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Pressure Washing and The Dangers of DIY

The dangers of diy

If you're a homeowner, you're probably aware that many Do It Yourself projects can be fun to do, great opportunities for exercise, and provide an "I did that myself" rush of pride that is satisfying and rewarding. But all DIY projects are not created equal. Pressure washing your home, deck, roof, or fence is one of those projects you want to hire a pro for.

Consider the following factors in choosing between DIY an HP for your pressure washing projects:

Time - First, you'll need the proper equipment, which means you'll need to spend some time and effort researching the many types of pressure washing machines and necessary accessories. A quick Google search for pressure washing machines will provide over 250 million results, so prepare to spend a few years learning about the intricacies of electric vs. gas, pounds of pressure per square inch (psi), and the never-ending array of wands and nozzles. So if you value your free time, you might want to explore an option other than buying your own equipment.

Expense - Lower cost electric machines are fine for watering plants and washing cars, but for tough jobs like driveway cleaning, you'll need to go with a gas-powered machine with much higher psi, and now we're getting into the big bucks. Of course, you could rent a machine, but to determine the right machine for your project, you'll need to do a lot more research.

Damage - Using a high psi pressure washing wand can be like wielding a samurai sword: a powerful, precise instrument that can cause a whole lot of damage if used improperly. Amateur pressure washing can potentially do great harm to your plants, shingles, siding, deck, and even your own body.

Injury - We won't even get into the obvious dangers of ladder balancing and roof scaling, so it's a good idea to avoid those things if possible. But please remember that the water-stream from a pressure washing machine can easily break the skin and cause lacerations and bruises that take an especially long time to heal. DIY also stands for Don't Injure Yourself!

Don't DIY - Hire your local pressure washing pros at Superior Power Washing as an excellent alternative to injury.

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