How to Pressure Wash your home
I’ve read many articles about pressure washing, from How to’s to the DIY power washing, so today were going to talk about want NOT to wash, when getting your home ready for spring. Last time we made some points on If you should Hire a Professional, and with temperatures warming up, its about time to think about getting your home ready for the year.
As you’ve pulled your power washing machine out of the garage, hooked up your hoses, got your wand, which tip should you use? Well first off DO NOT use the little red tip, I have seen more damage caused by that guy then any other one, While the Yellow is great for concrete this too can cause significant damage, Now the green may ‘be good for brick, depending on if mortar is cracking the white tip will suffice, Now for siding and higher areas, Lowes sells what’s called a Second Story kit, a pink / light blue tips that are great for soaping and rinsing the high areas and its gentle enough to use on siding if you stand back away from your home at lower levels.
When it comes to chemicals, most professionals all use the same basic soaps to wash your home, there is NO “secret mix”. The primary ingredient is Liquid Pool Shock, which is 12% Sodium-hydrochloride, diluted with water and add a surfactant to help it stick to the surface longer. IMPORTANT: Always make sure you use Sodium-Hydrochloride, some pool shock is Calcium-Hydrochloride, and this has a severe chemical reaction when mixed with water. ALWAYS insure you are using Sodium based. It is also important to rinse off plants around your home with water both before and after as these soaps can cause damage to plant life.
Now that you are ready to wash your house, we look at some of the things you should avoid. Some may seem common sense but are often over looked. The first is electrical outlets, not only should you not directly spray but I have seen (even professionals) have runoff that gets behind the plug and start a fire. Another area to avoid is use of pressure on windows, you can blow out caulking, seals, glazing, and cause sever damage to your windows. Also, be mindful of doors, using a high pressure on the door causes it to ‘break’ the weather seal, allowing water to enter the home, before you know it 5 to 10 gallons of water is on your floor if your home is brick, be gentle around the mortar as you can cause the joints to be exposed. This also applies to EIFS. Roofs???
So now you have all the proper power washing equipment, Soap the sides of your home starting with the bottom and working your way up. Leave the soap on and give it time to dwell, usually around 20 minutes, its important not to leave the soap on too long as this can cause damage as well, it’s okay if you must soap it twice, if needs be just do one side at a time, as this will be more manageable. Now that your ready to rinse, start from the top and work your way down, A good tip to remember is ‘Soap up, rinse down’.
Now when it comes to your roof, I HIGHLY recommend hiring a professional, this is one of the most dangerous area to work. Also this requires specific equipment that we use called ‘soft washing’ machine, that operates at roughly 60psi. Never ever use, or let a company use pressure on your roof.
This article was written by James, owner of Innovative Glass Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing, located in Knoxville, Tn.
If you have a glass shower you’ve probably seen the build up of hard water and soap scum. Maybe your beautiful window gets hit with the sprinkler and now its not so beautiful. These things happen and over time layer upon layer gets built up until your glass reaches what we call the restoration side of Window Cleaning. With an extra step in your normal cleaning habits you can save money by curbing the damage caused by these elements.
Many times, on estimates one of the things that I pay attention to is the contamination on the glass, when it comes to hard water, we begin to leave the normal window washing, yes, we can remove it but at an additional cost. One of the steps we use is 0000 steel wool. Now this isn’t used for scrubbing pots as it is VERY fine, it also wont last more than one use, due to the fine fibers they are prone to rust at a high rate, using one after it rusts will not go well, odds are it will dissolve in your hand. Another important tip is to keep it wet, using dry can cause scratches on the glass. One recipe I find is simple is a little dish soap in water, this will provide proper lubrication as you go in a tight circular motion applying slight pressure over the area. Then clean as normal. Depending on the level of staining, you may have to repeat. For the exterior window use the exact same method, but we do recommend adjusting the sprinkler to where it no longer hits the window.
For extreme hard water, they have tools (much like a wax buffer for your car) that can be used with cerium oxide to remove the heavier levels. Regular maintenance will keep your glass looking great all year long. For service in the Knoxville area call Innovative Glass for all your window cleaning and pressure washing needs.
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As Spring approaches, we all begin to look forward to those back-yard BBQ’s, outdoor parties, gardening and just hang around outside. Then you look at your home and see green and black! It’s time to Pressure Wash!! Three ways this task can be tackled, A) buy a pressure washer and go the DIY method, B) Hire the guy down the street, C) hire a professional.
If you go the DIY method, you will find out VERY quickly that there are LOTS of choices in pressure washers, with price ranges from $300 - $1,500. Obviously, you don’t need the higher end of the spectrum, but is the lower end a good choice? Often, they do not put out enough GPM (gallons per minute) to do the job efficiently, you could spend ALL weekend cleaning your home. Then we get into chemicals, although you don’t need a degree in chemistry, using the wrong mixture can damage your home as well as the plants around. Then comes the ladder, this is VERY dangerous. Using a high-pressure wand on top of a ladder is a recipe for disaster. It won’t be a matter of if you will fall but when. The kick back can easily knock you off. Now we look at the machine, once your home is clean, there is a high probability that the next time you pull out the pressure washer, the pump will be corroded and unusable.
