Power Washing – Do’s & Don’ts and Why You Should Hire a Professional

Spring has arrived, and with it comes lots of rain and humidity. With this change in weather, your building and property are getting covered in fine layers of dirt, dust, and pollutants carried by runoff. Over time, these areas will get dirtier and dirtier, and will require power washing to make them shine like new.

C&L Services has over 40 years’ experience power washing and the crews, equipment, and manpower to tackle any job in New Jersey.

Before you start a power washing project, it is important to do a thorough inspection of your property and determine the areas that need the most attention. At C&L Services, we recommend checking the following areas:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  •  Soffit
  • Eaves
  • Gutter
  • Exterior walls
  • Windows
  • Gables and overhangs
  • Decorative sheathing
  • Foundation
  • Rails
  • Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Concrete

Although many power washing projects can be completed on your own, either with your own equipment or a power washer rented from a local hardware store, a thorough cleanup may require a professional’s touch. Also, it is important to keep safety in mind; not only your personal safety, but also the safety of others as well as the safety and well-being of your property itself. The trained professionals at C&L Services are more than happy to take all of these issues into consideration for you.

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Here is a full list of the do’s and don’ts of power washing:

DO read your power washer’s operation manual before beginning your project to ensure safe operation.

DO make sure all safety shields and guards are in good working order.

DO check the power washer’s oil levels before each use.

DO wear proper eye, face, and hand protection when operating any equipment.

DO attach nozzles and/or accessories before operation.

DO keep hands and feet clear of the nozzle at all times.

DO consider adding a detergent or other cleaning agent to increase cleaning power.

DO direct the water at a downward angle when cleaning and type of wooden surface. Spraying the surface head-on can cause serious damage or splintering.

DO keep the wand and water jet at least six feet away from any type of electrical wiring, service boxes and entrances. An electrical shock from such devices can be deadly.

DON’T fill the fuel tank while the power washer is running or still hot from operation.

DON’T leave the nozzle closed for more than a minute while the washer is running. Doing so may cause the pump to overheat.

DON’T try to repair a leak in the hose or hose connection while the washer is under power.

DON’T power wash sensitive areas without testing beforehand. Increasing your spraying distance can allow for safe washing.

DON’T place any part of your body in front of the nozzle or point the nozzle at anyone.

DON’T hold the nozzle too close to any surface or for too long in one area – the jet can gouge wood, dent aluminum, tear away stucco, and erode mortar from joints in brick walls. Also, never point the wand directly at windows.

DON’T power wash from a ladder – you need both hands for safe operation. Also, the kickback of the wand can knock you off balance when first turned on. To reach higher places, use an extension wand instead.

The Power Washing Professionals at C&L Services

C&L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners, and communities in New Jersey for over 40 years.

Our services include power washing, fencing repair, and parking garage scrubbing.

We can give your buildings, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, parking garages, warehouse, and dumpster areas a fresh look with hot water or steam pressure cleanings.

If you’re in North Jersey, contact us at (908) 730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at (732) 886-1940 to arrange for commercial power washing. Feel free to visit our website https://sweeping.com at any time for more information on our many services.

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