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Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibility. There’s always something to fix, upgrade, and/or maintain. How do you know where to focus your time and resources? What steps should you take to maintain your home? When it comes to the exterior of your home, power washing pays off — both in keeping your paint in tip-top shape and increasing your curb appeal. Read on for the many benefits of power washing your home.
It’s simple. A dirty, dusty, mildewy house exterior is unattractive. You’ll cringe when you pull up to your driveway, and if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, you can expect potential buyers to do the same. Power washing keeps your home’s exterior looking clean, new, and fresh.
And Consumer Reports has found that power washing may increase the value of your home anywhere from 2 to 5 percent. People want a home that looks like it’s been cared for, and a good power washing accomplishes that. It’s an affordable way to increase your home’s value.
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It’s always better to prevent ruin than to deal with the aftermath of something you’ve neglected. Dirt, grime, and mildew can break down the exterior of your home, which leads to chipped paint, rotted wood, and an overall nasty appearance. Plus, mildew and mold left unchecked can grow into the interior of your walls.
Pressure washing removes mold and mildew that may be forming, gets rid of grime, and helps your paint job last longer.
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Surprisingly, there are even health benefits from power washing your home. Allergy sufferer? Power washing can help to improve those symptoms. Some people are allergic to the mold and mildew that grows on their homes and decks. Tree pollen can stick to your house’s siding. Other bacterias hang on for dear life. These things won’t disappear on their own; power washing gets rid of them, which may help you say goodbye to your allergy symptoms.
Peace of Mind
Happily, getting rid of bacteria, mold, mildew, and grime doesn’t require an intense chemical treatment. Power washing is chemical free — and effective. This means you’ll be breathing easier after the contaminants on your house are washed away, and it also means you’ll be breathing easily because you won’t have to suffer from inhaling harsh cleaning chemicals. Your plants and animals won’t be harmed in the runoff either.
Not Just for Your House
Debris, mold, mildew, and more collects everywhere on your property. And while power washing cleans and improves your house, it can also spruce up your decks, railings, fences, metal patio furniture, stone surfaces, and concrete driveways.
Danger of DIY
Pressure washers are available to buy or rent, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up causing serious damage. It’s critical to use the appropriate pressure; too high, and you could risk getting water into the walls of your home (which could lead to mold). You also run the risk of knocking siding loose, breaking windows, blasting away mortar, destroying your window screens, and so much more. You may even cause injuries. Some things were meant for DIY; power washing is not one of those things.
How to Know When You Need to Power Wash
It’s safe to power wash your home every year. Spring and fall are typically good times to do it. If it’s been a while, watch for these signs:
- Black streaks on your roof
- Mold or mildew on your driveway or siding
- Bird droppings on the sidewalk
- Cobwebs under the eaves
- Gutters overflowing with debris
- Siding that is dull and dirty
In the hands of an experienced contractor, power washing can rid your home of these unattractive sights, while also extending the life of your exterior paint job, improving your curb appeal, and freshening up your home.
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