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Low-Pressure house washing

Many people consider the pressure washing business because it is conceived to be business that can be started with a very low investment. Simply buy a $500 pressure washer at Home Depot plus some bleach and detergent; throw it in the back of your pick up, and, PRESTO, you’re in business.

Because one can get into this business with a relatively low investment you will be facing a lot of competition, CHEAP COMPETITION.   Don’t be discouraged.  By working smart, you can bury competition and make a lot of money.  Below is a story of how we made money in the power washing business

In 1993 my buddy, Dick, was making a decent living doing power washing work,  while I was in the air conditioning and heating business.  Since, he was not very mechanically inclined, he kept bugging me about helping him come up with a method to clean roof stains without using high pressure.  Compared to the HVAC business, pressure washing did no seem very challenging to me, Therefore,  I could not get interested.   One day, after his numerous pleas, I broke down and agreed to look into his business.  Dick had an open trailer, a pretty good pressure washer (13 HP, 3400 PSI) 200 feet of hose coiled up, a five gallon sheetrock bucket for mixing chemicals, a case of Clorox, some Dawn detergent and a couple ladders.  This was his entire business.

I felt like his idea about the roof cleaning business offered the most promise if any money was to be made, as no one was doing it. In 1993 I couldn’t  find any roof cleaning information on the internet.   My interest grew when Dick said he had heard through a supplier of a company that was producing a chemical that would clean roofs with garden hose pressure.  We promptly ordered a case and found the chemical did an excellent job cleaning but we where disapointed when garden hose pressure was not going to do the job, at least in a timely manner.  All we needed was a little bit more pressure but nothing like the pressure produced by a power washer.   We went to our local agriculture supply store and began buying pumps, motors, tanks and nozzles and put together a machine we thought would clean a roof.  We must have spent $5,000 on pumps, regulators and other contraptions until we finally got it right.

LOW-PRESSURE HOUSE WASHING

 “Did we make any money?”

 

The first year we did $50,000, not bad for being the new kid on the block.  By the third year, our one trailer was doing $120,000. 

What was our secret? 

While designing a rig to clean roofs we incorporated labor and chemical savings features that allowed us to clean most homes siding, roofs and decks in a fraction the time using half the chemicals. This translates mathematically to earning more money per hour with less chemical cost than our competitors.  However, our biggest money maker was simply being able to advertise LOW-PRESSURE HOUSE WASHING  

 The good news is the paint job came out great.

The reason I’m tell’n you all this is because you can go broke repairing the damage caused by using high pressure and misusing chemicals. Secondly, if the painter used the system I’m about to show you, he could have washed my house with less than 2 gallons of Clorox and 1/3 gallon of detergent.  Thus reducing his chemical cost from over $60 to about $10. That’s like making $100 extra a day if just two house were washed.

Our system is successful because we have developed a process that combines the right equipment, the right setup, and the right chemical delivery system with the right chemicals. The result is an exterior cleaning rig that cleans better, faster, safer and at less cost than any of your competitor’s.s

Seals broke on double glazed  window

Roses wilted

What’s that black streaking on my roof?

Gloeocapsa Magma is a species of algae that causes black streaking and discoloration on asphalt/fiberglass shingles. If left untreated this algae will feed and grow until the entire roof becomes infested. Meanwhile, the roof becomes unsightly, and the algae covers the roof granules, which leaves the shingles unprotected from the sun’s UV rays. Without UV protection, a roof will experience premature failure. The algae has migrated form Florida and the Gulf Coast are to cover about 80% of the nation

Our competitors are scared of roofs, we aren’t!

Another milestone in our business was the development of our ROOF GITTER”, which enables us to clean the steep pitched roofs that are not safe to walk on.  This accessory gave us a leg up on the competition and made us so profitable we kept it off the market for years.  A local competitor has attempted to Imitate our Roof Gitter, But never got it rightto sell nationally

Our competitors are scared of roofs, we aren’t!

Another milestone in our business was the development of our ROOF GITTER”, which enables us to clean the steep pitched roofs that are not safe to walk on.  This accessory gave us a leg up on the competition and made us so profitable we kept it off the market for years.  A local competitor has attempted to Imitate our Roof Gitter, But never got it rightto sell nationally

Our competitors are scared of roofs, we aren’t!

Another milestone in our business was the development of our ROOF GITTER”, which enables us to clean the steep pitched roofs that are not safe to walk on.  This accessory gave us a leg up on the competition and made us so profitable we kept it off the market for years.  A local competitor has attempted to Imitate our Roof Gitter to sell it nationally, but never got it right.

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