FAQs

Why pressure wash?

“A good first appearance on a home can add as much as 5 to 10 percent to the value of the home,” says John Aust, president of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers. Pressure washing is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to increase the value of your home and a good way to prevent cost, time, and trouble of future repairs. So whether you are selling your home or planning on staying for years, a clean house increases curb appeal, which makes everybody happy.

Why should I pay someone to do something I can do myself?

Because sometimes doing it yourself costs more than it saves. More than 100,000 people injure themselves each year doing home improvement jobs. So add medical bills to your DIY budget, and you ending up spending the same, or more, than if you hired a pro.

I’ve heard that high pressure can damage my house, is that true?

In the wrong hands a pressure washer can be dangerous to your house, your plants, and the user as well.  We pride ourselves on leaving your house in better shape than when we arrived.  VBES specializes in a low pressure, hot water “soft” wash, that prevents damage and uses less water than traditional high pressure cleaning.

Will the chemicals kill my plants?

Absolutely not.  Our cleaning solution is completely safe for plants.  We use a low pressure application that prevents excessive over-spray, insuring that the detergent mix goes only where intended.  As an added precaution all plants are thoroughly rinsed after the house has been cleaned.

Why do you use hot water?

Just like washing dishes and taking a shower, hot water cleans better.  We carefully control water temperature so that it effectively cleans your house without damaging plants or the house itself.

Do I need to be home?

Not at all, in fact most of our customers aren’t.

What do I need to do before my house is cleaned?

Most importantly all windows need to be closed.  We also ask that you make sure that all gates are unlocked so that we can access all sides of the house.  If we are cleaning the driveway, all cars should be moved as well.  We will move items (i.e. chairs on the front porch, door mats, wind chimes)  away from the house as needed prior to cleaning, and will make every attempt to put them back in the same place.

How much water will you use?

We travel with water, and use yours as a supplement.  A typical house wash usually requires no more than $5.00 worth of homeowner water.

How often should I have my house cleaned?

It all depends on the house and more importantly the sun.  Houses in heavily shaded areas may require cleaning more often than those with few trees.  We recommend a thorough cleaning at least once every two years, but in some cases it may be more frequent.

Only one side is really bad, can you just clean that part?

Very rarely is only one side in need of cleaning.  We want your entire house to look great, so we don’t like to do partial cleanings.

My siding looks chalky, and I get white stuff on my fingers when I touch it.  What is that?

As siding is exposed to sun, oxidation can occur, which will give the appearance of powder/chalk coating.  Unfortunately, short of hand washing the entire house, it cannot be effectively removed.  However, low pressure, soft washing techniques can minimize the appearance and reduce streaking seen when high pressure is used.

I got a flier for a $99 wash, will you match it?

As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”  So while we can’t compete with the $99 “splash and dash” pressure washers, we can promise to provide a superior level of cleaning and customer service.

 

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