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Pressure Washing Your Home: When to DIY and When to Call the Pros

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You may have noticed dirt, grime, and debris on the sides of your home, fences, and walkways. This can be the result of the hurricane and rain storms that have visited Central Florida this year. Pressure washing will remove all of the dirt and grime, but it is a major job.

When to DIY

In Central Florida, the reality is that grime build up happens and you need to pressure wash your home to protect the exterior from damage. You may decide to wash down your patio and pool deck with a hose or bucket and scrub brush. This is a smaller job than washing down your house, but it is time-consuming.

You can also rent a pressure washer, attach it to your hose and wash down the fence, driveway, and walkways and even the roof. Regardless of the area, you may find that smaller sections where grime builds up are easy to take care of by yourself or to maintain in between professional power washes.

When to Call the Pros

A professional pressure washing will cover the following:

  • House, soffits, and gutters
  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Steps
  • Pool decks
  • Fencing
  • Roofs

The entire exterior will be professionally washed down with emphasis on the most difficult areas. This includes the corners of stairs and buildings. Dirt usually collects in the corners and backs of outdoor steps and stairways. A professional should use a non-toxic cleaning fluid that breaks up dirt.

The upper stories of your home’s exterior are often difficult to reach. This includes the area under the roof where dirt and mold collect. The patio and pool deck may also require pressure washing along with driveways and walkways. The shady side of a house or fence is likely to have mold and possibly fungus. Algae may grow in brighter parts of the building, fence or walkway.

Protect the area that requires cleaning by adjusting the pressure to accommodate the fragility of the surface. A professional knows how to control the nozzle for the correct pressure. Professional pressure washing equipment is of higher-quality than rental options, so it does a more thorough job than small hand-held units available.

Roof Cleaning is Best Left to the Pros

Having a professional service clean your shingle or tile roof with a non-pressure system is especially important since they require special care to prevent damage. Shingles should be carefully washed with a nontoxic and non-corrosive cleaner that will not harm the surface or underlayment. A non-pressure chemical cleaning is the safest way to clean the roof and ensure no damage. Too much pressure can harm asphalt shingles by washing away the surface granules.

Similar to the shingle roof cleaning, non-pressure chemical tile roof cleaning will kill and remove all mold and mildew present on tile roof without damaging or affecting the integrity of the roof being cleaned. Clay roof tiles often have a sealant to protect against algae and mold. Slate roofing also needs a very gentle wash to prevent delamination of the tiles.


Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab will give your home a new look with a thorough pressure washing. Our company serves Brevard County including Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Rockledge. Non-pressure roof cleaning is also available.