The Importance of Pressure Washing Concrete

The Importance of Pressure Washing Concrete

When you first pour the cement slab for your back patio, you think you are choosing this material because of its low maintenance and durability. Homeowners often assume that concrete does not require any type of regular maintenance. They tend to it only when it cracks and structural damages begin to threaten the integrity of the slab. Very few people realize the true importance of pressure washing concrete. 


If your concrete slab has been down for a while, it is probably time to call the professionals in to pressure wash your Winnipeg home. Here are just a few of the reasons why you will want to make this a priority! 


Improves Aesthetics


The first thing that people tend to notice after pressure washing their concrete is the improved aesthetics. Concrete can change colors over time as dirt and grime build up on the surface of the light grey stone mixture. You can often wash away this layer of filth and reveal the sparkling concrete underneath once more. It is a great way to make an old area feel like new. 


Particularly if you are thinking about putting your house on the market, pressure washing your concrete is an excellent way to make your outdoor space feel fresh and revitalized. It gives a certain amount of curb appeal to your home if you have a front stoop that is made of concrete. Enjoy the benefits yourself or leave them for the next owner. Either way, your home ultimately looks much more pristine and more welcoming. 


Removes Dirt and Grime


Sweeping your concrete can only brush away so much debris. With a lot of foot traffic and just general exposure to the great outdoors, your concrete is covered in dirt that goes beyond the surface. You can try to clean the concrete yourself, but it is a futile effort. Pressure washing is the only thing that is truly going to be able to remove thick layers of dirt from beneath the very surface of the stone. Save yourself the effort of scrubbing your concrete on your hands and knees and hire a professional to pressure wash instead. 


Underneath all that dirt and grime, more serious issues may be lurking. Mold and mildew growth may be blending into the surrounding filth if left unchecked. Pressure washing allows you to clearly see the surface of the concrete and identify any major issues. 


Prevents Falls


Have you noticed that your concrete suddenly feels slippery when wet? It may be covered in some kind of contaminant that affects the surface of your concrete. A slick concrete slab presents a problem when it rains, particularly for families who have young children or elderly occupants. These age groups tend to be more susceptible to falls and suffer more severe injuries when they occur. 


Pressure washing your concrete slab can remove all of the debris that makes it feel slippery and provides you with greater traction. This is one of the many reasons why experts recommend pressure washing your concrete at least every other year. It can be a major safety concern, particularly if your concrete is installed around areas that involve water such as swimming pools or ponds. 


Removes Mildew


Did you know that mold and mildew can grow on your concrete? Concrete that is consistently exposed to moisture, particularly standing water, is at risk for developing rather extensive mildew growth. Over time, this can turn into a serious mold problem that takes over your outdoor area. It can creep up past your concrete and make its way onto your furniture as well. Removing these harmful substances from the surface of your outdoor leisure area should definitely be a priority. 


Mold and mildew can cause damage to the structural integrity of your concrete. However, they are also extremely harmful to your health. Being exposed to mold spores can lead to an array of health problems ranging from difficulty breathing to asthmatic symptoms and more. If you already see the first signs of mold spores on your concrete, you need to call professionals to help you pressure wash them away as soon as possible. 


Professional Pressure Washing


Many homeowners do not understand the benefits of professional pressure washing their concrete slabs. They believe that they can do an adequate job just by renting a machine from their local home improvement store. However, you may want to consider hiring a professional to get the job done right. A trusted expert, like those at Pinnacle Painting in Winnipeg, knows the right machine, the right settings, and the right cleaners to treat each individual slab. 


Pressure washing in Winnipeg is not a one-size-fits-all solution. You should have someone you can trust who has experience with these tools and cleaners. Give us a call today to set up a time to get your concrete cleaner than ever!