I’m in a business referral group that I attend once a week. Often, I request referrals to go do some “stripping” for people, and this always gets a big laugh out of the guys in our group. But the truth is, stripping is a huge part of my business, since what I’m actually talking about is stripping failed paver sealer and resealing people’s driveways, walkways and lanais. That’s because unfortunately, brick paver sealers often fail here in Southwest Florida, turning white or hazy and making people’s pavers look terrible. And that’s because the wrong sealer was used or applied in the wrong way.
In fact, poor sealer selection is one of the top reasons for failed paver sealer jobs in SWFL, where our humidity and the level of our water table here changes everything when it comes to sealing pavers. People tend to think they are sealing pavers the way you would seal a stained or painted wooden deck, where the goal is to keep the water out. Pavers do need to be sealed, don’t get me wrong, but it’s to keep the paver surface from wearing away due to foot traffic, UV rays from the sun, and the pounding rain we get here. If left open to these elements, the finer materials from the surface of your pavers, which is where the color is, wears away, leaving your pavers looking old and worn. The sealing mistake that is often made, is using a solvent-based sealer (other names for solvent-based sealers are: oil, Xylene, or acrylic-based paver sealants, so don’t be fooled if someone tells you they are not solvent based.). These sealers are designed to keep water and moisture out. Here in SWFL, we live in a subtropical climate with humidity in the air, heavy rainfall every day during the summer, and a high water table level underground, which permeates through the ground soil, through aggregate paver-base material and into the porous brick pavers, which then gets trapped between the paver and the thin top layer coating of those solvent based sealants, not allowing them to breath. This deteriorates the bond the sealer has with the paver, turning it a hazy white. This is a sign that water is trapped between the sealer and the paver, detaching the sealer from the paver. Once this happens, the sealer pretty much needs to be stripped, and a new sealer applied.
Other reasons you may have hazy white sealer on your pavers include:
These are the reasons behind failing paver sealers, but unfortunately, there’s only one way to fix the problem. Once your pavers look white and hazy, it is best to have that bad sealer completely stripped off and re-sealed the correct way.
At UnderPressure, we spent the time and energy to find the right paver sealer for our climate. That’s why we began testing some of the water-based sealers available in the marketplace. I wanted a sealer we could apply immediately after pressure washing, but one that would not turn white. My goal was no more down time, immediately beautiful results, and pavers that looked enhanced and gorgeous for a long time.
We were excited to find a company in Florida that manufactures water-based sealers. Seal ‘n Lock manufactures their products right here in Tampa, FL, which means they truly understand the limitations of our local weather and environment. We most often use the Seal 'n Lock Super Wet sealant, which is a water-based urethane modified acrylic sealer that penetrates the pavers and provides a protective barrier, wet-looking surface and excellent joint stabilization.
This product is also consistent with our dedication to being responsible with the environment. Our product is not harmful to any vegetation, and does not produce any toxic odor. The sealing of paver driveways with this system not only protects the brick pavers, but it also ensures structural performance while inhibiting insect and weed infestation. Under Pressure's use of this system definitely provides the highest quality product with the best application process. The other thing I love about Seal ‘n Lock is that they annually offer myself and my employees the opportunity to continually educate ourselves about sealers. That’s why our employees at Under Pressure go through training once a year with the Seal n Lock company to ensure we know the best products to use and how to apply them correctly.
The fact is this, if you have brick pavers, you need to get them professionally sealed. Our sealer protects the surface of your pavers from the weathering caused by those high-powered UV rays we get here in the South. While the concrete pavers themselves are highly durable, the colored pigments in the pavers can slowly fade over time, due to the UV ray exposure. Sealing the pavers helps to keep the paver’s colors vibrant even in bright sunlight.
Let us help you keep your brick pavers looking great and lasting for more than 30 years! By letting Under Pressure deep clean and seal your brick pavers every two years, your driveway, walkway or lanai will better resist dirt and oil, keep weeds from growing and prevent cracks from forming, providing your home with gorgeous curbside appeal!
