So your Baltimore home is in need of pressure washing and you're up for the task. Before you consider picking up the equipment, we encourage you to research professionals like Grease-Eaters Power Washing for the job.
The Pressure Washing Basics
While it's easy to buy or rent a pressure washer, doing the job without experience and skilled hands not only increases the risk of damage to your house but is a danger to yourself. There are two key measurements to a pressure washing system that you should be aware of:
- psi (pressure per square inch): manages the pressure output of your stream of water from the pressure washing machine, directly impacting how soft or strong your spray will clean
- gpm (gallons per minute): determines the rate of flow from the pressure washer, gauging how much area you can cover
If you don't know how to control psi, you risk not only diminishing the value of your home by removing paint and shingles to your roof but also run into the danger of harming yourself with high-impact streams strong enough to penetrate the skin. Likewise, if you can't manage gpm, then you'll end up doing what should be a one-time job, two or three times over because you didn't measure the amount of water and solution you would need for the pressure washing job.
The Risks Of Nonprofessional Pressure Washing
Investing in professional pressure washing is not only a way to prevent costly damage to your Baltimore home but the best way to save yourself from injury if you're not familiar with the ins and outs of those systems. Some of the main ways nonprofessional pressure washing can damage your home:
- Water in your house, attic, and/or walls: the reality is the exterior of your home is not matched to withstand unmitigated pressure from a single stream of water.
- Window damage: not only can window seals leak leading to future rot problems, but screens can get shredded. Too powerful of a pressure washing blast can also break the double-pane on windows, causing fogging between the two layers of glass.