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Old 12-29-2009, 02:35 PM
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Only way to clean a roof using a power washer and still beable to use low pressure is with an Xjet. Still not the best way to do it. The reason you can't just power wash it on is because by the time that you downstream on your chemicals it would be to weak of a mix. 12volt system will keep your mix good and strong.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:33 PM
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Cleaning Vinyl Siding doesn't require enough pressure to break it. I use only 100psi... Yes 100, not 1000, not 2000, not 3000, not 4000.

What type of chemicals would you prefer in cleaning: vinyl, concrete, brick, and equipment?
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:21 AM
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teach me something :)

I don't powerwash anything but my home and driveway, and some family's. My father bought a powerwasher about 10 yrs ago (a cheap $400 craftsjunk) and told me to powerwash his house (ranch style) and driveway(I had to teach myself). I buy a gallon of the vinyl-siding detergent or concrete detergent, mix it according to the directions, stick the suction hose of the powerwasher into the 5 gallon bucket and set the wand to dispense the soap. I spray about a 10 ft area or so and wait a few minutes then turn the wand to the powerwashing function and blast away, using a fan style pattern. BUT all the dirt doesn't come off...there are times where I have to actually scrub the siding with a scrub brush and then powerwash it. I did a friends home once..that hadn't ever been done. This house was only about 25ft off the road so the front porch was EXTREMELY filthy...I have never seen such filth. Looked like the house went mudding in the woods. I was going to clean all the windows for him but the outside was so filthy I suggested powerwashing it first. I spent like 5 hours just on the porch area which is like 10ft tall by about 50 ft long. How the heck are you guys cleaning these homes so fast and with no power? I certainly don't want to do this for a living, I leave that up to you pros...I just want to be able to clean my home, family, friends, and driveways.

I plan to buy a machine from PRESSURETEK along with a surface cleaner(probably like a 4000 psi, 4-6gpm cold water unit).

I have never been able to just apply detergent and then just rinse it off with garden hose-type pressure and get clean WHITE vinyl-siding. To do a 900 sq ft ranch (my dads) would take the better part of 4-5hrs, to get it clean, not halfassing it.

I would appreciate some help here...as to what chemical to use and how to do it.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:39 AM
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My recommendation to you would be the same I would give any home owner that does it themselves ... It would not be cost effective to buy the contractor grade equipment just to clean your own house. Your money would be better spent hiring a professional Power Wash Company to do the cleaning for you .... The equipment isn't cheap and I see a lot of people who don't know how to use the equipment that end up causing damage to the house. However, if you do go on to buy the equipment from PressureTek, Bob will be able to sell you some good cleaning solutions as well. Until then, if you want some more help, you can give me a call some time. I'd be happy to help.
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:15 AM
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Cleaning Vinyl Siding doesn't require enough pressure to break it. I use only 100psi... Yes 100, not 1000, not 2000, not 3000, not 4000.

You let the Bleach change the pigmet in the Mold?

Does it effectively rinse the dead stuff off, I have seen the mold come back in a very short period of time.

How about chems to prevent the mildew from coming back, up charges for that stuff.

Alot of Landscapers have the license to spray chems. This whole roof cleaning indsutry could be huge in the landscapers add on.

I see the future that Landscapers will be taking a piece of the pie.

Good luck to all the roof guys!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:16 AM
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My recommendation to you would be the same I would give any home owner that does it themselves ... It would not be cost effective to buy the contractor grade equipment just to clean your own house. Your money would be better spent hiring a professional Power Wash Company to do the cleaning for you .... The equipment isn't cheap and I see a lot of people who don't know how to use the equipment that end up causing damage to the house. However, if you do go on to buy the equipment from PressureTek, Bob will be able to sell you some good cleaning solutions as well. Until then, if you want some more help, you can give me a call some time. I'd be happy to help.

I agree Pat, network with these guys and take the Biz. Let them cut lawns and we keep pressure washing.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:15 PM
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I operate both a landscaping company as well as a power washing company. These are some quick tips to preserve the professionalism and price points in powerwashing. Remember, you guys know as well as I do that it sucks to loose a lawn to someone cutting any size lawn for $20. It goes the same for power washers loosing a $300-400+ job to someone who will attempt to do it for 100 bucks or less. $40-50 per man hour may be ok for lawns which are a repetitive business (weekly or bi-weekly, $1000+ over the season per customer) but its not enough for powerwashing which will only be an annual or bi-annual service. Please read these tips and do some research. WE ALL want to remain professional AND profitable in each of our own trades.

1) Washing of vinyl siding should be done with low pressure high volume. This means use of tips other than the colored tips that come with the washer. Homeowner pressure washers typically do not provide enough volume of water. You can recoup the cost of lower end commercial equip with 3 or so jobs (priced correctly)

2) If you are doing this correctly with proper equipment and chemicals you DO NOT need a ladder. 99% of the time you can clean up to 3 stories from the ground using the right equipment, chemicals and nozzles.

3) Household bleach, jomax M1 and other off the shelf chemicals while somewhat effective dont allow for use of low pressure. You should be using 12% sodium Hypochlorite mixed with surfactants and detergents. The darkest mold and mildew will literally melt from the siding with garden hose pressure.

4) You should be aiming for AT LEAST $100+++ per HOUR. Dont price by the hour though. 275-400+ per job average. To some of you out there this may seem crazy but people are happy to pay this sum for effective safe professional results. There home is their largest investment. For guys out there doing lawns remember your typical customer will pay you aprox $1000+ to mow their grass over the season why would it be unreasonable for them to pay 300-700 to have a clean home every year or two.

There is a wealth of helpful folks and info at the power washing forums www.ptstate.com
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:06 PM
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so im gathering that this in a not taped area of interest like theres good money to be maid, like i do field and brush mowing with a quad and mower and that not done alot so i get good buisness
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:32 PM
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This is a great thread!!

Mike knows his stuff, he has helped me many times in the past (yesterday, LOL)
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:38 AM
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Hello Jason how have you been?
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