How often should I pressure wash my home or business?
Updated: Mar 3, 2019
When asking the question “how often should I pressure wash my home or business?” there is not one cookie cutter answer. The truth is, it depends on several factors including where you live, your surroundings, what materials your home was built with, as well as what activity you have around the home. So, there are a few things to consider when deciding on a maintenance plan that best suits your home or business.
Now, there would be some obvious differences in weather and other factors from a home in Florida and say one in New York, but for the sake of this post we will focus on Florida since that is where we are located. The Sunshine State is known for its high humidity and has a defined rainy season from about May through October. During this time thundershowers build in the heat of the day and then drop intense, but usually quick rainfall in the afternoon. On top of the summer showers, we also have hurricane season and these storms can bring days of wind and rain at a time. Conditions like these promote the growth of algae on our exterior surfaces. Things like the outside walls, soffits/gutters, driveways, walkways, fences, screen enclosures, and roofs all will be affected by algae growth over time. Pressure Washing or Soft Washing your exteriors can make a serious impact on the appearance and curb appeal of your Volusia County home or business. As you can see in the picture below, the algae has been effectively removed and the siding on this home looks good as new. Unfortunately, over time the algae will return if the area is not maintained, so we created a Maintenance Program with several options to choose from.
The next factor is what different building materials were used in the construction of your home. Take vinyl siding for example, moisture drains behind the siding and there are small holes to allow it drain out, but some of the moisture becomes trapped behind and the algae begins to grow. This makes the siding more susceptible to algae growth than some other surfaces. Another factor here is with certain materials, the algae can be removed more easily depending on how it can be cleaned. Wood is cleaned differently than siding, which is cleaned differently than concrete and so on. Keep in mind that algae can leave stains if left for too long without cleaning. For that reason, we recommend a regular maintenance schedule if you are serious about the cleanliness and appearance of your home or office.
Your surroundings play a large part as well. If you have a pool for example, the pool will not stay clean if you have algae covering your screen enclosure or pool deck. If you have a lot of trees casting shade on the property that can be problematic also. The trees bring a whole new set of problems with the stains that accompany their presence. Some of these stains will not be removed through pressure washing and require a separate product to treat. Sometimes shaded areas, or low spots that gather water regularly may need cleaning more often due to the circumstances. Take note of areas like this where in the rainy season, it can seem to get out of hand almost overnight.
What kind of activity do you have around the home? You may have a construction site near by where dust is being kicked up and making its way on to your home or business. Living by the ocean we see a lot of jobs where the salt water and sea breeze leave a film on the exterior and windows. Do you have that low spot at the end of the driveway that brings the extra dirt and debris with it when you drive through it? Rainfall can also splash dirt up on the bottom of walls depending on your landscapes causing the dirt to stick to the side of the wall and ultimately need cleaning more often. You can do things like put down rock or mulch in these areas to prevent the dirt from splashing up. Another option is cutting down or trimming back trees in problem areas. Tips like this can help you be proactive about the algae battle and would help the property to stay cleaner longer between cleanings. We operate in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the surrounding areas and there is no magic cure to eliminate the algae problem, so a regular maintenance plan is critical to the appearance of your property.
There are many different scenarios when deciding how often to pressure wash your home or business. We will work with you to go over your property and what best fits your personal cleaning needs. We offer several options for Maintenance Program Customers.
- Yearly - Customers receive a 10% discount on their cleanings. We clean the entire property or areas of your choosing once a year.
- Bi-Yearly - Customers receive a 15% discount on their cleanings. We clean the entire property or areas of your choosing every six months. ** Most Popular Choice **
- Quarterly - Customers receive a 15% discount on their cleanings. We clean the entire property or areas of your choosing every 3 months. ** Typically chosen by commercial customers with high traffic areas**
We want you to feel comfortable knowing that you are making the right choice when you choose DPC to maintain your property. You can see other businesses we have already worked with, pictures and videos of our work, and customer reviews at www.dykespressurecleaning.com/portfolio
We currently clean everything from single family residential homes to entire neighborhoods and other large commercial properties. We have the necessary knowledge and experience to maintain your property with the highest level of quality. Choose a company that you can trust to provide a quality service for the years to come. Our goal is to build lasting relationships with our customers by providing a service that is better than the rest and always being on time and true to our word. We feel that honesty and integrity are basic traits that should be the foundation of any business and they certainly are for us. Call today to schedule your free property estimate and to see why you should be choosing DPC!