Pressure Washing: How to Do It

pressure washing pavement
Pressure Washing pavement at the Color Me Rad Run

Pressure washing, commonly referred to as power washing, is a complex service. When done correctly and with the proper equipment, pressure washing will make your home or property look brand-new. This blog post will explore the science of pressure washing and what machine is best suited for the type of job you wish to complete.

Pressure Washing: Using the Proper Machines

A common misperception is that an electric machine will be enough to power wash a house. The truth is, unless your house is small or not very dirty, an electric machine will not suffice. This type of machine is best suited for cleaning small boats or patio furniture that has been in storage all winter.

Keep in mind that pressure washing machines are measured in terms of cleaning unites – the amount of water pressure. The more cleaning units, the more powerful the machine. In most cases, when pressure washing yourself, it is best to scrub the area you wish to clean with a brush before you do anything else. Then you can use the machine to power wash the surface.

Pressure Washing a House in 8 Simple Steps

If you are pressure washing a house yourself, we have found an article that will take you through the job, step by step.

pressure washing sidewalk
Pressure Washing a Sidewalk

How to Pressure Wash a House

Pressure washing involves using a high-velocity water spray to clean dirt and residue from the exterior of a house. This type of cleaning is an important preparatory step before painting or repainting your house. A clean surface allows new paint to last longer.

Pressure Washing article link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW0SacO27Uk

As stated earlier, pressure washing will make your property look brand-new and provides that coveted first impression. The more complex the job, the more powerful machine you will need. Do not mix the water with harmful chemicals. Furthermore, if you are a power washing contractor, keep in mind that water reclamation is a must in order to remain EPA compliant. 

Milling and Paving: It’s a Fine Art

Milling and paving a roadway
Milling and paving a roadway

Milling and paving is a service that is often overlooked when it comes to repairing asphalt. With milling, you can take the old asphalt and reuse it. Mix it with new asphalt and the bond between the layers will be strengthened.

Milling and Paving: When Is It Necessary?

Some have a hard time deciding when milling and paving is needed or a simple sealcoat will do. Milling and paving is necessary under the following conditions: severely damaged asphalt, to maintain/correct elevation, and to improve road or pavement conditions. First, remove the top layer of worn asphalt. This is achieved through “milling”. The machine grinds and chews up the asphalt. Next, as mentioned before, take the old asphalt and mix it with the new material. Begin the process of repairing. 

Milling and Paving: The Nitty Gritty

The fine details of milling and paving are explained here.

Micro-milling is providing an innovative way for contractors to rehabilitate asphalt pavements…Micro-milling uses a drum with more teeth and a tighter lacing pattern to create a smoother surface than the traditional milling process.

Milling and paving machines have been around for three decades. The concept of milling came about because many streets were getting higher and higher on the curb lines, making drainage a serious issue. Today’s machines are increasingly robust and require an experienced operator with special training at the helm.

Milling and Paving Wrap Up

When choosing a contractor, obtain multiple estimates. Go with a contractor that you feel comfortable with and has experience. Milling and paving isn’t just limited to roads. Parking lots and airport runways are others areas that may need to be milled. 

Pavement Maintenance on Display

Pavement Maintenance at the NPEPavement maintenance is a must for any property because it preserves the life of the asphalt. Pavement maintenance can include, but is not limited to the following services: crack filling, sealcoating, line striping, and concrete repair. Asphalt that is constantly maintained provides for a positive first impression and helps to reduce any liability issues resulting from faulty pavement. For those wishing to educate themselves further, consider attending the National Pavement Expo (NPE). 

Pavement Maintenance at the NPE

Pavement Maintenance: Crack Filling
Crack Filling is a part of pavement maintenance.

This year’s tradeshow will be held from January 8th to January 11th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The NPE is the only tradeshow that covers all facets of the pavement maintenance industry. At this show, you will have the opportunity to interact with people in the industry, as well as learn about the latest trends and advancements. Visitors will also have a chance to attend seminars and roundtable discussions. Finally, you can walk the tradeshow floor, look at exhibits and view live pavement maintenance demonstrations.

The North America Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) plays a large role in ensuring the NPE is a success. NAPSA sponsors a number of seminars as well as a networking event known as “NAPSA Night Out”. The event will be held at the Ft Lauderdale Antique Museum. Some notable NAPSA sponsored seminars include the following: 

  1. Increased Paving Productivity and Safety Through the Use of Construction Sweeping
  2. NAPSA Best Practices: the internet, transitioning to the next generation, value added services and more

NAPSA members attend a NAPSA seminar for a discounted rate, or in some cases, for free! For a complete list of NAPSA sponsored events, click here.

Pavement Maintenance Wrap Up

As stated earlier, pavement maintenance is a must as it will greatly enhance your property. Attending the NPE will broaden your understanding of pavement maintenance in general and will allow you to see some of the equipment that is out there.