Doing pressure washing yourself doesn’t look too difficult; you point the water jets at what you want cleaned, pull the trigger and BAM! Surface cleaned.
But, of course, it’s not that simple, is it? Nothing ever is that simple.
Here are some For’s and Against’s between doing pressure washing yourself, or bringing in the cavalry to do it for you.
Do It Yourself – For
Ok, an obvious pro for doing it yourself is that you don’t have to pay professionals for you. You still have to rent a power washer, of course (you can’t just put your thumb over the end of the house and hope to get enough pressure), but they are not too expensive. For small projects, renting equipment could easily be all that is required.
Do It Yourself – Against
But … and you knew there had to be a but – for larger projects, pressure washing is a lot of effort. This is particular the case when the project is not as cut-and-dry as simply power washing a lever concrete rectangle. If you are power washing your home, there are going to be places where you can’t quite get the water jets to reach. And don’t even think about grabbing a ladder, climbing it and using the power washer from the ladder. There is a great deal of pressure coming from that power washer wand, and if you are not used to or trained in working with power washers while standing on ladders, that extra pressure can easily disorientate you and send you crashing to the ground.
And just as big a ‘but’ is the fact that the power washer itself is a dangerous thing. The water jets are at such a great pressure that each water droplet is like a tiny pickaxe chipping away at the dirt and grime it encounters on the surfaces it is aimed for. But these little ‘pick-axes’ won’t stop chipping away just because you happen to accidentally get your toes or fingers in the way. It is very easy to get your fingers or toes cut down to the bone due to the pressure of these water jets.
Bringing In The Professionals – For
Professionals, if they are as professional as they say they are, know what they’re doing when it comes to pressure washing your home and exterior surfaces. And if they are really professional, they should also know when not to use pressure cleaning. Some surfaces are not durable enough to withstand the high-pressure waters jets; instead of simply scouring away the dirt, you’ll scour away the surface as well. Professionals will know when to instead employ a soft-wash process, which turns down the pressure of the water, and instead use environmentally friendly chemicals to break down the dirt. Knowing the right concentrations for the chemicals, knowing how to change the power washing nozzle to allow for a lower water pressure, knowing all of these things is what makes a professional pressure cleaner a professional.
Bringing In The Professionals – Against
How do you know the professionals you are paying good money to are as professional as their pretty website makes them out to be? We far too often think with our wallets first when making decisions related to home services, and perhaps don’t think enough about why the prices might be so cheap. Instead, you should do a little research, try and dig deeper into the company and see what other people say about them.