Pressure-Wash the Fall Away

Fall in the PNW was a little behind schedule this year; but it has finally come and gone! Except it is not really gone… The once bright and yellow leaves are now brown and squishy. They are leaving their dark (yet beautiful) marks all over your driveways and sidewalks. Worse though, they are all over your patio and clogging up your rain gutters. They stick to your feet as you cross your patio to enjoy a dip in your hot tub. πŸ˜‰ The dry leaves can be blown away; yes…but what about the soggy ones? What about the layers of ash from all the fires that are mixing with rain to make your walls look sludgy? What can you do? Why should you do anything? What happens if you don’t? Well, I am here to answer all of it!

What Can You Do?

I think the title already gave away the big secret πŸ˜‰ but Pressure-Washing is an excellent way to clean up all the soggy remains of fall! The climate here gets soggy quickly and the leaves don’t have the same opportunity to disintegrate and blow away in the wind like they do in some places. Raking them up into a glorious pile of leaves to jump in is also less satisfying…Unless you enjoy jumping into what feels like fluffy, cold mud. So what does it mean to Pressure-Wash?

Pressure-Wash in Latin is “Pressura-Lava”… a fancy way of saying “to wash with hot lava and pressure”…. πŸ˜‰ When you pressure-wash a surface, a pump is used to create a high pressure water spray that works very efficiently at removing mold, grime, dust, mud, soggy leaves and other debris from the surface. Detergents can be added to make the washing even more effective.

You can wash away most of the soggy residue of fall with a quick pressure-wash! You can pressure-wash the leaves out of your gutters and off of your patio. You can pressure-wash the ashes and grime off your walls, windows and trim. And you can also wash the stains off of your driveway and sidewalk that are left behind from rotting fruits and leaves! Mold and Mildew removal often requires a detergent to be mixed in to effectively eliminate them; but I suggest a mild detergent either way!

Why Should You Pressure-Wash?

Spring and Fall (and right before a new paint job) are the best times to pressure-wash! We will focus on why Fall is a good time.

  • Temperature: Most of the time in fall, temperatures are still not freezing. You do not want to pressure-wash in freezing weather as that could create worse problems than soggy leaves. Because of the pressure behind the water; water will reach places it normally can’t when you pressure-wash. You do not want in to freeze and expand in these areas!
  • Cleanliness: After Summer and Fall, we tend to have a lot of things “left-over” on our home’s surfaces. The popsicles that dripped onto the deck… The pollen that is clinging tightly to the window trim… The leftover pumpkin juices that marked their spot on the front porch…. Ok maybe I’m the only one that throws them out a few days too late haha- but I doubt it! πŸ˜‰ Either way, cleanliness is next to godliness!
  • Protection: Believe it or not; all those little things left sticking to the surfaces around your home only get harder to remove the longer you leave them there! Certain molds and mildews can cause a lot of damage once they start growing into the materials that protect your home. This is the most important reason you should pressure-wash in the fall!

What Happens If You Don’t Pressure-Wash The Fall Away?

You’re probably thinking: “Well I have never pressure-washed my home in the fall and it is still standing!” Right? Right. Pressure-Washing is one of those small things that makes a big difference over time! As I said above; molds and mildews will damage the surfaces of the things that protect your home if left unchecked. Paint, Siding, Trim, Caulking… All of these things will last longer if you maintain them properly. Will they disintegrate at the end of winter if you just let the rain clean them for a couple years? No, probably not. Will you be paying for more home maintenance in the long run in the form of new siding or paint? Definitely! Also, you will be more likely to track soggy leaves into your hot tub. πŸ˜‰

Choosing to pressure-wash in the fall is just a small, important step you can take to maintain your home and lengthen the amount of time that passes before you have to invest in a large, important step.

Can You Damage Your Home While Pressure-Washing?

Yes! This is one reason a lot of people will just let the rain do the work… If you use too high of a setting for the surface you are cleaning; you can absolutely damage the material. For example: Concrete can withstand a higher pressure than your fence or your deck because the material is more rigid. Do your research on the surfaces you will be cleaning and you should have no problems! Here is one very helpful article about how to pressure-wash!

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10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal in Eugene

10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal in Eugene

What exactly is Curb Appeal? Well, it is the level of appeal or attractiveness your home has when it is viewed from the curb. The prime example of judging a book by its cover. πŸ˜‰ It is the first impression which will hopefully give prospective home-buyers some idea of how well the rest of the house has been taken care of. Fixing-Upping is all well and good for some house hunters, but others would say “aint nobody got time for dat”. Whether you are looking to sell your home for a good price, keep property values in your neighborhood up, or just want to improve the environment of your home for yourself; one of these 10 tips is sure to help you out!

1. Pressure Wash

Spraying the grime away!

