We all want to live in a clean, healthy and well-maintained community. Whether it is a community of single-family homes or a multi-unit complex, we live in Florida and we all face the same common dilemma; everything gets dirty and moldy. Mold, mildew and many other contaminates grow everywhere around our properties. Dirt, spider webs or black mildew starts on the white trim around the siding. Vinyl siding is no exception. Even the stucco and brick can show the green mold growing. Sidewalks and other surfaces get slippery with mold. The parking garage may have oil, dirt and gum all over the parking deck. Black stains appear on roofs, wood decks get covered with mildew and coatings fail from these growing organisms. There’s no ignoring it. It is there and has to be cleaned regularly. Homeowners, associations and managers alike must deal with the exterior cleaning and should do so sooner than later.
How it should be cleaned and by who are two very important questions that need to be answered when it is time to clean.
Exterior washing, when done by a professional, helps extend the life of our properties. It eliminates the contaminates that contribute to rot, decay, and the premature failing of the coatings and building materials. Cleaning of buildings, concrete, roofs and wood structures can add years to the life of these surfaces as well as save on costly repairs.
"Curb appeal" is a primary reason why we live where we do. A clean, safe, health hazard free property is the key ingredient to adding value to our communities.
Dirt, mold, mildew, oil and the many other contaminates we find around our properties all pose risks and may pose costly safety and health issues. Proper washing can protect against such things as slip and fall accidents as well as protect against mold and allergen intrusion.
Through smart preventative maintenance programs, we can extend the life of our properties and maintain the integrity of the community.
There is more to pressure washing than meets the eye. Proper equipment and use of that equipment in combination with the correct cleaning compounds is the key to a property being washed properly. Pressure washing equipment has PSI ratings (pounds per square inch) of up to and over 4000 PSI. PSI is basically the pressure or force that water comes out of a pressure washing gun and tip. On many surfaces such as concrete sidewalks, parking garage decks and patios, higher PSI is needed and safe when used properly. Unfortunately many consumers and some contractors are not aware that HIGH PRESSURE should NEVER be used when cleaning a home or a complex of buildings. 4000 pounds of pressure will damage most exterior building surfaces.