You can pressure wash your driveway and your patio. However, should you pressure wash your house? Well, it depends! Unfortunately, there are more considerations about the exterior of your home. So, why should you not pressure wash your house?
What Is Pressure or Power Washing?
The basic principle behind power washing is increasing the water pressure of your home’s hose spicket. It only comes out at a max of 100 PSI. Pressure washing will increase it upwards of 700 PSI or more, depending on the use.
Pressure washing uses high force to scrape the dirt, grime, and gunk off the side of your surfaces. This might work well for your driveway, but it may not work well for your house. Talk to a qualified professional to make sure that the pressure washing is right for your use.
What Surfaces Are Best to Power Wash?
Here is a quick list of the best surfaces to pressure wash:
- Most of Horizontal surfaces (Stuff you walk on)
- Structures that can withstand high levels of force with no risk of damage
Pressure washing is dangerous to surfaces because it uses a high level of force to scrap the surface. Would you take a paint chipper to the driveway? Probably, most driveways can sustain a lot of force. However, would you do it to your home’s sidings? Probably not, as your home’s siding is more delicate and wasn’t built to sustain that type of trauma.
What Are the Alternatives?
You should talk to your cleaning qualified professional to discuss what the best options are to make sure your home’s exterior is cleaning properly and fully. Don’t assume that your siding can withstand the force.
Water can penetrate lots of different cracks and can sneak into the interior of your home. This is a problem for long-term longevity of your home.