Damage to Your HomeThe roof over your head may seem like it is sturdy enough to withstand a little pressure washing a few times a year, but don’t be fooled! Sure, your roof was built to protect you and your family from elements like rain, snow, and falling debris, but it’s not made to keep out highly pressurized jets of water. Applying high-pressure water directly to your roof can cause the bonding or adhesive between your roof material to break, damaging the underlying fabric that protects the interior of your home. Spraying pressurized water can also result in cracks or breaks in the ceramic, cement, or slate tiles. If you have a clay or shingle roof, the pressurized water can cause leaks that allow water to leak directly into your home. If you have other features on your roof, such as vents, skylights, or solar panels, applying too much high-pressure water could compromise the seals that keep those features watertight, resulting in a leak. On the other hand too little water pressure to clean your roof just creates a dangerous, wet mess and a whole new set of dilemmas. Depending on the type of material covering your roof, it could become very slippery when wet. This increases the potential for a slip and fall accident. Regardless of how high your roof is, even a fall from a relatively short distance can result in life altering injuries. Plus, the minimal water pressure will do little, if anything, to clean your roof. When you factor in the risks, it’s just not worth the effort. In addition, there are other factors that make pressure washing your roof a bad idea.
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Electrical HazardsDo you know where all of your electrical service panels, overhead wires, and electrical outlets are on the exterior of your home? If not, you may be in for quite a shock - literally! If water finds its way into your electrical panel or any outdoor wires, not only are you in danger of electrocution and electric shock, but the pressurized water can also cause serious damage to your home's electrical system. So, while it may seem like a cheaper and easier alternative to use your pressure washer to clean your roof, the long-term effects could be very costly.
Climbing HazardsYou may have climbed onto your roof once or twice before (which can be very dangerous), but moving around on a roof that is wet can be a very different story. It’s never advisable to walk around on a wet roof because there is a real danger of falling off. However, when you combine a wet roof with trying to do a job like pressure washing, you may be taking on a lot more than you bargained for. Also, keep in mind that pressure washers that are designed for homeowner use are not intended for use on a roof. Trying to get such a machine onto your roof can be extremely dangerous. You could damage the machine and injure yourself in the process. Even if the machine stays on the ground, moving around your roof with a hose around your feet on a wet, slippery surface is not ideal. And that doesn’t include the number of times you’ll have to go up and down a ladder to reposition your machine. It’s dangerous and difficult work that is best left to professionals.
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A Better, Safer AlternativeThe idea of pressure washing your own roof is definitely tempting, but it’s also very risky. Sure, you may save a little money in the short term, but the potential hazards to you and your home far outweigh any savings you may realize. And, doing this job yourself could ultimately end up costing you a lot more money. So, what’s the alternative to damaging your home and risking your personal safety to have a roof that shines? Window Genie s’ soft wash process is designed to safely and effectively pressure wash your roof and your entire home. With over 20 years of experience, Window Genie understands what it takes to clean even the most difficult surfaces. Our soft wash process will help take the pressure off when it comes to cleaning your roof.
1 - Disregard Safety ConcernsThe number one thing you should avoid when pressure washing a house is disregarding safety before and during the cleaning process. To help ensure you complete the cleaning process safely follow these steps: Always wear protective gear. Make sure the area you’re going to clean is cleared of any debris. Secure or remove any items that might be easily dislodged as you clean. Answer any questions you have about how to use the machine. Paying attention to your surroundings.
2 - Apply Too Much PressureIt’s always best to start a pressure washer at the lowest possible setting, This will allow you to get a feel for the way the machine operates. It will also give you a sense of how forceful the spray is at the lowest setting. Starting with the washer turned up full blast could not only damage your home, it might also lead to serious injury if it gets out of your control. Starting slow and turning the pressure up as needed will help you adjust to the force and operate the washer safely. Related Topic: Affordable Ways to Give Your Home Exterior a Fresh, New Look
3 - Start with a Tight PatternWhen you start cleaning with a pressure washer, always begin by using wide, even strokes. This is another great way to help you adjust to the power and get used to it before you start focusing on smaller areas. Wide, even strokes will also help protect the finish on your home by spreading the pressure out over a wider surface area.
