You have a busy schedule, and as such, you need to be able to work appointments into it. Pressure washing a home should be one of those appointments. It not only makes your home look great, but it can help keep it healthy as well. Unfortunately, the time it takes to pressure wash your home will vary. A solid pressure washing company can give you an accurate estimate, but there are factors that can help you anticipate the time. How Long Does Pressure Washing A Home Take?
Size of Your Home
Obviously a 1,000 square foot home can be pressure washed much faster than a two-story 4,000 square foot home. There is just more surface area that needs to be done. Furthermore, if a home has more than one story, the technician may need to get ladders out in order to reach certain areas. This takes time.
How Dirty Is Your Home?
If your home hasn’t been pressure washed in 20 years, for example, it will take much longer to get it clean. This is why pressure washing companies can’t honestly say that ever five square feet can take five minutes. It also depends on how much dirt needs to be removed from those five square feet. The longer that mildew and dirt has been on your siding, the tougher it can be to wash away.
Every single home is unique in its own way. Every home has landscaping in different places and architecture can vary. Environmental factors that can add onto time include:
- Type of siding on a home
- Areas of heavy soiling like algae growth
- Difficult to reach areas of siding
- Trees or tall landscaping located near the home
All the above will add on time, but the best answer to this question is to talk to a pressure washing company. They will give you a solid estimate on how long pressure washing a home take. If your home needs pressure washing services, contact us today to see what Patriot Services can do for you.
Whether you own a business, a home, or both, proper window washing goes beyond a squeegee or the right bottle of cleaner. While we can agree that dirty windows are unsightly, there are other reasons to have your windows cleaned regularly and by a professional. The need for window cleaning is crystal clear.
Dirty windows cost your business money. Especially with the rise of online shopping, the need for clean windows is higher than ever. Customers can’t see your display through smudges, fingerprints, and exterior grime, not to mention the impression this leaves about your business. Clean windows, along with a tidy environment in general, also improve employee morale.
Not only do clean windows allow you to enjoy the view outside your home, but leaving dirt and debris on your windows for too long actually shortens their lifespan. Over time, the build-up weakens the glass, and some substances such as sap and bark cause small pits or indentations. Cleaning your home’s windows regularly also keep insects out of window channels. Dead insects can build up in those places, making the windows harder to open and unsafe in an emergency. Additionally, frequent cleaning keeps pests such wasps from taking up residence there.
How Often Should I Clean My Windows?
Windows should be cleaned no less than once every two months. If you live in a forest, especially during pollen season, or in a city, which is subject to dust and pollution, it’s best to wash them every month. Discuss your needs with a professional to establish the best window-cleaning schedule for your home or business. Keep in mind that regular cleanings are easier and more cost-efficient than waiting to do a yearly scrub down.
DIY Versus Hiring a Professional
It’s time to ditch that paper towel and bottle of ammonia-based cleaner. Especially on the exterior, this usually only pushes the dirt around, leaving you with streaky glass and a sore arm. A professional window cleaning service uses effective, industry-standard products and equipment which leave windows crystal clear and don’t damage glass or panes. After all, windows are an investment and it matters who you’re entrusting with their care. Patriot Services uses a purified water system and glass-safe, abrasive scrubbers which don’t leave any spots or streaks behind. If you have a two-story home or multi-floor business, paying someone else to climb a ladder or scaffold is well worth it for the peace of mind alone. Window cleaning is a tough and physically demanding job, and hiring a professional ensures it will be done properly and safely.
At Patriot Services, your windows are in good hands. Give us a call today and let us shine for you!
Maybe you’d like to have power washing done on your home, but you’re not sure how to work it into your schedule. Our soft washing technique is designed to clean your home without any damage from excess pressure so you can feel secure going to work or taking care of other responsibilities on the day of service. All you need to do is take a few simple precautions, and then come home and enjoy your freshly cleaned home.
Doors and Windows:
Double check any opening where water could get through. That includes securely closing and locking your doors and windows, and letting us know about any leaks.
Pets and Plants:
Our cleaning products won’t cause any chemical damage to plants, animals or people. However, you’ll want to remove any potted plants from the area where we’ll be working. Landscape plants can be watered or covered with plastic. If your pets will be at home, keep them inside and away from doors and windows to minimize any stress. This may be a good day for doggie day care if you know your dog tends to get anxious around strangers or noise.
Other Objects and Devices:
Inspect the area for anything that should not be exposed to water and the assorted debris that will be getting cleaned off the outer surfaces of your house. Move your things out of the way or cover them carefully with plastic if they’re fixed in place. Be sure to clear your driveway too. Put electrical devices and fragile porch decorations in the garage for the day. Roll up your rugs and take down your door wreath. Unplug electrical cords and cover up the outlets.
Contact us at Patriot Services if you’re interested in power washing and other services for your home or business in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Read our testimonials and see why we’ve earned more than 200 five star reviews.