Give us a call for a free estimate to have the failed paver sealer stripped off the surface and re-sealed the correct way. Call UnderPressure at 239-218-5085
When it comes to business, people are always touting “location, location, location.” After all, if you have a storefront, then the location of it can actually make or break it in terms of customer traffic. However, when you think about your location, have you considered the curb-appeal of it? What we are talking about here is your parking lot. Your parking lot is valuable real estate, so if it is looking dirty, it reflects poorly on your business, and it can be a hazard for consumers and a liability for you. So you want to keep your parking lot looking clean to improve sanitation, curb appeal and minimize liability issues. Because oil spills and algae build up, due to our humid weather here in Southwest Florida, can be slipping hazards, as well as make your parking lot look terrible.
Aside from that, municipalities like Lee County, Collier County, Fort Myers, Bonita, Estero, Naples, and Cape Coral all demand that local business owners maintain appearances in accordance with local ordinances. And they are willing to cite owners that fail to do so with fines.
Acting like a sponge, concrete parking lots absorb all kinds of contaminants, dirt, and grime. There are several kinds of stains your parking lot and the sidewalk in front of your store can get. These include: oil stains from leaking cars; tire marks; mold; mildew; algae; water stains; rust; salt stains from the ocean water here in the air; and weeds in the cracks.
When it comes to life expectancy of your parking lot, keep in mind that the oils, algae build up and even the salt that is constantly in the air of our beachy towns, break down the building materials of your parking lot. Weeds can cause your concrete to degenerate and crumble and crack. Salt corrodes concrete and helps it crack. Our pressure washing services can effectively reduce the amount of damage done to your parking lot, increasing its life expectancy.
Although we don’t have ice to worry about here in SWFL, we do have mold and algae growths, which are not just slippery, but can even crack or warp paved surfaces, leading to tripping hazards. These safety issues can expose you, and your customers or visitors, to danger. Slipping and falling is a very common reason people file personal injury lawsuits.
That’s why pressure washing provides more than just aesthetic benefits. Removing the mold, algae, dirt, oil buildup and other substances from your concrete and pavers also helps reduce your legal liability.
If your sidewalks and parking lot look dirty or have a build up of oil, algae or salt on them, give us a call at Under Pressure at 239-218-5085.
Realtors often talk about “curb appeal” when selling your home, but the truth is, you want your home to look gorgeous while you’re living in it even if you have no intention of selling, right? The problem is, when people talk about curb appeal, they overlook one of the most obvious parts of it, which is their concrete driveway, front walk ways, sidewalks, and actual curb! The concrete areas around your home get stained by many things, meanwhile they are literally the first place your guest’s shoes hit the ground. Acting like a sponge, concrete driveways absorb contaminants, dirt, and grime. There are several kinds of stains your concrete hardscapes can get.
Left untreated, these kinds of stains actually weaken your driveway, making it more susceptible to cracking and deterioration. Having a new driveway installed is expensive, so why not simply be sure to maintain it by getting it pressure washed twice a year? Concrete looks like it’s a solid and invincible surface that you could easily power wash yourself, however this is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to pressure washing. People often underestimate the power of a jet of water, use the wrong nozzle or the wrong level of pressure and damage their hardscapes easily. Most people don’t understand how powerful a pressurized stream of water can be. It is possible to cause significant, visible damage in the form of pitting, etched lines and general surface degradation if you don’t know what you’re doing. Etching is slightly blasting tiny bits of concrete off, engraving lines in the concrete which show up especially when the concrete is wet.
One of the other issues with trying to pressure wash your own driveway is that quite often the non-commercial level pressure washers are weaker than what we use as professionals. So rather than cleaning off biologicals, they merely spread the mold spores around, making your driveway even more susceptible to a widespread mold problem just a few months down the line.
