It’s time to get started cleaning your home’s exterior. If you neglect this much longer, then you’ll find that your curb appeal isn’t what it once was. Plus, clean siding does more to help protect your home against water damage. Even if you’re not sure what to do, here are some tips that you can follow.
Many home maintenance tasks can be completed by the average homeowner. Even so, some are better left to the professionals. If you notice that your home’s siding is falling apart or decaying in any way, then you are better off not touching it. All that said, if all you want to do is clean your siding, then you still need to be careful. Avoid the temptation to use a ladder, since the pressure from the washer can make the rungs wet and slippery. A better alternative is to use scaffolding instead; if there are any areas that you can’t reach, then you need to contact the professionals. Make sure you have safety glasses that fit securely around your face to help protect your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clear away any obstacles or debris that could present a hazard to you once you start washing, and then turn off the electrical power to any outlets you might be standing next to while you work.
When to Do It
If it has been more than two years since the last time you cleaned your siding, then it’s time to do it again. Power washing can remove clumps of mold and mildew that other cleaning solutions won’t. Also, if you plan on painting your siding, then you should give it a pressure wash treatment first.
Using the Right Equipment
It’s also important to use the right equipment. A gas-powered power washer will be better than an electric one. The nozzles you should use are either 25 degrees or 45 degrees.
Closing Off Vents
Don’t forget to close off any vents or other openings on the side of your home! Doing this can help prevent unexpected water damage.
Protecting Everything Inside
Move anything inside the home away from where the siding is. You never know if the insulation inside the walls will get too soaked.
The Right Technique
Before letting loose with the power washer, test it to make sure it works you want it to, starting from a yard away from your home and moving in closer.
Contact Topper Construction Today!
If you’re interested in having gutters, a roof system, siding, or water drainage system installed in your new home, or would like a free estimate, contact Topper Construction. With Topper Construction, you’ll see the benefit of nearly three decades of experience. Contact Topper Construction at 301-874-0220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more. We can help you with projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Northern Virginia.