Hiring a reputable pressure washing service
Whenever you hire someone to come into or around your home or business to perform some type of service, it’s important to know what you’re getting and who you can trust. One of the best ways to find a reputable pressure washing service in your area is to check your local yellow pages or business listings for pressure washing services.
The internet can be a great resource, and with the popular site, ServiceMagic.com. This site can match you up with a pressure washing service provider within your area. What makes this such a great resource is that they include local recommendations and customer reviews which can assist you in making the right decision for your needs. This does a lot in keeping local service providers inline since they know a bad review can seriously hurt their business.
The best way to find a reputable washing service is to check into their referrals. Anyone can rent a pressure washer and say their power washing service but if they don’t know what they’re doing they can seriously damage your deck, wooden fence, concrete, siding, or whatever you hired them to do.
If you’re looking to have your deck refinished, most often a deck company will also provide pressure washing as part of their service or can recommend a company they work with. It would only make sense that a company who is going to refinish your deck would suggest a washing provider that would not harm or damage the wood service prior to finishing.
Knowing what to look for can help you save damage in the long run. For example, a washing business may offer soft pressure washing. This is a great way to ensure they’re not going to damage your wood or siding. Soft pressure washing is a process where they use (generally) around 400 PSI or less pressure for washing.
Soft washing uses the aid of chemicals and detergents to create the necessary cleaning environment. In all actuality, most pressure washing services offered mostly use what would be considered soft washing, since they’re using lower pressure and the aid of chemicals and temperature. A reputable washing service will have a vast knowledge of the types of chemicals that work best for different services; so don’t be afraid to ask before you hire them what types of pressure they use, whether they use soft washing, and what types of chemicals they use for different services. With the huge amount of great detergents available today, it really isn’t necessary to use high-pressure washing for any service these days other than brick, mortar, or concrete. Even then, soft washing may be the best choice.
If a company shows up and intends to only use pressure to clean the surface, no matter what the service is, be wary of them and ask more questions before allowing them to operate.
Are you thinking about starting your own pressure washing service? Here are a few things to consider.
If you’re thinking about starting your own pressure washing service, there are a few simple things to keep in mind that will help you become a successful.
Firstly, become educated! There are a lot of people out there who think power washing is simply renting a power washer and blasting away at any service, I know, I used to be one of them. When a buddy and I started a painting company years ago, we begin offering pressure washing as part of our service. We found it a good way to up-sale a client before we actually started painting. It took us several years to really understand the power of washing and that you can really damage a surface if you don’t know what you’re doing. Fortunately we never seriously damaged anyone’s property, but we did damage our own (my deck!).
Check out our article on pressure washing business to learn more tips on starting a service. The best advice is to educate yourself and rent before you buy to make sure you get the right pressure washing equipment for your needs. Renting your equipment first is a great way to learn how different washing systems work and ultimately which one you may like to purchase. This is what a buddy and I did with our painting company and used the same process when we added pressure washing to our business.