The wear and tear of Mother Nature will have your home or business looking shabby. This doesn’t bode well for first impressions. You considered DIY pressure washing and probably thought, “It’s spraying water, how hard can it be?”.
If only you knew…
Never Try DIY Pressure Washing: Here’s Why
Your local home improvement store has pressure washers for rent and sale. It’s not a bad price considering how the task will have the place looking tip-top. Pressure washing is a lot of fun, too, seeing the grime and crust blown off.
Yet, there are several dangers of DIY pressure washing few realize.
#1: Gouging and Water Damage
Quality pressure washers blast upwards of 1300-3000+ PSI. The higher end is strong enough to gouge wood and tear grout if you’re not experienced. This creates gaps in your building’s foundation allowing water to seep in.
Retaining water in the foundation can lead to dangerous mold growth. Or, unsightly stains as it seeps through to the drywall or plaster.
#2: Debris and Clean Up
The grime cleaned from surfaces doesn’t magically evaporate. The pressure washing creates chaos as debris flies every which direction. And, dirty water pools in low lying areas.
A 2-hour job could become a whole day event with the cleanup.
Worse is discovering asbestos-laden materials out during the pressure washing.
#3: Direct Damage
An inexperienced user could puncture holes into vinyl siding and skirting. It’s also possible to blow out windows if they’re not careful with the PSI. It’s not uncommon to unexpectedly spray into outlets causing electrical damage.
Shattering glass or electrical arcs could cause serious injury.
#4: Double Duties
DIY pressure washing seems like it’s turning up the pressure and spraying the dirty areas. But, there are several considerations for optimal cleaning:
- Applying detergent to the area and pre-soaking
- Working bottom-up for cleaning and top-down for rinsing
- Adjusting the PSI when working with different building materials
- Appropriate angle and distance from each type of surface
- Preparing the areas to prevent water damage
Improper pressure washing could need a second or third effort! This doesn’t bode well if you’re renting the unit by the day.
#5: Tumbles and injury
Those hard-to-reach spots are where most injuries occur. Someone climbs a ladder, pulls the nozzle, and the kickback throws them to the ground.
38.7% of fatal injuries at construction sites are from falls (many of which preventable). Few will take time learning how to use the washer. This creates a high risk of tumble-related injuries.
Call the Professionals (and Avoid the Dangers)
Not the DIY type? Don’t want to deal with the mess? Or, rather spend that time relaxing instead of more work? It’s time to call the experts.
Since 2007, St. Louis Pressure Wash has serviced more than 9200 clients.
We provide extensive pressure washing services for commercial and residential properties. No job is too tough whether it’s concrete and brick, or stucco and pavers. We’ll remove ghastly dirt and debris from your location in a jiffy.
Call today for a free estimate (314-962-4220). Or, shoot us an email and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible!