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House Washing 101

So you have decided to get your house pressure washed, now what? Most homeowners hire a pressure washer for one of two reasons. The most popular reason is to get ready for an event. Perhaps you are hosting a family holiday at your home this year and you want everything to look great for your guests, or perhaps you are getting ready to sell your home so you want it to look the best is possibly can. The second most common reason for a house wash is that the homeowner has’t performed any exterior maintenance and the house is beginning to gather organic stains. These are commonly the green and black stains that attach to your grout, stucco, or stone and start to spread along the walls. By the time most people notice these stains they have already  spread out to a point where you cant help but notice them. The longer these stains cover the surface of your home the more damage they can cause. 

 

So what is this organic stain?

The green, black, and sometimes yellow growth you see on the exterior of your home is organic in nature, most commonly mildew or algae. What starts off as a small spore in the air takes root in a porous surface on your home and with the right heat and moisture begins to grow. The long term affects of allowing the mildew or algae to remain on the surface is degradation of the surface coating and weakening of the structure beneath.  Consider also that algae on your steps, walkways, and especially concrete surfaces like a pool deck can easily become a slippery surface.  Our skilled pressure washers can quickly remove the stains from your home, driveways, and outdoor living areas as well as apply a lasting chemical treatment that will help delay the growth of new spores. 

 

Now how do you keep it clean?

After we finish washing your home you will love the way it looks. To keep it clean it is recommended to have these areas washed at least once a year to keep stains from over running your outdoor living areas. Another alternative to annual maintenance is sealing. Many surfaces such as brushed concrete, stamped concrete, pavers, natural stone, brick, and more can be sealed with waterproofing and stain blocking sealers. While these sealers aren’t magic they are the next best thing. These sealers will repel moisture and keep stain causing elements from entering the pores of the surface for several years. With minimal maintenance that can be performed by the homeowner (such as rinsing off standing dirt) the sealer will act as a barrier to not only keep your home clean but also protect the structure from deterioration caused by excess moisture and organic growth.

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