Can Pressure Cleaning Damage Your Property?

Yes, improper methods of pressure cleaning can cause damage to your property. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you get a professional team to do the pressure cleaning of your property. At AllCoast House Washing, we know the risks involved in using high-pressure water to clean your property's surfaces. Hence, we have spent significant amounts of time carefully training our team, teaching them the different methods and amounts of pressure that you can apply onto each surface. Even the pattern used to do the pressure cleaning differs from one type of surface to another and the distance that must be kept from the surface.

While having a pressure washer machine at home is more common than before, you should limit its use to washing cars, boats, bikes, etc., because of the implications involved in cleaning surfaces around your house. For example, concrete driveways, walls, outside stairs, and other exterior surfaces require the help of an expert to clean them without damage.

High-pressure cleaning is more potent than what it seems

Normal-pressure washers for domestic use are affordable machines that anyone can have. Available in electric and gas engine options, these machines can create pressure that varies from 1500 psi to 3300 psi. Mistakenly, some people think that the higher the pressure the better, and end up buying machines intended for heavy-duty jobs. Unfortunately, these heavy-duty pressure washers can pressure the water to high-pressure levels. Such pressure can easily break your paved driveway, remove tiles grout, separate roof shingles and produce other consequences on your property. If not careful, these machines can even harm you!

The secret to a successful pressure clean does not lie in the power of the machine but in using the correct technique and appropriate nozzle. Did you know that pressure washers have different nozzles for each job?

Each nozzle has a different output angle that provides a different result on the cleaning process, giving you various options to choose from for each material and surface to clean. For example, the output angles of the primary nozzles vary from 0° to 40°, and the low-pressure nozzle works on an output angle of 65°.

What is the purpose of each nozzle? Starting with the 0° angle output nozzle, which provides the highest pressure. This nozzle is perfect for heavy-duty jobs such as cleaning heavy machines, removing mud from your 4x4 or metal surfaces. For more fragile surfaces, a low-pressure nozzle such as the one with a 40° output angle is a better fit—an excellent option for cleaning windows, blinds, pots or washing off the detergent.

Clearly, the different nozzles and the level of water pressure from the machine have various purposes that are specific to each particular job, providing an effective clean without damaging your vehicle or property. Therefore, you need to consult and research before doing any DIY pressure cleaning at home. An even better option is to call our team to do the pressure cleaning for you, giving you the peace of mind you deserve with satisfactory results.

Protect your walls

Across the Central Coast, it is common to see house exteriors made of siding and wood. When pressure cleaning, these materials require careful attention since they can be easily damaged if done incorrectly.

For example, there are specific techniques and methods to correctly clean the siding with a pressure washer. When doing the cleaning, you must be careful not to let the highly-pressured water get in between the layers of the siding. If you are not careful, you can damage the siding of your house. The water that goes behind the siding gets stuck, producing mould or even moss, both of which will grow out of your sight, creating silent damage that you will only notice when it is already too late.

At AllCoast House Washing, we care about your property. Our team has extensive experience with pressure cleaning houses that use siding and wood on their exterior. We know the method, techniques, and the amount of pressure we can use on each of these materials to effectively clean them while keeping the condition of the materials intact.

What about brick walls? Again, the same approach is necessary before doing a pressure clean. It might be easy to think that such a solid material can take any pressure level, but the reality is that the mortar between the bricks can be affected by an incorrect amount of pressure. True, newer brick houses use a higher quality mortar and resist a higher amount of pressure, but older homes are a lot more fragile. They can suffer significantly from an increased amount of pressure. Before you start pressure cleaning on these surfaces, keep some distance and use a pattern that protects the wall itself.

Be careful with lead paint

Although unlikely, it is still essential to mention that some old houses might still have lead paint. Doing a high-pressure clean on those surfaces will, unfortunately, spread the lead all over the place. This is very dangerous for you and your family as lead can leak into your garden, and kids might ingest it without noticing causing terrible consequences to their health. It is so much better to leave the pressure cleaning in the hands of professionals.

Clean your house with peace of mind

At AllCoast House Washing, we care about your house as much as you do! Our goal is to clean everything with care and not cause any damage to your property. This is because we want you to be satisfied with our work and get our help again in the future. You can absolutely trust our highly experienced team to take care of the cleaning of your property, giving it a fresh new look while preserving its condition. Call us today at 0418 467 294 for a free quote or find out more information about our pressure cleaning in the Central Coast services on our site.

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