The Power of Pressure
Pressure Washing Keeps Your Exteriors Crisp & Clean
Are layers of dirt, mold, grime, grease and other unsightly build-up accumulating on your building’s exterior walls, sidewalks or parking lots? Has your property been defaced by graffiti? Do your exterior walls need to be prepped for painting? Or do you want to keep your property looking fresh and clean? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are a prime candidate for professional pressure washing services!
WHAT IS PRESSURE WASHING?
Pressure washing is one of the most cost efficient and effective ways to maintain and restore your facility’s exterior assets, and protect those assets from the harsh effects of environmental and man-made elements. Sunlight, wind, rain, snow, ice and various air toxins produced by pollution and emissions can reap havoc on your property’s curb appeal and cause long-term damage. Pressure washing effectively decreases the probability of long-term damage by removing the unsightly build-up and keeping your exterior assets in prime condition throughout the year.
Pressure washing service includes the application of high-pressure water spray performed on:
- Private & municipal sidewalks
- Parking lots, garages & spaces
- Inside & outside stairwells & handrails
- Exterior building walls
- Monument signs
- Loading docks
Parking lots and garages, or portions of these structures, should be pressure washed twice annually or as needed to prevent accumulation of grease, oil, gum and other staining agents. Regular pressure washing maintenance and sealing will prolong the life of these assets, reducing your long-term expenses and make your property more safe and inviting.
When the goal is cleaning the building’s exterior walls to remove unsightly build-up, customers are often concerned about damage to their painted surfaces and do not view pressure washing as an affordable, effective solution. But, there’s nothing to fear if you work with a reputable, professional pressure washing company. A professional service provider will utilize the proper equipment and cleaning techniques to avoid damaging your exterior paint. Build-up of mold, mildew and other environmental or man-made elements actually deteriorate your paint more rapidly, so it’s important to utilize low-pressure exterior cleaning on a regular schedule to clean and prolong the life of your painted surfaces for up to two years.
On the other hand, when the goal is paint and graffiti removal a professional provider will use a high pressure spray (3000-5000 PSI) to effectively remove the graffiti or strip old paint to prepare surfaces for a fresh coat.
Many people do not realize that one of the most effective ways to prevent future vandalism, protect the image of your property’s neighborhood and preserve customers’ sense of security is rapid and continuous removal of the graffiti. Studies have shown that graffiti removal completed within 24 to 48 hours results in a nearly zero rate of recurrence
Buildings should be cleaned a minimum of twice annually to remove stains and prevent deterioration caused by exposure to environmental and man-made elements, which can result in costly paint and masonry repairs and turn customers away.
Concrete areas such as sidewalks, stairwells, curbs and entryways can be restored to an almost new appearance with pressure washing. Not only is the curb appeal enhanced, but removal of mold, algae, and oil can also help reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents.
PRESSURE WASHING BENEFITS
- A well cleaned property has increased curb appeal
- A mildew free wooden fence/deck lasts longer
- Paint free of mold, mildew, and dirt looks better and adds years to the paint coating
- Adds years to canvas and vinyl awnings
- A clean storefront will increase traffic to your business
- Concrete is not as slippery without mold
- Reduce safety concerns
The benefits of pressure washing are astounding; however, your exterior assets maybe at risk for serious, costly damage if the pressure washing is performed incorrectly or by an unqualified contractor.
FINDING A QUALIFIED VENDOR
When considering pressure washing as a component of your regular facility maintenance program, you should consider the following elements to ensure you hire a qualified Exterior Services Management® (ESM) provider. An ESM provider who fulfills these criteria is sure to have a wide range of expertise and be capable of meeting all of your hard surface cleaning needs.
Service Guarantees. Determine whether or not the service provider guarantees their work. An honest and professional service provider will be willing to provide a written guarantee of their services according to your scope of work specifications.
Referrals/References. A service provider should be willing to share testimonials regarding their service history to prove their level of expertise and industry knowledge.
Professionalism. The service provider should be able to answer all of your questions without hesitation.
Credentials. Legitimate service providers will provide documentation confirming they are licensed, bonded and insured.
Equipment. The type of equipment providers utilize will vary depending on your facility’s needs, but an experienced provider will have equipment to meet your scope of work specifications. Your exterior assets can be seriously damaged and require costly repair if the improper equipment is utilized. The following guide will provide a better understanding of the uses for different PSI (pounds per square inch) levels:
|Low Pressure (1000-1900 PSI)||Cars, Light Trucks, Boats, Gutters, Bricks, Fences, Decks, Wood, etc.|
|Medium Pressure (2000-2900 PSI)||Houses, Airplanes, Bricks, Truck Fleets, Pools, Patios, Sidewalks, Driveways, Roofs, Garages, etc.|
|High Pressure (3000-5000 PSI)||Stripping paint, Industrial, Heavy Grease Stains, Stubborn Concrete Spots, Concrete Restoration, etc.|
Safety Precautions. Contractors should have a pre-determined plan to ensure the safety of your patrons, employees and their workers. Inquire about the precautions they take and be sure to communicate the level of traffic that may occur in and around the area being serviced.
Estimates. Professional contractors will provide written estimates outlining the requested scope of work, final expectations and the total expenses for the service delivery, labor and materials.
On-site inspections. Prior to delivery of the service, a professional contractor will meet with you to inspect your property, understand your needs and identify the scope of work so a written estimate can be provided.
End of Project Inspection. Upon completion of the service, thoroughly inspect your property to ensure the work is completed according to the written scope of work and estimate. Note any issues and address them immediately. Your feedback, whether positive or negative, will benefit you and the service provider in the long-run.
PWNA membership. The Power Washers of North America (PWNA) is the contractors association for the pressure washing industry. Their members are among the industry’s most reputable because the PWNA educates and trains contractors to ensure maintain the highest standards of professionalism, environmental awareness and safety. For more information on the PWNA, visit www.pwna.org. Work Specifications. A professional contractor will be open to meeting your needs.
TIME TO KEEP YOUR EXTERIORS CRISP & CLEAN?
A professional Exterior Services ESM company can provide specialized and custom-tailored programs to meet your hard surface needs and can be readily relied upon to meet those needs in a timely, thorough fashion. Additionally, their expertise will likely provide insight not yet gained or applied by your facilities department. When services are performed properly by a professional ESM company, the likelihood of damage caused by pressure washing is significantly minimized. They will also be knowledgeable of proper disposal methods that are required to prevent facility and environmental damage.