Pressure cleaning your south florida homes surfaces should be done every 6 months to maintain its clean look and feel. 6 months is about the time it takes for new mold growth to take the old ones place. Especially when added tree and high humidity is looming around, keeping moisture in the roof tiles and damp driveway surfaces. High humidity is what keeps bacteria growing and thriving. The best solution is to clean off with pressure and add chlorine to kill the bacteria.
Some boca raton homes can go approximately a year without a good cleaning because of the area or because the previous cleaning got rid of all the algae and mildew that was growing on the roof and homes surfaces. When tackling any pressure cleaning job we recommend you find a professional service provider in your local area. If you choose to go on doing the job yourself it is best to look for a gas powered pressure washer that is 4 gallons per minute and about 2500 psi. This type of machine will allow a deep clean and be able to use a surface cleaner with about 16 inches in diameter. This type of machine also allows for the chemical application to take place for bigger areas like driveway and large back pool patios. Be sure to use industrial soaps for a proper clean and a proper cling.
As a homeowner it is best to do this sort of outdoor work early in the morning as the suncomes up when it is fresh out or later in the day when the sun has gone down. With a hot south florida heat day this will tire you out and can be very dangerous. For a gas powered machine use a downstream injector to spray the soap and chemical via a small tube that is dipped in the cleaning solution with the injector acting as the adapter. Please note whenever taking on any cleaning job especially with high pressure and chemicals it is best to proceed with caution.
When hiring any contractor for home improvement there are many reasons we may choose a specific person or company but the truth is there are three main factors we must take into account.
Reputation, Quality and Price
In many situations homeowners either do to much research or not enough research into a qualified pressure washing professional.
When we worry on who is the best or the lowest cost contractor we often forget the big picture of the task. The main target is to get the job done right and at a reasonable cost for most people. We fall into this trap of searching high and low for the lowest price contractors for the highest quality, which in many cases will not occur. After hours of research and calling around for quotes we realize pricing as well as how the job will be done varies greatly. Typically the lowest bidding contractor wants to get in and get out, without worry of how well the job will come out. On the other hand the highest bidding contractor works with attention to detail and wont leave until you are satisfied.
Doing to much research can result in no action taken or even worse, doing it yourself. Which is not a bad option but if you want quality and to keep your safety intact it is best to hand the work over to an insured professional.
Doing to little research can result in poor results and an unfinished job. These types of contractors are the fly by night characters who have no respect for how to job gets done, all they are intrested in is the pay day.
Our recommendation is to go for something in the middle. Do a good job of research into a credible pressure washing professional. This can be done by holding the three factors in mind throughout the search.
Reputation, Quality and Price
The first factor we must look into is the companies reputation. We must ask ourselves a list of questions such as if this company or individual is insured, capable of starting and completing the task, will they respect my home, will they show up, what if I am not satisfied with the work done?
Questions such as these can be answered by checking up on online review such as those from google. To refer to for credibility
We can also check on the company or individuals reputation by asking neighbors in the community if they have done work for them in the past or to who they may refer. This is a gold mine of resources because now we have a credible cleaning company from a credible source and many times we can see the work done with our own eyes, therefore reassuring our thoughts.
Another way we can check for reputation is asking the company or individual for references from previous clients and customers. In our experience when a client is satisfied with the work provided they are happy to share us with the world on how great we were. If a service provider does not have any or chooses not to give any, this can be checked off as a red flag. It may be best to move on to another power washing service provider.
The next factor we have is quality. Quality encompasses a variety of aspects such as details in workmanship, showing up on time, leaving the place better than it was found, not just starting the job without making it known to the residence that you have arrived, answering any questions or concerns before starting any work, following a process for exterior cleaning and so on.