Cleaning out your gutters is an easy task to forget for every homeowner, but if you continue to let them fill, it will have expensive consequences. Keeping clean gutters is a way to primarily prevent water damage to your home. As your gutter continue to fill up with leaves, sticks, and other debris, any bit of rain will see that debris swept towards the downspout.
Unfortunately, debris isn’t often easily flushed out the downspout, but instead forms a clog. Once this happens, the water will find other ways to get out. It will build up in your gutters and spill over the sides. This is where your problems begin. If water is overflowing over your gutters, it causes problems like:
- The water that overflows from your gutters is being dropped straight on your foundation. This can cause basement flooding or damage to your slab over time, especially during particularly wet years.
- Overflowing water often gets on to your soffit and fascia. The soffit will often have small holes to help get air to your attic, which will let water in. The fascia, which can be made from wood or vinyl, is prone to rotting or mold growth.
- If your gutters are hung particularly tight to the roof, it can also invite water right under your shingles, promoting wood rot and roof damage.
Fortunately, gutter cleaning need not be a major pain point in your life. If you don’t want to climb up a ladder and scrap leaves out of your gutter every season, why not have someone else do it? If your gutter needs cleaned, but you don’t want to be the one to do it, contact us today. The professionals at Patriot Services are skilled in making homes look beautiful, and we are no strangers to dealing with overflowing gutters.
Anyone that has ever washed a dish, washed clothes, or even taken a shower will know that when it comes to the temperature of water that is best for the job, hot water is the way to go. However, most people imagine pressure washing as a cold water only sort of affair. This isn’t the case. In fact, if you are looking for a pressure washing service, one that offers hot water pressure washing is usually an indicator of a good service.
In many cases, cold water can get the job done with pressure washing. Combined with a detergent, it can remove many stains, but like with washing your dishes, hot water gets the job done better. The molecules in hot water move faster, and as such, collide with stains more often. This makes them better at dissolving and breaking down everything from dirt to oil compared to cold water.
It is not that cold water cannot remove these stains, but it will often take a higher pressure to remove stains like oil whereas hot water can do it faster and with less pressure. Hot water also comes with a few extra benefits including being a natural sanitization method. This means it not only removes unwanted stains like algae and mold, but it will actually kill the spores. What this ultimately means for your home is that it will often stay cleaner for longer compared to cold washes. Of course, this is really only a benefit form buildings that have frequent mold or algae problems. Buildings will still get dirty from ambient dirt blowing in the air.
Many homeowners don’t realize that a hot water pressure washing is even an option. However, if we have piqued your interest, contact us today. Our services can help your home or business look as good as new again.
Dirt, dust, cobwebs, bird droppings, mold, algae, exhaust – If you own commercial property, your buildings are at risk for all these harsh elements and many more. Not only do these contaminants affect how your building looks, but eventually, if left unchecked, exposure to these elements will degrade the exterior to the point where it needs more than a simple cleaning. However, this can all be prevented with regular pressure washing, but what exactly does it have to offer to your commercial building?
Maintain The Property Value
You may not have any plans for selling your commercial property now, but there will come a day when you might want to. While you may still find buyers for a badly aged building, people will pay much more for a building that has seen its fair share of maintenance and still looks great despite its age. Pressure washing slows down the degradation of a building’s exterior and keeps to looking better for longer.
If someone could put the same building side by side and pressure wash one regularly while letting the other be at the full mercy of the environment, the difference would be shocking. Even just minor cobwebs can affect the exterior appearance in a major way.
Create a Healthy Environment
Not only do external contaminants look bad, they aren’t great for your health either. Bird droppings can carry diseases, mold can be toxic, and general grime is attractive to insects and other invaders. By engaging in regular commercial pressure washing, you can control these contaminants to keep your building workers and the customers that visit there healthier.
Are you a building owner and sick of trying to clean the exterior with ineffective and outdated methods? Contact us today to see what the power of pressure washing can do to help your building maintenance.
Window cleaning seems like a simple enough task that anyone can do it, so why would you bother hiring a professional cleaner to do it for you? It turns out that there are plenty of good reasons why hiring a professional to clean your windows is a great idea, for both residential and commercial properties. And in this post, we will take a look at a couple of the biggest perks of hiring the pros.
- They Have The Right Cleaning Products: Just as a hair stylist has high end beauty products that you wouldn’t find in your cabinet at home, so too does a professional cleaner have cleaning products that you might not necessarily have at your commercial building or home property. And those cleaning products are designed to provide the highest quality window cleaning possible. If you want windows that not only won’t streak after cleaning, but remain cleaner and clearer for longer, opt for a professional commercial cleaner who is armed with the right gear.
