We all know that a good house wash will increase curb appeal and that pressure washing your patio or deck can help prolong their lives. But there are some benefits that are a little more obscure. These benefits are either not talked about often or you might not have known about them. For many homeowners there is an “out of sight, out of mind” thought process.
Pressure washing isn’t often associated with healthy living, but pressure washing can help fight allergies and illness. Mold and pollen are two of the most common allergies in the world. Siding and roofs are notorious at catching pollen. A thorough house wash will not only eliminate pollen from your house, but can also prevent future pollen from sticking. Pressure washing will also remove mold and mildew. While pollen is annoying, mold can be really dangerous. According to the CDC “Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold.”
A favorite spot for algae, lichens, and moss to abide is your roof. Like I mentioned earlier, “out of sight, out of mind”, most homeowners don’t think of roof maintenance until it’s too late. When a roof begins to become a problem with a leak, only then do homeowners truly begin to pay attention. The three organisms I mentioned earlier can actually damage your shingles. Shingles are a great source of food for these organisms and once they start grubbing they don’t stop. A soft pressure wash with a chemical will kill these nasty villains and will help keep them away. Learn more about why you should hire a professional roof washing in one of our previous blog posts, titled “3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Roof Washer.”
Honestly, most homeowners hire pressure washers because they don’t like the way their house or concrete looks. But a great side effect is that concrete and wood will become less of a fall risk. Sidewalks, patios, decks, and especially concrete around pools can become extremely slippery when wet. Add to the wetness other factors like dirt, algae, mold, and what you have is a slip-n-fall factory. A skilled pressure washer or a flat surface cleaner can get rid of this problem quickly. If a member of your family is elderly and/or lives alone, please consider pressure washing any of these areas.
Pressure washing is the best way to maintain your home. Dirt, mold, mildew, and algae that has built up over time and leave your home, driveway, sidewalks, patios and decks unsightly. Not only can regular pressure washing greatly increase the longevity of your home, but it can also keep your family safe. Pressure washing is as much protection and maintenance as it is aesthetic.