Driveway and sidewalk pressure washing is necessary to ensure the safety of your exterior walking and driving surfaces, as well as for the prevention of costly damages. Let’s explore why.
Mold, dirt, moss, algae, bird droppings and vehicle fluid residues, such as oil, continuously collect on home driveways and sidewalks. As this stuff collects into the small holes of concrete or asphalt, the surface becomes smoother and much less porous. As a result, the traction designed for safe walking and driving slowly erodes.
Over time, the surfaces can become very slick — and dangerous! Slick sidewalks lead to falling down, especially during inclement weather, and slick driveways can lead to sliding tires. Pressure washing keeps your exterior concrete and/or asphalt surfaces porous and safe, the way they were designed.
The build-up of dirt and other substances not only creates slick exterior walking and driving surfaces, the gunk also expands their sealant and structural joints. Expansion also occurs when the seeds from weeds, grass, and trees develop roots under concrete or asphalt soil. Joint expansion then leads to significant surface damage, such as cracks and holes with sprouting weeds and grass, which can be very costly to repair.
Pressure washing prevents this damage from occurring, before rooting even has a chance to start.
Home Interior Safety & Prevention
Pressure washing your home driveway and sidewalks keeps the surfaces clean. Consider how often you walk on these surfaces, and how quickly the same mold, dirt, moss, pollen, and other allergens can get into your home, simply from the soles of your shoes. The unsafe substances can also get into your home interior through your HVAC unit.
Keeping your driveway and sidewalks clean creates a cleaner, safer home environment, from the outside-in.
When it comes to caring for your gutters, it is often in your best interest to hire a professional to do the job for you. Here are three reasons why.
It Is Your Safest Option
Perhaps the best reason to hire a professional to clean your gutters for you is because it is by far the safest option. Anytime you are climbing high on a ladder, you risk falling down and hurting yourself. This risk is increased if you are using tools to try to clean your gutters. In contrast, a professional will be well-trained on how to maintain a high level of safety, while at the same time successfully cleaning your gutters.
They Provide A Full Inspection
If your gutters haven’t been cleaned in a while, it is probably very important that they have a full inspection. Thankfully, this is something that is provided when you hire a professional to clean your gutters. As they are going along all of your gutters and cleaning them out, they will be looking for any issues with your gutters, such as cracks, holes, disconnected gutters, etc. If they do find an issue, they will let you know right away and give you an estimate on how much it will cost to fix it for you.
They Get The Job Done Quickly
When a professional is hired to clean your gutters for you, they will be able to get the job done in a very reasonable amount of time. This allows you to check this item off of your list and move forward. In contrast, if you are trying to clean your gutters on your own, you will likely have several other obligations that slow you down and make completing the task very difficult.
To hire a professional to clean your gutters today, visit us at Patriot Services.
There are a few rare trailblazers who go all-out on Christmas light installation and spend six months preparing, buying, hanging — and more hanging to get a showcase look. For those of us who are more on the practical side but still want an awe-inspiring display, hiring a professional is the way to go!
It may seem like a simple thing to hang some Christmas lights at great heights, but unless you’re a professional roofer, there’s significant danger involved. From becoming light-headed and unsteady to back, neck, and shoulder pains, hanging Christmas lights can be hazardous business.
Exterior Christmas lights aren’t cheap, no matter how they’re installed, but do you have the right equipment on hand to install them? You’ll need a really tall ladder, and depending on where you want the lights installed, possibly different types of ladders. You’ll also need a quality staple gun, or some way to install the lights without damaging the exterior of your house. Plus, if you think you can get away with cheap push pins, you may have to reconsider where you want to hang your lights!
If you’re really fast, you might be able to install Christmas lights at the rate of one minute per linear foot. How many linear feet are we talking here? In other words, unless you’re willing to devote at least an entire day or two (or three) to installing lights, hiring a professional is far less time-consuming.
You’ve seen it before: overly ambitious Christmas-light DIY-ers who dreamed big and ended-up with a chaotic, dissected rainbow of a mess. Think Christmas Lights Gone Wrong. That’s because what you think you see isn’t always what you wind-up doing — or what you get — when it comes to detailed light installation. Professionals, on the other hand, have done this kind of thing before.
Let us help you turn your Christmas light vision into reality. Contact us today for quality, safe, and professional service.
Holiday lighting is a great way to make this holiday season feel merrier. In fact, installing Christmas lights may have even more impact this year because some of your usual activities have probably been restricted. Let us help you brighten your holidays with a beautiful custom light installation that’s also easy and affordable.
Do It for Yourself:
You and your family may be spending more time at home this holiday season. Festive Christmas lights can make your celebrations more exciting and help you to stay hopeful. Brightening up your surroundings encourages a positive outlook. Your family will be able to enjoy all the fun things you can do together at home from baking cookies to watching your favorite Christmas movies.
