While house washing gives new life to your home’s exterior, it’s important to take the job seriously by using caution at all times. This will decrease the likelihood of personal injury or damage to your home. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
Be mindful around electricity:
One way pressure washing can be a dangerous job is due to the fact you’re likely to get wet. While this isn’t a huge deal on it’s own (unless you’re wearing a nice outfit) it becomes troublesome when you factor in wires and outdoor electrical outlets that will surely be close by at all times.
Keep a close eye out for wires in your path and make sure not to touch anything electrically charged while pressure washing to avoid being electrocuted.
Watch your footing:
If you opt to wash your house using hand tools, you’re likely going to be forced to use a ladder to reach the necessary height in order to scrub dirt and grime.
Avoid a nasty fall by ensuring to stand firm and watching your footing while climbing, standing and descending your ladder. As a further precaution, get a friend or family member to stand by and hold the ladder while you’re using it to ensure it’s sturdy at all times.
Approach siding with a delicate touch:
Pressure washing (while effective) is notorious for causing damage when used in excess. Try out a pressure washer nozzle with a wide fan pattern first before moving onto a more narrow pattern nozzle.
Always be mindful of the degree of each nozzle’s fan pattern. For example, most pressure washing should be accomplished with nozzles that spray at a fan patter of 15, 25 and 40 degrees. Nozzles that have a fan pattern of 0 degrees should only be used for unusual applications, such as stripping off stuck-on mud.
Keep your nozzle moving at all times while holding it a good distance away from your house. Never blast water at a steep angle under your siding, directly into corners, under the edges of windows/door OR into attic/dryer vents as this is a sure-fire way to cause instant damage.