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Summertime can often bring out the best in us: soaking up warm weather, backyard barbeques, and evenings spent on the front porch, but that bright summer sun can also shed light on some of the dirtiest parts of our home's exterior.
Maybe your driveway has grown some mold and mildew spots after springtime showers, your deck it is still coated in pollen from earlier in the year, or maybe your home's siding is not looking as fresh as it did when you first had it installed. These are all things that homeowners typically turn to a pressure washer for – the only question is, can I do it myself? Should I call a professional?
Well, the short answer is, yes – to both.Pressure washers can be extremely damaging if used improperly, ripping off paint, shredding the wood on your deck boards, puncturing holes in your siding and much more. Professionals have the proper knowledge to use the correct pressure and equipment for each surface, ensuring the proper care and cleaning of your property.
There are plenty of areas around your property where you can do your own pressure washing if you're up to the challenge. Some home improvement stores offer hourly equipment rentals or even compact beginner machines for purchase, letting you connect to the garden hose and spray away.
With the right equipment and determination, DIY pressure washing can be a great way to do some minor cleaning, like your sidewalk, or washing off a dusty porch or grill with a low-pressure setting. Some things to take into consideration when doing your own pressure washing are what areas you are cleaning and how high your pressure is.
Using a pressure washer to clean your driveway should always be done with extreme caution; using too high of a pressure can not only lead to expensive property damage, but injury as well. Always be mindful of where you aim begin with a low-pressure setting, and make a small test area before beginning.