Concrete hardscapes beautify your home’s landscaping, save water, and provide solid surfaces for parking, walking and entertaining. Let us help you improve their durability and longevity with a maintenance contract that will have us pressure wash your home twice a year, which will allow you to enjoy the beauty of your patios, walkways, sidewalks and driveways long after they are installed. Give us a call at Under Pressure at 239-218-5085.
Did you know that over 16,000 people die from slip and fall accidents every year according to the National Safety Council? In fact, slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States. They make up approximately 15% of all job-related injuries, and overall, more than 540,000 slip and fall injuries requiring hospital care occur in North America every year.
What’s all this got to do with pressure washing? As a business owner, and even as a home owner, failure to regularly clean driveways, sidewalks, and pavers in frequently traveled areas can lead to buildup of slippery substances. Although we don’t have ice to worry about here in SWFL, we do have mold and algae growths, which are not just slippery, but can even crack or warp paved surfaces, leading to tripping hazards. These safety issues can expose you, and your customers or visitors, to danger. Slipping and falling is a very common reason people file personal injury lawsuits.
That’s why pressure washing provides more than just aesthetic benefits. Removing the mold, algae, dirt, oil buildup and other substances from your concrete and pavers also helps reduce your legal liability.
Here are some tips to take care of your property to prevent dangerous buildup:
• Be sure to sweep entryways on a regular basis, and get them pressure washed a couple of times a year, or whenever the buildup starts to become a hazard.
• Hose off any fresh spills immediately, so they don’t set and harden. If this is a place of business, be sure to put up signs to warn customers if the floor is still wet.
• As a business you should always use “wet floor” signs, absorbent mats, and anti-skid paint in areas that are prone to moisture and slippery conditions.
We don’t recommend pressure washing these areas yourself. Too often those people who do it themselves end up damaging their own property. The most common mistake is applying too much pressure which can cut through a screen or etch lines into your concrete. Do it yourselfers also often forget to use a cleaning solution and rely merely on water, which only pushes mold spores around. The extra pressure you’ll have to use with water only and the mold-related damages can end up costing you more money in the end.
Often, do it yourself home owners discover that once they figure in the cost of renting a pressure washer, transporting it to and from the rental place and spending the time to do the pressure washing, they would have been better off investing in having UnderPressure do it for them.
If your sidewalks and pavers have dangerous and ugly mold covering them, give us a call at Under Pressure at 239-218-5085.
You already know that you should get your roof and pavers power washed on a regular basis to have it looking fantastic, but believe it or not, there are some other great reasons to hire Underpressure. Here are just a few reasons to consider getting power washing done.
Here at Under Pressure, we recommend getting your entire exterior washed every few years as part of the regular maintenance for your home. Before you repaint, or perhaps instead of repainting your exterior, give us a call at Under Pressure at 239-218-5085.
It’s the perfect time of year to get your roof, pavers, driveway or house pressure washed, because here in Southwest Florida it’s fairly dry right now. There’s a lot to consider when you are hiring a company though, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help keep you from getting overwhelmed, or ripped off. So here’s a few things to look for.
By following these simple steps, we know you will be able to find the right company for you, and of course we are hoping Underpressure Cleaning and Sealing Services comes out at the top of your list. Give us a call today for a free estimate! 239-218-5085
The construction on your brand new home in your brand new community is finally complete and you are excited to be moving into it! It’s got a shiny brand spanking new roof on it, so the chances are good that you haven’t even thought about roof cleaning at all. But believe it or not, now is the best time for you to call us to get your roof treated with our BioWash treatment. Here are some reasons why.
So while it may not be at the top of your move-in list at the moment, we hope we’ve given you something to think about in terms of maintaining your new home’s curb appeal. Call us today to treat your roof with this environmentally and roof-friendly product. Give us a call at Under Pressure at 866-579-6942.
