If you were a homeowner living in the northeast or midwest, you would probably laugh if someone said that you should pressure wash your windows and home during the winter months. In areas where the winter months stay below 35 degrees, there’s no sense in pressure washing the home, although it technically can be done. Snow can cause hazardous driving conditions quickly, which means if you schedule a service, there’s a chance the crew may not make it out because of the snow. Chemicals used for soft washing services work slower in colder temperatures, so the whole process will certainly take longer. In the end, it’s better for people who live in colder climates to wait until spring for pressure washing services.
But down in Houston, our temperatures rarely drop so drastically. Sure, we have snow occasionally, but according to VisitHouston.com, the city has recorded only 14 snowfalls since 1939. Throughout the winter months of December, January and February, the temperature usually remains in the mid-60s, which means we don’t have to worry as much about freezing pipes, heavy snowfalls on our roofs or freezing air coming in through our windows.
Unlike those in the northern parts of the United States, we in Houston do have to continue to pay attention to the care and quality of our windows, and that means we need to keep up with our pressure washing services even in the cold.
Here’s why it’s important to keep up with pressure washing services in Houston during the winter and how to schedule regular services.
Why is it important to do pressure washing services in winter
Just because the temperature drops in the winter doesn’t mean all other weather just stops. In the northern parts of the United States, this would be pretty common, but in Houston, the weather stays too nice for other types of weather to just stop. That’s why it’s still fairly common to see a lot of rain in winter time around Houston.
Because the weather stays mild in Houston during the winter, dirt, mud and mold can still build up on different surfaces outside of your home. Since rain is still somewhat common, dirt and mud can end up splattered all over your home. Leaves falling down from the trees can stick to your windows and siding.
Of course, your own little messes won’t start just because winter has come to Houston. Oil drips from your car can still stain your driveway and garage floor if you’re not careful. Other stains like drips from a lawn mower or weed wacker can also stain your driveway, and after a while, those stains can make your driveway look older and dirty.
Around the outside of your home, mold can still build up on surfaces and start to eat away at them, especially wood. Mold usually grows in damp, dark and warm places, and though temperatures drop in the winter, all it takes is one really nice day for mold to get its grip on your deck or fence. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours, and if the temperature stays warm enough, mold can start to grow on your surfaces.
If you schedule regular pressure washing and soft washing services, you can bet that mold will never get the chance to start growing around the outside of your home. By taking care of mold in the winter, you’ll be setting yourself up for success in the summer when mold really becomes a problem in Houston.
Why pressure washing services are good for your home
We always recommend property owners have regular pressure washing services for a number of reasons, including:
- Maintain property value: Your home puts up with a lot, from wind and rain to smoke and pollution. All of those natural and man-made elements can beat up on your home’s exterior. Regular pressure washing services keeps your home looking bright and clean.
- Protect your family’s health: Overtime, mold, mildew and algae can build up on the exterior of your home. If you have someone in your family who is allergic to any of those substances, they can be at risk. If no pressure washing services are done, that mold and mildew can even start to move into your home.
- Increase your curb appeal: If you’re thinking of selling your home soon, then you know that there’s nothing more important than your home’s curb appeal. It’s the first thing prospective buyers see when they pull up to your home, and while many buyers know that they can always fix up the exterior themselves, it’s still a negative against your home. Other homes out there may already have a clean exterior, and you may have a hard time getting any interest in your property.
- Prepare for renovations: If you’re planning to build an addition to your home or even redo your exterior paint, it’s better to start off with a clean slate. Pressure washing services can clear out debris from tight crevices and prepare you home for any renovations you may be planning.
No matter what you need done to your home, it’s always better to have it cleaned regularly. That’s where pressure washing services make the biggest difference.
How do pressure washing services work
At Advantage Pro Services, we have a tried-and-true method of doing pressure washing services. Our practice helps us cover the entirety of the property we visit and ensures that no part of the property is neglected and ignored. We know that part of our service’s value comes from our expertise in spotting potential problems around the property and alerting the property owners.
When our experts arrive at your property, the first thing they do is walk around the whole place to get a feel for what they’re working with. This also allows them to scope out potential problem spots and grab the right equipment. If a tall ladder is needed, it’s good to know that before getting started. Doing this walkthrough also helps our technicians look for potential safety hazards. If they notice the ground is uneven in one spot, they’ll know in advance not to put the ladder in that spot.
