HydroClean Exteriors

5 Reasons to Hire a

Professional Pressure Washing Service

Sometimes it’s best to use a professional.  Here are some reasons not to diy this project.

For some people, the allure of a DIY project is too much to resist.  For others, the thought of taking on such project might be the closest thing to torture that they can conjure up.  No matter if you are one these people or you fit somewhere in between, we can usually agree that there are some projects that are best left to the professionals.  With consumer model pressure washers so readily available, many people can think that all pressure washing jobs fall in the DIY category.  These units are great for small jobs around the house, but the big ones are better left to the professionals.  I’m going to give you few reasons to do a google search for “pressure washers near me” the next time a large cleaning job needs completed at your home.

For Safety Sake

Pressure washing your own home or roof can seem like a simple task.  Probably something that you can handle on a nice spring weekend.  But, did you know that over 6,000 people went to the emergency room in 2014 for injuries related to pressure washers?  Manufacturers make a great deal of money selling simple to operate pressure washing equipment designed for homeowners.  Although they are simple enough to operate, ending up on the wrong end of the powerful pressure washing wand can land you in the ER very quickly.

In addition to the high pressure of the equipment, there is also the inherent danger of cleaning chemicals and working from heights when necessary.  When you purchase cleaning chemicals designed for the consumer washing their house, you can never be too sure what they contain or how they may react with other chemicals or materials.

Another safety statistic that is kind of mind blowing, there are an estimated 500 thousand falls from a ladder annually and 97% of those falls are at home.  So the next time you are ready to take on an exterior cleaning project, call a local pressure washing company.  If nothing else, you can get a free quote so that you can make a safe educated decision.

Save Some Money

One of the top reasons that some homeowners prefer the DIY route is the potential of a cost savings.  What if I told you that the value of a professional pressure washing company exceeds the cost of everything that you need to do the pressure washing yourself?  Let’s take a look at what you need:

  1. Consumer Grade Pressure Washer
  2. Safety Equipment
  3. Quality Ladder w/ a standoff
  4. Cleaning Chemicals
With the costs of these items, you could probably get 2 or 3 professional cleanings.  If you have the cleanings every 3 years, you will be replacing or replenishing everything (except maybe the ladder) by time you make up the cost.  Of course this is if everything goes well.  Any damage to the home or plants becomes an added on cost.

Spend Your Time Doing Something You Enjoy

I’ve mentioned in previous articles the surprise that our customers often have with the amount of time it takes us to complete a house washing or driveway cleaning.  Many of them have taken on the task themselves in the past.  Those customers tell us that it is a couple day project and they are impressed that it only takes us a couple hours.  That is a great benefit in hiring a professional, we are great at what we do.  There is a lot of money invested in equipment and time invested in learning processes to get the results that we do in an efficient and timely manner.

This comment is pulled straight from one of our google reviews “Surprising how white he got the 2nd story gutters from the ground.”  After talking with the homeowner, they said that they would have had to reposition and climb the ladder at least a dozen times to get the gutters cleaned.  Fortunately for him, he called a professional pressure washing company and was able to save his time and the hassle.


Let Someone Else Take the Liability Risk

While doing a home project, we have all at one time or another thought “What have I gotten myself into?“.  I know I have, probably more than once.  Sometimes it only means a couple more trips to the hardware store.  But at times, it can mean causing the situation to be worse than when we started.  When we are talking about a pressure washing project, the damage can add up quickly along with the resulting cost (See reason #2 in this article). 
I have been to more than one job that the homeowner was trying to undo some damage caused by an innocent DIY attempt.  One instance that comes to mind involved a TREX style deck.  The DIYer said that after pressure washing, it looked great while it was wet.  After drying the damage became evident.  There was evidence of grooves and discoloration that was not only going to be expensive to fix (several thousand dollars) but completely ruined the look of this otherwise beautiful backyard centerpiece.  It’s unfortunate that this homeowner had to learn the value of a professional pressure washing company by way of such a costly mistake.

Curb Appeal

There is no denying that pressure washing (or soft washing) a home, roof or driveway is one of the quickest and most cost efficient improvements to your home’s curb appeal.  There is also no denying a that a bad pressure washing job is one of the quickest ways to damage the curb appeal of your home.  There are many factors that pro will consider before deciding processes and chemicals to use for best results.  Without this knowledge, it can be easy to cause striping on a driveway, disturb oxidation on your siding, or discolor expensive hardy board accents.  All of these common mistakes and many more can ruin the results that you are attempting to achieve by taking on this project on you own.  


No matter what it is that you value the most, whether it is  your time, safety, money or the appearance of your home, there are plenty of great reasons to hire a professional pressure washing company.  So the next time you are thinking about tackling it on your own, get on your phone and search for pressure washing near me.  Get yourself a free quote, you will thank yourself later.