5 Ways DIY Pressure Washing Can Damage Your Home

5 Ways DIY Pressure Washing Can Damage Your Home

3 August 2018

So, you purchased a pressure washer from a hardware store and want to pressure wash your home. This is something many homeowners do. However, there are ways to damage your home and property if you’re not trained. Today, we’re going to share 5 Ways DIY Pressure Washing Can Damage Your Home. Keep reading for things to be aware of when pressure washing. Be sure to call the trained and certified professionals at Fire Dawgs for any questions or help with your pressure washing.  Also, feel free to comment with any questions!

Top 5 Ways DIY Pressure Washing Can Damage Your Home

5 Ways DIY Pressure Washing Can Damage Your Home

  1. Damage to Siding and Brick: You can damage or knock your siding loose if you use too much damage. Be aware that siding doesn’t hold up well to improper power washing. Furthermore, old brick and mortar is softer than today’s brick. So, if you have an older home, pressure washing can also damage brick or stone. It’s best to hire a company that specializes in soft washing if you are unsure of how to pressure wash your home’s exterior without damage. Learn more about soft washing here. 
  2. Damage to Landscaping: So, you think you might soft wash your house on your own? Soft washing uses SH based solutions and low pressure water. You might have read online that this approach minimizes that chance for damage to your exterior surfaces. Also, you might have found that the solution actually kills the microorganisms, and you want to try it. Here’s the thing. If you don’t know how to properly mix and apply the solutions correctly, you could kill your plants. Furthermore, plants ned to be pre-rinsed beforehand and protected (can use tarps) if you are applying solutions on your own.
  3. Window Damage: Blasting your home with high pressure water can also cause major damage to your window. You can 1. Cause the seals around the windows to leak by breaking the seal. This causes mold, mildew, and eventual rot. and 2. Destroy and shred the screens.
  4. Remove paint: Using a high pressure water or pointing your wand too close to the exterior surface can remove paint. Furthermore, if your home is older there is the potential threat of lead paint. Blasting lead paint chips into your yard is a potential hazard for you and those around you. You may want to research power washing paint or go with a professional pressure washing company.
  5. Water Damage to Walls and Attic: We saved this one for last, because it is the absolute worst outcome of DIY pressure washing, aside from falling off of a ladder of course. Blasting high powered water at your home can send water through wood, asphalt, and even concrete. What types of homes are especially at risk for this type of water damage? Houses made from wood frame, especially houses with any type of wooden siding. Furthermore, high pressure water can blast water through door and window seals. This leakage can cause water damage to  hardwood floors, carpet, walls, and more. You also run the risk of forcing water though your attic, causing potential mold issues.

Ways to Prevent Damage to your Home When Pressure Washing

S0, now you know the top 5 Ways DIY Pressure Washing Can Damage Your Home. But, how can you prevent damage when pressure washing?

  1. Hire A Professional: This is the only sure way to make sure the job is done right. Additionally, make sure the company is certified in exterior cleaning and insured. Keep in mind, not everyone advertising pressure washing services is a certified professional. Many “professional power washers” simply go to the hardware store and buy a pressure washer.
  2. Do Research: If you are going to DIY pressure washing, make sure you research. Definitely keep our 5 Ways DIY Pressure Washing Can Damage Your Home in mind! Also, make sure your pressure isn’t too high and you don’t point the want too close to the surfaces. Additionally, be careful when mixing solutions if you aren’t trained to do so.


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