Power washing is a great way to clean the concrete surfaces around the exterior of your home. Oil spills from your car and other types of grime penetrate the surface of driveways, walkways, and sidewalks. They leave undesirable stains that can typically be removed with a proper power washing. How to avoid damage while power washing your concrete should be the next concern.
Can power washing damage your concrete?
If a power washer is used correctly and the concrete around the exterior of your property is in decent condition, then it should not damage your concrete. Although power washing seems straightforward, several factors could affect how it should be done to avoid damage.
What you can do to avoid damaging your concrete surfaces
It is best not to power wash new surfaces. With new concrete, it will need time to bind before it is strong enough to handle a heavy power washing. Older, low density or damaged surfaces could get ruined by a power washer because it is easy for water to get between the cracks. It is essential to use the correct power washer in these situations to make sure that you don’t ruin your concrete.
What type of power washer should you use?
Power washers come in different strengths, which are measured by pounds per square inch (PSI). A washer with a high PSI has a lot of power and should only be used on good quality concrete, while a lower PSI machine is suitable for when there may be issues. It is important to read the instruction that comes with the device because the PSI level of your washer affects how close to the ground you are supposed to hold it.
Power washing often requires the work of a professional. Patriot Services has been providing professional power washing services in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area for several years. Feel free to contact us for an estimate so we can help beautify the exterior of your home.