Often times it is difficult to know how a pressure cleaning job will come out unless we try them out the first time, then we see if we love it or hate it. The best way to find out if quality is high is if you have seen them perform work on a neighbors home, this can show you face to face what level of service you will receive in most cases. Reviews left on google from previous customers is a big sign of quality level. If the google reviews left are low and only speak about how mediocre the level of quality was then we know where we stand. If we see that google reviews are high and the customers speaking from experience are amazed with the attention to detail then we can have more clarity into what we will get.
We do not recommend you go with a service provider who has no google reviews because this tell us they may not be qualified to do the exterior cleaning with quality in mind. We suggest going with a service provider who has at least 30 google review and up with an average score of 4.5. With a score like this we can tell the pressure cleaning professional has experience and can tell based off the reviews text what sort of a job they can provide.
Quality can is always echoed through the company. From when they answer the phone, to quoting, to following the job to its completion.
Does the company or individual pick up on the first ring or not at all and leaves you talking with the voicemail?
Does the company or individual send your quote over quickly or gets back to you within 2 business days?
Does the company or individual have procedures and systems in place to ensure a detailed scope of work is completed?
Below we have provided you with a few results of positive 5 star google review ratings left by previous clients.
The final factor to keep in mind is pricing. This factor is very dynamic due to the customers preferences. Some customers may want the cheapest service provider out there no matter the quality. This can be compared to a fast food restaurant, providing quick service but quality may not always be the highest. Other customers may want an expensive service provider because they understand that quality is the highest possible and they can have peace of mind after a power washing job is completed. The truth is that the vast majority of homeowners all want the same features in a pressure cleaning company. A reasonably priced service with attention to detail in mind, a service provider who will show up and look after the homeowners home just as they would, if not more.
The factor of pricing varies from state to state, company to company and service to service.
The best method to find a pricing to fit your needs is to determine what your budget is and call on three power washing service providers for a quote and pick the one you most feel confident in to do the work.
In conclusion it is best to find the pressure cleaning professional that best suits your needs in terms of reputation, quality and pricing. This is not a one size fits all approach, only you know what is the best choice for exterior cleaning.
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We all know that water garden hoses come in many variations of length, type, material, tips and colors but which garden hose is the best option when using a pressure cleaner? It may seem like a simple choice at first but after reviewing all our options we may want to think again. Lets dive into the different garden hoses out there.
Garden hose lengths
We have lengths varying from 5, 6, 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 foot and these can be customized to fit your specific needs. All that needs to be done is change and secure the tips to prevent leakage and damage. We suggest 75 foot garden hose to give you versatility when using your pressure washer around the home.
Garden hose size
Sizes can come in 1/4 Inch, 3/8 Inch, 1/2 Inch, 5/8 Inch, 3/4 Inch or 1 Inch. We prefer to use 5/8 inch for best water flow. The water flow given off by your hose outlet must also be taken into account as this is where your GPM (Gallons Per Minuet) will come from to feed the pressure washer. A quick and easy test can be done by using a 5 gallon bucket to measure how many gallons come out per minuet. This gives us more confidence when turning on the machine, ensuring it will not overheat and burn due to insufficient water levels.
Garden hose material
Common garden hose materials are as follows
Vinyl - the least expensive out of the other materials and is reinforced with nylon mesh, tend to kink easily.
Polyurethane - considered a light duty hose, stiff to the touch and hard to roll back up.
Rubber - Heavy duty in nature and build to take a beating from the outdoor climate.
Polymer - lightweight soft and easy to maneuver, high chance of kinking but can be unkinked easy (Our preferred choice for garden hoses)
Metal - tougher than the other hoses but is more pricey when compared and has a small chance of kinking.
Expandable - This hose is also lightweight and expands as water flows into it, helping it grow into a longer and thick hose. The ability for these hoses to contract are amazing. A 100 foot hose that typically takes up a lot of space can easily be drained of water and fit snug into a 5 gallon bucket.
In conclusion we strongly suggest a polymer garden safe water drinking hose, primarily the Flexzilla 5/8 Inch 100 Foot hose that allows a large distance to move the power washer if needed or can be hooked up to a mobile hose reel.
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