Thanksgiving Ode To Pressure Washing

Thank you to the pressure washing industry.

 

Thanks to my fellow contractors that spend cold winter nights and hot summer days providing food for their families.

 

Thanks to my local pressure washing competition for teaching me exactly what to do and exactly what not to do with my own business.

 

Thank you to Bob at Pressuretek, Tracy at Sunbrite, and all of the other pressure washing vendors that work tirelessly to educate pressure washers, provide affordable options, and be a constant source of information for the industry.

 

Thank you to the PWNC, the UAMCC, and other organizations that aim to unify contractors for the greater good of the pressure washing industry.

 

Thanks to surface cleaners that have changed the way we clean concrete and gets me home to family quicker and with more money in my pocket.

 

Thanks to my x-jet for revolutionizing the way we clean things.

 

Thanks to all that take their valuable time and resources to host round tables…the exchange of information is both valuable and rewarding.

 

Thank you to my wife and kids for struggling with me through the difficult times of getting a new business off the ground.

 

Thank you to the moderators of the bulletin boards for keeping us all on track and making the boards an educational experience for all who participate.

 

Thank you to the veterans of the industry for spending time, money, and resources passing their knowledge to newbies that are in need.

 

Thanks for the opportunity to see every one of my kids’ soccer games, baseball games, and still manage to make a living.

 

Thanks to the internet for being a constant source of information at the press of a button.

 

Thanks to my wife for encouraging me to go “green” and purchase reclaim and recovery equipment so we can recycle our wastewater and feel good about doing our part to be environmentally conscious.

 

Thanks to everyone that has had a part in allowing me to create, maintain, and grow my business in an industry that I have enjoyed to the fullest since the day I pulled my first trigger.

 

Thank you most of all to my customers that place extraordinary trust in me and my company.  You give us the opportunity to clean some of your most prized possessions and largest investments.  It is both an honor and a privilege to serve you and keep your homes and businesses maintained.

 

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Why Vinyl Siding Should Be Cleaned By a Professional Pressure Washing Company.

The popularity of vinyl siding has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. The quality, durability, price, and visual appeal have made this the siding of choice for many homeowners. Just like any other major investment, the best way to ensure the quality of vinyl siding is to maintain it on a regular basis.
The very nature of siding is to protect the interior of your home by keeping exterior elements from intruding. This is a tough job, but vinyl stands up to the challenge very well. The vinyl siding on the exterior of your home is subject to pollutants, sun exposure, acid rain, mold and mildew, and many other elements. Depending on the quality of the vinyl, having it professionally cleaned on a regular basis can prevent premature degradation and keep your home looking great. Mold and mildew grow very rapidly on vinyl siding. If neglected for too long, it can cause permanent damage to your siding. Age, sun, and environmental pollutants can cause your vinyl to oxidize, giving your home a dull appearance.
A simple solution to these issues is to hire a professional pressure washing company to clean your home each year. Look for a company that specializes in pressure washing services. Many handymen, painters, and landscaping companies have pressure washing as an “add on” service. While more of a bargain up front, these companies should be avoided as improper technique and lack of chemical knowledge can result in irreparable damage to your home. Homeowners should use companies that have insurance, can provide references, and display a high degree of professionalism. Look for companies that offer on-site free estimates, have uniforms, and belong to professional organizations like PWNC.
Likewise, this is a service that “do-it-yourself” homeowners should avoid. Forcing water under the siding, use of excessive water pressure, and improper chemicals can not only cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, but often result in physical injury to the homeowner. Getting your home serviced annually by a reputable, professional pressure washing company can keep your investment looking great, save you a lot of money and keep you from taking a trip to the emergency room.

What It Means To Be A Green Pressure Washing Company in Charlotte

In today’s environmentally conscious society, many local companies are scrambling to jump on the green bandwagon.  Every bit helps and those that truly make an effort to reduce waste, use biodegradable products, and reduce their carbon footprint should be commended for their actions whether it be a pressure washing company, baker, or candlestick maker.

            There are, however, many pitfalls in this surge of environmental concern.  Many companies falsely claim to be green to capitalize on the trend only to benefit their bottom line by trying to outwit the public they serve.  Not only does this isolate the consumer by insulting their intelligence, but it destroys the integrity of the industry.  This is particularly evident in the pressure washing industry. 

Pressure washing is an industry that is relatively easy to become involved in.  It is an industry plagued by unknowledgeable operators that are attracted to the low start up costs and high income potential.  They do not belong to professional organizations, participate in industry round table events, or educate themselves on the latest products, techniques, and trends that help keep our customers investments safe and clean.  These same folks will sometimes use the “green” angle to help gain new customers that are legitimately concerned about the environment.

Professional pressure washing companies that claim to be “green” should use water saving equipment, biodegradable chemicals, and have the ability to reclaim and reuse their waste water.  All of this should be coupled with the proper education on how to use the equipment and cleansers properly.  As a consumer it is important to do your research by trying to find companies that are knowledgeable in their field, not knowledgeable on the art of tricking potential customers.