Six Common Misunderstandings About Pressure Washing: #1 It’s easy enough that we can do it ourselves. This may be true to some extent but you can easily cause damage to yourself and your home if you are not careful. We don't recommend anyone to try pressure washing from a ladder; this is very dangerous and should be left to a professional. Washing your vinyl siding from the ground at an upward angle will force water behind the siding, causing water damage. Getting up in the air and away from the house will allow you to rinse the siding at a flatter angle. This can only be done with the proper equipment. Another thing, even small consumer grade pressure washing units put out too much pressure to wash vinyl, asphalt shingles, and pressure treated wood. Having the right equipment allows you to turn down the pressure, so you do not cause any damage. #2 Lowest Price is the best. Perhaps, but not always. Here are some points to consider: The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised lasted only until the contractor did the estimate. Some contractor’s market strategy is to get a job by being the lowest bidder. The contractor will then cut corners in order to make a profit. Due to low start up costs, many companies come and go. When first starting up, a lot of companies do not educate themselves, because power washing looks easy and profitable. So, they lack the right equipment, cleaners, insurance, knowledge and professionalism. #3 The cleaners used will kill you plants or hurt your pets. Quality contractors use only environmentally safe products that will not harm your plants or pets. Plants are sensitive and need to be protected. If a cleaner is allowed to dry on the leaves of a plant, it can leave burn spots. Covering plants with plastic is an option, but that can also be dangerous to the plants on a hot day. A better alternative is to wet the plants with water before, during, and after the cleaning process. As long as cleaners are not allowed to dry on the plants, typically no damage is done. #4 High pressure is the only way to clean it thoroughly. Not true at all. Only contractors that use inferior cleaners have to depend on high pressure to do the job. High pressure can do a lot of damage to your home. Too much pressure will force water to get behind the siding of your home, causing mold and mildew problems. Wood is softer than you might think, and using too much pressure to wash a deck can cut wood and leave unsightly marks and scars that will show through the sealer. Using any pressure on asphalt shingles is a huge mistake. Shingles have small pieces of grit on them, called granules. Too much water pressure can remove these granules, lessening the longevity of your roof. The key is using the right cleaning agent for each job. #5 Your roof is black or has black streaks and needs to be replaced. Not necessarily true. Black stains or streaks on asphalt shingles is caused by a type of algae called Gloeocapsa magma. This type of algae thrives in humid and warm climates. As the algae breaks down the shingles, the granules that protect the shingles are loosened and begin to fall off. This causes the roof to deteriorate and diminishes the roof's ability to reflect heat rays. If left untreated, the algae will reduce the life of your roof, diminish your home's curb appeal, and increase your homes cooling cost. The roof algae can be removed to restore your roof’s appearance, but the right cleaners and low pressure is a must so that damage does not occur. #6 I should be able to get an estimate over the phone. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Honest, reputable power washing companies almost never give a cleaning estimate over the phone. There are too many variables that can affect the price. For instance, different types of terrain or landscaping can affect the price. What type of wood is your deck? Has it ever been sealed? Maybe your house is not extremely dirty and could be done for less than a dirty house the same size. The good news is, once an estimate is given by a quality contractor, you know that that's the price you will pay (no last minute surprises). We offer Free Estimates, so give us a call today at 828-244-0868 or click here to request more information! © D&D Pressure Washing     Phone: 828-244-0868