In general, houses should be power washed at least once a year any time between March and November. As it gets later in a calendar year, you’ll want to make sure your home is taken care of before the freezing temperatures and winter weather arrive.
One way to keep your concrete driveway, walkway or walls looking good is to wash them and seal them every 2 to 3 years. Concrete sealer helps prevent water from creeping into the small pores and imperfections that lead to cracks and crumbling. Sealer also helps prevent stains from setting in on the concrete.
You can power wash your own house by renting equipment at your local hardware store for $35 to $100 per day. DIY pressure washing comes with potential hazards, however:
- Property damage due to pressure that is too powerful or a stream too hot (or done improperly!).
- Physical harm because of improper use of the equipment.
- Bad / broken equipment that doesn’t clean reliably.
Dangers of DIY power washing:
- Stripped paint.
- Shredded window screens.
- Loose and dented vinyl siding.
- Loose brickwork from cut mortar.
- Damaged seals on windows, resulting in clouding and water damage.
- Splintered or cracked wood.
- Algae, mold, and mildew growth from water build-up beneath the siding.
While you may save some money trying to wash the property on your own, it may be worth the extra to ensure it’s done properly the first time – and no one gets hurt!
The general process and most equipment are the same, but power washing and pressure washing are different in two key aspects.
- Uses hot water for deep stain removal
- Lower pressure for more sensitive surfaces
- Uses room temperature water
- High water pressure for deep stain removal
Pressure washers. Whether they’re powered by electric motors or gas engines, run a pump that pressurizes the water from your garden hose to 1,000 lbs. or more, then forces it out through a spray wand. The higher the pressure (measured in pounds per square inch—psi), the tougher the cleaning jobs we can tackle.
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Homeowners should understand that it is not safe to use extremely high pressure to get siding clean. Siding such as hardie plank, wood and stucco are not designed to withstand intense force. It can damage the exterior of your home and cause streaks in the material. We use a method called soft washing for more delicate materials and to prevent damaging them. We start by applying the cleaner to the siding. While the cleaner is working to lift stains, we pressure wash the foundation. Once we’re done with that, the siding is ready to be rinsed with our low pressure system, leaving your siding mold and dirt free, without leaving behind any damage.
Dirt, grime, and algae buildup can discolor your home and lower your curb appeal. Not only that, but if you have certain siding, such as wood, it can lead to serious damage over time. People who are looking for a way to restore their home’s exterior will find that house pressure washing helps remove all of this buildup and keeps the home looking better for the long term. Hiring professional pressure washers guarantees that you get the best results, avoid any potential issues or damage, and add instant value to your home while boosting its appearance.
The average cost to pressure wash a house ranges from $450 to $800, with most people spending around $625 for two hours of labor to pressure wash a 2,000 sq.ft. home, which includes the cost of all labor, equipment usage, and other materials. On the low end, you could spend as little as $300 for a simple pressure washing job on a 900 square foot house. On the high end, some people spend as much as $1,000 or more for specialty pressure washing of a 2,500 sq.ft. brick home that takes three hours to complete.
The cost for a professional pressure washing company will vary depending on the service that’s needed. Let’s consider the factors that contribute to the cost: what area you want washed (deck, walkway, fence, siding)? How much of the area you want done? And what’s the material? When it comes to material, for example, a home’s siding made of wood will cost more to wash than it would cost to clean vinyl siding, as wood is a more delicate material that will require more time and the use of a scrubber brush so the paint and material remains intact. When it comes to the square footage, the bigger the home, and the taller — the more it will cost.