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How to Pressure Wash Your House

How to Pressure Wash Your House

It’s important for many reasons to know how to pressure wash your house. It will help with curb appeal as well as keeping the outside of your home sparkling clean.

Avoid putting pressure washer at full force

Did you know that excessive pressure can force water under siding, peel paint, and damage wood? Don’t put the pressure too high. If the pressure washer is too strong and has a very high PSI (exceeding 1500), then you could risk breaking or cracking the siding of your home. Moreover, water damage can cause rot and moisture build-up if the water doesn’t evaporate quickly enough. Always turn the spray low as it can go to still get the job done. Then angle the washer down and clean with gentle, side-to-side motions.

Here’s how to pressure wash your house:

Scrub and rinse: Start by brushing the house’s siding to remove surface-level debris. Next, rinse the house’s siding with a regular garden hose working from the top downHow to Pressure Wash Your House

Fill up the pressure washer: Add your detergent to your pressure washer.

Spray: Start spraying the siding. Work from the bottom up to avoid soap running over dry spots. Move in horizontal sweeps along the house, gradually moving upwards while you are spraying.

Rise: Let the detergent sit for 10 minutes on all areas of the house before you can rinse it off.

Don’t put mulch against your home

A perimeter of mulch around your house may look great, but it can put your home at risk for bugs and mold. However, you can still increase the curb appeal of your home without inviting termite and water damage. Simply place a layer of brick or stone between your house and the mulch.

Avoid storing produce on the counter

Putting bowls full of garden-fresh goods on the counter may look appetizing, but they are also an invitation to bugs. Fruit flies are annoying, while ants and roaches are worrisome once they enter your home. The best way to store produce is to refrigerate it when the fruit peaks or ripens.

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