4 - Blast Directly into CornersNever blast a stream from the pressure washer directly into a corner. This will direct the flow of water right back at you and could result in an injury to your eyes, head or face if a piece of debris is dislodged in the process. At the very least, you’ll wind up with soaking wet clothes. Wash each individual side of the corner using slow, even strokes to get each side clean.
5 - Use Water OnlyUse a combination of cleaning solution and tap water in your pressure washer. Depending on the strength and potency of the cleaning solution a 50/50 ratio often works best. The water in a power washer is merely the vehicle that delivers the cleaning product, it should not be a substitute for it. Using just water will not give you the bright, rejuvenated look that you are trying to achieve by pressure washing your home.
6 - Clean Windows FirstCleaning your windows after you have pressure washed your home is highly recommended. The spray of a pressure washer is difficult to contain and will not always be concentrated exactly where you want it to be. Since you will inevitably get some spray and other debris on your windows when washing the house, it is best to clean your window after pressure washing to avoid having to clean them twice.
7 - Ignore Electrical HazardsNever ignore open electrical boxes or loose electrical connections on the side of your home. If they are not properly sealed and taken care of, these can quickly become fire hazards when pressure washing. Be sure to take care of any potential electrical issues before you begin pressure washing.
Professional Pressure WashingWhile doing your own pressure washing might seem like it could save you some money, the potential hazards are just not worth saving a few dollars. Window Genie has the experience and equipment to safely and effectively pressure wash your home. All our work is guaranteed, and you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that a professional is handling your pressure cleaning job.
Safety ConcernsThe number one thing you may be thinking about when trying to clean hard-to-reach windows is safety. There is nothing more important than keeping you and your family safe when working on your home, so making this a priority is essential. When you take on the task of cleaning tough to reach windows there is going to be some risk involved, hence the term “tough to reach”. However, you can reduce the risk of injuries by taking some precautions before you start, and by making sure you follow safety steps during the cleaning process. First, make sure you have all the necessary equipment and supplies before you start the job. Towels, brushes, sponges, buckets, squeegees, cleaning supplies, and anything else you might need to do the job should be gathered and staged in the area where you will be working. This should help minimize the number of times you have to go back and forth for supplies. Next, if a ladder is needed make sure it extends beyond the area you need to reach so you’re not working from the top few rungs. Make sure the ladder is secure against the exterior of the house so it doesn’t shake or wobble when you’re on it. A best practice is to have someone at the base of the ladder to steady it while you are working. If this isn’t possible, make sure the ladder is secure, so it doesn’t move or fall. It’s also a good idea to wear protective gloves when cleaning the glass in case the glass breaks unexpectedly.
Get a TelescopeIf you are trying to clean windows that are higher up and harder to reach, consider using a telescoping rod that has a mop attachment on the end. This cleaning method is one of the safest ways to clean through tough-to-reach windows because you don’t have to leave the ground. Just make sure you are aware of your surrounding and keep the cleaning rod clear of any low-hanging wires.
Remove the WindowsRemoving the windows is another effective way to clean glass that is hard to reach. If possible, taking the windows down from the inside and cleaning them in another location will allow you to get a better angle on cleaning without putting yourself in an awkward position. This is one of the best ways to get a complete, thorough window cleaning done.
Roof AccessIf your roof is easily accessible, and you don’t mind heights, you may be able to access some of those hard-to-reach windows from your roof. Provided your roof does not have a steep slope, it may be safer to lay on your stomach and clean the windows from above rather than trying to reach them from below. However, you still need to be extremely careful whenever you are walking on the roof.
