Spring is a time of renewal, a time when we leave the cold of winter behind and delight in the appearance of new growth and warm days. Many homeowners are inspired to tackle home improvement or maintenance items as the days grow longer and the weather warms.
From clearing your gutters of the debris from fall and winter to giving those grill grates a good wire scrubbing so that they’re ready to cook some delicious chicken, burgers and kabobs, we all use spring as a time to “make things right.” If you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s appearance and value on a grander scale, put these chores on your spring cleaning list.
A good place to start your spring cleaning is with your home’s exterior. Periodic pressure washing is part of a home’s regular maintenance and can help homeowners avoid far more costly repair work.
Your home’s siding has probably built up a lot of gunk over the winter months, and a good power wash is just what you need to get rid of it. If you spot mold or mildew on your siding, fill the pressure washer with a mixture of 1 part bleach to 4 parts water to disinfect it.
For dirt and other stains, just toss some cleaning detergent in the water and you’ll be able to wash them away with ease. Just be careful not to crank the power up too high or you could damage your siding.
Fix Up the Driveway
There’s a good chance a few cracks have found their way into your driveway, and they might be housing little grass seedlings or weeds by this point. Any plant life growing in the cracks should be removed before you do anything else.
Then get that handy pressure washer ready again, because your driveway will need a thorough wash to get rid of all the dirt and grime. Once the driveway is clean you can start to repair any cracks or holes. For a concrete driveway, use a basic concrete resurfacer. Asphalt driveways will require a coat of latex asphalt sealer.
Spruce up the Deck
That pressure washer is the gift that keeps on giving. Now it’s time for your deck or patio to get a little TLC. After applying a deck cleaner, give the deck a nice power wash. Again, be careful not to damage any of the wood.
Once it’s dry, give it a once over to determine whether it needs to be refinished. If so, use a pump-up sprayer to apply your stain and/or sealer. Make sure you allow the deck time to dry completely before you use it again.
Clean Out the Gutters
It’s time for your favorite chore: cleaning out the gutters. Clear out any debris that has accumulated over the winter months, then rinse the gutters out and allow the water to drain. If water isn’t draining, you’ll know there’s a clog somewhere. You can also use this opportunity to identify and repair any leaks in the gutter joints.
Repair the Roof
Your roof can take quite the beating during winter. Climb up to the roof to see if there has been any damage, looking for torn or missing shingles. You should pay particular attention to the flashing around your chimney, if you have one, and plumbing vents. These areas are prone to leaks, which should be sealed with roofing cement if discovered.
At Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning, we are here to answer any questions that you have concerning our spring cleaning pressure washing services. We can provide an estimate of the cost of having your home’s exterior surfaces pressure washed, which can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
We want to be your number one choice when it comes to pressure washing, and we are committed to providing excellent customer service to all our clients. Be sure to contact us today!