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bigbavarian 05-07-2010 08:03 AM

Pressure washing a house
 
Hello everyone,

I have been doing odd jobs for a while and have been asked to pressure wash a house. I have seen a few tutorials and it doesn't look hard but I wanted to see if anyone has any tips or recommendations.

Also, any suggestions on estimating a job?

Thank you,

Stephen

CoconutPete 05-11-2010 04:30 PM

What kind of siding is it? We did my buddys house and it came out beautifully, but my vinyl siding is kinda "soft" and I'd be worried if we ever tried it with mine.

Thurman 05-13-2010 06:20 PM

I do this as part of my "Household HandyMan" type business, and spring is the time when everyone calls wanting this done now. Somewhat as "pete" says: Everything will depend on what material(s) are on the side(s) of the home and the size of the home. I do not, by choice, do 1 1/2 or 2 story homes, weak knees on ladders. On brick, I turn mine up, it's a 4000PSI unit, to maybe 3500, use a long wand and go for it. With any wood siding, I turn it down to maybe 1500-1700, and play around to see how close I can get to clean but not damage the wood. Lot's of vinyl siding homes here. I wash them at 1200 with a 25 tip, and do not use bleach. I prefer to use my unit, with a soaping tip, to spray on a cleaner like "Simple Green", "Greased Lightning", or maybe "Purple Stuff", GL seems to work better on mildew stains. I only do one side at the time to prevent soap staining/bleaching. Around here for a typical 1800-2000 sq. ft. home, with gables, I'd be asking around $200-$250 to do the siding and exterior trim. IF they want the entire porch area, etc. added, then I have to add also. Everything will depend on your area, the type siding(s), and what the market will pay there. David


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