Protect Your Property After a Tropical Storm With Pressure Washing

13 September 2019

As a Florida resident or business owner, you know that occasional tropical storms and hurricanes are a fact of life. Even though Land O' Lakes isn't directly on the Gulf Coast, the town is still close enough to he Gulf of Mexico to feel the full effects of a tropical storm or hurricane that makes landfall in the immediate area. Not only that but if you live or have a business in nearby towns closer to the Gulf of Mexico, your building could be affected by storm surge.

Whether your home or commercial building is affected by storm surge or extensive flooding resulting from a tropical event, the exterior, as well as the surrounding property, can possibly sustain a lot of damage, some of which may not initially be visible. Often, property owners don't pay attention to their exteriors if they are structurally sound, especially if they are concerned with cleaning and restoring their building interiors. This exterior damage involves all of the dirt and debris that tropical events can deposit on your buildings and your property. Add to that the normal wear and discoloration produced by our climate and you are a prime candidate for pressure washing in Land O' Lakes.

Using a Pressure Washer in Land O Lakes following Tropical Storms

Slow moving tropical storms often cause more damage to property than high category hurricanes. When a storm drops as much as two feet of water in a concentrated area over 24 hours, it's a recipe for flooding disaster. Even smaller amounts of rain can cause flooding in prone areas. Let's not forget about storm surge, either.

Prompt clean up is essential to preventing further damage. The sludge, dirt and debris often left behind by tropical events create a prime environment for mold and mildew to develop. Not only is your building and property wet and waterlogged, but it will also have organic debris that will feed the growth of mold and mildew spores. This is where power washing in Land O' Lakes comes in. It may seem counterintuitive to clean areas that are already waterlogged with a device that uses water, but that's exactly what your home or business needs.

The high pressures produced by a power washer will blast away dirt that high winds or floodwaters have embedded on your building exterior, on driveways, etc. After the deluge passes, the sun heats the surfaces where the debris is lodged, allowing spores to multiply. Without action, your building and property can soon become covered in mold and other undesirable particles, including bacteria and viruses. Power washing in Land O' Lakes is the ideal method to bring many different types of surfaces to like-new conditions following a tropical storm.

Affected Areas

A tropical storm or hurricane will affect virtually every area of your property, some more than others. Let's take a look at what you may encounter.

Siding and Stucco

Dirt and debris will naturally stick to stucco's rough surface and quickly discolor it. Vinyl, fiber cement and wood clapboard siding can easily withstand the power provided by pressure washing, while care must be taken with aluminum siding, which can be dented by the pressure. Avoid pressure washing shingle siding as you could knock off the shingles. Prior to washing, repair or replace loose, damaged or missing siding. When using pressure washing to clean your siding, make sure that you hold the nozzle at an angle to prevent water from becoming trapped between the siding and the sheathing on your building as trapped water in there will promote mold growth. Also, be careful not to spray water into the areas around doors and windows or under lap joints on siding.

Driveway, Sidewalks, Patio and Other Surfaces

As Floridians, we certainly love our outdoor living. These hardscapes on your property will surely suffer after a tropical event due to remaining dirt, sludge and the like. Giving them a thorough cleaning through a pressure washer rental in Land O' Lakes will have your concrete, paver blocks and other outdoor living areas looking good in no time. These are some of the easiest areas to do on your own, along with your deck.

Pool Decks and Recreational Screens

These areas can really take a beating when it comes to tropical storms. Whether you have a screened-in porch or a similar area to keep out insects, these surfaces can take a beat and become clogged with sludge and debris. Not only will your pool water need replacing, but the area around it will also require a thorough cleaning.

Pay attention to manufacturer recommendations when renting a power washer to clean screened-in areas. Use the recommended nozzle and pressure suggested by the manufacturer to avoid blowing the screens out of their housings. Although pool decks often can withstand higher pressure, also make sure to use the correct technique on such areas to avoid damage.

Residential and Commercial Roofs

These areas can sustain a lot of damage, even if winds don't rip off components. Palm fronds, tree limbs and much more can wind up there. These are also tricky areas to clean. Not only do you have to worry about controlling the pressure, but you also have to think about how to handle a power washer while up on a ladder. Cleaning roofs is a more complicated task, one that is often better left to professionals such as Pressure Washing Land O' Lakes.

Other Considerations: Black Mold

When a tropical storm or hurricane comes through, you have additional considerations when cleaning your property. For one, it may not be so easy to accomplish a pressure washer rental as there may be a backlog on acquiring a unit. Secondly, if you have your own unit and it proves unworkable, getting a pressure washer repair in Land O' Lakes after a storm just came through could also prove impossible. Both situations can delay you in cleaning your home or business. Make sure that your tools are in working condition when the hurricane season begins so you don't run into any such dilemma.

Another factor, however, poses even more of a problem. Tropical events bring black mold into your environment. If you want to clean up the mess by yourself, you need to ensure that you have the proper safety equipment, such as boots, protective clothing, gloves and a respiratory mask to ensure than you don't inhale these toxic spores.

Professional Pressure Washing in Land O' Lakes

Instead of struggling to do the job yourself, why not let Edwin Espinal and his staff at Pressure Washing Land O' Lakes do the job for you? We have the staff and the equipment to do the job quickly and efficiently, allowing you to attend to other tasks, such as making sure the interior of your property is habitable.

Using our services has a number of benefits. For one, you don't have to worry about injuring yourself or your employees who man the pressure washer. Secondly, we will use all the correct nozzles, pressures and techniques to ensure that we won't damage your property. Thirdly, we'll also take care to protect ourselves in any biohazard situation. Contact us today for a consultation and a free quote.