correctly complete the task. Also, a power washing in the hands of a novice can be extremely dangerous, because you are dealing with high pressure water that can cause physically injury you if you aren’t careful. If you aren’t properly trained in the use of a power washer it can also cause damage to the cladding on your home, so to be on the safe side, it is always best to hire a professional.

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