They say beauty runs deeper than the surface… and that is absolutely true. Deep beneath the surface of dust and grime and mildew lies a beautiful home. For added curb appeal; also pressure wash the driveway and sidewalks!

If pressure washing reveals that your home is not, in fact, beautiful beneath the surface; do not despair! We have 9 more tips to go!

2. Paint

A beautifully painted exterior

While this is not the most low-cost option, this will add more value to your home than most other things will, so it is likely that you will see some return on investment here. Unless, of course, you forfeit that opportunity by either choosing a hideous color or hiring your painter carelessly. The first should be easy to avoid though, and you can click HERE if you want some tips for hiring a painter!

You can also touch up your paint if it has been recently painted and hasn’t faded too much to match. If you hire us- we do the touch up work for you! Check out this video of Sir Paints A Lot doing warranty touch up work! For more information about our Warranty, give us a call!

3. Paint Front Door

Instant curb appeal points!

Repainting your whole exterior may not be in the budget, but painting the front door is a much cheaper way to draw attention to the fact that you pay attention to your home. Remember- the underlying purpose of curb appeal is to show that the home has been taken care of. Choose a color that stands out while still pairing well with the other colors of your home. We are not looking for an obnoxious clash of the colors here. Bold and beautiful!

4. Plants

Plants just bring so much life to the home! (I wasn’t talking about the insects…)

Whether your plants are non-existent or just need some affection, having some crisp clean greenery is a sure way to boost your home’s liveliness and curb appeal. If you need some ideas for plants that grow well in the Pacific Northwest, click HERE! Plant placement is a factor so be sure to consider the amount of sunlight the area you will be adding plants to receives Before you select your plants.The most common place to plant bushes or flowers tends to be somewhere that accentuates the focal points of the home, such as near the front door or below the front windows. Even a simple potted plant can be a significant improvement! As long as you remember to water it…. πŸ˜‰

5. Rocks

Rock Gardens can also add an appealing touch to your home! You can head down to the river and collect some river rocks for free, or you can purchase some more specific rocks if you have a certain look in mind. Rocks may not smell as wonderful as fresh sod, but they sure do last longer! When you use rocks to accent the areas you have your plants-Even better!

6. House Numbers

This article has some great ideas for displaying your house numbers!

There are a lot of ways to be creative with this one! Making your house numbers stand out in an appealing way not only helps people find your house in the first place, it also makes it feel more inviting and therefore more like a home.

7. General Lawn Maintenance

Something about those lawn mower lines…

Even if you prefer a yard of dandelions and clovers and bumblebees with tall soft grass that has never encountered a lawn mower… This will most assuredly look like work to any prospective home-buyer. If you plan to sell your home, you should begin a lawn-care regimen before listing, and make sure to at least do a little weed and feed. When considering curb appeal, remember that the lawn is the closest thing to the curb! If your yard is full of gopher holes and dog bone hide-outs and crab grass and weeds and more work that you yourself don’t have time for….consider laying down sod.

8. Outdoor Lights

Photo by Ian Keefe on Unsplash

Let there be Light! Many houses already have some sort of outdoor light, but even simple things like updating the fixtures and replacing the bulbs can give your entryway a boost! Solar lights along walkway paths is another option if you don’t have the time to add in new electrical fixtures.

9. Clean Windows

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If all of this talk about external appearances has got you down in the shallows- this is your moment! Windows will need to be cleaned on the inside too in order to look nice on the outside! πŸ˜‰ Especially if you have small children…Dusty, dirty windows are not going to do you any favors and this is one of the easiest things you can do yourself! It will be worth it!

10. Walk Around

Chances are, if it looks bad, you already know… Some homes might have worn out porch railings, or the deck might need stained… Other houses may not have these things at all. A 6ft privacy fence will be far more valuable if your neighbor feels the need to supply the city with a back-up junkyard than it will be if your neighbor’s house has even more curb appeal than your own! Maybe you can’t afford a total repaint, but you can still walk around and do touch up. If the front door looks bland, consider adding a wreath! Bird-watching is a huge hobby in Eugene, so simple things like adding a bird feeder can go farther than you think!

If you are selling your home, keep in mind that the buyer will eventually see the inside as well, and you will want that to look taken care of too! I will post a blog soon with tips for your home’s interior and link it here soon!

Some articles will give you 40 ideas for boosting curb appeal, but I’m going to repeat my earlier sentiment of “aint nobody got time for dat”. Simple things will go a long way in making your house feel like a home to someone who doesn’t even live there. Even if you do not plan on selling, taking care of your home makes it a better place for you to live too! The only things you’ve got to lose are a few dandelions! If you hate to waste them, here are some fun dandelion recipes because why not!

Here at Sir Paints A Lot, we can help you with the top 3 tips in this article! Call us at 541-600-2025 or click HERE to book now! Thank You!