Pressure Washing Charlotte With LOW Pressure

            What exactly does it mean when a pressure washing contractor claims to use “low pressure” cleaning methods?  Low pressure cleaning techniques are vital to maintaining the appearance of your home or business.  A low pressure technique involves using low PSI (pounds per square inch) for the application of appropriate cleansers for the surface being cleaned.  The surface is then washed and rinsed using high GPM (gallons per minute) equipment. 

            Quality pressure washing contractors using this method need to be educated about the cleansers they are using and what effect they have on the surface being cleaned.  Low pressure techniques are most effective because they greatly reduce damage to property when performed correctly.  Using too many PSI on the wrong surface can cause irreparable damage to decks, concrete, and all forms of siding.

            Unfortunately for unsuspecting home owners and business owners, high pressure contractors are generally a bargain.  Their lack of overhead keeps their pricing down, and by the time the customer realizes there is long term damage to their property, the contractor is out of business.  Ask your pressure washing contractor what their cleaning methods are before you hire them.

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville

Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant

Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville

Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

 

How To Choose Your Charlotte Area Pressure Washing Contractor.

            For many home owners and business owners, choosing a pressure washing contractor comes down to one important factor: cost.  While cost is certainly a factor in this shaky economy, it is a grave error if one doesn’t consider the long term cost of hiring the wrong contractor versus the benefit of short term price.  Pricing, along with other factors, should guide customers in making an educated decision about which company to hire for their pressure washing needs.

Finding a pressure washing contractor begins with the ones closest to you.  Ask friends and family members for recommendations.  People that have had good experiences with a contractor are eager to tell others about their experience.  The internet is an excellent tool for researching pressure washing contractors.  You want to look for companies with professional websites that offer pertinent information about the industry.  Companies that write industry related articles, belong to professional trade organizations and offer educational resources for their customers are good signs of a professional company.  Avoid companies that bash competitors or have poor website content.  Research individual companies by looking for customer testimonials, or pictures and videos of their work. 

Try and find pressure washing companies that offer free estimates, and invite them to give a quote on services.  With the exception of unusual circumstances, a pressure washing contractor should always perform a site visit to give an accurate quote.  Quality contractors are uniformed or have visible company logos that identify them as who they claim to be.  Ask the contractor a series of questions about their company, techniques, and expectations.  Pressure washing contractors should have liability insurance, business licenses, and appropriate permissions in the event of drought conditions or other local water issues.

The contractor should provide a professional, detailed quote of services to be performed.  A common trap that customers fall into is to base their final decision on price.  Due to relatively low start up costs and false perception of how to wash surfaces properly, the pressure washing industry breeds many “part time” companies or companies that offer “add-on” pressure washing services like landscapers, painters, or handyman services.  These companies often use improper “high pressure” washing techniques that cause long term damage to siding (forcing water behind vinyl and brick), concrete (etching due to high pressure), and decks (shredding deck surfaces with too much pressure).  Their prices, however, are typically low because they don’t spend money on proper machinery, professional cleansers, or in some cases insurance.

As with any contractor, the term “caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware) is applicable.  After considering recommendations from friends and family, researching them on the internet, evaluating their professionalism, and determining their professional value, one should be armed with enough information to make an educated decision.  In the end, consumers need to feel good about how much value they got for their money, both short term and long term.

 

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville

Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant

Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville

Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

Pressure Washing Charlotte Stucco Homes | 704-400-0623

The thought of cleaning Stucco or Dryvit homes can send many pressure washing contractors running for the hills.  While these types of siding require a certain degree of care, they are not any more or less difficult to clean than any other kind of siding.  A quality professional can handle this kind of job very easily and with a little research, finding a contractor should be rather painless.

The key to cleaning Stucco and Dryvit homes is low pressure and proper chemical usage.  When a contractor uses the proper cleansers, pressure becomes unnecessary.  Too much water pressure will literally remove the siding from the home leaving the homeowner with quite a mess.  Professional pressure washing companies will stress how important it is to “let the cleansers do the work.”  Proper usage of cleansers will leave a Stucco or Dryvit surface looking like new.

Many homeowners with this type of siding become exasperated as many pressure washing contractors will refuse to wash these surfaces out of fear.  Finding professional pressure washing organizations like the PWNC will help provide numerous professional contacts that can handle this kind of work.

