Before, During, and After: Learn How to Pressure Wash a House
Is there any better piece of equipment for cleaning the exterior of your home than a pressure washer? At Geyser Equipment, we don’t know of one. If you want to clean your home with a pressure washer, read on for top tips then contact us at 951-509-9269 if you need help finding the right pressure washer or pressure washer accessories.
What to do before you pressure wash your house
First, follow a few pre-cleaning tips. Remember that your pressure washer is very strong – that’s why you’re using it, after all. However, if you have areas of your home that are damaged, this pressure could be a problem. Walk around the exterior of your home and make any needed repairs before starting the washing process.
While you’re walking around the home, look for electrical elements and make sure they are unplugged or turned off. Close all your windows or doors to ensure you don’t get water inside your home.
How to pressure wash a house
As long as you have a good understanding of how to set your pressure washer, you should be in good shape. There are two main units involved in this process: PSI and GPM. GPM affects the rate of flow of the water. You likely want it at least at 2.3 GPM (which is generally about 2,600 PSI) to clean an average house. However, you may be able to go up to 5 PM, depending on the home. At Geyser Equipment we can help ensure you’ve chosen the right power level.
We recommend getting a special nozzle if you have a second story of your home to clean. In most cases, a 25- or 40-degree nozzle will work to allow you to aim higher. If you need to go higher than two stories, then you may need an extension wand. We offer all of these accessories and more.
It’s a good idea to start with the easiest parts of the home to clean, such as the roof and straight walls. You can then move on to siding or other tougher areas. Clean the gutters last and use a gent nozzle to get into them completely.
Finally, make sure you’re using the right cleaning solution. If you have no concerns about mold or mildew, then you may be able to use only water. If you do have mold or mildew, or other tough substances like sap, then you may need a clean detergent.
What to do with water once you’ve washed your home
If you have not used any detergent or soap then you can let the water from your pressure washing go down the drain or be absorbed into your lawn. However, if you have used any detergent that is not biodegradable, then you will need to either dispose of the water or have it treated. We offer water recovery and treatment options too, just call us at 951-509-9269 to learn more.