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Many people just wash their homes in the spring season to remove dirt, grime, tree droppings and other elements from their siding. What many people don’t know is that using their pressure washer in the fall is essential to maintaining many areas of your home. One of the most important areas of a home to keep clean is your roof, keeping your roof clean doesn’t only add to the appeal of your home but can prevent moisture damage in the future.
Throughout the summer months with the heat and humidity there is an increased amount of mold and mildew that can not only start to grow on siding but we see even more on the north side of roofs. Mold and mildew can trap water and moisture in the shingles on a roof, which causes the asphalt in the shingle to lose its integrity in half of the expected lifespan. Effectively cleaning the build-up off the shingles in the fall season will allow for your roof to properly vent throughout the winter and into the spring and keep the moisture that can become trapped from freezing and cracking the shingle.
Large build-up of moss can also occur from the moisture that is trapped in the shingles, you might see this more often in areas that are covered by trees where the roof isn’t able to properly dry out after a heavy rain or snowfall. The large build-up of moss not only destroys the integrity of the shingles but can also create snow dams which will keep the snow and water from moving down the roof.
It is very easy to pressure wash a roof and can be a much more enjoyable task to do in the fall rather than in the blistering heat of the summer months. Make sure that you are fully prepared for the job with enough hose to reach the highest area that you are looking to clean. We advise you to keep the pressure washer on the ground level or on a deck that is at a higher level, if you have to bring the pressure washer to the roof make sure that you have assistance to get the unit onto the roof and make sure that it is properly secured once you get it up there.
You are going to want to use either a 25 or 40 degree spray nozzle, to aggressive of a spray nozzle or getting to close can damage the shingle (we recommend 6 to 9 inches away). Always start at the peak of the roof and work your way down, never spray water up into the shingle as this can cause water to go under the shingle and cause damage. After completing the roof make sure to remove any debris from the gutter that could stop the flow of water to your down spout.
Once again it’s that time of year to get your pressure washer prepared for the cold months ahead. Proper winterization will protect your pump from the freezing of excess water in the pump over the winter. There are many ways to winterize your pump; we like to classify it as the good, better and best.
Good: (Gasoline powered) Leaving your machine in the off position with the high pressure hose disconnected pull the recoil rope 4 to 5 times or until you don’t see any more water coming out of the high pressure end of the pump. (Electric powered) Disconnect your high pressure hose, turn the machine on for 5 to 10 seconds or until you don’t see any more water coming from the high pressure end of the pump.
Better: If you have a air compressor around the house, hook the air line to the garden hose end of the pump and blow the water out until you don’t see any more water coming out of the high pressure end of the pump.
Best: Purchase Karcher’s Pump Guard, follow the simple directions that come with the product. This product is specially formulated to keep your pump from freezing, corrosion, premature wear, adds lubricant to the valves and seals to prevent sticking in the spring. You can usually get 2 or 3 uses from one bottle of Karcher’s Pump Guard. Click here for more information
(Gasoline engines) We also recommend dumping gas stabilizer into the gas tank and running the machine for 2 or 3 minutes or until the engine starts to die out while the machine is hooked up to a water supply and under load. If you don’t plan to use the machine for a longer period of time (10 months or more) then we recommend draining the engine completely of gas.
The fall season is also a great time to change your engine and/or pump oil in your pressure washer to have it prepared for the spring when you are ready to use it again.
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