Now that drier weather is here in Southwest Florida, many of us are spending time outside gardening and freshening up the exterior of our houses and commercial buildings. You may have noticed a bit of mold staining on your house or building and thought to yourself, “Well, I guess it’s time to repaint.” However, repainting can be an expensive proposition, and the truth is you may be able to get away with freshening up your home or building with a professional soft wash done by Under Pressure. So unless you’re looking forward to looking at all the paint chips, and painting half a dozen swatches on your house to find the right color, we suggest you look into our house washing services.
Many times a professional power washing can restore the look of a building by removing mold, mildew, dirt, pollutants, and insect nests reviving the original building colors. Aside from having it look better and have more curb appeal, regular power washing maintenance will extend the life of your paint, and prevent mold and mildew build up, which can contribute to health issues.
When you do decide to repaint
But here’s the thing, even if you decide you really do want to repaint your home, you should still give us a call to wash it first. You DO need to wash the house before painting, so that the new coat has the best chance to bond with the undercoat. Because if you don’t pressure wash prior to painting you may be in for an awful surprise, as the new paint will peel in the end. When chalky residues and dirt that weren't removed in the beginning start to come loose, they'll take the overlying paint off with it. Painting over a dirty surface does not yield good or long-lasting results.
Not only will professional power washing ensure that dirt is removed, it will also get rid of old paint, mildew, and chalking that you may not be able to see yourself. Chalking is the old paint surface breaking down from years of sunlight exposure. If you lick your thumb, then swipe that over the paint film, odds are you will see a chalky residue on your thumb from your current paint color. If you try to paint over this chalky surface without power washing first, the paint won’t stick properly.
The same thing goes for dirt and dust. You always need a clean surface for paint to stick.
If you see grey spores or green growth on your home, you may have a mildew or mold problem. Professional pressure washing chemicals remove these types of organic growth so that your new paint job lasts. If you paint over mildew or mold, it will grow and eat through your new paint very quickly.
So, yes — you should power wash your house before painting so that the new coat of paint will properly bond to your home exterior. Power washing is the key to ensuring a long-lasting paint job every time. Ideally, you should wait three to four days after the power wash before you begin exterior painting.
Whether you decide to repaint or not, here at Under Pressure, we recommend getting your entire exterior washed every few years as part of the regular maintenance for your home. Before you repaint, or perhaps instead of repainting your exterior, give us a call at Under Pressure at 866-579-6942.
This month as you drive around looking at the beautiful lights on everyone’s home, you may notice something else about that house. Are those home exteriors as shiny and beautiful as the lights adorning them, or are they a little grungy looking? Even as you hang your own lights, you may notice your home’s exterior is not as fresh looking as you thought. Now is the perfect time of the year to get the exterior of your home spic and span. We often forget that the outside of our home needs some attention too! Exposed to the elements all year, it makes sense that siding, driveways and pathways get dirty, too. If you’re tired of looking at your dirty and stained siding, it’s probably time to get your home a deep cleaning by Under Pressure.
Here in Southwest Florida your home is exposed to a lot of severe natural elements. Our subtropical humid environment leaves your home open to constant attack from tree and plant pollen, extreme UV rays, salt from the ocean breezes, wind and the torrential rains of our summers. This leaves your siding grungy with mold, mildew, dirt and grime. So it’s a good idea to have your home’s exterior washed twice a year.
What you might not realize is that the sea salt, mildew, mold, moss, dirt, and other grime that collects on your home’s outer surfaces do more than just make your home look grungy. These substances can also cause damage to the surface of your home. Mold, mildew, algae and even dirt can all infiltrate the wood in your home and cause serious structural damage. Exposure to the elements (rain, wind and sun) oxidizes over time, leaving your house vulnerable to all sorts of problems. A dirty house invites insects to intrude. If left untreated, all of these elements can cause permanent staining, and potentially even degrade your surfaces, which can cost you thousands in repairs. A good soft wash can help stave off problems and help prevent maintenance problems in the future. That’s why it’s important to catch it early on, with regular maintenance.
A couple of other things to consider, the environment is full of pollutants: acid rain; bird excrement; smoke, and more. All of these things can settle on the surface of your home’s exterior, putting you at risk of contamination. Our soft wash helps clean away pollutants.