Forget the LadderNo matter how convenient it might seem, using a ladder to access tough-to-reach is a risky endeavor. Not only is it hard to get the right angle to clean the glass while on a ladder, but it can also be very difficult to maintain proper balance while cleaning. Falling off a ladder can cause serious injuries. Therefore, it’s best to leave cleaning those high, hard-to-reach windows to professionals, like Window Genie.
Avoid Magnetic Window CleanersMagnetic window cleaners are one of those contraptions that seem like a good idea in theory but don’t always work as well in practice. These devices use a magnet to attach two sponges together on either side of the glass. But the magnets don’t take the thickness of the glass into account which results in the cleaning device either separating or being too strong that it scratches the window glass. Either way, your windows don’t get any cleaner. The safest and most effective way to clean your hard-to-reach windows is to call the window cleaning professionals at your local Window Genie. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to do the job thoroughly and safely. So if you’re tired of looking at those dirty, hard-to-reach windows, don’t risk doing it yourself, call Window Genie.
Decorative Window FilmDecorative Window Film is a simple alternative to etched or stained glass. It can enhance the look of your windows and provide some extra privacy at the same time. Although etched and stained glass is beautiful, it can also be very expensive. Artisan glass is also very nice, but incredibly expensive too. A window film can give you a similar look, and the privacy you want, at a fraction of the price. You also have more freedom to change up the patterns and colors more easily when the mood strikes you. Decorative film is a fantastic temporary or permanent solution to jazz up the glass and gives the exterior of your home a new, different look.
Give Your House a BathPressure washing the exterior of your home is another great way to make it sparkle and let its natural beauty shine through. Just like anything else that is constantly exposed to the elements, your home can get dirty, and sometimes you don’t even notice because it happens gradually over time. A thorough pressure wash can yield some surprising results, especially if it’s been several months since the exterior has been cleaned. Pressure washing is also an excellent preventative measure against things like mold and rot. When dirt or mud stays on the surface of your home for a long time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. This can eventually lead to structural damage. Pressure washing helps loosen and remove debris and bacteria, which in turn will help safeguard your home. Related Topic: 3 Reasons to Clean and Secure Your Gutters
Revive Your Driveway and SidewalksThe concrete around your home is another area that can get dirty and discolored over time. Meticulous concrete cleaning can reinvigorate the walkways and driveway in front of your home and have an amazing effect on the overall appearance of your home. You might be surprised just how bright and sparkling your driveway can look after a proper cleaning. Cleaning the hard surfaces around your home can also prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew, just like it can with your home’s exterior. Getting rid of dirt and grime on your walkways and driveways can eliminate any buildup and keep you from slipping when the surface is wet. It can also prevent damage and deterioration of those surfaces over time. These simple yet cost-effective ideas can really help give your home the fresh, new look you’re looking for. And if you need a little help, Window Genie can take care of some or all the projects on your ‘to do’ list. They can have your house looking it's absolute best in no time. Window Genie professionals have the experience and expertise to refresh your home exterior so you can start thinking about what you want to change inside your house...it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do.
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Ideal Breeding GroundGutters are designed to catch rainwater and direct it away from your roof. But when things like leaves, twigs and other debris also wind up in your gutter things can begin to backup. When this debris sits in the gutters, it clogs them up, makes them less effective, and allows water to accumulate, which can create an ideal breeding ground for bugs. Standing water is the perfect environment for insects to lay eggs and larvae to develop. Clogged gutters with standing water keep insect eggs and larvae hidden from predators, creating the perfect nesting environment. Keeping your gutters free and flowing is a great way to get rid of this hatching environment and it will help reduce the number of pests around your backyard.
