Reason #2: Power Washing your home will make it safer.
What do we mean by “safer”? There may be health benefits to eliminating the mold, mildew, and pollen covering your home; we’ll cover more of that below. But here we are talking about another aspect of safety. This has to do with your flat surfaces. Think of things like your deck, porch, or patio. The reality is that most personal injury accidents are due to trips and slips. This becomes obvious when you think about how many commercials of local lawyers (at least here in Rhode Island) we see in the morning referencing slips and falls. If you have a deck, porch, or patio covered in algae or mildew, it is an accident waiting to happen. It could be you, a child, or someone visiting your home (hopefully not grandma). A thorough power washing of the offending surface will instantly take care of the problem.
Reason #3: It just looks awesome and makes you feel great too.
This is, admittedly, not a practical reason. But don’t we deserve to just feel good about how our home looks? Have you ever had friends over, sat in a chair out on the deck/patio/lawn, looked up at your house, and realized that it’s covered in mold, mildew, and algae? How’d that feel? Every spring I power wash and soft wash (depending on the surface being cleaned) every single part of my home. We wash everything including the house, porch, patio, pergola, trellis, concrete surfaces, and fence. There is no better feeling than kicking off the spring and summer with everything gleaming and squeaky clean.
Reason #4: Your home will be healthier.
The reality is that mold spores are in the air around us and our homes. It is the presence of constant moisture that allows them to grow and spread. This is why the most common room in many homes to have mold is the bathroom due to the persistent presence of moisture. Of course, mold inside your home presents a far greater danger than mold on the exterior of your home, but allowing mold spores to propagate on the exterior of your home is only making matters worse.
If your home was properly built and the exterior envelope is properly sealed, it is unlikely that mold would find a way to migrate from the exterior of the building to inside the walls. But, as with many things, it is certainly possible depending on the situation. In addition, airborne mold spores can enter your home through open windows, doors, vents, and HVAC systems. If you have allergies to mold, mildew, and pollen, ridding your home’s exterior of these pollutants would be the wise thing to do. Of course, the house needs to be power washed properly since a power washer in the hands of the wrong person could do more harm than good in this case. Rather than ridding your home of mold, they could make the situation worse.
There you have it. Four solid reasons for power washing your home. There are even more reasons, but this is a good place to start. Now the question of whether to buy or rent a pressure washer and do it yourself or hire a professional. You can see one of our other posts on that subject 😊