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Old 07-06-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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Can anyone suggest good companies for power washing a house and/or getting the windows cleaned? Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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There's a Living Social deal for power washing on right now. I don't know anything about the company.

The Best Daily Deals in Durham / Chapel Hill - John Sain House Spa - Exterior Power Washing for Up to 2,000 Square Feet
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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I JUST had Major League Gutters come and clear out my gutters and clean my windows (inside and outside + skylights). They did a great job. They also do powerwashing but didn't have it done. Good price on the gutters.

Major League Gutter Cleaning, Power Washing, Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, NC

They have been recommended on this forum before.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Cary
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Default The Secret to Pressure Washing Your Home

Anyone can pressure clean your home; and there are many who offer this service. Some use the basic “homeowner quality” equipment that you can get at Home Depot or Lowe’s for a few hundred dollars. Others invest in commercial quality equipment and accessories to clean a variety of surfaces using a minimal amount of water.

If your pressure washing service doesn’t have this type equipment, they could waste hundreds if not thousands of gallons of water at your expense (unless they truck in their own water.) Is it a bargain to pay a “low ball” price for the service with less than desirable results only to see a “spike” in your water consumption for the month?

The secret to pressure cleaning is in the chemicals that are applied to address the problem. In our area of the Southeast, it is necessary that an algaecide, mildewcide, fungicide with detergents be applied to first kill whatever is growing and to remove dirt, dust and pollen. After the appropriate “dwell” time is allowed, the chemicals loosen these organisms to allow the force of a pressure washer to remove what is left behind. Often times, acceptable results can be achieved by rinsing with a garden hose; but, ONLY if the correct chemicals were used first.

There are a variety of suitable chemicals available for this purpose; many carry the “green” certification from the appropriate regulatory agency. For areas of your home with a Northern facing exposure, a mold and mildew inhibitor should be applied after the final rinsing to slow/prevent the recurrence of this undesirable growth in these areas.

Don’t be fooled with offers to clean your home for $99.00 or some other inducement that gets a crew to your home so that they can upsell their services. Chemicals cost money as does the transportation costs to drive to your home. Even for those of us who buy these chemicals in bulk at wholesale prices, there are still operating expenses that exceed some quoted pricing.

This is a great place to live with many desirable attributes; but it does take a little more effort to maintain your home than at some other geographic areas (high desert for example). A systematic Home Maintenance Plan with a periodic schedule for gutter cleaning, pressure washing, inspecting your caulk, paint, roof condition, etc. can actually save you thousands in unnecessary repairs.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Been using Fairway last few years-great results.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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Anyone can pressure clean your home; and there are many who offer this service. Some use the basic “homeowner quality” equipment that you can get at Home Depot or Lowe’s for a few hundred dollars. Others invest in commercial quality equipment and accessories to clean a variety of surfaces using a minimal amount of water.

If your pressure washing service doesn’t have this type equipment, they could waste hundreds if not thousands of gallons of water at your expense (unless they truck in their own water.) Is it a bargain to pay a “low ball” price for the service with less than desirable results only to see a “spike” in your water consumption for the month?

The secret to pressure cleaning is in the chemicals that are applied to address the problem. In our area of the Southeast, it is necessary that an algaecide, mildewcide, fungicide with detergents be applied to first kill whatever is growing and to remove dirt, dust and pollen. After the appropriate “dwell” time is allowed, the chemicals loosen these organisms to allow the force of a pressure washer to remove what is left behind. Often times, acceptable results can be achieved by rinsing with a garden hose; but, ONLY if the correct chemicals were used first.

There are a variety of suitable chemicals available for this purpose; many carry the “green” certification from the appropriate regulatory agency. For areas of your home with a Northern facing exposure, a mold and mildew inhibitor should be applied after the final rinsing to slow/prevent the recurrence of this undesirable growth in these areas.

Don’t be fooled with offers to clean your home for $99.00 or some other inducement that gets a crew to your home so that they can upsell their services. Chemicals cost money as does the transportation costs to drive to your home. Even for those of us who buy these chemicals in bulk at wholesale prices, there are still operating expenses that exceed some quoted pricing.

This is a great place to live with many desirable attributes; but it does take a little more effort to maintain your home than at some other geographic areas (high desert for example). A systematic Home Maintenance Plan with a periodic schedule for gutter cleaning, pressure washing, inspecting your caulk, paint, roof condition, etc. can actually save you thousands in unnecessary repairs.
Absolutely totally good advice and Total Deck Care out of Wake Forest understands that and does a great job. They work the Triangle and I highly recommend them. They are restoration specialist and do a great job staining etc. They don't use the run of the mill products as you describe.
As they say the secret is in the chemicals and not the pressure and harsh chemicals are just that aka bleach.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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Thanks for all the great advice. And special thanks to J. Trent to take the time to write such a detailed and informative comment. I'm sure many besides myself appreciated it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Cary
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You are certainly welcome!

We love to teach folks about caring for their home; and gladly give away a little of our brain and experience in the hope that informed folks don't fall victim to unscrupulous service providers.

Often just a little bit of attention to some minor details (caulking or flashing) can save you THOUSANDS by preventing damage.

J. Trent Hicks
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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I bought a Twongo for the Outdoor Butler but I can't get them to return my calls. I have left 4 messages trying to schedule what I paid for. Based on that, I would definitely not recommend.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:08 AM
 
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I bought a Twongo for the Outdoor Butler but I can't get them to return my calls. I have left 4 messages trying to schedule what I paid for. Based on that, I would definitely not recommend.
I checked out their website they seem like a jack of all trades etc etc. They are part of the Mosquito Squad which is another business they have.
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