Ode to a Pressure Washer

Posted by Super Admin on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 9:53am.

As spring finally rolls out its finery in Nova Scotia, it’s easy to view your property with fresh eyes.  After months of ice and wind followed by weeks of mud, it might not be looking its sharpest.  Enter... the pressure washer.  It’s a powerful tool with almost endless uses. 

Two warnings first:  
1) Don’t use it on your home’s windows, and
2) Don’t use it to wash your car.

Otherwise, there’s not much in your yard that a pressure washer can’t clean.  It will scour nascent algae off of your shady deck, grime off of your siding, and stains from your concrete.  In fact, a good pressure wash can add a few extra dollars on the value of your home! 

While it’s undeniably satisfying to watch the sludge flow away from your home, it’s also a healthy choice for your family.  Unchecked, the bacteria, mold, and mildew present on your home’s exterior prior to pressure washing can make their way inside, contaminating air quality.  What’s more, annual pressure watching helps extend the lifetime of asphalt roof shingles.  By rinsing away these same contaminants, pressure washing can add years to your roof’s life.

And while your thoughts are on the roof, consider another neglected area.  Clogged gutters can lead to water damage in short order, and regular maintenance is the only solution.  A thorough pressure wash is a convenient and effective way to ensure that your gutters are clear of build up and obstruction, allowing roof run-off to drain away from your home freely.

Other problems can be uncovered early during the pressure washing process.  Failures in your siding or roofing, weak or rotting boards in your deck, and crumbling mortar in brickwork can all be identified and addressed quickly, preventing more expensive repairs in the future.  

But the structure of your home isn’t the only place a pressure wash can offer a spring spruce- up.  You can also clean fibreglass planters, fencing, and patio furniture. You can even clean up your outdoor cushions, providing they’re covered with durable, all-season fabrics.  Garden equipment, garbage and recycling bins can all be freed from marks and stains. 

Whether you’re an old hand at pressure washing or an eager newbie, some basic safety tips apply: wear safety goggles and close-toed shoes.  If your surface is thick with moss or algae, a mask is a good idea.  And if the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, this is a job that’s easily hired out.  If you have any questions about home maintenance or spring cleaning, give Century21’s licensed REALTORS® a call today.

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