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Old August 28th, 2018, 01:28 AM #11
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You'll be done pretty quickly compared to power washing. Make sure you spray down any plants with water before and after to keep them from dying. The bleach solution is weak but can kill them if you aren't careful.

You may not see immediate results so take your time and don't let the solution dry. The time consumed will be less back breaking work and more making sure you sprayed it properly. It works really well. Wear old clothes.
I don't have much growing on the side of the house. At the bottom of this wall is what I refer to as a rock garden. There is a sidewalk between there and the lawn, so I should be good. Thanks for the advice. My arthritis kills me after a little of that.
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Old August 28th, 2018, 07:31 AM #12
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LOL...no higher than 30 feet... im looking at a similar issue. i think i may rent a lift and do mine. That way i can replace all the spot lights i cant reach.
Not sure where you are but ABC rental in Catonsville once rented me an extended wand for pressure washing. It attached like any power wash wand and then extended to about twenty feet so I could hit the high points on the side of my house. This was several years ago but I assume they still rent such a thing.

Edit: Found it https://www.abceqrental.com/equipmen...ry=19&key=7612
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Old August 28th, 2018, 09:04 AM #13
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get a product called "Spray and forget"
get it from home depot or Lowes.
Get the version that attaches to the hose.
It will turn the green stuff black within a day or two, then slowly fade after each rain fall
It takes a week or two to totally facebut then it won't come back for over a year.
I've tried Spray and Pray before with mixed results?????
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Old August 28th, 2018, 10:23 AM #14
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I had a similar issue. My cousin owns a professional power washing/house cleaning business. When I asked him if I could power wash my vinyl siding he started laughing at me. Apparently the high pressure will force water behind the siding and can create mold issues or rot. He recommended using a bleach solution with the power washer from farther away. I followed his advice and the bleach stuff worked well. Some of the thicker areas required a little scrubbing from a ladder but it's way better than it was. I used Moldex house wash. It worked well on the vinyl siding but I tried it on the composite deck and it didn't work as well, I guessing due to the porous nature of the decking.
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I had a similar issue. My cousin owns a professional power washing/house cleaning business. When I asked him if I could power wash my vinyl siding he started laughing at me. Apparently the high pressure will force water behind the siding and can create mold issues or rot. He recommended using a bleach solution with the power washer from farther away. I followed his advice and the bleach stuff worked well. Some of the thicker areas required a little scrubbing from a ladder but it's way better than it was. I used Moldex house wash. It worked well on the vinyl siding but I tried it on the composite deck and it didn't work as well, I guessing due to the porous nature of the decking.
I was told something similar by an expert. Those pressure washers can do some damage if you're not careful.

Either way, it's so much easier to use that cleaning solution.
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It depends on the psi.. you don't want to use high psi and wrong nozzle on a vinyl siding.
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I was told something similar by an expert. Those pressure washers can do some damage if you're not careful.

Either way, it's so much easier to use that cleaning solution.
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It depends on the psi.. you don't want to use high psi and wrong nozzle on a vinyl siding.
I agree with you. Unfortunately the average joe, like me, doesn't have the tools or knowledge to use that properly. Most people assume more pressure equals cleaner siding.
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That stuff WORKS!!!!!
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Not sure where you are but ABC rental in Catonsville once rented me an extended wand for pressure washing. It attached like any power wash wand and then extended to about twenty feet so I could hit the high points on the side of my house. This was several years ago but I assume they still rent such a thing.

Edit: Found it https://www.abceqrental.com/equipmen...ry=19&key=7612
I bought one of those extension "gizmos" and they WORK!!!!!!!

Mine extends beyond 24', and I bought a couple of extra "extension wands" from HD and can get to 30' or more.

It works GREAT............. HOWEVER!!!!!!! I've got a bad back, and can't hold that thing up for very long, without MAJOR pain later.

I've paid a couple of different people to pressure wash (lower pressure but enough to do the job), and one guy out of Calvert County (I think) GUARANTEED my house would be clean.
Ha!!!!!!! He got called back THREE times, because the man/woman couple spent more time smoking cigarettes and smooching, than cleaning.
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There are long extensions that have a downward angled head so that it sprays down, instead of up and under the vinyl.
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