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville

Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant

Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville

Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

Pressure Washing Charlotte In A Bad Real Estate Climate

Many people have been having a hard time financially because they are unable to sell their homes and real estate investments.  Many real estate gurus are telling homeowners to hold on to their property and wait until the market comes back.  This is shrewd advice, but many folks are being held back from realizing their American dream because they are unable to upgrade their home and are forced to stay in their current residence.

            While this news is unsettling, there are some simple remedies that can make a situation like this more tolerable.  Keeping your home maintained during this time is vital.  An inexpensive way to maintain your home, deck and driveway is to have it professionally pressure washed.  This kind of ongoing maintenance will keep your investments fresh and clean so when the time comes for the market to bounce back, your home will be in “ready to sell” condition.  You may even find that once your place is clean, you’ll want to stay where you are!

            Pressure washing the exterior of your home, deck, and driveway can make a drastic difference to the look of the outside of your home.  If selling isn’t an option, maintenance is the way to go!

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville
Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant
Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville
Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

Pressure Washing Through Time And Attitude: Separating The Pros From The Hacks.

Sometimes, it’s a learned behavior for small business owners.  Sometimes, they’re simply desperate for success or jealous of the success of their competition.  Really, I think it’s simply the inherent nature of some people.  There is a palatable “air” about some small business owners and it seems to be more prevalent in trade industries such as pressure washing.  I am referring to a particular attitude that some owners adopt where their mindset is focused so heavily on the destruction of the competition that they lose sight of what their own strengths and weaknesses are.  Unfortunately, this negative attitude can permeate every aspect of their business leading to a decrease in volume, profit, and general happiness.  Of course, this problem leads to having much more time on their hands, which results in more time to be destructive to their competition.  It’s a sad cycle that inevitably damages the industry of which they are a part.

 

            In my experience as the owner of a pressure washing company, I have chosen to embrace those that I consider my competition.  I learn from them, I take from them, and I share with them.  Who is better qualified to understand what goes on in my life than a fellow pressure washing company owner from the same geographical region?  I have borrowed equipment, shared jobs, referred those that specialize in areas we don’t, and have gained invaluable knowledge.  This kind of symbiotic relationship spurs growth within the pressure washing industry, ultimately resulting in more profit for everyone.  It’s why my company belongs to professional organizations like the PWNC and HBN and supports other pressure washing companies that give something positive back to their peers.

 

            Alternatively, there are those that just don’t get it.  They waste their time on smear campaigns, bad mouthing, or simply sabotaging the true professionals in their area.  They obviously underestimate the knowledge of their customer base as today’s consumers are very intelligent and can thankfully see the clouds through the trees.  This has never been more evident than in our growing base of customers that have migrated to our company from rivals that spend more time bashing and less time washing.  The most important thing for successful, professional companies to do is to simply ignore the hacks.  They’re a dime a dozen because it’s easy to trash other companies.  It’s easy to judge others without knowing who they are.  It’s easy to be negative.  This pattern of doing what’s easy usually translates into the quality of their work as cutting corners becomes their corporate culture, thereby defining them as the hacks they are.

 

Time is a commodity in the pressure washing business.  There are only so many hours in a day…spend them building your own business, not trying to tear down others.  Those that “get it” reap the benefits of a healthy, successful, profitable business that is fun to be a part of.  Those that don’t get it are destined to be frustrated, bitter, and unsuccessful.  I don’t find myself angry with those that don’t get it.  I have pity for them as they don’t know what they’re missing.  I’m sure people like this can be found in every industry, but in my industry it’s all about knowing when to reduce pressure, how to handle pressure, and where to apply pressure.  And only a successful professional with a great attitude and no time for the hacks knows how to do that.

 

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville
Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant
Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

 

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.

Commercial pressure washing Charlotte NC | 704-400-0623

It’s the time of year when business owners and property managers are preparing their businesses for 2009.  Don’t forget maintenance on your storefront or concrete!  Aesthetically, your business should always look clean and inviting.  There shouldn’t be any gum, mildew, or staining on your sidewalks and storefronts and columns should be free of debris and “gunk”.

If you are in the Charlotte area and need help keeping your business clean, give Camelot Pressure Washing a call!  We accomodate your store hours and leave businesses looking fantastic!  Whether it’s commercial pressure washing or residential, Camelot Pressure Washing can give you the “Royal Treatment”!  Visit us today at www.CamelotPressureWashing.com, or call us at (704) 400-0623 for a FREE estimate!