Q: Will soft washing damage the finish of my house?
A: Definitely not. We utilize our SOFTWASH method for any and all residential washing jobs. Unlike high-pressure methods used by other housewash contractors, SOFTWASH eliminates concerns of water being forced behind siding, paint being blown off, and water being pushed in around windows and doors. Tough spots are scrubbed and then the loosened “dirt” is rinsed off, cleaning your home without risk of damage.
Q: Will soft washing affect my shrubs and other landscaping?
A: Never. Our cleaning solution is overwhelmingly water with a tiny bit of cleaning solution mixed in, and does not harm any plants or animals around your home.
Q: Will you need to use my water supply?
A: Water can be brought on-site if needed, but customarily we use the customer’s water supply for residential soft washing jobs.
Q: Are your employees insured?
A: Absolutely. We take care of our people and our customers, and while our staff is on your property there is no risk of liability for you.
Q: What are these black specs on the side of my house?
A: Artillery Fungus (aka “Shotgun” Fungus) appears as tiny black specks with a “head,” as we like to call it. It originates from organic mulches and literally shoots itself at 1/10,000 of a horsepower, attaching itself to vinyl, wood, windows, trim, downspouts, your car, or anything else in its’ path. We have seen a slight increase in this fungus over the past few years. If you have ever had artillery fungus on your siding you know how difficult it is to remove. Unfortunately, our cleaning methods can only remove a minimal amount of artillery fungus. There is no known method currently available to remove artillery fungus 100%. We do recommend as an initial step that you immediately remove the mulch to prevent further damage to your home. This fungus develops in organic mulches. It is usually a greater problem in spring and fall, under cool, moist conditions under a temperature of 50 to 70 degrees. Can this fungus be prevented? For locations plagued with this problem, consider switching to an inorganic mulch such as stone, pea gravel, etc. Or, a yearly addition of fresh mulch, so it completely covers old mulch, may lessen the problem, though it still may reoccur. We recommend complete removal of existing mulch prior to the application of an inorganic mulch, in order to lessen the chance of recurrence. Shotgun Fungus does not grow on cedar, redwood, or cypress, which are rot-resistant woods. Avoid mulches made of wood chips or ground up wood pallets. Stirring up the mulch regularly to keep it dry retards the growth of Shotgun Fungus.