Pressure washing utilizes a high pressure mechanized sprayer to remove dirt, mould, algae, grease, oil, mud, and even paint from surfaces. Mainly used for industrial or commercial cleaning purposes, pressure washing is a quick and easy way to clean the surfaces of a building as well as driveways, sidewalks, decks, and even vehicles. Still, in addition to the commercial and industrial applications of this method, many home owners are using pressure washers to keep the exterior surfaces of their home clean. As this type of cleaning has become more popular in recent years, many companies offer pressure washing service. So what should you look for when you are trying to select a good, reliable company?
While the phone book or Google searches will provide you with an extensive list of local pressure washing companies, it is not always a great idea to blindly select the first company you come across. As when hiring any kind of contractor, you want to take some time to research the company, their prices, and their relationships with past customers. Less ethical pressure washing companies may make false claims or provide misleading information; and since pressure washing can potentially damage your property, you should always take the time to find a reputable professional with a track record of satisfied clients.
At first, you probably want to make a list of potential pressure washers in your local area. Once you have compiled a reasonable list, perhaps 5-10 different companies, you can start checking credentials. Contractors should not only have industry-specific certification, but they may also have other credentials such as a contractor’s board license. Unfortunately, each city, province, or state will likely have different rules for how contractors are regulated so you may not always find proper certification.
When credentials aren’t available, ask to speak with previous customers. Any contractor should be happy to provide you with a list of references upon your request. Alternatively, speak to colleagues, friends, family, and neighbours about their experiences with pressure washing companies for help finding a company that they trust.
Verify Insurance Coverage
All contractors should be able to provide you with information about their insurance coverage. Commercial liability policies ensure that your contractor’s medical bills are covered in case of injury as well as covering costs of equipment or property damage. If your contractor cannot provide proof of insurance, move on to another candidate.
Get Estimates in Writing
Different companies will offer different prices for their services. It’s acceptable to get a verbal quote when you are in the process of narrowing your choices for potential contractors, but before you proceed with a job get the quote in writing.