Power Washing Your Vinyl Siding: Important Dos And Don'ts

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Power washing your home can be an excellent way to maintain its curb appeal and reduce your risk of a pest infestation. However, if you have vinyl siding on your home's exterior, then there are some special precautions you'll need to take so as to thoroughly power wash your home without causing any damage to the siding itself. After all, unlike brick and stone, siding is not quite as durable and poses more of a challenge when power washing.

DO Work From Top to Bottom

When power washing your home, always start at the top and work your way towards the bottom. If you work bottom to top, you'll end up with dirty water dripping down and drying on the areas you just power washed. To make the job as easy as possible, work top to bottom on one section of your home at a time.

DON'T Aim at an Upward Angle

When you power wash siding, it's important to be extremely careful. This means always pointing the power washer stream at the siding from a slightly arched angle downwards. Never point the power wash stream upwards at a section of siding, as this could result in water getting underneath and behind your siding -- possibly causing water damage, mold, and mildew in your home.

DO Keep a Safe Distance

Power washers -- as the name suggests -- have a lot of force behind them. Make sure you know how high of a power setting is safe to use on your siding, and be sure to stay a fair distance away from your home as you use the power washer. The last thing you want is to end up with is cracked, dented, or otherwise damaged siding because you were operating the power washer too close to the surface.

DON'T Spray Doors or Windows

Finally, never spray windows or doors with your power washer. The stream will be too powerful and can very easily end up shattering windows and damaging doors. Lots of homeowners mistakenly believe they can kill two birds with one stone by washing their siding and windows at once, but this is never a good idea! Exercise special care when washing siding in areas around windows and doors, or contact a professional who offers power cleaning services to do your power washing if you're not confident in your abilities. 

By keeping these precautions in mind while power washing your home, you'll be on your way to a clean home exterior in no time.

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Green Living: A Guide to Saving on Energy Usage

Saving money is important in a home with six children. As they grow, the bills seem to grow with them. After paying a particularly high energy bill, I decided that enough was enough. I researched ways that I could make my home more energy efficient without spending a ton of money. To help other parents in the same boat, I created this blog. Helpful tips, such as replacing your home's windows, can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Hopefully, the information provided here can also help preserve the environment and make it a better place for our children.