Pressure washing helps clean messes that require more than just elbow grease. Its powerful stream of water can lift all sorts of stains from a multitude of surfaces. How do you get a hold of a pressure washer? Having the power of a pressure washer at your fingertips is easy. But with great power comes great responsibility.

Many property owners choose to hire professionals while others rent or purchase equipment and do it themselves. Which option is best for you? This article will touch on some topics you must consider before committing to pressure washing your property alone.

Cost of Service

One of the benefits of DIY pressure washing projects is how cost effective they can be. You are only paying for the equipment you use instead of the labor costs the professionals will charge. Renting is also a lot cheaper than purchasing the physical pressure washer. A washer is estimated at $76-$100 a day with a deposit ranging from $100-$150. Along with the water you use, you should be spending about $93 (assuming you get your deposit back).

Pressure washing by yourself can save you money but there are hidden costs that must not be overlooked. For example, some expenses depend on the severity of the stain, the surface, the type of pressure washer, and amount of time taken. You may need to rent more than anticipated. This includes soap/chemicals for deep stains, gas versus electric pressure washer (gas offers more PSI), and safety equipment. Also, the time it takes to service an entire home for individuals may extend to a few days. When this happens, renting equipment ends up costing the same as a professional. The most important thing to think about is the cost of damage to your property. Pressure washers, if not handled correctly, have enough power to punch holes into siding, damage wood patios, erode cement, and even cause serious injury.

Possible Damages

As stated in the previous paragraph, there is always the possibility of damage when you complete a project by yourself. This is especially true when you are controlling something as powerful as a pressure washer. These machines shoot water at 3,000 pounds-force per square inch (PSI). That’s more than enough force to damage wood, vinyl, concrete, and even physically harm someone. Nothing is worse than a cheap weekend equipment rental ballooning into a multi-thousand dollar repair bill. This is the exact situation many DIY-ers find themselves in when they get in over their head. Even the professionals make mistakes, but a good company will be insured and compensate you for the damage they caused. For simple jobs that are hard to mess up, you can probably get away with doing it yourself. Bigger, more complicated jobs, however, are always better to leave to the pros.

Time Constraints

If you are in need of a full property cleaning you must take into account the time it will take to complete the job. Larger properties like commercial buildings or warehouse facilities could take days by yourself. Even a smaller property like residential homes could take a while alone. Do you have several days to dedicate to this project, let alone the daily rental fees? Larger projects require more manpower. This is where a professional pressure washing company like Washh can help. We tackle commercial, residential, and community properties no matter the size in a matter of hours.

What if you only need to clean a small portion of your property? It may only take you a few hours, which means it should take a team of professionals even less time. The problem here is overpaying for the amount of time and manpower these companies will spend on a project. Hiring a company for six hours that should take them two means you just wasted money on four hours of wasted time. Depending on your ability to complete the smaller project, you may consider pressure washing your own property.

Commercial or DIY?

When choose what direction to take, you should always consider the pros and cons. When you choose to do it yourself, you are able to save a lot of money, but you’ll spend a lot of time and open yourself up to a lot of risk. When you hire a professional, you know the job will be done right and done quickly, but you also stand to spend more money. Ultimately, the decision to DIY a job or go with a commercial solution is up to you and will depend on your own budget and needs. If you need a little help making that decision, however, you can always reach out to us for a free quote. Give us a call at 704.321.8000 or contact us online.