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DIY Pressure Washing Is A Recipe For Disaster

Pressure washers are becoming extremely popular rental options among homeowners in San Antonio looking for quick and efficient cleans.

Pressure washing your deck, driveway and siding is extremely effective, when done properly. Sadly, many homeowners are unaware that there are different types of equipment meant for different surfaces, and, without proper training, you can easily damage your property.

Too Much Pressure

The most common mistake homeowners run into with DIY pressure washing is applying too much pressure.

It’s very easy to underestimate the power of a jet of water, however, many first-time attempts at pressure washing will end up etching lines into a home’s siding or carving strips out of wood decking.

Lack of Cleaning Detergent

Additionally, most DIY pressure washers only load their machine with water. Without the proper ratio of cleaning detergent mixed in, your effectiveness will be significantly reduced, and possibly lead to applying too much pressure in order to make up for lost power.

Water-only mixtures can also spread mold spores around. Mold-related damages can cost you big money.

The Art Of House Washing

There’s an art to a thorough house clean, and it’s rather difficult to suggest any single techniques due to the huge variance between pressure washer models.

With that said, there are some general guidelines that you should follow:

  • Always begin with a wider fan pattern, while keeping the nozzle moving. Always hold it at the distance recommended in the user manual. Avoid blasting beneath the lip of a window, directly into corners, or into attic and dryer vents.
  • We recommend pressure washing FIRST if you plan to clean your windows as well. Though not nearly as permanent or damaging of an issue, cleaning out of order can essentially deem your cleaning effort worthless, thus, the cost of your rented equipment is paid for nothing.
  • Be sure to be mindful of electrical hazards. Ensure your electric pressure washers are properly grounded and connected at all times. Additionally, beware of shock hazards around your home, and wear rubber-soled shoes for an extra layer of protection.

Most San Antonio homeowners will find that once the cost of rented equipment, transport to and from the rental location, and a day’s effort wasted are factored in, they would have been better off investing in a Glass Geeks professional pressure washing service.

When homeowners try and fail with DIY attempts, this cost effectiveness ratio is skewed even moreso, leaving them paying huge repair money for what was a long, hard day that produced only a sub-par clean.

To learn more about our pressure washing services in San Antonio, visit us online or get your free quote today!

Why Hire A Pressure Washing Professional In San Antonio?

It goes without being said, professional pressure washing services are extremely beneficial for homeowners; even beyond simply maintaining a more clean and visually appealing appearance for the exterior of your home.

Pressure washing is also a fantastic way to keep your driveway free of oil, grime and rust, which can accumulate from cars and traffic, staining your driveway and creating an eyesore for you and your neighbors every time your house is in view. This is where pressure washing comes in to save the day and your driveway, restoring it to its original glory.

Not convinced driveway pressure washing is right for you? Here are a few more reasons from the San Antonio pressure washing professionals:

Why Pressure Wash Your Driveway?

Pressure washing your driveway is the quickest and easiest method for removing unappealing stains. It’s also one of the simplest ways to significantly add both value and curb appeal to your home.

As a matter of fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, professional pressure washing (for both the home and driveway) could add anywhere from $10,000 – $15,000 to the value of your home overall, which makes pressure washing not only one of the most time-efficient cleaning techniques, but the most cost-effective as well.

How Driveway Pressure Washing Works

Driveway pressure washing, in particular, is not your ordinary pressure washing service as it utilizes a combination of low-pressure washing techniques, experience, and eco-friendly cleaners in order to effectively rid concrete surfaces of harsh or tough stains.

Surfaces are typically pre-treated using a concrete brightener, followed by a concrete surface cleaner, which effectively breaks up the surface stains while giving the driveway a streak/stripe free appearance. After the uplifted debris has been rinsed, a special eco-friendly cleaner is then used to work out the tougher stains, such as rust and oil from vehicles.

Some companies offer other services, including a concrete sealing service, which can be applied after the eco-friendly specialty cleaner in order to further protect your driveway from stubborn stains and make the surface appear clean for a longer period of time.

Schedule Your San Antonio Pressure Washing Service Today

Glass-Geeks specializes in both pressure washing and window cleaning in San Antonio, Texas and all of the surrounding areas.

Our pressure washing experts are experienced, professional, and dedicated to giving you the very best when it comes to results. We have both the necessary equipment and know-how to get the job done right the first time and provide you with a transformed driveway you’ll be proud to look at every time you get home from work or running errands.

So, what are you waiting for? Forget the inconsistent results and soggy clothes that comes with attempting to pressure wash your driveway or home yourself and hire the friendly and knowledgeable experts at Glass-Geeks.

To book your next San Antonio pressure washing appointment, give us a call at (210) 893-2356 or schedule your service now!
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House Washing Benefits You May Not Be Aware Of

We all know that a good house washing will increase curb appeal and that pressure washing your patio or deck can help prolong their lives.

But there are some benefits that are a little more obscure. These benefits are either not talked about often or you might not have known about them. For many homeowners there is an “out of sight, out of mind” thought process.

Ridding Your Home Of Mold & Other Allergens 

Pressure washing isn’t often associated with healthy living, but pressure washing can help fight allergies and illness. Mold and pollen are two of the most common allergies in the world.

Siding and roofs are notorious at catching pollen. A thorough house wash will not only eliminate pollen from your house, but can also prevent future pollen from sticking.

Pressure washing will also remove mold and mildew. While pollen is annoying, mold can be really dangerous. According to the CDC “Some people are sensitive to molds.

For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions.

Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold.”

Algae, Lichens & Mold

A favorite spot for algae, lichens, and moss to abide is your roof. As mentioned earlier, “out of sight, out of mind”, most homeowners don’t think of roof maintenance until it’s too late.

When a roof begins to become a problem with a leak, only then do homeowners truly begin to pay attention. The three organisms I mentioned earlier can actually damage your shingles. Shingles are a great source of food for these organisms and once they start grubbing they don’t stop. A soft pressure wash with a chemical will kill these nasty villains and will help keep them away.

Eliminating Safety Hazards

Honestly, most homeowners hire pressure washers because they don’t like the way their house or concrete looks. But a great side effect is that concrete and wood will become less of a fall risk. Sidewalks, patios, decks, and especially concrete around pools can become extremely slippery when wet.

Add to the wetness other factors like dirt, algae, mold, and what you have is a slip-n-fall factory. A skilled pressure washer or a flat surface cleaner can get rid of this problem quickly. If a member of your family is elderly and/or lives alone, please consider pressure washing any of these areas.

Pressure washing is the best way to maintain your home. Dirt, mold, mildew, and algae that has built up over time and leave your home, driveway, sidewalks, patios and decks unsightly.

Not only can regular pressure washing greatly increase the longevity of your home, but it can also keep your family safe. Pressure washing is as much protection and maintenance as it is aesthetic.