2 Avoiding A Rip Off

Avoiding a Rip-Off

How To Avoid Four Power Washing Rip-Offs 

Rip-Off #1: Extremely Low Prices. To some extent, everyone is attracted to low prices because we want to save money. But some contractors use low cleaning prices as the bait in order to acquire a job. They are hopeful that you're making your buying decision on price alone. They believe if they are the cheapest, you will automatically hire them.

Regrettably, once they land the job, they have to cut corners to make a profit. Professional pressure washing is not as low-priced as some dishonest contractors would like you to think. Be sure you are paying for the level of quality you expect.

Rip-Off #2: Misleading Claims Like: Specializing in Hot Water Washes. You may see this in ads or hear it from contractors. Whether a contractor uses hot or cold water with the right chemicals is irrelevant to you. Hot water can speed up the washing process in industrial and commercial situations, but what does that mean to the homeowner?

The fact is, hot water normally has no added benefit in certain residential services and in some cases it shouldn't be used. It can damage vinyl siding, harm wooden decks and asphalt shingles, and can be devastating to shrubs and plants. Tricky claims like this are nothing short of a desperate effort of deception to gain your business.

Rip-Off #3: Old-Fashioned Beliefs Like: “Just Pressure Wash the Deck and Use a Good Sealer.” Many homeowners believe that choosing an expensive sealer will ensure years of protection.

The hard truth is: the number one cause a deck sealer fails, despite how much it cost, is due to the wood not being prepared correctly. Wood goes through many different stages while being washed. When using the correct cleaner, the wood becomes very dark due to an increased ph level. Thus following a cleaning, a neutralizing procedure is essential to lower the ph to a more acidic level. This will make certain the new sealer will adhere properly.

With the wood prepped correctly, the wood can be sealed with a contractor grade deck sealer. If remnants of an old sealer are still present, the deck will need stripped so the new deck sealer can adhere to the wood. This stripping method is only done accurately using a stain stripping agent, NOT high pressure or hot water.

Clearly, every contractor will be biased toward his own technique. So you should look at what wood professionals claim. There is wood restoration training that contractors can pass to become certified, verify that the contractor you are considering is certified.

Rip-Off #4: Offering To Clean Anything and Everything. Pressure washing contractors wash many different things, from homes to trucks and from decks to commercial buildings. A company willing to wash almost anything may look notable but it can be a sign of not being established.

There are many fly by night companies that rise and fall, who will propose to wash anything for a dollar. But they never get good at one thing or acquire a niche. Be sure you hire a cleaning contractor that focuses on the services you are most interested in.

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