- They Are Helping You Improve Your Brand Identity: If you run a business and own or rent commercial property, running a company doesn’t give you a lot of free time. And it is highly unlikely that you have the time of day to think about how clean your windows are when there are more pressing matters at hand. However, the truth is that the appearance and cleanliness of your windows plays a role in the way the public perceives your professional image. The level of cleanliness also affects the strength of your brand identity. If you want a company image that exudes pristine cleanliness, hire a professional cleaner who will be able to routinely clean your windows when you don’t have the time.
- Clean, Clear Windows Make Your Home More Beautiful: Although you may be able to clean your windows in your home without the help of a professional, the truth is the final result won’t look as flawless. Additionally, cleaning all the windows in your home can end up taking several hours. And if you’re doing that on a regular basis, that’s a lot of time accumulated that could be spent on other things (like hanging out with the family). By investing in professional window cleaning for your home, you can enjoy a beautiful home and have enough free time to spend with loved ones.
For more information, give us a call today to learn more about all of our window cleaning and maintenance services.
Spring is the perfect time to think about preparing the exterior of one’s home for spring and summer parties, including events such as high school and college graduation parties, a child’s birthday party or perhaps just a casual get together for family members and friends. Of course, after a long winter of chilly temperatures, a home’s exterior often looks a little neglected. Since warmer temperatures typically means family schedules become even more busy, it can be quite challenging for a homeowner to find the time to take care of all those outdoor chores begging for attention.
Spring is always a great time to spruce up the exterior of a home. It’s probably been at least several months since residents have even taken a walk around their home, so they may not be aware of the less than ideal appearance of their home. During the winter season, dirt, leaves, and other types of grime had plenty of time to creep into all the crevices around windows, and the local birds may have left several “presents” on both the glass and other surfaces of the windows.
Spring is also a good time to clean up a home’s exterior since it is just prior to the premiere time for family outdoor events — when homeowners are inviting guests over for a variety of special parties and other outdoor activities. For many busy homeowners, the party and/or event planning itself is enough to fill their plate, leaving no time for outdoor cleaning and preparation.
Why Patriot Services?
We clean all of a home’s exterior window surfaces so homeowners can focus on the activities that are most important to them — like planning an outdoor party for their child’s first birthday, a college graduation, or a Memorial Day bash. No matter how high or how large the window, we make sure it is cleaned thoroughly and is free of spots when we are finished.
If you need help getting ready for your family’s outdoor events this year, we can help! Please contact us today to set up an appointment.
When you hire a team to pressure wash your home, you are taking a great step towards a cleaner and more beautiful exterior. However, pressure washing can be dangerous to plants in the right circumstances. Pressure washing companies are typically very careful not to trample on plants as well as not to spray the highly pressurized water on plants either. The problem comes from the fact that most pressure washing companies use a technique called soft washing to safely clean houses.
Soft washing uses a lower water pressure that poses less of a risk to the exterior but uses additives like bleach to clean effectively. As you would expect, bleach can be harmful plant life. In most homes, the vegetation should be planted far enough from the home to avoid direct exposure to soft washing, but steps still need to be taken to protect from splash back.
When soft washing the exterior of the home, typically the best protection from splash back is to wet the plants before soft washing. This layer of moisture will protect the leaves from chemical burns caused by the bleach additive. As the amount of bleach used is typically not enough to cause serious damage, a coat of water is more than enough protection.
In some cases, companies may also use tarps to protect any landscaping. However, tarp usage is more common with soft washing roofing when a lot of water has the potential to spill over gutters and onto the plants below. Tarps are only used when there is a large potential of exposure and a coat of water will not be enough to protect the plant.
You put a lot of effort into your landscaping, and you deserve a home that looks just as good. If you are looking into pressure washing for your home, contact us today to see what we can do for you.
Cleaning your gutters is just one of those things you have to do. The gutters play a crucial part in ferrying away rain so it doesn’t run down the side of your home, eventually damaging organic materials and inviting mold growth. The biggest obstacles in your gutter? It is the leaves, for sure. Handful after handful of leaves is a huge pain, but there are strategies you can employ to limit the amount of wet leaf mush you need to pull out of the gutters throughout the year.
It is generally never a great thing when a tree grows branches over your roof. Primarily, if those branches fall, they land right on your expensive rooftop. Furthermore, those branches also shed leaves directly into your gutters. It is a great idea to trim those branches away.
Find Problem Trees
When cleaning your gutters, you will probably note some leaves more than others or you will have to clean the gutters more often due to spring shedding of organic matter from trees like maples. If you see one tree leaf in particular or a lot of spring shedding in your gutters. It may be worthwhile to remove problem trees.
Get a Gutter Guard
If you want to defeat the leaf menace in your gutters for good, you could always consider a gutter guard. Unfortunately, you will still need to keep the leaves off the guard as well to promote good drainage. This can be an issue if you have a lot of leaf build up on your roof as well.
There is one final solution, and it is the easiest of all. If you have a leaf build up in your gutters, why not just hire us to clean it out? Contact us today and we can help you get clean gutters without a day spent precariously balanced on a ladder.