Powerwashing 101????

#1
Hello there!! I have just opened a new business, Hard Hats, residential construction cleaning. I was wondering if anyone out there can help me out. I am going to include powerwashing to my services but am a bit unclear as to what is expected by the builders. When they want powerwashing done does it mean that you only powerwash the driveways or do you also clean the exterior of the house as well???? I know this sounds like a pretty nieve question. But I am an ambitious little soul that wants to know everything there is to know about this business, and succeed. If anyone can help me in any way I would greatly appreciate it. Also, what kind of equipment should I start out with????? I have looked through this website from top to bottom, but everyone else seems to know what they are doing. Could someone please shed some light into this subject. Please.....

Thankyou,
Keep smiling!!!!
Melissa Singh



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#2
Melissa, be ready to invest a pretty good chunk of change if you're serious about it.

You should start out with at least a 4 gpm (gallons per minute) and 3000 psi, hot water machine. Do a search on this bb and it should bring up some pretty handy posts to get you on your way.

Mark at Easy Clean Systems can provide valuble information. His link is at the top right of every page. If you'd like more resources, try searching the web for "commercial pressure washers" or email/call me directly and I'll be glad to help.

As far as what builders want, it will vary from one to the next. Work it on a case by case basis and find out what they want, then submit a proposal. If what they want is less than you would like to do, then tell them what you will do additionally. Everything is negotiable.

Don't forget about insurance, wastewater recovery, and proper permits/licensing.

Always nice to see a fellow Texan get on board. All the best to you. I'm always eager to help.

Randy
 
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melissasingh said:
Hello there!! I have just opened a new business, Hard Hats, residential construction cleaning. I was wondering if anyone out there can help me out. I am going to include powerwashing to my services but am a bit unclear as to what is expected by the builders. When they want powerwashing done does it mean that you only powerwash the driveways or do you also clean the exterior of the house as well???? I know this sounds like a pretty nieve question. But I am an ambitious little soul that wants to know everything there is to know about this business, and succeed. If anyone can help me in any way I would greatly appreciate it. Also, what kind of equipment should I start out with????? I have looked through this website from top to bottom, but everyone else seems to know what they are doing. Could someone please shed some light into this subject. Please.....

Thankyou,
Keep smiling!!!!
Melissa Singh



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You are asking the right questions, I started out small and continue to grow annuallym Please feel free to call me... I will share my mistakes with you so you dont make them as well as my successes so you can learn from them.
 
#4
this is what i do for my customers. wash complete exterior of the house, clean deck, porch, scrape glue off garage floor, pressure wash garage floor, wash driveway and sidewalk. on a basement house i normally was the basement floor. my builders don't like portable pressure washers, they want someone that hauls their own water, sometimes there is no water on. you also have to be careful on the yard when you are washing, it gets muddy and if not careful you will have feet prints in the mud, they don't like that, especially on sodded yards. to be effective you would need to buy a trailer unit with a min 300 gal tank, 4gpm 3000 psi machine (3 to 4000 dollars) a surface cleaner (400 to 1000.) 200 plus feet of hose (175.00) turbo nozzle (75.00) several different size extensions and a couple hundred in chems, concrete acid for mud stains (200.00 drum) and house wash detergent (140.00 drum) drums is the best way to buy if doing alot of houses. If i were you, i would find someone that does pressure washing and be sure they are noted for doing a good job and you can trust them not to steal your customer.i would sub it out to them, until i learned more about it and could buy the equipment.


jeff
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