To DIY or Not to DIY Home Pressure Washing

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So you’re ready for a good, thorough clean from top to bottom: deck cleaning, gutter cleaning, house washing, driveway cleaning, roof cleaning. It’s got to be done sometime, right?

Chances are, you’ll do best with pressure washing equipment to get the job done and to get it done right. While many stores offer rentals on pressure washing equipment for the homeowner who wants to do it themselves, is it really worth it? Read on to learn when it’s best to just call in the professionals.

Cost
Renting a pressure washer might cost you anywhere from $40 to $75 a day, depending on where you live. Then, there’s the added cost of your time — both washing and figuring out how to safely use the equipment. Hiring a pressure washing company will likely cost more, and they’ll probably charge by the square foot. However, if time is money to you, getting professional experience will save.

Safety
Pressure washing is more than a strong hose. Be sure to wear protective gear if you decide to do it yourself. Also consider the safety of your housing materials and plants: there are over 15 different kinds of siding, and you don’t want yours to be damaged by a pressure washer.

Knowledge
Picking up a new skill can be fun, but pressure washing isn’t exactly a hobby for most people. Professionals have experience in getting every nook and cranny, so that you can avoid things like clogged gutters, which are the biggest cause of basement leaks.

Longevity
One of the perks of hiring a pressure washing service is that they can throw in extra tasks around the house, too. For example, getting your deck sealed right after a cleaning will help keep it in its best shape for a long time to come. Some companies may even offer you a package deal for getting a bunch of jobs done at once.

Pressure washing is important every once in a while to combat dirt and mold, the latter of which causes 93% of chronic sinus infections. For your health, choose to do a pressure washing yourself or hire a company to do it for you. But whatever you choose, just get it done!

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