Monday, January 31, 2011

Power Washing

You may have seen pressure washing being done by professionals or maybe even done it yourself. A good power wash can remove all kinds of things, even graffiti.

There are places that will rent you a power washer for a couple of hours or even a couple of days but, if you've never used a pressure washer before and are unsure of how they work, you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job. A pressure washer packs an awful lot of power and in nervous or inexperienced hands it can cause an awful lot of damage, such as broken windows, damaged siding or worse.

How does power washing work? It is basically a blast of heated water, gushing at speeds of up to five gallons a minute and up to 3,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. For certain specific types of stains or problems certain chemicals are often added to make the whole process even more effective. As you can see, it is a process that is a little more complicated than rinsing down your deck with a garden hose.

In which situations would a good professional power washing be just the ticket? Many people call in the pros every spring to make sure that their decks are in tip top shape for the coming summer and power washing is a highly effective way to get exterior siding sparkling clean.

Choose your power washing company or professional with care though. The guy who knocks on your door out of the blue and offers to power wash your siding is probably not the best bet.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Benefits of Exterior Cleaning

Today more and more people are realizing the importance of keeping their home’s exterior clean and maintained. It raises home values and also saves the homeowner money by stopping the damaging effects of dirt, mold, and mildew. Many sellers are beginning to see the benefits of putting a little money into their home’s before listing them on the market.

It used to be that nobody wanted to put another dime into a house they were selling, they really didn’t see the plus in it. They might dump all kinds of money into the home they were buying but not one dime into a house they were handing over to someone else. But today people are benefiting from sinking a little money into a home before selling it because it raises the value and will yield them more back out of it.

It most cases with exterior pressure washing, having the home washed and especially having the roof cleaned if it is suffering from roof algae, will give the homeowner their money back and then some. An exterior cleaning can raise the home value by 5-10 percent in some cases which will yield them back way more than they spent to have the house washed.

Another benefit is that it helps their house stand apart from the competition or all the other home’s for sale in that price range. This can mean just because your roof or siding is nice and clean, your home could sell before the neighbors home. So there are many benefits to having your home’s exterior cleaned during the time you live there and even if you are getting ready to list it.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Preventing Mold & Mildew on Windows

Windows are common locations to find mold and mildew growth. The moisture in a home condenses on cool windows, and organic food sources that allow mold and mildew to thrive can usually be found in dust on windows. To prevent mold and mildew growth on your windows, you should reduce the humidity in your home, update your windows, reduce organic food sources and remove moisture as necessary.
Reduce Indoor Humidity
Humidifiers, long showers and clothes dryers can all contribute to excess moisture in the air. Cooking, and even breathing, can increase moisture levels. To reduce the humidity in your home, make sure clothes dryers are vented outside of your house, use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens and occasionally open windows to let your home air out.
Update Windows
Storm windows are best at preventing mold and mildew growth. If installing storm windows is not an option for you, there are other steps you can take to update your windows. Caulk around your windows to help keep the glass warmer. Warmer glass results in less condensation and less mold and mildew. Increase air circulation around the window by eliminating heavy window coverings.
Reduce Food Sources
Organic food sources such as skin cells and pet dander are commonly found in household dust. Mold and mildew need this food to live. Every house has dust, but frequently dusting your windows will remove much of the organic matter that mold feeds on. Damp cloths and electrostatic dusters are the best choices for dust removal. Other methods may simply move dust around. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will also remove fine particles from your home.
Manually Remove Water
Manually remove window condensation with a cloth on days when it is particularly heavy. Moisture on windows that face north, or spend much of the day in the shade, may not evaporate easily. When the outside temperature is cold, condensation may be a real problem on windows. In these cases, it may be necessary to wipe the moisture away from time to time

Saturday, September 19, 2009

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