Contractor Tips Blog

May
16

Pressure Washing Can Add Value to Your Home

Are you putting your home on the market? Every detail can help when selling a home, and one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your curb appeal is through exterior house washing. Making sure the surfaces on and around your home are clean is a quick way to add to the value and increase its potential. Pressure washing is the best way to clean more exterior surfaces safely and effectively. Here are few places to power wash before you put up the “for sale” sign. 

  • Driveway and garage door. One of the area people see first is the driveway and garage door. Spray away any dirt, grime or stains to make this noticeable area pristine for improved curb appeal.
  • Walkways and patios. Pressure washing can clean concrete or stone sidewalks, walkways and patio, clearing away moss, mildew or other surface issues.
  • Roofing and siding. Give you home a bath with pressure washing from top to bottom. It can be amazing how much newer your roof and siding will look when the months of grime are washed away.
  • Fences and decks. Power washing is perfect for almost all surfaces, including wood. Bring out the beauty of your wood fencing and deck with pressure washing – make sure to use the right level of pressure to only clean, not strip or splinter.

In one day, you can have your entire home and the surfaces around it cleaned with pressure washing. Hire a professional pressure washing crew to make your home sparkle from the sidewalk entrance to the top of the roof before you get ready to put it on the market.

Posted on behalf of:
JB Power Clean
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 658-5896

Jan
23

Dangers of Dirty or Clogged Gutters

If you notice your gutters overflowing during heavy rains, it is more than just an inconvenience. Dirty or clogged gutters can put your home at risk for serious damage. Gutters should be sweeping away roof precipitation down and away from the home; if they are clogged, the water can be pouring onto your home and causing damage. Here are some of the dangers of clogged gutters that you will want to avoid.

Foundation Damage

One feature that can impact your entire home is the foundation. Water intrusion can damage the foundation and increase the chance of settling and other issues. Foundation problems can cause extensive structural damage to the house and are expensive to repair. Gutters are meant to keep water away from your foundation to protect this elemental feature, something they cannot do when they are clogged.

Siding, Fascia and Decking Damage

Water flowing straight down over the gutters can be detrimental to the surfaces underneath. Overflowing gutters can rot away wood fascia boards, damage siding and ruin wood decking. It also makes a mess, with needles and leaves coming down with the water onto your siding and deck/patio/porch.

Landscaping

Clogged gutters can cause drainage problems in your yard, impacting your landscaping. Some plants do not fare well with soggy soil, and too much water at once can wash away root systems, mulch and soil, causing erosion.

Considering the extensive amount of problems that can be caused by clogged or dirty gutters, it is much less expensive to get them cleaned by a professional. Call your local pressure washing company that offers gutter cleaning to keep them working properly to protect your home from the dangers of clogged gutters.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Dec
3

Are Your Gutters Ready for Winter?

Your home’s gutters are an important part of your roofing system; they safely divert rain and melting snow away from your home, protecting it from damage. That is, as long as they are working properly. Leaves, needles and other debris can clog your gutters, causing them to overflow. Before the wet months of winter are here again, you need to make sure your gutters are ready to do their job.

Gutter Maintenance

Your gutters should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year, although twice a year is ideal. Spring and fall are the best times to schedule maintenance, before and after the wet, stormy months of winter. Here are a few tips to making sure your gutters are ready for the winter storms ahead.

  • Clean your gutters. First, you need to make sure your gutters are clear of all debris. A professional pressure washing contractor can clean your gutters safely and effectively. This will remove any leaves or other debris that has collected since the last cleaning.
  • Inspect your gutters. Once the gutters are clear, you need to check for dents or leaks. If you hire an experienced gutter cleaning company, they will often perform this as part of their service.
  • Make repairs. If your gutters are not draining properly, need a section replaced or are leaking, schedule repairs before the winter weather rolls in. It is much less expensive to repair gutters than fix your roof, siding or foundation if they are damaged from a poor drainage system.

Don’t put off maintaining your gutters. Call your local pressure washing contractor to schedule your gutter cleaning as soon as the last leaves are falling from the trees.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Nov
21

A Clean Roof Is A Happy Roof

One of the most expensive home improvements you can invest in is a new roof. While many of the newer asphalt roofs can last more than twenty to thirty years, keeping your roof clean can extend the life of your older roof or make your new roof last for decades to come. Branches, needles, leaves and algae can accumulate on your roof, making it look dirty while possibly damaging the roofing material beneath. With winter quickly approaching, now is a great time to get your roof cleaned, protecting it from harm and increasing your home’s curb appeal. 

Damaging Effects Of A Dirty Roof

Fall leaves, winter storms and excessive moisture can all contribute to an dirty roof. By the time spring comes around, many homes are sporting roofs with moss, algae streaks and debris collected in the crevices and gutters. Having a dirty roof can cause damage in a couple of ways: 

–        Algae. Two common algae types which collect on roofs is ugly black algae, and green or yellow moss. While the black algae can streak your roof shingles, it rarely does any damage. Moss, however, can grow into your shingles and damage them permanently.

–        Water damage. When debris collects on your roof, it can cause water to dam on the roof surface. This can damage your shingles or cause the water to penetrate under the shingle, costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs. 

Now is the time to prevent this type of damage to your roof by scheduling a roof cleaning. Your local pressure washing company should be able to clean your roof, gutters and possibly also offers moss treatments. Your roof will look better and last longer, making it a clean, happy roof for years to come!

Posted on behalf of Impact Services

Mar
6

Pressure Washing with Low Pressure

Most people who need to clean the outside of their home, a driveway, basement or have any other large outdoor cleaning project use a pressure washer that cleans by blasting away dirt and debris by using water that has been pressurized up to 5,000 psi or more. 

You can buy or rent a pressure washer and do the job yourself or hire a professional pressure washer.  In either case, however, it is easy to do a lot of damage to your home or commercial building with an ordinary pressure washer.  Water under very high pressure can very quickly damage siding, concrete, bricks, mortar, and stucco.  It can drive water underneath siding and shingles and can damage the glazing or seals around window panes, causing the window to leak.

Inflicting damage with a pressure washer is most common with inexperienced homeowners, but even a professional can create a lot of damage before realizing it.  To get good results with a pressure washer without causing damage you have use the right tip on the spray wand and use the least amount of pressure needed to get the job done. 

Even then, sometimes damage is inevitable. For example, if you are washing bricks with soft mortar, the amount of pressure needed to clean the brick could severely damage the mortar. 

Fortunately, there is a better way to clean large outdoor surfaces.  Low pressure washing uses environmentally safe chemicals to clean the surface, followed by a large volume of low pressure water to rinse away the cleaning solution along with the dirt and debris.  Low pressure washing techniques are safe for all surfaces and avoid the problems inherent with high powered pressure washers.

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