How Often Should I Be Pressure Washing?

New homeowners are often at a total loss when it comes to all the new responsibilities. Many move from cities, or even from childhood homes. When they hand you the keys and deed, they should also give you a handbook for everything you have to learn/do when owning a house as it is truly another full-time job.

How Often Should I Be Pressure Washing?

After the first year of ownership, some may noticed that a once beautiful deck and exterior of a house often becomes grimy and brown. Needless to say, power or pressure washing was something that most new homeowners have not done, or even know is necessary. And boy what a difference it makes.

In order to avoid future degradation, power washing is a great alternative to scrubbing by hand since the water does the work for you. The amount you should do it really depends on the area in which you live as more harsh weather brings more debris. A good rule of thumb is once a year. In more mild environments people may to it every other year, but mold can also be an issue, so people have been known to even do it twice a year.

For decks, every 8 to 12 months should suffice. That said, the state of the finish is a good indicator. If the water absorbs right into the wood as opposed to beading off, it is probably a good time to think about power washing it before you add another coat of finish.

Fortunately, a good service can take this concern off of your plate and give you one less household chore to worry about. To find out more about all of our commercial and residential cleaning services, contact us today!

The Case for Pressure Washing around your Dumpster Pad

You may think the area around your dumpster isn’t important; however, it is probably noticed more often than you think. Here are some reasons you need commercial pressure washing around your dumpster pad.

The Case for Pressure Washing around your Dumpster Pad

#1. Keep potential customers (or tenants) from leaving

A dirty dumpster pad can turn people off. If you’re a restaurant owner, you could lose customers because they notice the filth outside and decide they do not want to come inside. If you operate an apartment complex, you could have a hard time renting units because people will worry about a lack of maintenance.

#2. Prevent rodent or insect infestations

Vermin and insects are often attracted to the residue on your dumpster pads. Once you become infested, it can be extremely hard to get rid of these pests. It’s easier to prevent them in the first place by keeping your dumpster area clean.

#3. Eliminate Odors

Just because you have an enclosed dumpster does not mean that odors from it are contained. Dumpster odors have a way of traveling far beyond the container, and are annoying for anyone within smelling distance. Have your dumpster pad cleaned, and these odors will be less of a problem.

#4. Cut down on bacteria

Cleaning your dumpster pad will cut down on some of the harmful bacteria that could cause disease. As such, it can ensure the good health of everyone in your building.

#5. Preserve your Concrete

Grease and solvents can wreak havoc on your concrete, causing it to wear out faster than it should. Here at Excellent American Painting, we clean your dumpster pad in an environmentally-safe manner, ensuring not only that your concrete is protected, but also that there is no runoff into nearby storm drains.

These are all good reasons to have your dumpster pad cleaned, but the biggest one is that doing so will simply make you feel better. It is also very easy to schedule a dumpster pad cleaning at the same time you are having drywall repair or touchup painting performed. To find out more, please contact us.

Professional Pressure Washing

Chewing gum pollution is a major problem for property owners, and the only solution is a professional pressure washing. Every day, many people thoughtlessly spit their gum on the sidewalk without realizing they are polluting. Gum pollution is such a big problem, the United States General Services Administration has created guidelines for cleaning it from historical sites and buildings.

Professional Pressure Washing and Gum Pollution

Chewing gum has been around for thousands of years. However, until the modern era, it was a product made from natural ingredients. Today, synthetic rubber is the main portion of most chewing gums. As a result, it does not degrade naturally. As it sits on surfaces, like concrete walkways, the product will create a stain that is impossible to remove without the correct equipment, solutions, and techniques.

The problem is probably bigger than most suspect. The chewing gum industry has annual sales of $2 billion and produces 100,000 tons every year. This translates to the average person chewing 280 sticks of gum every year. Even if a small percentage is improperly discarded, it creates a major problem. As the industry grows, the headache only increases for property owners.

Gum pollution is unsightly, but its improper removal can cause damage to surfaces. Excellent American Painting & Handyman Service has state of the art equipment and trained technicians who can safely remove gum from your facilities’ surfaces without causing damage. We can pressure wash buildings, sidewalks and more, keeping your property clean.

If you would like to talk more about gum pollution, or need more information about professional pressure washing, please contact us.

Important Information Before Pressure Washing Your Home

Pressure washing your home is a common summertime project. Homeowners complete this task to extend the life of their home’s exterior, improve curb appeal, and maintain a home’s value. Dirt, grime, and mold cling to your home’s exterior.  It seems like a great project for a sunny Sunday afternoon. However, pressure washing your home is best left to a professional. Below we’ll discuss the important information you should know before pressure washing your home.

Important Information Before Pressure Washing Your Home

Your health and your home’s health relies on the proper use of a pressure washer, having a working knowledge of the equipment, and knowing the correct safety practices. ConsumerReports warns homeowners, “despite the benefits, [pressure washing] can cause serious injury—and few consumers may appreciate just how serious. A pressure washer’s powerful spray is hazardous when misdirected, strong enough to damage skin in an instant. Lacerations are the most common injury, followed by bruises, punctures, and eye injuries.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated 6,057 people went to the emergency room from pressure washing injuries in 2014. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that seemingly minor looking injuries can result in infection, disability, or amputation. Also, objects are thrown from mishandling a pressure washer’s sprayer, injuring those nearby.

Beyond the threat of serious injury, pressure washers can damage your home. They can rip apart window screens and peel paint. Water can get behind siding and masonry, becoming trapped and causing mold issues. High-pressure water can blow through window and door seals, getting into your house and damaging furniture, floors, and walls.

While it is a good idea to clean your home’s exterior, it is a better idea to use a professional for your own safety and that of your home. If you would like to talk about pressure washing your home, and need more information, please contact us.