Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

What is soft washing?

Soft washing uses a combination of detergents, surfactants, and other chemicals to clean the surface. It’s considered a soft wash because it often cleans a surface effectively without the need for high pressure. High pressure isn’t recommended for every surface.

What is power washing?

Power washing uses heated water under high pressure to blast away dirt, algae, tar, oil, and other contaminants from outdoor surfaces. A power washer, unlike a regular pressure washer, makes use of a commercial diesel heating element to quickly heat water to nearly 200 degrees F. Heat makes the cleaning power of water many times more effective, allows fewer detergents to be used and removes oils and tar that are impossible to remove through conventional means.

Can I do the power washing on my own?

Although it’s easy to think of power washing as just a stream of water, it can be a very dangerous job and should be left to licensed professionals. Pressurized water is dangerous, to begin with, but superheated pressurized water can cause severe injury or even death. Professionals have specialized equipment of higher quality than is available to rent and the expertise and insurance needed to safely complete the job. This means the house gets cleaner, the job is done safely, and you have that much-needed instant curb appeal.

What are the benefits of pressure washing?

Pressure washing provides instant curb appeal, raising the price when selling your property and maintaining the home’s aesthetic. Removing all the dirt and waste also prevents decomposition and corrosion. This extends the life of your home, maintaining its value longer. Pressure washing removes many biological contaminants that can cause illness, make surfaces dangerous to walk on or get you in trouble with your homeowners' association. In the event that repairs are needed and you file an insurance claim, your chances of being fully compensated for your loss are elevated through maintaining your property with pressure washing.

Why is soft washing important?

The power of soft washing is in the solution. Every surface responds best to certain chemicals and often poorly to others. Experience is key when soft washing. Soft washing kills algae, mildew, and mold instead of simply washing it away like pressure washing. The combination of soft washing and power washing leaves the best possible outcome in terms of cleanliness.

Will high-pressure wash damage my home?

Improper knowledge on how to pressure wash your home can lead to irreversible damage to your property. High-pressure water can blast away paint, warp metal, crack and split rocks and bricks, and damage home foundations when water is allowed to accumulate at the base. It takes experience and the proper equipment to guarantee that the risks of pressure washing are mitigated, while the benefits remain. Insurance is highly recommended.

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Roof Cleaning Questions

Why is it important to have your roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning is important! It is not just to make your roof visually appealing but to also save you money in the long run. Soil buildup, algae, fungus, and moss can damage your roof during its process of decomposition and oxidation. The asphalt, metal, or slate in your roof can deteriorate quickly in this situation, leaving behind only ugly black tar and potential leaks into the home. This usually leads to expensive repairs and can shorten the life of your roof. Expect the cost of repairs to be several times more than the cost of cleaning. A full roof replacement typically costs 10-15 times more than the cost of cleaning with a reputable company.

Gutter Cleaning Questions

Why should I get my gutters cleaned?

Uncleaned gutters are the most overlooked home maintenance issue. Clogged gutters become heavy and pull down at their seams, wreaking both the roof and gutter. This enables water to follow the path of least resistance created by this slow gutter damage. As water collects and pools in areas that it’s not meant to, damage to the home can occur, mulch and dirt are displaced, and a domino effect can begin. Gutter repairs are also very expensive, so the simple act of cleaning them out yearly will prevent the unnecessary expense of repair. On the exterior, dirty gutters are like dirty teeth: Everything else could be spotless and it would still look terrible.

How often should I get my gutters cleaned?

In general, you should get your gutters cleaned at least once a year, however, this is considered the bare minimum. The more trees that are surrounding your property, the more likely you will need multiple cleanings a year.

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Commercial Property Questions

How often should I clean my commercial property?

The average commercial property should have a full cleaning about every 3 months. Commercial properties tend to accumulate more dust and debris than residential homes, making cleaning an ongoing project. Therefore, having your windows cleaned very regularly and the property pressure washed quarterly will provide your customers with a great first impression.

Residential Property Questions

How often should I clean my residential property?

We recommend that you power wash your property every 12 months or more if needed. Regularly power washing your home allows protection from the growth of mold or mildew and while also maintaining your home's appearance. Chemical treatments can be done afterward to extend the effectiveness of the cleaning and prevent new algae or mold from forming.

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