Pressure washing uses highly pressurized water to blast off grime, mildew, dirt, and debris from your property. While this can be effective on durable surfaces like bricks or concrete, it can be damaging to softer and more delicate materials. Here are a few things you should never pressure wash:
Exterior siding is something you should not pressure wash. Wood siding may seem durable, but pressure washers can force water through the surface which can cause retained moisture and ultimately mold and mildew growth. Never pressure wash vinyl or aluminum siding either—these are easily dented and will result in expensive repair costs.
Electrical Boxes or Meters
Many people think it’s fine to pressure wash electrical boxes because they get wet during rain. While these boxes can withstand simple water drops, they aren’t built to handle the high pressure from a pressure washer. Pressure washers can force water into meters and electrical boxes which pose a danger to your home.
The little granules that are on your shingle roof are extremely important to protecting your home. This coating is designed to prevent UV damage from the sun while blocking out the rain. Pressure washers knock off this coating, which will shorten the lifespan of your shingles and can lead to needing a new roof.
If you want to keep your paint, don’t remove it with a pressure washer. Pressure washers typically operate up to 2,800 PSI which is more than enough to remove paint from your property.
If you are pressure washing, always avoid the windows of your property. Glass in windows are not made to withstand the high pressure and will easily crack or shatter if they are blasted by a pressure washer. Even the sealant around windows can be damaged by a pressure washer, so be careful even getting close to a window.
Gutter cleaning is never fun, and if you have a pressure washer or decide to rent one, you may think it is a good idea to pressure wash them clean—don’t. A pressure washer can destroy gutters and leave you needing to replace the entire system.
Use A Professional
If you need your home’s exterior cleaned, it’s best to consult a professional. At Powergreen Pressure Washing, we have special low-pressure equipment that can clean any type of surface without damaging the material beneath. Give us a call at 216-839-9274 to get started today.