Can Pressure Washing Damage Your Property?

Pressure washing Sarasota homes removes years of accumulated dirt, grime, and mildew, leaving the siding looking like new. Allowing inexperienced or untrained individuals to use a pressure washer on your home can result in damage, though. It’s always best to leave the job to professionals to avoid costly damage.

Pressure Perfect tops the list of Sarasota’s preferred pressure washing companies thanks to our experience, knowledge, and the care we take to leave every home looking its absolute best. Here, we explain why it’s best to leave pressure washing to the pros, and the types of damage that can occur from incorrect cleaning.

Pressure Washing Mistakes That Damage Property

To pressure wash a home, crews use a machine that produces a high-pressure stream of water and a cleaning solution to remove dirt from surfaces like vinyl siding, wood, or brick. However, in the wrong hands, a pressure washer can do more harm than good. Certain mistakes can mean costly damage. Here are some common pressure washing mistakes:

Using the Incorrect Machine

It’s a common misconception that pressure washing and power washing are the same, but they aren’t. Power washers can apply more pressure, and have heat and steam for tackling tough stains. On the average home, a power washer’s heat can strip paint and sealants from surfaces, so it’s best to reserve power washers for concrete or times when you want to remove paint and use a less-aggressive pressure washer for cleaning vinyl siding or wood shingles.

Using Excessive Pressure

Using excessive pressure to clean delicate surfaces can cause significant damage, so it’s important to match the pressure washer setting to the surface you’re cleaning. Unfortunately, many homeowners use the same setting to clean every surface when pressure washing their Sarasota home, creating a risk for damage like:

  • Dents and dings in sidings, shutters, and shingles
  • Peeling paint
  • Splinters and cracks in wood or stone
  • Broken shingles
  • Stadiums

Professional pressure washing services adjust the machine settings throughout the project to ensure a perfect clean without damage. They also take care to keep the water stream away from glass surfaces, which can crack or shatter under high pressure.

Using Incorrect Technique

Pressure washing seems simple, but it requires proper technique to prevent damage. When the pressure washer pushes water under shingles or into gaps between siding sections, the water cannot escape which may cause rotting and mold growth. Pros make sure the water can drain off the side of your home without pooling or leaking into places it shouldn’t be.

Holding the washer wand too close to the surface or in one place for too long (more than a minute or so) can also harm surfaces.

Trust the Professionals at Pressure Perfect for Damage-Free Pressure Washing

When you need pressure washing in Sarasota, the team at Pressure Perfect is ready to restore your home’s pristine appearance and boost its curb appeal without causing damage. Our experienced team uses the most advanced equipment and techniques for every project and offers a long list of services including roof cleaning, house washing, and deck and patio power washing. Request an estimate today by calling 941-302-3405.

Our Customer Reviews

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Was able to pressure wash the same day I called due to a cancellation. They always do an excellent cleaning
Sherill Trevino
Sherill Trevino
They did such a good job!! Would Hartley recommend!!
Linda Hull
Linda Hull
The owner and crew went above normal to give professional service & superior service! Our tile roof looked new when they left! Immaculate job!Highly recommend this company!
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Linda Stokes
We were very pleased with our experience. Great company!
Kerri Carter
Kerri Carter
My second time using company. Highly recommend! Erin the office manager has great communication throughout and they guys did a beautiful job !!! A++++++
Heather C
Heather C
Very pleased with the work performed in cleaning my roof. I have recommended Pressure Perfect to several neighbors. Erin the office manager is always responsive in a timely manner.
Dennis Marryott
Dennis Marryott
Pressure Perfect perfectly showed up right before Hurricane Ian to clean out our clogged gutters so we wouldn’t have any drainage problem. Great job Stan and Erin!!
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