If someone tries to sell you the fact they are the only ones using a BIODEGRADABLE cleaner! BEWARE of contractors jacking up prices by
attempting to sell you the fact they are using cleaners that cost in excess of $20 a gallon, all professional companies in the Baldwin, Mobile and
Escambia County areas use the SAME product from the SAME places the price ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 a gallon and thats it!

Ask to see a copy of their MSDS sheet to show what products are being used on your home, its your rite and its the LAW, if they dont have the
proper documentation they are violators of the laws in this county, also ask for copies of their credentials including but not limited to insurance
verification, current drivers license, applicator license, certifications, business license, solicitors license and most importantly PROOF of workers
compensation insurance.

Also the MSDS sheet will show where the products came from, what the toxic levels of the chemicals are and how long it takes for them to safely
breakdown, YOU have the absolute right to know what contractors are using on your property, if a contractor wont disclose that information chances
are they are hiding something you need to know.

Also NOT ONE pressure washing company in our service area manufacturers their on special blend of chemicals, if someone tries to sell you on
that fact ask for the address of the facility where they are licensed to do so! Chances are they just went and bought a cheap cleaner from Freds or
Dollar General and not a contractor grade chemical specialized for cleaning and bleaches bought from a store also contain special inhibitors that
prevent them from breaking down as fast because they need shelf life to be stocked in a retail setting, theses are NOT intended for commercial
cleaning use.

Lastly choose wisely, your liability can be at risk if someone is hurt on your property and the contractor you choose does not carry workers
compensation insurance, if the contractor can not write a check for an injured employees medical expenses it them falls on the homeowner to pay
all medical bills for him and time off work as well as future medical cost should they need it for injuries stemming from the injury


Rip-Off #1
Unbelievably Low Price. To some degree, all of us are attracted to low price because we want to work within a budget. But some power washers use price as the
bait in order to land a job. They are hoping you are basing your buying decision on price alone and if they are the cheapest, they will get the job. Unfortunately
once they get the job they have to take shortcuts in order to make a profit. Professional power washing is not as cheap as some unethical power washers would
like you to believe. Make sure you are paying for the level of quality you expect.

Rip-Off #2
Crafty Claims Like: We Use Hot Water or High Pressure. You may read this in ads, or hear this from contractors.  High temperatures and high pressure should
not be used in every situation. Both can cause damage when not used properly. Hot water is not necessary on residential jobs and many contractors use way
too much pressure when cleaning. Too much pressure forces water behind your siding, lessens the longevity of shingles, and damages wood. We rely on our
cleaners to do the work, use the right amount of pressure, and hot water when needed. The result is your property is thoroughly clean and undamaged.

Rip-Off #3
Outdated Beliefs: "Just Power Wash the Deck and Use an Expensive Sealer." Many people believe that using an expensive sealer will make all the difference.
The fact is: the number one reason a sealer fails, no matter how much it cost, is because the wood is not prepared properly. Wood goes through many stages
while being cleaned. When using the proper cleaner the wood turns very dark, as the ph level goes up. A neutralizing process is necessary to lower the wood to
a more acidic level, so the sealer will adhere properly. With the wood prepared properly, it can then be sealed with a contractor grade sealer.

Obviously, each contractor will be biased toward his own method. You should look to what wood professionals say. There are wood restoration classes that
contractors can take to become certified, check to see if the contractor you are considering is certified.

Rip-Off #4
Offering To Wash Anything and Everything. Contractors wash many different things, from houses to tractors and from decks to parking lots. A company offering
to wash almost anything may look impressive but is a sign of not being established. There are a lot of fly by night companies that come and go, who will offer to
wash anything for a dollar, they never really get good at one thing. Make sure you hire a contractor that specializes in just a handful of the services you are
interested in.


6 Costly Misconceptions About Power Washing

Misconception #1
It's Easy Enough That We Can Do It Ourselves. This may be true to some extent but you can easily cause damage to yourself and your home if your not careful.
I don't recommend to anyone to pressure wash from a ladder, this is very dangerous and should be left to a professional. Washing your vinyl siding from the
ground at an upward angle will force water behind the siding causing water damage. Getting up in the air and away from the house will allow you to rinse the
siding at a flatter angle. This can only be done with the proper equipment. Another thing is even small consumer grade pressure washing units put out too much
pressure to wash vinyl, asphalt shingles, and pressure treated wood. Having the right equipment allows you to turn down the pressure, so your not causing

Misconception #2
High Pressure Is The Only Way To Get It Clean. Not true at all. Only contractors that use inferior cleaners have to depend on high pressure to do the job. High
pressure can do a lot of damage to your home. To much pressure will force water to get behind the siding of your home causing mold and mildew problems.
Wood is softer than you might think, and using too much pressure to wash a deck can cut wood and leave unsightly marks and scars that will show through the
sealer. Using too much pressure on asphalt shingles is a huge mistake. Shingles have small pieces of grit on them, similar to sand, called granules. Excessive
pressure can blow these granules off the shingles, lessening the longevity of your roof. Make sure contractor grade cleaners and the right amount of pressure
are being used.

Misconception #3
The Cleaners Being Used Will Damage Your Plants Or Hurt Your Pets. Quality contractors use only environmentally safe products that will not harm your pets.
But plants are more sensitive and need to be protected. If a cleaner is allowed to dry on the leaves of a plant it can leave burn spots. Covering plants with plastic
is an option, but that can also be dangerous to the plants on a hot day. A better alternative is to wet the plants down with water before, during, and after the
cleaning process. As long as cleaners are not allowed to dry on the plants, there should be no damage.

