So… you’ve decided to hire a professional pressure washing company.
But how do you go about finding a quality professional pressure washing company?
Do you know?
No worries if you don’t. Because we are going to go over the top five qualities you should look for if you want to make an educated decision about which professional pressure washing company is right for you and your particular project.
1. Reputation, Reviews, and Testimonials
If you want to find a quality professional pressure washing company, always research their reputation first. You can check places such as the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, or any other industry related search that will uncover potential problems with any given company’s products and/or services. Additionally, you should look for as many reviews as you can find online, as well as asking for previous customers’ testimonials and permission to contact them personally so you can get the scoop straight from the horse’s mouth.
2. Verify License and Insurance
First and foremost, it’s best to avoid any fly-by-night company that comes to your door offering to perform a service. That means if you are going to hire a professional pressure washing company, look for one who has a local presence and a good standing within your community. Additionally, ask for and actually verify that they are licensed and insured in your particular county and/or state. This will help prevent you from having to pay if one of their workers gets hurt on your property or having to pay for any damage caused by the pressure washing, which could be the case if your contractor isn’t licensed and insured. Also, some homeowners insurance companies won’t honor a claim if you’ve had work performed on your home by an unlicensed contractor.
3. Price Shouldn’t Be the Deciding Factor
Anyone can place an ad on Craigslist, etc. offering a discounted service. However, making a hiring decision solely on price could end up costing more than if you would have hired a professional to begin with. Hiring a novice could result in stripped paint, damaged wood, broken windows, and a voided roof warranty (or worse) all because they weren’t truly professionals and didn’t really know what they were doing.
4. Inquire About Their Equipment
A pressure washing company must have the right equipment if they are going to be able to perform the job properly. For example, if a pressure washing company doesn’t have the equipment to pressure wash your surface with hot water, you could end up doing more harm than good. Using hot water is essential when it comes to removing mold and mildew, which are the most common reasons for pressure washing. If hot water isn’t used, you will not only have to pressure wash your home more often, but it could also end up creating a bigger issue because using cold water will only feed the problem resulting in even more damage to your property.
Can you say cha-ching! Sure you can, but why would you want to?
5. Find out What Detergents Will Be Used
A reputable pressure washing company will be familiar with and have on hand the proper detergent to clean just about any surface. Don’t let a pressure washing company that is trying to cut corners convince you that your project doesn’t need detergent to get it clean. There are microbes on every surface that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Therefore, if you want to properly remove all the dirt, grime, mold, mildew, etc. a specially formulated detergent for that application must be used to not only clean the existing problem, but also to prevent any future buildup as well. Most professional pressure washing companies use a chemical called sodium hypochlorite, which isn’t the cheapest detergent to use. However, a professional pressure washing company will use this particular chemical because it provides the best results now and going forward, which means you will be saving money in the long run.