Once our experts have taken a good look around the property, then it’s time to get started. Our experts come fully equipped to do the requested job, so you can be sure that they’ll have the right chemicals for a soft wash and industrial-strength equipment to do a thorough pressure washing service.
As it is still winter time, our experts will sometimes need to adjust work. When scheduling pressure washing services in winter, you need to know a few things:
- It’s better to start a pressure washing services later in the day during winter. This gives the sun more time to warm up, and the sun will help dry your windows and siding.
- Chemicals used in soft washing services can work slower in colder temperatures. As such, your soft washing services may take a little longer depending on the temperature for that day.
- Since pressure washing services in winter are somewhat dependent on good weather, look ahead and choose a warm day to schedule your services.
Finally, once our technicians are finished with your property, it’s time for one final walkthrough. This gives our experts the opportunity to clean any spots that might have been missed or go back over surfaces with stubborn stains. Our experts will also clean up after themselves, making it look as if you’re property was just naturally clean.
Additionally, our experts are always happy to answer any questions you might have about your property and pressure washing services. If you’ve got a question, don’t hesitate to ask. Part of our service involves making sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work.
Pressure washing services during the holidays
During the holiday season, you have a million thoughts on your mind at once. You’ve got to think about buying gifts, decorating your home and cooking for the holiday parties you plan to host or attend. And during that time, you also have to think about cleaning your home and keeping it spiffy for guests who may be staying for several nights with you.
Everyone wants to make a good impression on their guests, and while cleaning the inside of your home is important, the house’s exterior can be just as vital. For one thing, the exterior is the first impression you give others when they arrive for a party or an overnight visit. If your sidewalk and driveway look dingy, you can bet your guests will notice right away.
Even if they don’t notice a dirty front walkway or driveway, they will certainly notice dirty windows when they try to look outside. Windows with too many smudges and streaks block your beautiful views, and your guests will certainly wonder what made your windows look so dingy. When all your holiday lights are glowing around your windows, it’s easy to tell when you haven’t pressure washed your windows for a while.
With all the other festivities going on around this time of year, don’t make pressure washing another chore that needs to be done. Instead, schedule pressure washing services before your guests arrive, so your home is always looking pretty and bright when your guests arrive.
Why Advantage Pro Services should be your go-to expert for pressure washing services
At Advantage Pro Services, we know how hard you work every day to keep your home in great condition. You see your home as an investment, one you hope will pay off when you’re ready to retire or start the next chapter of your life. As a seasoned homeowner, you know that little investments in the upkeep of your property will pay off in spades when it comes time to sell your home. That’s why you’re diligent about keeping up with home-improvement projects all year round.
Advantage Pro Services has been serving the greater Houston area for over 20 years. In that time, we’ve become the go-to choice for window cleanings, pressure washing services and gutter cleaning services to over 13,000 homeowners and business owners. Our superior work has earned the trust of the community, and we strive to keep that trust.
All of our technicians are expertly trained to handle each project with the care and attention they would pay to their own homes. Since we’ve been in the business for so long, our technicians have seen everything, so no matter how large or small your property is or how intricate your property looks, there’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Our technicians are prepared to tackle large homes in the suburbs of Houston and the mom-and-pop shops of Houston’s many beautiful neighborhoods.
Our experts can pressure wash sidewalks, driveways, siding, fences, decks and so much more. We know that stains can seemingly appear out of nowhere, leaving unslightly stains on your driveway, patio and deck. Our experts have seen just about every type of stain in the book, and they’re not afraid to go after even the toughest stains on your surfaces.
Of course, pressure washing services aren’t about just blasting away at a surface until it’s clean. We know that wooden decks and fences as well as windows need to be treated with care. That’s why our soft washing services use a blend of chemicals to gently get rid of dirt and debris without hurting your siding, decks or fences. Soft washing can take care of mold and mildew build up while also getting rid of streaks on siding and windows. Wooden decks and fences are especially prone to mold buildup, so having regular soft washing services will help those surfaces last a little longer. It’s just one way to keep your property in good condition and help you get more years out of your investments.
So remember: In Houston, pressure washing services aren’t just for the spring and summer months. If you neglect your driveway, siding and deck during the winter months, you could wind up with bigger problems when spring starts.
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