If anyone in your family suffers from allergies, a good cleaning can help get rid of the things causing all of that wheezing and sneezing. Anytime you can get rid of allergens on the exterior of your home; you make it less likely that they will get inside where they can wreak havoc on your family’s health.
We at Under Pressure use a technique called soft wash to revive the original look of your home. It begins with a light spraying of your home with a gentle cleanser. We then come behind with a light spray to rinse off the exterior. We do not use any high pressure on your home to make sure we do not peel any paint or degrade the quality of the exterior of your home. A small investment on the cleaning of the exterior of your home is one of the best ways to build up the value of that home. If you’re interested in having the exterior of your home safely soft washed for long-lasting results, give us a call at Under Pressure at 866-579-6942.
We are finally past our rainy season here in Southwest Florida. But you may find that your roof now looks terrible after all of our summertime heat and humidity. That’s the perfect climate for mold, mildew and bacteria to leave ugly streak marks on your roof. And those streaks are more than unsightly, they are also destructive to your roofing materials. Necessity is the mother of invention, and our heat and humidity in Florida is just one reason the roof cleaning industry was started right here.
Back when it was started in the 1980’s, roof-cleaning companies used pressure washers to clean roofs, and unfortunately, many of our competitors still do. However, at Under Pressure, we never pressure wash a roof, because pressure washing is really bad for all types of roofs. For years we’ve used a soft-wash technique. We love to run ahead of the pack though, and we do that through always keeping up with cutting edge technologies and techniques. To that end we recently added a new “green” cleaning solution and application process to clean roofs in a way that kills algae, but not your plants. Our green cleaning technique not only removes those black streaks but kills the mold, mildew and algae at the root, and continues to kill new growth.
Let’s start by discussing those black streaks for a moment, because pressure washing may make it look like it’s gotten rid of them, but it will only be a few months before you start to see those ugly streaks again. That’s because the black streaks aren’t “dirt.” The main culprit of those black streaky roof stains is a bacteria called Gloeocapsa Magma. It’s a bacteria! That means it’s a living organism—it’s a plant that will put down roots. Other forms of microorganisms can be found in union with the bacteria, including mold, fungi, algae, mildew, lichen, and moss. When you pressure wash, you do not blow the roots off the roof, so the bacteria, mold and mildew grow back quickly.
The filament root system of the fungi and algae are growing on, and digging in to your roof. Fungi and algae that are growing on a roof have root systems that can cause damage to shingles such as uplifting, spreading of shingles, and decomposition. The roots open up tiny cracks in the shingles, tiles or other roofing materials. Many of these organisms growing on roofing surfaces do much of the same thing. They spread the shingle like a fan. Because the shingle is attached on the back, the front ends of the shingle flare and roll. This is because the shingle is widened at the front more so than the back.
Many roofing surfaces are made with materials that can be metabolized by these microorganisms. For example, shingles contain limestone, which contains phosphates, an excellent source of nutrients for algae, mildew, and bacteria to feed on. These microorganisms will break down a roofing surface and cause decomposition. This in turn, will also aid the process of erosion caused by running water such as rainfall.
The good news is that through a new cutting edge solution we use here at Under Pressure called BioWash, these microorganism stains can be safely removed! The new solution is completely safe for all of your landscape plantings and grass because it’s biodegradable. It’s effective on all kinds of roof tiles. The formulation of the product and the application techniques the company trained us in allows the cleaning solution to have a longer dwell or linger time, which means less run off, and increased results from just one application. The product does not damage tiles and returns them to their original color over time. One of the best things about this product, is that it continues to work over time, deeply cleaning and preventing the stains from returning, when you schedule regular preventative services with us.
Our BioWash service is an industry first, and we hope you’ll call us today to clean your roof with this environmentally and roof friendly product. If you’re interested in having the black stains on your roof removed safely and with long-lasting results, give us a call at Under Pressure at 866-579-6942.
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