Pressure washing and exterior cleaning have interested me for many years. It is amazing the many different things a pressure washer is used for. There are professionals who only wash trucks. There are commercial pressure washing contractors who specialize in areas like: post construction cleaning, parking lot and garage cleaning, restaurants, heavy equipment, shopping centers, you name it. There is an expert who does only one or many of the above and more possibilities exist.
Residential pressure washing is likely what most people think of when you mention a pressure washer. For residential, a pressure washer can be used on decks, fences, driveways, house siding/trim, sidewalks, porches, retaining walls, play equipment, patio furniture, I even saw a pressure washing truck that offered dog washing on the side (please don’t try this). There is also such thing as roof cleaning and some people use a pressure washer for that, but I don’t recommend it. Pressure washing must be done carefully, but in my business I created and implemented a way of doing things. Some might call it “Standard operating procedures”. It is so the technicians know exactly how to clean a certain item and from cleaning so many we systematize the process. Successful cleaning every time is the result. What are some things you can think of that could use pressure washing?
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Roof Cleaning is an excellent way to enhance your properties curb appeal. That is if you have a dirty roof. It’s not really dirt though, in case you weren’t sure. It is a mold-like bacteria commonly called algae or blue-green algae. It normally forms streaks on your roof. The pattern forms streaks because that is how the moisture forms and dissipates. It needs moisture. For more info use the search term “Gloeocapsa magma”, and you can find out more.
The streaks on your usually roof form at the 4-7 year mark. At years 12-15 it can completely cover your entire roof. It can be an unsightly mess that’s for sure. There are multiple species that grow and thrive together. More so as layers are formed over the years. I have seen it get so severe that moss eventually grows. In a severe case like this you are likely to have missing patches of roof granules. This moss and underlying culprits had eaten part of the shingles. I have only seen this in isolated areas of the roof and never have seen a roof entirely ruined from this.
Different methods of roof cleaning are used. I have tried and tested all of the methods that seemed reasonable. There are a lot of roof cleaning chemicals out there. They contain herbicides, lye, peroxides, chlorine, acids, copper sulphate and more. The peroxides will work at sanitizing a virtually clean roof. The lye is dangerous and can burn your skin and plants. It can leave stains and remove paint. It is the stuff they use to make oven cleaner. Acids are dangerous and have been reported as causing explosions. Chlorine is what I use which there are more than one type. Chlorine has to be use responsibly or it can cause problems like lye does. Copper sulphate is an active ingredient in pond water clarifiers and is mostly used as a prevention method.
Another prevention method is zinc strips. These are not very effective so don’t waste your money on that. I have seen some of the worst cases where zinc strips were relied upon to prevent roof mold. 95% of the cases we deal with are moderate to severe and require an experienced professional in order to get desired results.
The only non-chemical way to clean a roof is with a pressure washer. This is not recommended. I have seen contractors and home owners on roofs with a pressure washer and cringed at the sight of debris flying from the roof. This debris contains roof granules from the shingles and is the life of the roof. You would be better of not cleaning a roof if a pressure washer is our only option.
Roof cleaning is no DIY job in my opinion because there is a steep learning curve to doing it properly. I get plenty of calls after failed attempts and you don’t want to risk injury for a failed attempt. The recommendations on the roofing manufacturers sites on how to clean a roof are how most home owners learn to do it but fail.
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A pressure washer is a very useful tool. It comes with it’s major misconceptions though. There are some things an operator needs to know before using a machine for the first time.
- High Pressure should rarely be the primary element of cleaning.
- There is a way to lower the pressure without losing cleaning power.
- There are many accessories you can get for a pressure washer to make your job easier and safer.
- A pressure washer can cause serious injury or death.
- A pressure washer can cause major property damage.
There are a few reason you would need to use a pressure washer. Some include house washing, driveway cleaning, deck staining, and car washing. There are many other uses and once you get started you may just be addicted to pressure washing.
High pressure should rarely be used. You should always use the minimum pressure necessary to clean the surface you are working on. With that be said, in most cases you should use a detergent to loosen the dirt, mold, etc. to enhance cleaning and further lower the pressure required.
Another way to lower the pressure output on your pressure washer is to use larger orifice spray nozzles. This is the best way because you are not lowering the volume of water output so you will be able move more dirt in less time.
Accessories you can get for a pressure washer include a surface cleaner. This can clean more concrete surfaces in half the time. You can also get a turbo nozzle. These things can really blast away at a surface, but you have to be careful as this may cause the most damage. An Extension wand is a great idea for hard to reach places.
As a professional pressure washer I have a customer and know other pressure washers who have injured themselves. The wound from being blasted from a pressure washer can cause loss of limb or even your life. It is not to be taken for granted. You can easily slip and run the wand across your leg or even have a hose rupture.
Just as a pressure washer can cause injury it also can cause major property damage. Windows, decks, landscaping, screens, trimwork and patio furniture are all things I have seen damaged from home owner or prior power wash contractor. You have to make sure you use the minimum pressure as needed to clean the surface. This require a nice collection of various nozzles with different orifice sizes and angles.
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