Do It for Your Neighbors:
We’ll all be better off if we can find ways to spread good cheer around our neighborhoods this Christmas. Each time your neighbors walk or drive by, they’ll get a happy greeting from your holiday lights. It’s the kind thing to do, especially for people at higher risk who have to stay close to home, and for children who often have a harder time understanding that current conditions are temporary.
All this holiday cheer is safe, convenient, and affordable too. We’ll talk with you to decide on a lighting design perfect for your home, and then we do all the work. We even come back to take your lights down and store them until next year. You also enjoy a discount on decorating and maintenance after the first year because your lights will be paid off.
This may be a busy season for holiday lighting, so contact us today at Patriot Services in the DFW area to book a date. The sooner we get started, the better we can work together to plan a Christmas light installation that you and your neighbors will love.
Your home is your palace, and as such, it should look the part. Sadly though, most people concentrate much on the interior of their homes, neglecting the outside. Pressure washing is a deep cleaning method where they use pressurized water to clean the exterior of your home. It is one of the best ways of cleaning when it comes to fences, driveways, and even the roofs. Let us check out some benefits of pressure washing around your home.
Improves General Health
Did you know that mildew and mold could have some grave health issues? Removing them will go a great way to reduce this health hazard and leave you living healthy. Plus, if someone has allergies, it is imperative to consider pressure washing the home to ease the situation.
Increases the Value of your Home
If perhaps you are considering putting your house on sale, pressure washing the exterior will go a long way to increase the value of your home and make it even more appealing to your potential buyer. A clean house with a well-kept exterior impresses buyers and sells quickly.
When elements and moisture are left to build up over time, it eventually causes damage to the exterior surfaces. The damage could get permanent if left to sit for long periods. Pressure washing helps to avoid permanent damage, allowing you to enjoy your home comfortably.
A home is a vital investment that needs protection at all costs. It needs to be repainted at times to keep it looking the part. Regular pressure washing may save you from repeat painting. Pressure washing is a lot cheaper as compared to repainting.
Everybody is now looking for more environmentally friendly ways of doing things. Pressure washing does not only keep your household safe and healthy but so does your environment.
There are times when your house looks a little grimy, but you are unsure about having it pressure washed. Fortunately, you don’t have to go all the way with power washing in order to clean it. You can take a gentler route in cleaning your home’s exterior with soft washing. There are many benefits to soft washing your home.
Power washing is defined mostly by the pressure the water is under. It typically sprays out water and solution at 750 to 30,000 psi, which blasts away any unwanted dirt and grime.
Soft washing, however, uses an electric sprayer that pumps out water and solution at 40 to 80 psi. Soft washing also often uses more gentle cleaning chemicals, such as biodegradable disinfecting solutions.
This lighter touch means soft washing is good for more fragile materials, such as asphalt roof shingles. It also allows a sprayer to apply less of a chemical solution to a spot. That will lift away the offending grime while still babying the house.
As you might imagine, this lighter touch is useful when you have algae growing on a relatively fragile material. It will remove the unsightly spots without chipping the paint.
You should also consider soft washing the moment you see mold and mildew in or on the house. Mold and mildew can trigger allergic reactions and cause respiratory problems. Mildew-laden and moldy siding also attract pests such as termites by giving them food and housing.
Then there are more aesthetic reasons to use the process. Soft washing can leave your home looking shiny and new for a long time which makes it a good thing to do when you are considering selling your house or when you first move in. It will increase the curb appeal for potential buyers and your guests.
Another house that could use soft washing is one that has suffered several months of severe weather. Storms and severe winds can deposit dirt on your home and make it look shabby. The gentle cleaning will spruce up your house, lifting the mood of everyone around it.
As a homeowner, gutter cleaning is one of those things you put on your list to do, and then continue to put-off doing. Here’s why you need gutter cleaning for better health.
Molds & Allergens & Diseases
While you might just think harmless leaves are in your gutter, there’s actually pools of stagnant water right next to your roof and your walls. Mold grows all too easily. Even in a teaspoon of water with another teaspoon close by, mold will grow and spread rapidly.
Some molds are relatively harmless, but others are awful for your health, especially your lungs. When water just sits there in your gutter and grows mold, the mold will spread into your house, and you might not know it until years later when it’s seeped through your ceilings and walls to the surface.
Allergens are certainly going to collect in your gutters, especially in the Spring and Summer when pollen collects everywhere it can. Plus, diseases can lie hidden in your gutters when they’re left unclean, which isn’t a good thought for anyone.
Spiders & Insects
Even if you’re not afraid of spiders and insects in your gutters, some of them can bite you, and some of them like to travel into your house, one way or another. Lots of bugs like the conditions of unclean gutters, and mosquitoes love the wet areas.
The cleaner your gutters, the less likely anything is going to want to live in them.
