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Sep
12

Pressure Washing Brick Homes

Brick homes are beautiful, especially when well maintained.  Often homeowners are under the mistaken notion that brick does not require any maintenance, but nothing could be further from the truth.  One of the maintenance tasks that should be done yearly is a thorough pressure washing to keep the brick looking new by removal of any dirt, mold, mildew, stains or other grime that can accumulate on the surface. 

Not only does pressure washing keep the brick looking like new, but it also allows the homeowner to visually inspect for missing mortar, cracked or broken brick.  In addition, the periodic cleaning will keep the mortar weep joints open, which is critical to keeping the home dry. 

A periodic brick home pressure washing by a qualified, licensed and insured power washing contractor can perform this service quickly, as well as economically.  The highly trained technician will be able to effectively use specialized pressure washing equipment that will be able to deliver the water at just the right psi as not to damage the brick.  Many homes today have a sand finish on the brick face that is applied during the manufacturing process. 

While generally durable, these brick faces can be damaged very easily by improper pressure washing techniques, including using too high of a psi on the equipment delivering the water, as well as holding the nozzle of the pressure washing “wand” too close to the face of the brick.  This will damage the brick and is a very common occurrence, with unqualified pressure washing companies and untrained technicians. 

A highly experienced pressure washing company that is licensed and insured will utilize qualified and trained technicians to clean the brick on your home, without damaging it!

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