How much does it cost to Pressure Wash your home
Deciding to get your house Pressure washed can be a wonderful thing, there is no better feeling than coming home to a completely clean home, removed of that ugly green growing everywhere. When it come to choosing the right company there are many to choose from. Some things to take into consideration are: How long has the company been in business. Are they Insured. Do they have a license. Do they have Workmans comp. What type of equipment will be used, as well as what soaps. Not to mention what process will they be doing the work. And last but not least, How much will this cost.
How Long the pressure washing service has been in Business : This is important for a couple of reasons. I do believe you have to start somewhere, but often times over the years, we have seen 'Fly by Night' companies come and go. And to be honest, the last thing you want is to have someone brand new to the trade working on your largest investment with zero training. It's okay to ask how long they have been doing this, or who did they work for previously. Without some sort of training, it is VERY easy to cause damage to your home or to themselves.
Are they Insured: Now this should go without saying, having the proper insurance is so important. If damage is caused to your property, you definitely want to ensure it is covered and the damaged areas can be replaced without the homeowner having to float the bill. But not only ask for proof of insurance, call the insurance company to verify, too many times I've seen 'companies' pay for just the first month only to get the certificate.
Do they have a License: The pressure washing industry, much like lawn care, is very easy to get into. Believe me when I say there are a bunch of so called companies out there that aren't even companies. A quick call or email to your county office and now days even online and you will have your answer.
Do they have Workmans Comp: Another important factor, the last thing anyone wants is to see someone injured or hurt. Verifying that the employees are covered can save you thousands in medical bills if the injured party decides to sue. This like a license, is a quick call or internet search on the States website will reveal the answer.
Equipment needed to pressure wash a house: We've all heard the phrase, " the right equipment for the right job" this applies here as well, too much pressure, or too little will either damage your home or not get it clean. Generally speaking, when washing a house, p.s.i. doesn't matter, the gallons per minute is where its at. The GPM equates to speed, where the p.s.i. equates to power.. You don't want a lot of p.s.i. on vinyl siding or wood. Pressure is great for concrete, but not on your house, fence or deck.
Chemicals needed to wash your house: Never let a company tell you," its proprietary" or "special blend" even, "oh, its our own house mix, its a secret". As a homeowner, YOU have every right to know what is being used on your home. Simple as that. The primary ingredient we all use is sodium-hypochlorite (bleach). The bleach you use in your laundry is around 3%SH, where what we use averages around 10%-12%, mixed with water and a surfactant to help it cling a little better.
How to pressure wash your house: This is another important bit of knowledge. The recommended method is what's called a down stream or softwash. This uses low-pressure to apply the soap and low- pressure to rinse. If done properly this wont damage your home. There is no need to get on ladders, depending on your machine, you can wash safely from ground, even a two or three story home. NEVER apply too much pressure to a home.
How much does it cost to pressure wash your home: Now this can be a big variable. A LOT of things go into pricing such as square footage, material of your home (i.e.- A vinyl siding home will be cheaper than a stucco home). On average ,here in Knoxville, for a 2,800sqft vinyl siding home, you can expect to pay $250 - $350, where as a stucco home of the same size $350 - $500. For pressure washing a driveway anywhere from $75 - $600 depending on the size. Most companies do have a sqft price of .10 - .17 cents. Like concrete a deck can run anywhere from $150 and up depending on size and type (some intricate spindles add cost) as well as levels, etc..
Final Note: It's always best to get more than one estimate, but most importantly go with your gut feeling. If your 'Spidey senses' are tingling, don't ignore it because of price. Ask for references, do some research of previous work. Don't always go by reviews, you'd be surprised how easy 'good reviews' can be purchased.
What can we do about the spiders?
First off, Take great care if your dealing with poisonous Spiders!! Spiders LOVE clutter!! De- clutter your home. If you have a bunch of clutter under beds and clost floors, try to find another place to store them. Do you have a ton of stuff you won't be using, consider a yard sale...If you take away places for them to hide, they will move on.
Clean Your GUTTERS!
believe it or not, cleaning your gutters will help on getting rid of these pest! If you make them feel unwelcome they will leave.
Wash your home down!!
Using a strong soapy solution and a pressure Washer, will wash the Spiders down Your home, NEVER let spider webs build up on your house. if the spiders are out there, as it turns colder they WILL come inside!!! By washing down the exterior of your home you will have fewer Spiders in your house!
Don't let trees touch your home
By letting trees grow up on your home, you give them a clear safe path to your house!
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With Summer here and soon to be gone, Fall is right around the Corner. Here is Some ideas from Innovative Glass 865.455.9871 to keep your Home ready for the colder temps.
Any deep cleaning you didn't get to this spring should probably be done this fall
Before the chilly weather of fall begins, make sure your furnace is tuned up for the winter and change the filter.Before the chilly weather of fall begins, make sure your furnace is tuned up for the winter and change the filter, homeowners with a fireplace should check the flue and have the fireplace cleaned if it is wood burning.Fall is also a good time to have your air ducts cleaned
One of the BIGGEST must-do tasks of the season is to clean your home's gutters. If you don't clean out your gutters, you run the risk of water building up in them during cold weather. This can cause "ice damming," That will ruin a roof.
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As the years go by mold, algae and other contaminants stick and grow on your homes exterior making it look old and drab. Call Innovative Glass TODAY 865-455-9871 to schedule your home to be washed!