Mosquito HavenMosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and need an environment full of organic debris like leaves and twigs in order to successfully hatch them. Clogged gutters are the perfect environment for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and larvae to develop. Mosquitoes typically lay up to 200 eggs at a time, which hatch within 48 hours. The undisturbed water in a clogged gutter provides a breeding ground that if left unchecked, could quickly create a massive mosquito problem in your backyard. Related Topic: 3 Ways to Keep Spiders at Bay
Flies GaloreFlies also hatch their eggs in standing water, but the environment created by a clogged gutter can prove to be even more ideal for them. Flies multiply quickly in an environment with rotting food, produce and other organic material because they need a fermenting liquid to lay their eggs. When debris such as leaves or twigs sit in the standing water of a clogged gutter, they begin to ferment. By unclogging your gutters, you eliminate any standing water and stop fermentation of organic material, which removes the environment flies need to hatch their eggs.
Gnats are WelcomeGnats love to lay their eggs in areas that have a lot of algae and fungus. Fungus gnats are specifically attracted to overwatered plant life and any type of wet, or damp vegetation. A gutter that is clogged or obstructed with leaves, twigs and other debris will retain moisture longer, which will promote the growth of algae and fungus. When this happens, it’s like putting out the welcome mat for gnats. Related Topic: Best Leaf Removal Tips and Tricks
Bees in the AtticBees typically build their hives in areas where moisture is available, but also in areas where they are less likely to be disturbed. Your clogged gutters provide a great space for them to start and build a colony. The damp, undisturbed environment of your clogged gutters could also be attracting other stinging insects like wasps and hornets. Beehives can also add significant weight to your gutters, causing damage or collapse. And if not removed in time, a bee colony can expand, breach your roof and enter your home, which can cause a real problem.
Enjoy the OutdoorsCleaning your gutters is probably not high on the list of things you want to do this weekend, but if left unattended for too long clogged gutters can develop into an even bigger problem. As the weather gets warmer, and in some cases wetter, maintaining your gutters is important. But if you’d rather spend your time doing something other than cleaning gutters, call the gutter and window cleaning experts at Window Genie. Keeping your gutters clean and free from debris could be the difference between enjoying some quality backyard time this summer or taking shelter from a variety of pesky insects.
Divide and ConquerIf you’re going to efficiently give your home a spring makeover, the key is to get the whole family involved. Giving everyone their own job not only splits the work evenly but gives everyone a sense of ownership. This way, everyone can be held accountable for getting their portion of the work done. Spreading the work out evenly also allows you to play to everyone’s strengths. If someone is good at a particular job that someone else can’t stand, splitting it up can make everyone happy.
Provide RewardsPeople respond well to reward systems. This is especially true of children. By offering a reward for each job that gets finished, you can incentivize spring cleaning and give everyone a reason to work towards a spotless house in the summertime. If you want to, you can even break the small jobs into even smaller tiers and offer rewards for their completion. For example, if someone has the job of sweeping the house, you can offer a reward like a piece of candy or an extra half hour of screen time for every room that is finished.
Make it a ContestOn top of a reward system, people also respond well to competition. If you have multiple children, having them compete against their siblings is a surefire way to get the best out of them. Creating a game element can not only get the job done, it can get it done faster. Set up a time limit for smaller job portions and see who can get them done faster. You can also set up a family-wide competition where whoever finishes all of their tasks first gets a special reward. Keeping the family engaged and invested in the job is a great way to keep it fun for everyone.
Outsource the Difficult JobsThere are some spring makeover jobs that are just too difficult to include on the list. Unfortunately, those are the jobs that usually get neglected. To address the most difficult jobs, hire a professional to get them done. Not only will you not have to do them, you can also be sure they’ll be done right and in a professional manner. Related Topic: How Do I Clean Windows That Don’t Open? For jobs like pressure washing and gutter cleaning, getting someone who does them for a living can be a lifesaver. Not only will they have the know-how to do them correctly, they will also have the right equipment to do a high-quality job.
Don’t Forget Your WindowsTo add the final polish to your home’s spring makeover, be sure to get your windows clean and sparkling. If you want an extra decorative touch that will also make cleaning easier the next time the job needs to be done, decorative window film can be a great addition. Completing a home spring makeover doesn’t have to be a chore that everyone dreads. By combining rewards, healthy competition, and professional help, you can make spring cleaning easy and fun for the whole family.