There are ten good reasons you should consider pressure washing your home this spring. Those ten reasons are: Mold, mildew, wind, rain, hail, dirt, tree sap, insects, rodents and birds. All of them take a toll on the exterior of your home, from the top of the roof to the foundation. You can certainly hire someone to do the work for you, but you might be able to save money in the long-run by investing in a pressure washer and doing the work yourself.
Pressure washers can be powered by gasoline or electricity. They can be had for around $100 up to thousands of dollars. A washer costing $200 to $300 will be just right for a normal home. You might only use it a couple of times a year, but after a couple of years, a quality pressure washer will have paid for itself.
Pressure washing is great for a variety of exterior treatments, including siding, stucco or brick. Each type requires a different approach. A good overview of the process can be found on the Lowe’s website or the WikiHow site.
Of course, make sure to close windows and doors, cover external lights and plants before you start. If your house is painted with a lead-based paint, you should not pressure wash it. If you’re not sure, contact a professional for an inspection.