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Turn Your Patio into an Oasis

Do you find yourself flipping through the pages of lifestyle and home décor magazines, only to grow green with envy over the lavish styles and designs of the featured patios and yards? It can be tough to glance from those pages over to your yard, only to see the polar opposite of what you desire. There is no need to start shopping around for a new home! With a few changes to your outdoor living space, the oasis you have been dreaming of can come true!

Clean It Up!

The inside of your home isn’t the only place where cleaning needs to take place. A clean yard is a spacious, inviting yard, so make it a priority to clean it up! You can start by pulling any weeds growing in patio cracks and in the grass itself, doing basic yard maintenance such as mowing and hedging, and putting items out of sight to create a more open space. Nowadays, storage sheds are available in spacious modern styles, so looking into one as an option can provide an all-in-one storage solution for your backyard needs.

Furnish Your Space

Regardless of the style and vibe you are going for, there is a patio set to encompass the look you want! Investing in quality furniture and dining pieces, whether they are rustic or modern, will make you and your guests feel like they are on their own private getaway. Love to cook and entertain? A great outdoor grill and bar space will make your yard the go-to spot for family and friends to gather.

Landscape to Add Interest

Landscaping adds visible interest to any yard

Adding a pop of color with plants and shrubbery will instantly bring your yard to life! Simple touches of rock bedding and cobblestone walkways have become increasingly popular options to help one enhance the look and feel of one’s patio space. Want to enhance what you already have? Repairing damages and pressure washing your patio can make it seem brand new again. There is no need to worry if you don’t own a pressure washer of your own. Let one of our professional team members clean your patio today!

Light Up the Night

Make a backyard gathering memorable with lights

Simple light fixtures can really help enhance your yard when the sun goes down. Landscape flood lights, decorative table lights, and intricate string lights are great options to add interest and showcase your beautiful patio space. Do you have a pool? Installing underwater lighting can make your pool the main attraction even if it is too cold to take a dip! With various color and ambiance options, your pool can dance to the rhythm of the music you might be listening to or bring a serene end to the day.

Conclusion

Make your backyard the place to be!

Just because your home isn’t featured in a luxury lifestyle magazine doesn’t mean it can’t have the potential to be! Like the popular saying goes, “Home is not a place…it’s a feeling”. When you feel at home, you are home, so make your own kind of luxury and remember to maintain its beauty by keeping it clean. When you need a good cleaning, make sure to call on the team at Hydra Pressure Washing LLC!

Pressure Washing Safety 101

Pressure washing is a wonderful craft useful for clearing away all kinds of grime and filth. But with great power comes great responsibility; whenever we are in the vicinity of powerful jets of water, we should take care to protect both others as well as ourselves. See below to learn more about the various precautions you should take.

Projecting your voice

Sometimes the pressure washing technician may leave something to be desired, if he or she is not privy to a special vulnerability of your garden, patio, fence, or house. For example, if there’s a hairline crack in the window that compromises the structural integrity of the window surface, blasting such a window with the intensity of a regular pressure wash could be dangerous. Although it would be ideal to have discussed everything prior to the wash, sometimes alerting the person in the moment is the only way to protect such vulnerable spots. (Of course, don’t do this from behind the window.) Lifting up your voice enough so that the person can hear you goes a long way to protecting everyone involved.

A pressure washing technician cleans a pathway.

Protective Gear

It’s often best to stay behind closed doors and closed windows if you want to watch pressure washing happen. But sometimes you might want to warn your neighbors who are obliviously wandering around the pressure washing scene; for such instances, it’s essential to put on the appropriate attire prior to coming close to the splash zone. To protect your hearing, put on earmuffs. For shielding your precious digits, wear work gloves and close-toed shoes. And last but not least, goggles are crucial for guarding your eyesight.

A man wearing earmuffs, gloves, and safety goggles.

Taking Cover

The importance of staying indoors was already mentioned, but in particular situations, it’s not only crucial, but necessary. If a pressure wash happening is for helping the dust at a construction site settle down, staying near the pressure wash site can mean breathing in many toxic chemicals. Getting to watch the epic wash go down is not worth it, if you’re not equipped with a proper dust mask. For non-construction settings, dust may not be the issue, but rather spores, which can sometimes be even more dangerous. Of course, make sure that your toddlers and pets are by your side.

A dog looks at a jet of water.

Conclusion

Even though there are only three main caveats covered in this blogpost, there are other safety hazards at a pressure wash site. It’s important to keep our eyes open and look out for each other. Whether the pressure wash consists of heavy-duty cleaning or light-duty cleaning, let us be careful and stay vigilant. For more pressure washing tips, simply contact Hydra Pressure Washing LLC today!

The Wonderful History of Steam Jenny

High-pressure washers have made life easier for millions of people who want to beautify their property. With a pressure washer, you can thoroughly blast away grime from hard to wash areas like driveways, decks, even the exterior of a house can be prettified with this powerful technology. The following is a brief history of the invention of the power washer.

Oil on the Floor

In 1926, Frank W. Ofeldt II created the first steam pressure washer in the United States. He invented it while he was working at a Pennsylvania-based company which produced gas-fired water heaters and boilers. While hanging out in his garage designing his portable whiskey, Ofeldt noticed that when his design’s steam outlet was directed downward, wet steam would hit his dirty garage floor and clean the grease off. Because of this, he decided to start his journey to make a cleaning device.