Nests & Infestations
Not only do mold and bugs like stagnant water, leaves, sticks, so do birds and rodents. Sure, the birds might be cute, but the pressure, movement, feces, and other things that come along with them isn’t cute at all.
Rodents such as mice and squirrel may also find refuge in your unclean gutter, and the more they infest, the more likely there are to make their way into your attic or crawl space and find another nest.
Vinyl siding is a great material to use for siding your home. It is lightweight, impact resistant, and it is quite affordable to boot. However, it doesn’t matter what you side your home with. If it is exposed to the outdoors, it will be exposed to dirt and moisture. Over time, the dirt will affect the appearance of your home and the moisture may even cause it to grow algae, mold, or mildew.
The solution to dirty siding for some is to grab a scrub brush and go to town. However, after scrubbing a few square feet, you will definitely be considering hiring someone to come out and pressure wash the rest of it because scrubbing is a lot like work. However, can vinyl siding stand up to the water pressure? The answer is a resounding yes.
While it is true that a high level of water pressure can cause some fading and ugly scarring on vinyl siding, but this only happens when those inexperienced with a pressure washer try to do it. When you choose a professional service to come pressure wash your vinyl siding, they know exactly what pressure to use and what technique works best to remove dirt from those tough ridges. Furthermore, a technician will use lower water pressure, but are aided by a landscaping-safe cleaning solution added to the water that dissolves dirt, algae, mold, mildew, and cobwebs. In effect, a professional pressure washer can clean your home in a couple of hours, saving you a lot of potentially back-breaking work.
If your vinyl siding is looking a little rugged and you don’t fancy a day of scrubbing added onto your to-do list, contact us today. Patriot Services can get siding made of any material and even your windows perfectly clean in a fraction of the time.
Your home’s gutters are a very important part of the general structure of the house. However, to enjoy the benefits of gutter cleaning that they offer, you have to clean them regularly. With that said, here are some reasons why you should hire professionals to clean your gutters.
Your home’s gutters prevent water during the rainy season from getting stagnant on the roofs and on the walls, which can lead to mold in your home.
Gutters collect rainwater and prevent annoying splashes on porches and patios. They prevent the facade from getting dirty and stained. When not cleaned, gutters will collect everything along with water: moss, dust, dirt, but also more voluminous remains of dead birds to plastic bags and tree limbs.
Normal gutter maintenance is easy and comes down to cleaning to avoid clogging. You should also do preventive cleaning both in the fall and spring.
Failure to clean gutters will cause moisture stains to appear on the inside and outside of your home, causing mold growth and other structural problems. Professional gutter cleaners will first clean your gutters to remove all debris, then wash the channels with a hose that has enough pressure to finish flushing the dirt out.
The previous cleaning step you must do several times a year because in most cases leaves and sticks are difficult to remove. Your cleaning company might also have to remove pieces of the gutters to remove the dirt. Avoiding to hire professionals to properly clean your gutters causes the moisture to stay there and cause the channels to rust, rot, and corrode. If there is rust inside the channels, they must be removed and replaced, or use special roofing cement to coat the entire surface so that it doesn’t rust again.
For more information about gutter cleaning services, please contact us.
Making mistakes while washing your windows can be surprisingly pricey. Look out for these accidental window cleaning mistakes:
1. Scratching the Glass
Professionals often use scraping tools or razor blades to detail home windows. Now that professional tools are often easy to find on the marketplace, DIYers with good intentions but little training can scratch their windows. These tools require a lot of precision, experience, and knowledge of what angle works best for different stains and muck. It’s like trying a straight razor shave on your face without training.
Even without the use of these sharp tools, abrasive pads and cleaners can also scratch up glass window surfaces.
2. Puncturing the Seal
Around the edge of your window, you might find caulk, adhesive, and other seals. As you scrub away dirt stuck around the edge, it can start peeling up and uncovering the components below. These holes can allow moisture into the walls. While this won’t lead to the infamous air leak between vacuum-sealed panes of glass, it can cause other long-term problems.
3. Missing Hard to Reach Spots
It’s often simple enough to clean windows on the ground floor. But second-story windows, accent windows near raised ceilings, and skylights are too tricky to safely get to. You can hose them down from afar (and this can cause even more problems we’ll discuss later), but that will leave behind splotches and anything too tough for water alone to cleanse away.
4. Damaging the Surroundings If You Use a Pressure Washer
Pressure washing your windows is a great solution, but only if you hire a professional. Every surface needs — or more importantly, can handle — a certain psi. The soft siding surrounding your windows is more vulnerable than your windows, which, in turn, may be vulnerable to the default setting you use on your driveway.
Don’t worry about making these window cleaning mistakes. Instead, call Patriot Services for a hassle-free window cleaning appointment. Our team will leave your windows sparkling clean without a trace of damage.