Good idea: Having your home power washed. An annual power washing—you might call it pressure washing—is preventative maintenance for your home that will protect everything from your curb appeal to your property value, and that’s in addition to protecting your home and your family from mold, mildew, and dry rot.
Maybe not a good idea: Power washing your home yourself. A power washer isn’t the kind of tool you can pick up and learn to use in five minutes. It takes training to use effectively and safely, and if you try to power wash your home without knowing the ins and outs, you might end up doing permanent damage to your house or yourself.
That’s where a professional power washing service comes in. Since we’re talking about good ideas, another one is to do some pre-screening before you ask someone to point a high-pressure water jet at your stuff. Rather than hiring the first group that pops up in a Google search, you should do some research first.
Here are a few questions you should consider asking your prospective power washing professionals.
Ask to see their credentials – Are they qualified?
Residential power washing services require licenses that you have a right to see. Ask to see the certifications of the group you’re planning to hire so you know that they know what they’re doing. You should also ask about liability insurance so you know what will happen in the event something or someone is damaged during your service.
As a more informal background check, look up the company on Yelp!, Angie’s List or Google to see how other people have rated their service. Also, ask friends, family, and acquaintances for referrals. They are sometimes our best source of information if they have used a company’s services before.
Get a quote – How much should you pay to have your home power washed?
Any business that won’t give you an honest estimate upfront is one you should avoid. We can attest that the cost of residential power washing varies from home to home based on the size of the house and the materials and surfaces you need to be cleaned.
Red Beacon, a home improvement referral site, says that the average cost of a power washing service is $236 a visit, with prices ranging from $159 to $350, nationally. If you feel like you’re getting overcharged, move on to the next business on your list. Researching costs for your area and comparing services is always recommended. While one company may charge a higher rate, they may also offer more services and provide more professional services than the guy who posted an ad on Craigslist.
Ask how they conduct their business – Are they safe, clean, and effective?
Whichever group you choose to go with, you’ll want to do some thorough planning about how they’ll approach the work. Make sure the person in charge knows exactly what you want and what you need. Consider things like:
Wastewater disposal: If your city doesn’t permit wastewater from power washing to be washed down storm drains, or if you don’t want it running into your lawn, make sure that your chosen service has a plan in place to collect and dispose of the wastewater.
Safety: Ensure that proper equipment is being used and that safety is guaranteed for the people performing the service as well as other people in the area like your family and neighbors.
Chemical products: Ask about the chemicals they use, both for the main service and pre-cleaning. Make sure these aren’t a hazard to your home.
At Scrubby Corp, our workers are punctual, thoroughly trained, and safe. We take extra care to handpick a team we can rely on to put our customers above all else. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment and use Eco-friendly methods and supplies. Pressure Washing services include:
- Gutters and Roofs
- Windows and Walls
- Sidewalks and Decks
…AND MORE! Scrubby Corp takes extra precaution to protect our environment from toxic, poisonous chemicals. We promise to put that same level of commitment towards you.
We are happy to answer all the above questions at Scrubby Corp, as well as any others you might have about our residential power washing services. Get in touch with us today if you’re interested in a free quote.