There is no faster way to improve the look of a home or business than to pressure wash the structure, walkway or driveway. Pressure washing gets rid of dirt and grime that regular hosing down simply won’t touch. However, is pressure washing a good candidate for next weekend’s DIY project? Actually, NO. We’ve gathered five potential fails you could experience if you try to do this project without the assistance of a professional.
The Pressure Can Cause Injury
While no one would want to intentionally aim a pressure washing spray at themselves, the device can take some time to get used to operating. If you accidentally directed the spray at yourself or someone else, an injury could occur–even blindness if the spray hits the eyes. This could potentially be a big fail that has long-term consequences for you and your family.
There is a Risk of Electrical Shock
A pressure washing machine is an electric device. It is also a device that uses water. If you are not skilled in operating it, this can be a dangerous combination. A pro knows how to make sure the machinery is properly grounded and assure safe operation.
Pressure Washing Can Damage Windows and Roofs
While pressure washing is generally a safe choice for most buildings, some windows and roofing shingles cannot withstand the force of the pressure. Only a professional knows how to wash every surface while avoiding these sensitive spots.
Wash Too Closely and You Can Ruin Your Paint job
When pressure washing, it takes time to learn how to do the job “just right.” Wash from too far away and the home or concrete surface will never get as clean as you want it to be. However, if you move too close to the surface you could risk damaging the paint job and leaving patchy areas that look worse than when you started!
You Could Mix the Chemicals Incorrectly
The wrong chemical combination used in your pressure washing machine could pose a danger to you. Not only do you have to worry about the chemicals getting on your skin, but just breathing the fumes could be enough to endanger you. In fact, even some common household cleaners (like bleach) can be dangerous if they are used improperly. You could put your health AND your home at risk.
As you can see, there are more than a few things you need to worry about if you are thinking about pressure washing your home or another surface. A much better solution is to hire a professional to get the job done right. Then, you know your home AND you will be safe and the results will be stunning too!
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