Using a LOW-PRESSURE Soft Wash causing NO HARM to your home,plants and animals We carefully remove ALL contaminants from your home making YOU the Envy of the neighborhood!!! Not only is the mold and algae UGLY over time it can cause irreversible damage to your exterior siding!
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What is Water Fed Pole?
A process in which to Clean the Windows of YOUR Knoxville home Safely from the ground WITH-OUT the use of ladders!! With Ladder injuries,according to O.S.H.A. as one of the highest causes of death in the work places, we integrated the Water-Fed Pole system into window cleaning, cutting down on these numbers,while giving your home beautifully cleaned glass!
How It Works!
With the use of Deionization, were able to remove all contaminates,( chemicals and minerals) from the water producing Pure Water which will not Spot when it dries!!
To see it in action!!
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One common question I get while cleaning windows is what is Low-E Glass. We here at Innovative Glass 865.455.9871 will help you understand this.
Low-emissive (Low-E) glass is window glass that has been treated with an invisible metal or metallic oxide coating, creating a surface that reflects heat, while allowing light to pass through. Windows treated with Low-E coatings are proven to reduce energy consumption, decrease fading of fabrics, such as window treatments, and increase overall comfort in your home.
The heat that passes through your window glass is measured by the U-factor or ultraviolet light. The lower the U-factor the more energy-efficient your glass is. This type of light is produced by the sun and generates heat in your home. Too much of this heat, especially during summer, can cause your air conditioning bill to go up in an effort to keep your house cool. Low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light that enters your home, without blocking visible light.
Conversely, in winter, Low-E glass reduces the amount of heat lost through your windows from the inside of your home, keeping heating costs down. Depending on your home's heating and cooling needs, various types of Low-E glass have been developed to allow for high, medium or low solar gain.
In warmer climates, Low-E coating should be applied to the outside of window pane to keep the sun’s heat out. While in colder climates, Low-E coating should be applied to the inside window pane of glass to keep heat trapped in. This way, radiant heat is kept on the same side of the glass from which it originated. Keep in mind this coating is applied in between your double pane window and window cleaning will not effect it in anyway!!
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As the rise of Do-It-Yourself repairs grows among homeowners, So has a SERIOUS rise in DIY injuries. Homeowners have been taking on the roll of Bob Vila and opting to tackle home projects themselves rather than hiring a professional. While this can save time and money, homeowners don’t realize the real and present dangers of do-it-yourself home repairs.
In the US, home repair injuries are growing at an alarming rate. The most common repair injury is a ladder fall, which has risen 40% in the past decade becoming the leading cause of DIY death.
According to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than 2.1 million individuals were treated in U.S. emergency departments for ladder-related injuries. Nearly 10 percent of injuries resulted in hospitalization, Data showed ladder-related injuries most often occur to males, accounting for nearly 77 percent of the total cases. Fractures were the most common type of injury, while the legs and feet were the most frequently injured body parts.
So, next time you’re weighing the pros and cons of of Cleaning the Windows or Pressure Washing the house, ask yourself a few questions and be honest about the answers. Is this something that is within your ability to do? Do you have the proper tools to perform the project? If you have any doubts Call Innovative Glass 865.455.9871, In the end, consulting a professional could actually save you time, money, and a few limbs.
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When perspective buyers first walk up to a home, they notice the exterior, algae and fungus on the outside says a lot about maintenance upkeep. Second they notice the windows, dirty glass makes a home feel drab and dark!
A realtor survey done by HomeGain states,"clean windows are one of the most cost effective ways to increase the value and curb appeal of your home." pre-sale improvements like window cleaning and pressure washing generate the most return on investment (ROI) as measured by a higher sellers price! Get a FREE QUOTE here!
In todays market Curb Appeal is crucial, not only does Landscaping help, but washing windows, power washing the curb, drive way, sidewalks and home all work together to makes a positive impression on the purchaser!
Whether your home has been on the real-estate market, or going on soon, give your Knoxville home the extra edge over the others!
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New Mulch means Artillery Fungus!
Artillery Fungus is a problem. These spores of the genus "Sphaerobolus" will attach themselves to your Knoxville home siding and Windows. Though not harmful, it is a nuisance and, if left to set, the spores can cause permanent staining.
The artillery fungus, or shotgun fungus, is a wood-decay fungus that likes to live on moist
landscape mulch. The worst thing about this fungus is that it shoots spores up to 20 feet,
which often land on siding, cars and anything else that surrounds the mulch. It seems to
have become a serious problem this year for many homeowners here in East Tennessee.
Every year we have a lot of customers come in with this problem Unfortunately no natural mulch can resist the artillery fungus – Penn State Plant Pathology department has tested 27 different kinds of mulch and found that with enough time all of the mulches were supporting the evil spore-shooting mushroom.
As far as getting rid of the spores on your siding – that’s not a fun job. The most important
part is to get them quick, as they are covered in sticky substance that will stay on the
siding for good if not taken care of in a timely fashion. New vinyl siding that still has
an oily residue on it can be power-washed within the first week. In other cases pressure-washing
will be fruitless. Scraping the spores off one-by-one with a scraper or steel wool is
tedious but effective. After that there will still be a stain left, which can be taken
care of with an ink eraser or possibly bleach.
No mulch is completely safe from the artillery fungus!
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