The Steam Jenny

His journey began with his search for a pump casting, which is a process where pump parts are designed and cast by different metals or metal alloys. Ofeldt eventually found Homestead Valve Company. Frederick E. Schuchman Sr. saw the potential of Ofeldt’s apparatus, and he took an interest in collaborating on the project. They soon started developing the product, naming it “Hypressure Vapor Spray Generator.” An advertising man by the name of Eltinge eventually caught wind of this invention and requested a meeting with Ofeldt and Schuchman. When Schuchman and Ofeldt told the marketer what the device did, he suggested the name “High-Pressure Jenny”. While Eltinge wasn’t hired as a permanent advertising partner, he was paid for his proposed name. To this day, pressure washers are still called “steam Jenny’s.”

Pump Technology

As the decades past, and pump innovations continued to take place, so did the design for pressure washers. Perhaps the most important advances in pressure washing came during the 1960s, when “Cat Pumps” established uniflow design piston pumps, which were far superior to previous pumps. Cat Pumps typically lasted 10 times longer than previous pumps and could reach pressures up to 1000 psi. In 1975, because of increased demand for higher pressures, Cat Pumps came out with the sleeved piston pump that had capabilities up to 3000 psi. This is still an industry standard for pressure washers to this day.

Ceramic pumps for pressure washing have continued to advance with not only higher pressures but better safety features as well.

Conclusion:

Pressure washing has evolved from its humble beginnings in Frank Ofeldt’s garage to a worldwide, multi-billion dollar industry. Today, hundreds of thousands of people have careers thanks to the invention of the pressure washer.  If your driveway, porch, or house is in need of pressurized washing, call or visit the professionals at Hydra Pressure Washing today!

Why You Should Pressure Wash Your Fence

Having a fence around your home is an important feature. Whether you have pets or children who tend to wander or you simply enjoy your privacy, a fence is key! While initially building your fence may be costly and time-consuming, with proper care you won’t have to worry about rebuilding often. Follow along with this month’s blog to learn about why a pressure wash is beneficial for your fence!

Appearance

Over time, your fence will collect dirt and other particles that dull the appearance of the wood or paint. When a professional comes to pressure wash away the dirt and dust, your fence will seem to age backward! If you have a painted fence, a good pressure washing service can brighten up the look and seemingly wash away the signs of age. With a bright new appearance, you will be able to fight the urge to redo your fence.

Staining or Painting Plans

If you plan on staining or painting the wood of your fence, it’s important everything is cleaned off prior. In order for the paint or stain to properly stick and soak into the wood, you need a clean slate. A professional pressure washing service is the best way to ensure that all dirt and dust is gone from the wood. The last thing you want is for sneaky grime to be left behind and ruin the appearance of your fresh paint job.

Remove Algae 

Looks aside, most people simply want their fence to remain strong and intact. One of the best ways you can keep your fence fresh and strong is with occasional pressure washings done by a professional. After the wet, winter months, algae and mold can start to grow on the wood. Through time, they will begin to break down the paint and wood, which will put a strain on your fence. While it may not happen right away, slowly but surely the algae will destroy your fence and you’ll be left without boundaries and privacy while having to pay for a new fence. A simple pressure wash will remove all the pesky algae and molds that are determined to ruin your fence.

Conclusion

Pressure washing not only provides a lovely facelift for your fence, but it’s also what keeps everything intact for longer amounts of time. For a professional pressure wash that will keep your home and fence strong and bright, check out our website to get in contact with our team!

Graffiti Removal Via Pressure Washing

For a homeowner, graffiti can be a pain to deal with; if murals are for embellishing, one may say that graffiti are for defacing. Staring at a beautiful building whose surfaces are marred by garish doodles, derogatory epithets, expletives, or other vulgarities is quite unpleasant. Thankfully, with powerful pressurized water, one can kiss all that graffiti goodbye. But how does that all work?

Apply

As with most pressure washes, graffiti removal can be an extremely satisfying thing to spectate. But before spraying all that H2O on the painted surface, remember to apply some chemical when appropriate. Although sheer water may somewhat attack the doodles, some product can help soften the particularly hardened layer of paint. Different surfaces require different chemicals, so take care to examine whether the graffiti is on a smooth surface like masonry. Ruining the surface further would be a travesty.

Spray

Using only water (with no addition of chemical supplement) is beneficial to the graffitied surface in that it minimizes the wear and tear on the surface. One intuitive strategy is to keep the pressure washer nozzle at a steep angle; blasting the water straight on can make the graffiti sink deeper into the surface. (Yikes!) As far as water goes, hot water is more effective than cold water, since raised temperature can make the painted surface expand and break up the graffiti material. Do be careful with the pressure; a pressure of 2000-35000 PSI may suit concrete surfaces, but walls made up of materials like stucco or wood are more fragile!

Draw

Graffiti removal is a little bit like reverse graffiti in that it is a craft that relies on how well a person can trace the curves and shapes that form the graffiti. (After all, graffiti means “scribblings” in Italian.) Being surgical and patient is crucial to success. Mastering the use of high-pressure tips and the rest of the pressure washer too enhances the job very much. But even if you end up mastering neither, don’t panic; professionals can help.

Conclusion

The tools of vandalism may keep coming, but thankfully, pressure washers continue to prove to be a formidable threat to them. Know that you don’t have to go through graffiti removal alone. The team at Hydra Pressure Washing LLC is out to help. Simply contact us!

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