Hire the guy down the street may seem like a good idea, but what if he falls off the ladder? What if he uses too much pressure and damages my home? If something happens, does he have insurance, or will I be left holding the bill for damage or worst-case scenario medical bills…
Choosing a professional can be the best choice for many reasons. They have the right tools, when we pressure wash houses, we invest a lot of money to make sure your home is cleaned safely and efficiently. WE are covered under insurance if anything does go wrong. Often our machines can reach 3-4 stories from the ground. Not to mention You get to relax while We do the hard work. Every home we wash comes with a 1-year warranty from mold and algae. This route may seem expensive, but in the long run, it amounts to a few cents a day when you compare to how long a house wash will last. To learn more visit our Pressure Washing page
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We here at Innovative Glass Window Cleaning would like to remind you of some helpful tips to get YOUR home ready for the changing temperatures.
We here at Innovative Glass, LOVE this time of year. After hibernating all Winter, it's time to get out, stretch those legs and enjoy the Outdoors. But First...
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As the temperatures drop and seasons change, it marks a new list of chore to do, from cleaning your gutters to hanging Christmas Lights. We here as Innovative Glass would like to remind you to BE CAREFUL when working from Ladders!
Unlike other seasons, more of the maintenance around your home requires use of a ladder. ALWAYS be sure the legs are firmly planted on the ground, use a stand-off for stability, and if YOUR nervous once your up, chances are increased that an injury will occur.
Ladder injuries and deaths count for #1 when it comes to working around your home!!!! PLEASE dont be the hero this year, hire a professional, Your family will thank you on Christmas Morning!
Fall is here, which means Winter is quickly on the way. As tempatures drop,a few basic maintenance items on YOUR home can save YOU big Money through the Winter months and possibly disaster.
We here at Innovative Glass (865-455-9871), recommend doing this few simple chores every year to make sure YOU and YOUR Family stay warm amd Safe through the Winter months. If your having trouble finding a trusted proffessional in the Knoxville area,Please feel free to Contact us Anytime. Over the years we have built a huge network for just about anything you could have!
Importance of Gutter cleaning
One aspect of exterior home maintenance can be more important than most of homeowners
realize; gutter cleaning. Generally, gutters play a very important role in the structural
integrity of a house, and keeping them clean is a better way of avoiding the potential
cost expenses associated with gutter repairs. The main function of gutters is to
guide the rain water off the roof and straight down the drain. However, despite their
importance, though, it may be very easy to forget about their maintenance until something
goes wrong. For instance, if your gutters become clogged, the ultimate results
may be serious to an extent of causing structural damage and the resulting damp can
cause health issues for you and your family.
Knoxville Tn has always been a subject to damaging weather patterns including storms and winds.
This is a city where gutter blockages may pose serious risks to a home and business premises. Even
if you have plastic, pressed steel, or iron gutters, it is important to clean them
annually in order to keep them performing properly. Besides that, here are some of the
reasons for keeping your gutters clean, they include:
To avoid cracked foundations and leaking basements Basically, when your gutters
become clogged, they become the major source of problems associated with leaking
basements. The roof water can overflow and accumulate around the foundation.
In case that happens, beyond no doubt, basement leaks can be a moment away
and the intemperance water against the foundation can consequently cause the
footings to weaken and thus leading to cracks.
To avoid internal damages
Basically, Clogged and overflowing gutters may let water run into the internal roof area,
past your fascia boards. This can lead to swollen ceilings and damage to the integrity of
your roof structure. Overflowing of water into the ceiling can cause a direct damage
causing your ceiling to show stains, damage insulation, light fittings and electrical wiring.
Reduce the possibility of wood-destroying insects from breeding
The lack of cleaning of gutters may be the source of water pooling in areas blocked by
debris. The condition is perfect for breeding mosquitoes. Insects normally love moisture
and will probably make a permanent home in the gutter wreckage.
Avoiding rotted wood
When your gutters have debris stack above the single or flashing line, this debris is likely
to hold enough moisture on the fascia board. The moisture may also have adverse effects
on the roof covering and framing past the fascia. Debris usually works as a wick and drains
water to the bottom side of the gutter up to the fascia. So many people have spent a lot
of dollars in replacement of rotted wood which an inexpensive gutter cleaning expert could
have simply prevented.
To keep away from driveways
Generally, blocked gutters can typically cause driveways and walkways resulting in sagging and cracking.
Conclusively, it is good not to ignore the role which clean gutters have on ensuring that the
drainage system of your home runs smoothly. Damage caused by water may be costly and therefore
gutter cleaning is a preventative maintenance on your most valuable assets.