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Pressure Washing: Everything Tennessee Homeowners Need to Know

If you're curious about pressure washing and what it can do for your property, you probably have some questions. The first one may be: "Is it really worth the hassle when I could just go spray my house with a garden hose?"

That's a fair question if you've never seen a pressure washer in action, but the fact is, the equipment, techniques, and most importantly, the results, are drastically different from what you can achieve with basic cleaning tools you have lying around your home. It can transform your exterior surfaces to make them look brand-new again, even the ones that were installed decades ago.

This guide will explain what pressure washing can be used for and why it's so beneficial to your property when it's done by experienced service professionals, such as the team at Mr. Handyman of E. Nashville and Hendersonville.

What is Pressure Washing?

It's the use of high-pressure water jets to blast dirt, mud, grime, loose paint, moss, mildew, and other unwelcome substances off your outdoor surfaces. The "pressure" factor is what really sets it apart from just cleaning with a regular stream of water. The washers produce pressures that range between 750 and 3,000 psi (pound-force per square inch), strong enough to cut through some materials and capable of blasting away built-up grime that can't be budged with anything else. For comparison, a typical faucet produces pressures of about 40 to 60 psi.

What Can Be Pressure Washed?

Most outdoor surfaces benefit from pressure washing, though it obviously needs to be avoided for items that shouldn't get wet. It also shouldn't be applied to delicate items or soft surfaces. That being said, there are a lot of places around your property that can be made shiny clean, even if they've been caked with dirt and moss for decades.

Vinyl, Brick, and Stone Siding

Masonry, stone veneer, and vinyl siding all benefit from a good, strong, power clean. It's by far the most efficient, effective way to clean your house. Imagine how much hard, time-consuming work it would be to scrub everything with a bucket of water and a long-handled brush. Power cleaning removes grime, lichen, and mildew from siding to stop it from eating away at surfaces and damaging your home's exterior armor.

Decks, Porches, and Fences

When wooden structures become slick with algae growth and mud, it's not just a slippery hazard—it's a sign that wood rot isn't far behind. Power cleaning is an important regular maintenance step to keep wood surfaces in good condition. It works just as well for metal and composite materials too.

Driveways, Walkways, and Patios

Have you ever seen those viral YouTube videos of old brick patios being pressure washed? It's fascinating to see how different they look. You might not even know the true color of your patio until it's been thoroughly cleaned. It can also remove oil stains from driveways and efficiently clear moss and weeds out from cracks between paving stones.

Sports and Play Equipment

If the playhouse or swing set is so dirty that even children don't want to use it, we'll get it spotlessly clean and ready for play time again. Pressure washing can also blast the dirt off bicycles and other equipment, such as basketball poles, wagons, and even grills.

Commercial Properties

If you own a commercial building, you know how important it is to have a well-maintained business. Whether your property is large or small, there are a lot of ways pressure washing can be used to enhance appearances and avoid damage, from maintaining the building itself to washing fleets of service vehicles.

Why Do I Need Pressure Washing?

Aside from the clear benefit of removing dirt and other unwelcome substances that erode surfaces and lead to more serious problems like moisture damage, pressure washing offers a few other useful perks.

Boost Curb Appeal

Appearances aren't everything, but it's a good feeling to know your property is looking its best. If you're thinking a small difference isn't really worth the trouble, we're here to tell you that the difference is anything but small. It's really a noticeable change that will improve your house and make all your neighbors ask you what you did to get your house in such great shape.

Increase Property Value

Are you thinking of selling your home soon? Pressure washing services are a must-have. A dirty house makes it more difficult to seal the deal with a prospective buyer, but power washing can also offer a surprisingly great return on investment—in fact, washing can sometimes boost the sale price by as much as $10,000 to $15,000.

Prime Surfaces for Renovation

Power cleaning surfaces is also the best way to prime for refinishing, because it can remove loose paint far faster and more effectively than sanding. We'll blast off any dirt along with peeling paint or wood stain, leaving behind a clean, smooth surface to work on.

Can Pressure Washing Cause Damage?

In the hands of an inexperienced amateur, bad pressure washing can absolutely cause a lot of damage, from broken windows and missing roof shingles to serious injuries for people and pets. It's not just about aiming the nozzle and letting 'er rip—it takes training and experience to know not only the correct settings to use for any given surface, but also the technique necessary to keep the property and everyone nearby safe and undamaged. That's why it's not something you should try to do yourself. The pros at Mr. Handyman have the skill and expertise to pressure wash safely without causing any damage to your home.

Mr. Handyman is Your Local, Trusted Pressure Washing Company

Want to get the benefits of effective pressure washing for your home or commercial property? Whether you're in East Nashville or a nearby area such as Goodlettsville, Madison, or Old Hickory, you can rely on Mr. Handyman of E. Nashville and Hendersonville to provide reliable, efficient and high-quality exterior cleaning services, along with outstanding customer care.

Give us a call today at 615-551-4653 or request service online to find out more about how we can enhance your home and make your life easier!