You Will Always Find Someone That Can Do It Cheaper...


This meme has got to be one of the truest memes in this business. You can find someone to do it cheaper, but this blog post will show you why you shouldn’t.

When it comes to power washing your home, driveway, patio, deck, fence, pool deck, or any other surface that may need washing, it is important to ensure it is done right. There will always be people with personal power washers, purchased at the local hardware store, who can complete a job for a “bargain price” but it won’t be a professional job by a professional company. AND, a ton of things can go wrong that will cost you a lot more money in the long run. If you want it done right the first time, then hire a professional company - one that is properly licensed and insured. A professional company will invest in the best commercial equipment and proper training for their employees. They will also participate in their Professional Association through membership and convention attendance. They will seek certifications. They will be up-to-date on such topics as the best cleaning techniques and environmental practices.

Throughout this post, there will be pictures of what can happen when power washing is not done correctly. We often get called to repair the damage done by an inexperienced power washer who lacks the right equipment and knowledge to get the job done correctly. Sometimes we can help. Sometimes the damage is too extensive. We have seen it all! Word of caution, these are hard to look at. If you are squeamish in ANY WAY, look away. Just kidding, they only make professionals squeamish. Enjoy!



This first picture is vinyl siding. Those dark lines are the damage that a regular, hardware store bought DIY power washer can do. Sometimes, people have said, “for that price, I can get my own power washer and do it myself.” If that is the route you want to take, this is the possible outcome you may get.

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More Siding

Once again, this was done by the neighbor, gardener, family friend, who used a personal machine. Streaks, stripes, and scratches are a possible outcomes when going with this option.


Wood Decks

This is what happens when power washing is put in the hands of a novice. As said prior, these are POSSIBLE outcomes. But why risk it when it can be done correctly the first time!



This is a small concrete patio. However, this can happen to any, I repeat, ANY concrete surface. Sidewalks, walkways, driveways, pool decks, all of them. When concrete is not washed with the correct tools and cleaners, this is a possible outcome. As my teacher used to tell me, “do it right, or do it twice!”



This was done by the homeowner or neighbor. By using the incorrect tools to complete the job, the job is done incorrectly. Let the professionals handle this!



Need I say more? You’ve invested a lot in your home or property. Don’t give the job to amateurs!

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Garage Door

This is my last one. Honestly, would any homeowner want their garage door to look like this? I hope not.

We charge fair and reasonable prices. It the price is too good to be true, there is a reason.

East Coast Powerwashing is fully licensed and insured. We actively participate in the Power Washing of North America PWNA Association. We recently received PWNA Environmental Certification. We are certified by the Power Wash University for House/Building Washing. Additionally we have been award Angie’s List SUPER SERVICE Award 7 years in a row.