Misconception #4
Your Roof Is Black Or Has Black Streaks On It And Needs Replaced. Not necessarily true. Unsightly black stains or streaks on asphalt shingles is caused by a
hardy type of algae called Gloeocapsa magma. This type of algae thrives in humid and warm climates and usually appears, first, on the North slope of the roof
where shade is prevalent and moisture tends to accumulate. The algae feeds on the crushed limestone that is used in asphalt shingles. Rain then spreads the
algae down the roof, causing black streaks. As the algae breaks down the shingles, the granules that protect the shingle are loosened and begin to fall off. This
causes the roof to deteriorate and diminishes the roof's ability to reflect heat rays. If left untreated, the algae will reduce the life of your roof, diminish your
home's curb appeal, and increase your home cooling cost.

This roof algae can be killed and removed to restore your roofs appearance. But the right cleaners and low pressure is a must, so that damage is not done to
the roof.

Misconception #5
You Should Hire the Company that Offers the Lowest Price. Maybe, but not always. Here are some points to consider:

(1) The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised lasted only until the
contractor did the estimate. Then they were pressured into paying a lot more for a variety of add-ons .

(2) Some contractors market strategy is to get jobs by being the lowest bidder. The contractor will then cut corners in order to turn a profit.

(3) Due to low start up costs, many companies come and go. When first starting up, a lot of companies do not educate themselves, because power washing
looks easy and profitable. So, they lack the right equipment, cleaners, insurance, knowledge, professionalism, and normally, will charge an extremely low price.

Misconception #6
Any Honest Power Washing Company Should be Able to Give an Estimate Over the Phone. It would be easier if this were true, but it is not. Honest, reputable
power washing companies almost never give a cleaning estimate over the phone. Most companies charge by the square foot or linear foot. But there are too
many variables that can change that price from one home to another. For instance, different types of terrain or landscaping can affect the price. What type of
wood is your deck? Has it ever been sealed? Is water accessible at the job site? Maybe your house is not extremely dirty and could be done for less than a dirty
house the same size. The good news is, once an estimate is given by a quality contractor, you know that that's the price you will pay (no last minute surprises)


8 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Power Washer

Mistake #1
Choosing a Company Without Testimonials. Any reputable company, with a good customer base, should have testimonials. If their clients are not saying good
things about them, how can you expect good results?

Mistake #2
Choosing a Contractor Based on Low Price. If you choose a company based only on price, it's because you had nothing else to base your decision on. There
are better things to base your buying decision on when it comes to protecting your investment. Professionalism, quality, knowledge, appearance, what their
customers are saying about them, and what are the benefits to you are all things that should be considered when choosing a power washing company. Also,
some companies bid low to get the job and are then forced to cut corners and sacrifice quality in order to turn a profit.

Mistake #3
Choosing a Contractor Based on a Single Phone Call. Instead, invite the contractor to your home, and ask for a free estimate; most quality contractors offer
them. Free estimates are a great way to test the contractors knowledge and to see his appearance and professionalism first hand, with no obligations. You will
also have a written estimate, so there will not be any overcharges or surprise add-ons.

    Mistake #4
Choosing a Contractor Whom Does Not Offer a Guarantee. Why should you have to pay for a job that you are not satisfied with? Not all power washing
companies offer a guarantee. If they do, the guarantee may be limited. Ask the contractor if he offers a money back guarantee, and then make sure he includes
his guarantee on the written estimate.

Mistake #5
Choosing a Contractor Without Getting Comments from his Other Clients. Any contractor can say anything about his past jobs, and some of what he says may
not be true. Make sure that you ask for references or read comments from past customers, so you know you can depend on the contractor and his work.

Mistake #6
Choosing a Contractor Whom is not Certified. How do you know whether the contractor has the knowledge or experience to restore your deck or fence? If you
want to be sure you are hiring a competent professional, make sure he has some sort of certification in wood restoration. The contractor must earn that
certification through study, experience, and successful completion of examinations. In effect, contractors who are certified in wood care are much more
knowledgeable and competent, and their work will result in a better quality job.

Mistake #7
Choosing a Contractor Whom is not a Member of The Wood Restoration and Preservation Institute. The mission of WRAPI is to raise the professional and
ethical standards of the wood restoration industry through advocacy, education, research and support for small businesses. Any contractor that is a member is
dedicated to (1) Honest, ethical business practices, (2) staying current on the latest methods for wood cleaning and restoration, (3) the highest possible level of
customer service. You are making a wise decision when you have your deck or fence restored by a member of The Wood Restoration and Preservation Institute.

Mistake #8
Choosing a Contractor Whom uses Consumer Grade Equipment and Cleaners. Cheap equipment may be a sign of a "fly-by-night" company. Big, high- dollar,
skid- mounted pressure washers are not necessary to do a quality job. But, if the contractor uses the same little 2.2 gallon per minute pressure washer that you
saw on sale at the home improvement store, you might want to reconsider hiring him. Most quality contractors use 3.5 to 5.5 gallon per minute cold water units
for residential use. If a contractor is using consumer grade equipment, he is probably using consumer grade cleaners, also. House, deck, and concrete
cleaners, that are sold to consumers, have to be safe to handle, therefore, they are not very concentrated or very effective. Contractor grade cleaners sold
through distributors are still environmentally safe but are more concentrated and must be handled with care. Contractor grade cleaners are necessary in order
to achieve quality results, without using high pressure, which could lead to damage.

THANKS AGAIN for reviewing our Free Report on How to Choose a Power Washing Contractor. I hope you found this information helpful.
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