Autumn is here, and September is a month where we should give our home some much-needed attention before colder weather and seasons approach.
This time of year can be the perfect time to get your home's exterior clean before colder temperatures hit in the coming months (you probably won't get the chance again for several months).
A big task to tackle with your home's exterior, is pressure washing:
- Water alone is usually good enough to use in pressure washing a home. If you have mold or mildew, you can purchase a special cleaner for that.
- Secure all your windows and doors, a lot of power comes through those nozzles.
- Always remember to spray at a downward angle. Note: never spray directly in cracks or seams.
- Test a small section first to see if the pressure washer is causing any damage on the house.
- Use a steady side-to-side motion and ensure you keep the washer moving. Concentrating on one area could potentially cause damage to your home.
- Stand on a stable surface where you have good balance and solid footing.
- When using an electric pressure washer, keep the electrical connections dry and off the ground. Don't touch the plug if your hands are wet.
- Never leave a spray gun unattended while the pressure washer is running.
- Be aware of where you're directing the spray. Never point the spray gun at people, animals or plants. Keep the spray away from electrical fixtures, power sources and power lines.
- Check for peeling paint, when colder weather approaches these chips could become bigger problems by the time it's spring and summer.
- Clean out your gutters and eaves, the increase of snow and rain can cause water damage to your home if there isn't a block-free flow through your gutters.
- Check your roof, for the same reasons you check for peeling paint.