4 Reasons You Should Clean Brick Buildings With Pressure Washing

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Keeping a building looking clean and inviting can be quite a challenge, even for the most attentive owner. Various factors, including grease, gum, mold, mildew, and air pollution, can all work against you, making brick walls and pathways look grimy and dirty.

With customized pressure washing services, however, it’s possible to give brick surfaces a clean new look. Carolina Power Washing uses special detergents, water temperatures, and pressure settings to safely eliminate stains and dirt from brick. Along with the safe removal of dirt and grime, our pressure washing services also provide these great benefits.

Preventing the Growth of Unwanted Vegetation, Mildew, and Mold

Weeds and grass can cause a great deal of damage to brick walls and paths. These plants can grow in the smallest cracks, and because the roots do most of the damage, pulling them won’t help much.

When we pressure wash your brick surfaces, it will eliminate these troublesome intruders. And, because we’re also washing away the dirt in which they grow, the plants won’t come back. We suggest pressure washing brick and sealing brick once per year to keep these surfaces weed-free.

Aside from weeds and grass, other plants can also damage bricks. Moss, algae, mold, and mildew can accumulate on these surprisingly porous surfaces, corroding them, shortening their lifespan, and increasing the need for expensive repairs. Pressure washing brick doesn’t just remove visible growth; it also keeps it from returning.

Improving Curb Appeal and Enticing Potential Buyers

Curb appeal is a term real estate agents use to describe a potential buyer’s first look at a property, which is typically from the nearest curb. It’s crucial, as most buyers make assessments based on these first impressions.

Power washing brick surfaces demonstrates care and concern for a property and its prospective buyers, and it shows that the building has been well maintained. While curb appeal doesn’t make a home more valuable, it does increase the likelihood of a successful sale.

Eliminating Stains

Brick, like most other surfaces, can be stained. Grime, mud, dirt, and residue from pollution are all simple to remove. If an area has significant vehicular traffic, however, some oil stains can be tougher to tackle.

The longer oil and fluid stains are left to set in, the harder they are to remove—and some can even become permanent. It’s important to schedule brick pressure washing as soon as these stains are noticed, so our methods and solutions can break down and remove all the oil and dirt.

Improving Health

Many brick surfaces are used as living spaces. While a driveway or path may be a local transport hub, a patio or outdoor kitchen is used for relaxation and rest. Don’t leave these areas coated in grime, dirt, and grease—call us to schedule a cleaning instead.

When we pressure clean brick surfaces, we don’t just remove dirt; we also eliminate mold and mildew that causes respiratory distress in sensitive individuals. Contact us now to learn how we can help your family, guests, and employees breathe easier.

Bonus Benefit #1: Increased Longevity

From weeds and mold to oil stains, anything that touches a brick surface may erode it. Erosion shortens these surfaces’ lifespan, bringing an increased need for repairs or replacement. When harsh chemicals and high pressures are used for cleaning, the damage may get even worse. When we clean your bricks, we’ll use the right solutions and pressure settings to get great results that lengthen the surface’s life without causing undue damage.

Bonus Benefit #2: Greater Safety

If you’re building a brick walkway or driveway, the rough texture of the bricks increases traction. When oil, mildew, and mold accumulate, however, they make these surfaces surprisingly slick, increasing the chances of a slip, a fall, or an accident.

Leaving mold, mildew, and stains on brick can eventually cause cracking and erosion, which create unevenness and other dangerous conditions. Regular pressure washing keeps these surfaces clean, level, grippy, and safe.

Bonus Benefit #3: Saving Time and Saving the Planet

Manually scrubbing brick walls and pathways is tough, time-consuming work. That’s not the case with our pressure washing services, thankfully. We can clean and sanitize your brick surface with no heavy lifting and scrubbing required.

The chemicals used to clean hard surfaces are sometimes damaging to the environment. They can get into the soil, killing plants and affecting the water supply. We’ll use gentle solutions to clean brick surfaces while protecting the ecosystem.

Bonus Benefit #4: Reducing the Need for Repairs, Simplifying Renovations, and Making Sealing Easier

Not only do algae, mold, dirt, and bird droppings look bad, but they can also degrade brick surfaces, causing rot and damage. Bricks can deteriorate with time if they are left uncleaned, but regular pressure cleaning will decrease the risk and help property owners save money on maintenance and the repair of structural damage.

Before renovating a brick exterior, consider scheduling a pressure washing appointment. While it may seem like a tedious and unnecessary step, it will prepare these surfaces for upgrades. Not only does it ensure the cleanliness of a brick surface, but it also removes old, peeling paint that may cause problems with new product applications.

On brick surfaces, sealants increase durability and lengthen useful life by preventing fading, weathering, UV damage, and cracking. Contact us to learn how a thorough pressure washing will clean bricks and prepare them for sealer application.

Bonus Benefit #5: Giving a Cleaner and More Inviting Appearance

Walls aren’t the only spaces that benefit from pressure washing; other parts of a building can be cleaned as well. The walkways and paths in front of brick buildings can get equally dirty, but our pressure washing services will eliminate the grime, dirt, and stains created by daily use.

Graffiti is a big concern in many areas. While it doesn’t pose the same structural or health risks as bird droppings, mold, and mildew, it creates an offensive and unsightly appearance that pressure washing can improve.

Loading docks, facades, parking garages, and other brick surfaces can all benefit from regular pressure washing. Our services will improve the visitor experience by making buildings look better.

Is it a Good Idea to Pressure Wash Brick With DIY Methods?

There’s no harm in doing certain cleaning projects yourself, but pressure washing is a different matter. DIY cleaning entails renting or buying a machine, which can be costly. And, unless you’ve done it before, there’s a learning curve. Pressure washers are dangerous enough to cause personal injury or property damage when used incorrectly. Don’t put yourself and your brick surfaces at risk; let us take care of it for you. Request additional information via our website or call now to schedule a cleaning appointment.

Beautify Your Surroundings With Our Fast, Friendly, and Reliable Brick Pressure Washing Services

Now that we’ve discussed a few reasons to schedule regular pressure washing appointments, it’s time to add them to your property maintenance schedule. We have the skills, tools, and products needed to help clean your property and protect your investment. Call Carolina Power Washing at 803-265-2569 to see how our team can take care of your commercial and residential pressure washing needs in York County, SC. 

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