As we get closer to sending old man winter packing, Johnson City residents are planning their spring cleaning checklists. Your list will likely include:
- Thoroughly vacuuming carpets and rugs
- Cleaning behind appliances like your refrigerator and stove
- Scrubbing tile grout in your shower or bathroom
- Cleaning the microwave and inside of the oven
- Decluttering from the holidays and reorganizing closets and cabinets
- Cleaning out attics and basements
- Washing windows and doors
By the time you finish all the indoor cleaning, it is time to get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather. You will be ready to get out and go hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, and exploring all the best places in the Tri-Cities. However, when you do step outside, you might find your home's outdoor surfaces are as dirty as it was inside. Before you get out there with a bucket and sponge, you should plan to bring in the experts. Here is what you need to know about hiring a professional pressure washing company.
What Outdoor Surfaces Need Attention?
There are several outdoor areas that need to be cleaned.
The Roof: Dirt and grime on your roof can be easily spotted by your neighbors. Besides not looking its best, if leaves, limbs, and other debris collect on your roof, they will eventually get wet and heavy, potentially damaging your shingles and causing leaks.
Gutters: If your gutters are clogged with fallen leaves, rainwater will not be properly channeled away from your home to designed drainage areas. This can lead to flooding and moisture issues in your yard and around your home's foundation.
Decks and Patios: Decks and patios need your attention this spring. Frequent snow, ice, and rain lead to the development of grime and sludge on the wood or patio stones. Just when you finally get to enjoy some outdoor living, you step outside onto a gross surface. Worse than appearance, that grime can reduce the lifespan of those surfaces.
Concrete Sidewalks and Driveways: Your concrete surfaces will need some attention this spring, especially if they have been treated with ice-melt during winter.
Fences: It is easy to forget how much your fencing needs spring cleaning; however, it is often one of the first parts of your yard guests and neighbors see.
Pool Areas: If you have a pool, you probably have not thought about it much this winter. However, when you are ready to finally take a swim during summer, you don't want to find the area still needs to be cleaned.
Siding: It seems like your siding can go from being new and beautiful to having the appearance of pond scum during just a single winter. This spring, you may need to add siding to your cleaning list.
Pressure washing is the preferred method for cleaning outdoor surfaces, but is that a DIY project?
Should I Do My Own Pressure Washing?
While purchasing or renting a pressure washing system is an option, there are some potential dangers you must try to avoid:
- Damage to Shingles: If the pressure is too high when pressure washing your roof, you can damage or break your shingles.
- Stripping Paint and Stain: With high pressure, it is possible to strip paint and stain from your deck or wood fencing.
- Damaging Furniture: If done improperly you could damage your wood or wicker outdoor furniture.
- Breaking Windows: Catching an already damaged window just right could damage it further or even break it.
- Damaging Vegetation and Landscaping: When pressure washing your patio, deck, siding, or fencing, without careful precision, you could damage your landscaping and sensitive plants.
While you could rent or purchase your own pressure washing system, it is vital you read the instructions thoroughly. Professional pressure washers have a variety of techniques they will utilize in certain situations such as low-pressure washing, power washing, and soft washing. The best way to avoid potential pressure washing issues is by bringing in a pro. The team at Cates Pressure Washing are the Tri-Cities experienced and professional pressure washing experts. We would be happy to help you take care of your outdoor surfaces this spring. Contact us for more information.