Why You Need to Do It
1. Wear Eye Protection
This may not seem necessary, but it is a very important precaution. Your eyes are prime targets for flying debris and splinters. Safety goggles or safety-rated sunglasses will do the trick. This is a very easy step that many people mistakenly avoid. Don't chance the safety of your eyes. Wear protective gear.
2. Clear the Area
Before you start power washing, clear the area of all outdoor furniture, toys, equipment, etc. so that nothing gets in the way. The last thing you want to do is trip and fall over something and potentially injure yourself.
Plants must also be set aside. While pressure washing services typically only use water and eco-friendly cleaning solutions, the kinetic energy released can still cause significant damage. Make sure to also clear the bushes from the bottom part of your property’s siding so clean those areas as well.
3. Turn Off the Outdoor Power
Water and electricity do not go well together. Although pressure washing uses less water for cleaning than a regular garden hose, H2O is still used. Outdoor electrical sockets and even light fixtures when wet can produce electrical shocks or worse. Turn off the power to all outdoor electrical outlets. As a side note, if your property is connected to an above-ground power line or has power lines running along its edges, be cautious. If you attach an extension to your pressure washing stick, for example, make sure that it does not come into contact with the power line (for obvious reasons).
4. Do Not Use Ladders
Should you decide to pressure wash your house yourself, do not use a ladder. If you use a ladder while pressure washing, the push back from your pressure washing stick could cause you to fall over and injure yourself. Using a ladder adds unnecessary risk and is to be avoided. If you need to reach higher up, try using an extension to your pressure washing stick. Washing out of reach areas is another reason to call a pro for the job. They have the right tools and skills for the job.
5. Know What Areas You Should Avoid
Not all surfaces can take the sheer force of pressure washing. Therefore, equip yourself with the proper knowledge prior to carrying out the task. For instance, identify areas you should avoid spraying, such as windows, vents, openings, etc. If you spray these areas, you can potentially damage them. Or, water could very well make its way into the interior of your home.
6. Keep Children and Pets Away
While it is important to clear out any inanimate outdoor objects, keep children and pets away. Pressure washing can be dangerous, especially with such a high level of force involved. Children and pets can be seriously injured if they wander into the job area.
7. Seal Openings
Preparing your house before pressure washing means covering up any openings that can allow water to get inside. Water damage is a serious issue for homeowners. When you prepare a house for pressure washing, lock your windows and doors. Tape the inside of all windows, doors and vents prone to leaking.
If you know of any holes around your house, cover them up or let your pressure washing service company know. Remember that prevention is better than a cure.